CAN Announcements

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

Canadian Studies Announcements
Spring Events Update:
Special Video Colloquium and Live Q&A, March 23/24
feat. Dr. Rebecca Wallace, Queen’s University
In compliance with public health directives, Canadian Studies has cancelled all in-person events until further notice. However, we are pleased to announce a pilot two-part online lecture next week, featuring our second postdoctoral finalist, Dr. Rebecca Wallace.
On Monday, March 23, you will receive an email with two links. The first will contain a recording of Dr. Wallace’s talk, which you will be able to watch on demand. We then invite you to use the second link on Tuesday, March 24, to join us for a live Q&A with Dr. Wallace regarding her research. We request that you view the recorded lecture before engaging in the Q&A.
Please note there is no colloquium tomorrow, March 17.
Further details on the talk are below; please contact us if you have any questions about this format or technical concerns.
Framing Deservingness in Canadian News Media
Dr. Rebecca Wallace, Queen’s University
Lecture | March 23 | Online
Live Q&A | March 24 | 12:30 p.m. | Online
Research on the framing of social assistance in Canadian media suggests that news coverage is “race-coded”, whereby Indigenous and immigrant welfare recipients are frequently portrayed as more or less deserving than non-Indigenous, native-born Canadians across a number of deservingness criteria. What are the effects of these frames on public opinion toward social assistance recipients, and support for redistribution more generally? And how do these frame effects potentially differ based on the recipients’ assumed race or country of origin?
This presentation reports the results of a custom-designed framing experiment that aims to understand how news frames affect attitudes toward Indigenous and immigrant recipients of welfare. The findings indicate that while the frames can have a significant impact on perceptions of recipients’ deservingness, the effects are conditioned by the beneficiaries’ identity as an Indigenous or immigrant recipient. Results, implications, and future research will be discussed.
Rebecca Wallace received her Ph.D. in political studies at Queen’s University. She holds a B.A.H. (with distinction) and an M.A. in political studies from the same institution. Rebecca’s research focuses on Canadian politics, broadly examining welfare chauvinism toward different racial minority groups and its manifestation in Canadian news media. Rebecca is a doctoral fellow at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations and a research assistant for the Canadian Opinion Research Archive, and held a Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (2016-2019).
Big Give Results: Our Best Year Yet!
The numbers are in! Thanks to your efforts, Canadian Studies raised an amazing $54,205 in gifts and pledges from 34 donors. That’s money that will be used to support student research, host public lectures with leading experts, and promote cultural and academic exchange between Berkeley and Canada. We want to thank each and every one of you for your participation. Your support is the foundation of our continued excellence – we couldn’t do it without you!
Former Canadian Studies Speaker Dr. Michael Benarroch Named President of University of Manitoba
Canadian Studies sends our warm wishes to Dr. Michael Benarroch, who was recently named the 12th president of the University of Manitoba. Dr. Benarroch gave a colloquium at Berkeley in 2013 entitled “Weathering the Global Financial Crisis: The Canadian Experience”, where he explained how Canada avoided the sub-prime crisis in 2008.
Dr. Benarroch is an economist specializing in international trade and development economics. He has held leadership posts at several universities, most recently as provost and vice-president at Ryerson University in Toronto and as dean of the Asper School of Business at Manitoba.
For more information, please see the full UM press release.
Other Bay Area Events Cancelled
As part of the shelter-in-place order issued by the Bay Area regional authorities, all nonessential gatherings are now banned. Events which were previously advertised in this newsletter may have been affected; please contact the official event host if you have any questions.
Canadian Studies Program
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Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720


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