News in brief Sept. 22, 2010

Laurier to present award in immigration research

University of Victoria PhD student Stephen Fielding is the first ever winner of the Gunn Award for best essay on international migration in Canada. Fielding will be presented with the award at Laurier’s Waterloo campus on September 24 at 3 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre.
The national award is a $1,000 prize, which is administered by Laurier’s International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS). The award is named after Al Gunn, the late secretary of the CIHS and former Canadian immigration officer.
Essays entered into the competition came from a wide variety of fields such as anthropology, geography, political science and history. Fielding’s essay was focused on Italian heritage in Vancouver from the 1970s on.

Bestselling author to be writer-in-residence

Lawrence Hill, best known for his novel The Book of Negroes will be spending a week as a writer-in-residence from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. He will also be reading from his book in the Concourse on Sept. 27, reading and lecturing on Sept. 28 in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall and he will be at Laurier’s Brantford campus on Sept. 29.
The Toronto-born son of American immigrants, Hill has made several visits to Laurier and wrote a portion of The Book of Negroes while staying in Laurier’s Lucinda House.

University co-hosting career fair September 29

Wilfrid Laurier University in partnership with the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo and Conestoga College is holding a career fair for students next Wednesday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free for students and buses will run from campus to the event at RIM Park. 200 local and national employers including RIM, Sun Life Financial and TD are involved with the event and representatives will be on hand for students. The event, the largest of its kind in Canada, is in its 16th year.

Alum arrested again over G-20 protest charges

Alex Hundert, a Laurier alumnus who was arrested following the G-20 protests in Toronto in June, has been arrested again following his participation in a panel at Ryerson University entitled “Strengthening Our Resolve: Movement Building and Ongoing Resistance to the G20 Agenda.”

Hundert, who was on $100,000 bail with strict conditions after his June arrest as an alleged “ringleader” in the chaotic G-20 demonstrations, was not as a condition allowed to engage in any form of public protest.

During his time at Laurier, Hundert was involved in the local activist group AW@L, formerly known as Anti-War @ Laurier.