“To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.”
Pico Iyer, acclaimed essayist and travel writer, takes on the theme of “the foreigner” in a recent essay in a Lapham’s Quarterly special issue on Foreigners, reflecting on his own migrant experience and inviting us to explore the concept of the foreigner as a cultural and historical artifact in a world where diversity is rapidly eclipsing notions of the ‘other’: “…the very notion of the foreign has been shifting in our age of constant movement, with more than fifty million refugees; every other Torontonian you meet today is what used to be called a foreigner, and the number of people living in lands they were not born to will surpass 300 million in the next generation. Soon there’ll be more foreigners on earth than there are Americans.”
Read the full article: The Foreign Spell by Pico Iyer in Lapham’s Quarterly (winter 2015)
See Pico Iyer’s TedTalk: Where is Home? (June 2013)
GDX Lecture by Pico Iyer
May 7, 2015
Pico Iyer joins us in Toronto for the Inaugural Annual Lecture of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at Ryerson University. GDX is excited to announce speaker Pico Iyer, travel writer, author, philosopher, and global citizen. Mr. Iyer, author of the acclaimed The Global Soul and The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, will begin an annual tradition of exploring big ideas on diversity, prosperity and migration that matter to a world on the move.