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Posted April 4, 2012


Two Carleton Faculty Members Shortlisted for Prestigious $50,000 Donner Prize

Books by Carleton’s Ruth Phillips and Christopher Worswick made a short list of four for the Donner Prize released yesterday.

Ottawa - Phillips is an art history professor at Carleton and the Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture. Worswick is a professor in the Department of Economics.

The Donner Prize has been awarded annually since 1998 to recognize excellence and innovation in public policy writing in Canada. The Donner Canadian Foundation seeks to broaden policy debates, increase general awareness of the importance of policy decision-making, and make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse.

Toward Improving Canada’s Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach by Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick (C.D. Howe Institute)

The book addresses the question of whether our skilled immigration policy is in need of major reform. The authors felt that there were a number of important knowledge gaps related to the relationship between the criteria used to select economic immigrants and the labour market outcomes of these immigrants after arrival in Canada.

“It is really gratifying to gain this professional recognition,” said Worswick. “We were surprised by the short listing since the book was targeted mainly at academics and policy analysts. This recognitionfrom the Donner committee will raise the awareness of these issues and hopefully stimulate new research in this area.”

Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums by Ruth B. Phillips (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Museum Pieces asks readers to think about the role museums play in Canadian society. It examines the past 30 years and sheds light on the great change that has occurred within our museums to better reflect our pluralistsociety through better collaboration with Aboriginal groups and others.

“I wrote this book for two reasons –because the history of confrontation, negotiation and innovation that has occurred is in danger of being taken for granted or even forgotten,” said Phillips. “I also think what we have evolved is a major Canadian contribution and deserves to be celebrated. Our approaches are acknowledged and copied internationally.”

“I’m tremendously honoured by being shortlisted, and I hope that it will help the book gain a wider readership and thus create a greater awareness of what Canadian museums have achieved.”

The 2011/2012 shortlisted titles were chosen from a field of 58 submissions. The winner will receive $50,000, with $7,500 awarded to the other nominated titles.

The winner of this year’s Donner Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The ceremony will be hosted by Don Newman, chairman of Canada 2020.

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