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Queen's University

Department of Philosophy

Will Kymlicka wins Premier's Discovery Award

Philosophy professor Will Kymlicka is therecipient of the prestigious Premier’s Discovery Awards for Social Sciences for2009. Calling him "the world’s leading expert on multiculturalism andminority rights in democratic societies," the award citation notes thatWill was the first to advance the idea that minority rights are fullyconsistent with the principles of individual freedom, non-discrimination andequal opportunity. "At a time when it was assumed that ethnicity woulddisappear as a result of modernization and secularization, rendering the issueof minority rights outdated, Dr. Kymlicka’s premise was nothing short ofrevolutionary," the citation states. "Today, it’s widely acceptedinternationally and has transformed debates about multiculturalism indemocratic societies on the global stage."

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