First fall speaker announced, aid for Canadian students, & Canada Day celebrations

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

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • First speaker for fall colloquium announced
  • Emergency aid for Canadian students affected by COVID-19
  • Canada Day events in the Bay Area
Dr. Debra Thompson to Open Fall Colloquium
Canadian Studies is pleased to announce that Professor Debra Thompson, a leading scholar of comparative politics of race, will give our first fall colloquium lecture (date TBA). Born in Canada, Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She later moved to the United States, where she taught at several universities. Dr. Thompson recently returned to Canada, where she is currently an associate professor in political science at McGill University.
Professor Thompson’s research focuses on the relationship between racial inequality and political structures in democratic societies. She is currently working on two books: one exploring the global appeal of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the other examining the persistence of racial inequality in Canada. The Globe and Mail recently published an essay by Dr. Thompson on her experiences being Black on both sides of the Canada-US border, which can be read online here.
Canadian Government Aid for Students Affected by COVID-19
The Government of Canada is offering a Canada Student Emergency Benefit (CSEB) grant to assist Canadian students at institutions in Canada and abroad (including UC Berkeley and other U.S. institutions) who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Applicants are eligible if the are a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, and are 1) currently enrolled in a post-secondary program, 2) have applied to a program that begins before February 1, 2021, or 3) graduated from such a program in December 2019 or later.
We highly encourage all our affiliates to share this information with any students who might benefit. Read the full qualifications and apply here.
Canada Week is Coming! Here’s What Going on in the Bay
In honor of the upcoming Fête nationale du Québec (June 24) and Canada Day (July 1), the Canadian Studies Program is pleased to highlight some Bay Area celebrations for Canadians. If you have an event that you would like us to highlight in our next newsletter, please let us know! #CanadaDayInTheBay
Canada Week at the Digital Moose Lounge
June 24-July 1
The Digital Moose Lounge, a social networking club for Canadians living in the San Francisco Bay Area, is celebrating Canada Week with a wide variety of online activities: French lessons for children, virtual tastings of Canadian wines, and a discussion of Canada’s peculiar “third national sport”, curling.
Visit the Digital Moose Lounge’s website for an up-to-date list of scheduled activities.
Virtual Canada Day Celebration
July 1
Celebrate the 153rd anniversary of Confederation with Canadians and friends around the world! Tune in on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s rich history and culture in a virtual Canada Day celebration hosted by Connect2Canada. Post your celebration to social media with the tag #CanadaDayUSA, and be sure to tag @Connect2Canada.
Learn more at Connect2Canada, or at the Canada Day Across America Facebook page.
Commemoration Day Sunrise Service
July 1, 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT
The Royal Canadian Legion – US Branch #25 of the San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting a solemn service recognizing the contributions of Newfoundland and Labrador to Canada’s armed forces. The date commemorates Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, where over 700 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were killed on the first day of the Somme Offensive during WWI. The service will be webcasted at 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., and will last approximately 45 minutes.
For more information, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website.
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