CAN Announcements

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Week: Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture:
Maps, Indigenous Territory, and the Problem of Anachronism, feat. Prof. Richard A. Rhodes
Lecture | February 11 | 12:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
The annual Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture will take place next Tuesday, February 11. The speaker will be Canadian Studies Program co-director, Professor Richard A. Rhodes.
One of the more problematic tasks in studying the geography of language is charting shifts in the location of minority languages. Societies speaking threatened languages are often also under territorial pressures. Maps by experts have implications well beyond their best take on history, and the indigenous peoples of North America provide some of the most cogent examples. In this talk, Professor Rhodes will address several examples of First Nations/Native American people that highlight some of these problems.
Canadian Studies welcomes Rosann Greenspan
The Canadian Studies program is excited to welcome our newest advisory board member, Dr. Rosann Greenspan. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Dr. Greenspan graduated with her B.A. magna cum laude in Yale University’s first class of undergraduate women. She earned an M.A. from the Centre for Criminology at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program in U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
In addition to her almost 20 years at Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society, where she was executive director until her retirement in 2019, she has held positions as research officer at the Law Reform Commission of Canada, postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, US Supreme Court fellow, research director at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC, and lecturer in Legal Studies at U.C. Berkeley, inter alia. Besides Ontario, where she returns regularly, she has also lived in Quebec and British Columbia, and briefly in the Yukon. Her most recent publication is the edited volume, The Legal Process and the Promise of Justice: Studies Inspired by the Work of Malcolm Feeley, edited by Rosann Greenspan, Hadar Aviram and Jonathan Simon (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Postdoctoral Opportunity in Canadian Studies at UC Berkeley
The Canadian Studies Program at UC Berkeley is accepting applications for a one-year post-doc position with a focus on immigration and Canadian politics. Please help us spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!
This is a 12-month, 100% time position, beginning August 1, 2020. 80% of the holder’s time will be dedicated to projects developed in collaboration with the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies; 20% of the holder’s time is reserved for their own research and writing. There is no teaching obligation.
The successful candidate will oversee the fielding of online surveys of Canadian attitudes on immigration, and help advance possible parallel surveys in the United States and other immigrant-receiving countries. Other projects will leverage the postdoctoral scholar’s interests and strengths, ideally complementing the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative’s Mapping Spatial Inequality project and/or the focus of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s new Boundaries, Membership and Belonging program.
We hope to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until February 17, 2020. The maximum annualized salary direct-paid by Berkeley for this position is $60,000, with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be determined commensurate with qualifications, experience and campus policy.
Co-sponsored Event: Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case
Lecture | February 7 | 5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Speaker/Performer: Yohannes Ferdinando Drar, The Royal
Mental health problems and suicide are two challenges facing the Eritrean community. The denial of basic rights in Eritrea and subsequent difficulties experienced during migration, while claiming asylum, and when integrating into new cultures in destination countries continue to affect migrants. As a result, many Eritrean refugees suffer from poor mental health, and a high suicide rate among Eritrean refugees in Canada and the U.S.
Yohannes Ferdinando Drar came to Canada in the 80’s as refugee from Eritrea. He attained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Carleton University in Ottawa, and has since worked as a mental health social worker at Royal Ottawa Hospital. He is a strong advocate for refugees’ mental health issues, a community activist, and organizer. His passion remains to integrate new immigrants and refugees into their host country.
For more information, click here.
Crossing Borders: A Multi-Disciplinary Student Conference
Conference | March 6-7 | Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
The Centre for Canadian Studies at Brock University will be hosting the Crossing Borders conference on March 6 and 7. The deadline for abstract submission is February 14, with February 21 being the deadline to submit complete papers to be considered for the Best Paper award. The keynote address will follow the conference banquet on Friday, March 6, and will highlight Dr. Andrew Holman, editor of the American Review of Canadian Studies and professor of history/director of Canadian Studies for Bridgewater University. His talk is entitled “Hockey Talk: Sport, Communications, and a History of Getting it Wrong.”
Please submit abstracts to
Conference and keynote registration:
Events From Our Friends at the Canadian Consulate
March 3: Vishtèn at Freight & Salvage
Musical performance | 8:00 p.m. | Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley
For close to fifteen years, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the-moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.
Click here for tickets and more information.
March 24: Techplomacy: Global Leaders Wrestling with Big Tech
Panel discussion | 6:00 p.m. | Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco
The effects of unchecked technology growth have become apparent in the wake of major political events, privacy breaches, and social transformations. We need to make sure that our democracy sets boundaries for the tech industry—and not the other way around.
In a town hall-style panel discussion, techplomacy leaders from Canada, Switzerland, and Denmark will be available to answer questions and take suggestions about how governments can (or should) use tech policy to shape the future of our societies.
Click here for tickets and more information.
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Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720


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