CAN Announcements

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

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Week: Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada–US Border Region, feat. Prof. Kathrine Richardson
Lecture | March 3 | 12:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Key elements of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal with temporary labor mobility, and should ideally make the temporary movement of professionals easier across the border of all NAFTA countries. However, this is arguably not the case in emerging sectors such as high technology. Dr. Richardson’s book, Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-US Border Region, examines the movement of technology professionals across the Canada-U.S. border, focusing on Vancouver, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. It asks whether current policy is an impediment to the development of high-tech clusters, and presents new models and policy approaches for the development of an innovation cross-border region.
Kathrine E. Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her research specializes in the mobility and retention of highly skilled professionals, and how they influence the development of urban systems. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2006, and did a post-doc at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition to teaching, Dr. Richardson is currently working on her second book.
Plus: Two Additional Talks Coming March 10 & 17!
We’re excited to announce that Canadian Studies will be adding two special lectures to our colloquium in March, featuring the two finalists for our postdoctoral competition. We’ll be sending out a special announcement soon, so stay tuned for more information!
March 12: Get Ready to Give Big!
The Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving, is approaching fast. On March 12, show your support for Canadian Studies by giving a gift of any size online. And this year, your gift could help us win thousands of dollars in special contest prizes – at no extra cost to you!
Want to learn more? We’ll follow up with how you can help as the big day gets closer, but you can click here for a preview of the contests. We hope you’ll join us then!
Cosponsored Event: Register for Housing Justice Conference at UC Berkeley, March 13-15
NOTICE: Please do not forward this invitation or otherwise share it. Attendance is limited and we’d like to privilege participation among community organizers, policymakers, students and faculty in sponsoring departments, and those actively working issues of housing justice.
We are excited to open up registration for attending “Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice.” The gathering will bring together over 140 scholars and community organizers working on issues of housing justice from across the Bay Area, US, and other countries in discussion across 25 sessions.
Seeking a change in the current scenario where academia, activists, and practitioners perform separately, our goal is to create a dedicated space for all who engage in work at the margins of traditional housing to come together. Sessions will address a range of issues including:
· Defending and expanding affordable housing
· Legal, civil, and human rights struggles of housing and homelessness
· Intersections and alliances between housing justice and other movements including labor, health, environmental, gender, and racial justice.
· Solidarity, lessons, and collaborations between academia and community organizing
The event will take place at Wurster Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The gathering will commence with a plenary panel “Defending Housing” Friday, March 13 5:30 – 7pm. It will then continue with full days of sessions on Saturday and conclude Sunday, March 15 at 1:30pm. For the schedule and list of panels and participants click here.
Registration is free, but limited. We encourage you to register ASAP to secure a spot. Registration is for the full day of sessions on Saturday and/or Sunday. We hope you will be able to join for both. The Friday evening plenary does not require registration and is open to the public. Click here to register!
Event Report: Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case
Earlier this month, our friends at the Center for African Studies organized a great event on mental health care for Eritrean refugees in Canada. The event, “Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case”, was co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies Program, and featured Yohannes Ferdinado Drar, a social worker at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center.
Mr. Drar spoke about his work with Eritrean refugees in Canada, and the particular challenges they face. The event attracted a diverse audience of over 60 people, including students, faculty, and members of the local Eritrean community. It generated a lively discussion, and attendees offered many insightful questions and comments. Students showed particularly high interest in the subject.
The event also introduced many to the beauty of Eritrean culture, as attendees were treated to a coffee ceremony including traditional coffee, himbasha (Eritrean soft bread) and popcorn.
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.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720


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