Prof. Bloemraad interviewed on citizenship & belonging; Migrant worker rights during COVID

An update from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Event next week: Migrant farmworker rights during COVID-19
  • In the news: Prof. Bloemraad interviewed on immigration podcast
  • Upcoming event: Hildebrand Graduate Research Colloquium
Social Movements and Legal Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: Migrant Farm Worker Rights in Canada
Lecture | October 6 | 12:30 p.m. | Online – RSVP here
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected migrant farm workers. Former Hildebrand Fellow Vasanthi Venkatesh, a professor of law at the University of Windsor specializing in social movements and immigration, gives context to the crisis by showing how the pandemic has overlaid itself onto existing systemic racial discrimination against migrant farm workers embedded in law and policy. She also shows how migrant farm worker advocates have responded to the crisis by exposing the racial capitalism of the Canadian agricultural economy, using radical narratives to challenge these systems.
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In the News
Prof. Bloemraad Talks Immigration on Popular Podcast
Canadian Studies director Irene Bloemraad recently appeared as a guest expert on the podcast How to Talk to [Mami & Papi] About Anything. The podcast is hosted by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, a former producer of NPR’s Code Switch, and is aimed at adult children of immigrants, with a goal of “help{ing} them with difficult, but necessary conversations.”
Professor Bloemraad appears in Ep. 21, “The Mixed Privilege of Being A White Immigrant”. She provides context to one woman’s experience as the daughter of an immigrant in the United States and later an immigrant herself in Canada, exploring the complex meanings of citizenship and what it means to belong in a country. The official episode summary is below; listen online at
Vanessa’s mother moved from Germany to the U.S. as an adult. Vanessa, who was born in the U.S., immigrated to Canada and finds herself comparing their experiences in their adopted countries as she watches her home country from The North. Then, Juleyka speaks with a sociologist who puts citizenship and belonging into a larger context.
Upcoming Events
Hildebrand Graduate Research Colloquium
Colloquium | October 20 | 12:30 p.m. | Online – RSVP here
Learn about the research Canadian Studies funds through our Edward Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowships, as recipients present short overviews of their projects. Participating scholars are Desirée Valadares, (“Idling No More: Reading Japanese Canadian World War II Road Camps Alongside Specters of Indigeneity on the Hope-Princeton Highway in British Columbia, Canada”) and Martha Herrera-Lasso Gonzalez (“Regionalizing NAFTA: Theaters of Translation in Mexico City and Quebec”).
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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