CAN Announcements

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Co-Sponsored Conference
Canadian Studies is pleased to co-sponsor the below upcoming conference:
China’s Growing Sharp Power:
Western, Asian, and African Perspectives
Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Other Campus Events: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 19 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | David Brower Center
A group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy recently released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese efforts to influence American society. The report examines China’s efforts to influence American institutions, including state and local governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and the Chinese-American community, and differentiates between legitimate efforts–like public diplomacy–and improper interference, which demands greater awareness and a calibrated response. The report also includes perspectives from other countries, including those in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
On Friday, April 19, contributors to the report, including co-editors Larry Diamond and Orville Schell, and outside experts will gather at UC Berkeley to compare and discuss the forms and effects of Chinese “sharp power” across Western, Asian, and African countries.
The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of European Studies, Canadian Studies Program, Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Center for African Studies.
Event Contact:, 510-642-2809
Research Funding from Canadian Studies
Graduate Students are encouraged to apply for the Edward Hildebrand Fellowship in Canadian Studies. The deadline for Summer 2019 funding is April 19, 2019.
Undergraduate Students are encouraged to apply for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. The deadline is May 1, 2019.
Photo of Dr. & Mrs. Hildebrand courtesy of UCSF Frenso
News from Community Partners
Québec Performance at SF International Arts Festival
Complexe des Genres by
Compagnie Virginie Brunelle
Overwhelmed with their fears, men and women collide in a desperate attempt to validate their own existence. Their excesses lead them to the path of ruin, guided by their desperate desire to feel something, to feel alive. A physical choreography and acrobatic imprint of a remarkable visual poetry.
Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm
Duration: 65 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
At the Door: $28
We share the below info from our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon Valley
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute invites you to the release of its new report, Hemispheric Partners: Trade, Technology and Innovation Ties Between the Bay Area and Canada. This is the latest in a series of analyses produced by the Institute on the distinctive ties that link the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area with its most important global partners.
Canada serves not only as one of the Bay Area’s largest trade and investment partners, but also as a major source of talent and a partner in technology development, based on deep investment in education and science. The new report documents the two-way flows that make the Bay Area’s relationship with Canada one of its most powerful.
The program will feature remarks by Canada’s Consul General Rana Sarkar, a presentation of the report’s high-level findings by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Senior Director Dr. Sean Randolph, and discussion by an expert panel including Laura Buhler, Executive Director of the Canadian business leadership organization C100, and Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa.
Bay Area Council Economic Institute
353 Sacramento Street 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
Wednesday, April 17th 2019
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Canadian Authors at Berkeley Book Festival
Below is the schedule for the Canadian authors participating in the Bay Area Book festival in Berkeley, May 4 – 5. Ticket info is here:
Writer to Writer: Joyce Carol Oates and André Alexis
André Alexis and Joyce Carol Oates, moderated by Lise Quintana
Saturday, May 4 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation. Winner of the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for his body of work, Trinidad-born and Ottawa-raised André Alexis sits down with National Book Award and National Humanities Medal winner, and author of over 40 novels, Joyce Carol Oates. The pair will discuss genre-bending, world-building, and their shared obsession with storytelling.
Veterans Memorial Building – Auditorium
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Zoetic Press
Writer to Writer: Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones
Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones, moderated by Caille Millner
Sunday, May 5 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation about writing and society today. Novelists Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones both probe racial injustice in their work, and both women have received considerable praise. Edugyan’s sweeping, imaginative novel “Washington Black” was named a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times, and Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” was an Oprah’s Book Club pick for that same year. Edugyan uses magic realism to explore slavery and freedom in a stupendous tale that moves from Barbados to Nova Scotia to England. Jones weaves a devastating tapestry of a modern marriage wrenched apart by a discriminatory American justice system.
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley and She Writes Press
On Not Mothering
Sheila Heti, Emilie Pine, Grace Talusan
Sunday, May 5 11:45 – 1:00 pm
Whether it’s by choice or chance, not mothering is still considered taboo. Talked about in hushed tones and regarded with pity or disdain, women who don’t mother are made to feel like failures. But what are the windows of possibility opened up by a child-free life? What other kinds of nurturing can happen in its place? Brazen in their vulnerability, Sheila Heti (“Motherhood”), Grace Talusan (“The Body Papers”), and Emilie Pine (“Notes to Self”) break the silence on not mothering, addressing the assumptions, stigmas, and surprising rewards head-on.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza – Crystal Ballroom
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Culture Ireland
Not So Polite After All: Canadian Writers Challenge the Status Quo
André Alexis, Esi Edugyan, Sheila Heti
Sunday, May 5 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Three award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Esi Edugyan’s richly spun historical epic “Washington Black” celebrates the genius of an escaped slave (not the white man who freed him). Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood” is a searingly honest rumination on whether or not to have children. André Alexis’s surreal and hallucinatory “Days By Moonlight” defies all conventions. Join these authors for a look at the leaps they took and the rewards they reaped.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza – Crystal Ballroom
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley
Canadian Studies Program
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