Online colloquium now available!

Note this creative alternative from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Online Colloquium Now Available:
Meet Our Second Postdoctoral Finalist!
The Canadian Studies Program is excited to launch our first-ever online colloquium, featuring our second postdoctoral finalist, Dr. Rebecca Wallace. This special pilot event has two parts, so please read these instructions carefully.
The fist link below contains a ~45-minute recording of Dr. Wallace’s lecture, which can be viewed at any time. After watching the lecture, use the second link at our regular colloquium time tomorrow, March 24, at 12:30 p.m. (PT) to join us for a live Q&A with Dr. Wallace about her research. Please view the recorded lecture before engaging in the Q&A.
If you have any technical questions, experience trouble connecting, or would like to share comments on this format, please contact us at
Framing Deservingness in Canadian News Media
Dr. Rebecca Wallace, Queen’s University
Lecture | March 23 | On-demand | 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).
Note: The linked video contains copyrighted material and should not be downloaded, reproduced, or shared without the author’s explicit permission.
Live Q&A With Dr. Wallace
March 24 | 12:30 p.m. (PT) | Online
Join Dr. Wallace for a live Zoom session where she will answer your questions about her research. This Q&A presupposes that you have seen her recorded lecture.
You do not need to have a Zoom account to join, but we recommend testing the link below five minutes before we start to check your connection. When you join the meeting, please mute your computer or phone microphone. We will use the chat and “raise hand” functions to collect question from video participants, and will call on those joining by phone.
Please note that the following link is for desktop/laptop computer use only. If you are connecting by mobile or would prefer to call in, please see below.
Other ways to join:
If you are using a smartphone, please use this one-tap mobile link (US only).
+16699006833,,531302352# US
To call in by phone, dial +1 669-900-6833 (US) or +1 778-907-2071 (Canada), and enter Meeting ID: 531 302 352.
If you are calling in from a country other than the US or Canada, please consult this list to find your local dial-in number.
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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