Research showcase tomorrow; plus, we’re in the news!, Canadian film, & more

Note these up-coming events, including one tomorrow, from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Event tomorrow: Hildebrand Graduate Research Colloquium
  • In the news: Canadian newspaper covers our lecture on migrant worker rights
  • External event: Canadian films streaming online now
  • Affiliate event: COVID-19’s impact on people with disabilities in Canada
  • Affiliate event: Remembrance Day observances
Event Tomorrow:
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 below; RSVP to
Desirée Valadares, Ph.D. can., Architecture
“Idling No More: Reading Japanese Canadian World War II Road Camps Alongside Specters of Indigeneity on the Hope-Princeton Highway in British Columbia, Canada”
Desirée’s dissertation project is attentive to federal preservation policy and cultural heritage law as it intersects with unresolved Indigenous land claims/ Aboriginal title and Asian North American redress and war memory. She places her legal/geographic focus on two former U.S. territories (Hawai’i and Alaska) and unceded lands in Canada’s westernmost province (British Columbia).
Martha Herrera-Lasso Gonzalez, Ph.D. ’19 Performance Studies
“Regionalizing NAFTA: Theaters of Translation in Mexico City and Quebec”
Martha’s doctoral thesis outlines translation networks between the two Latin provinces of North America in the last thirty years, starting with the signing of NAFTA. In this research, she examines the theoretical and practical challenges of circulating performance texts across material and imagined spaces.
In the News
Migrant Farm Labour Talk Gets Write-up in Canadian Paper
A recent Canadian Studies colloquium on labour rights for migrant farmworkers in Canada was picked up by a paper across the border last week. The McGill Tribune, affiliated with McGill University, published a full recap of the October 6th lecture, which was entitled “Social Movements and Legal Mobilisation in Times of Crisis: Migrant Farm Worker Rights in Canada”. The featured speaker was Vasanthi Venkatesh, a professor of law at the University of Windsor who received a Hildebrand Fellowship from Canadian Studies for her doctoral research.
The story shows the expanded reach of Canadian Studies’ virtual colloquia, which now consistently reach audiences from across the United States and Canada. Read the full article online at The McGill Tribune.
Upcoming Events
Canadian Films Showing at (Virtual) Bay Area Film Festivals
Ongoing through Sunday, October 25
Three films from Canadian directors are streaming online this week from two Bay Area film festivals, thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.
Revisor (2020)
90 minutes; dir. Jeff Tudor.
Available now through Oct. 25.
The San Francisco Dance Film Festival is screening a BBC production of Revisor, the latest creation from award-winning Canadian dance-theatre makers Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young. Based on the play The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, the film explores conflict, comedy and corruption in the potent relationship between language and the body. The screening also contains a bonus program, where co-creator Jonathan Young, dancer Tiffany Tregarthen, and journalist Claudia Bauer discuss the creative process and challenges behind bringing the work to life.
The UN Association Film Festival will also be screening two documentary films from Canadian directors, listed below. Each film will be available for free, but only to California residents and only on the date listed.
Oct. 21: Cirque du Cambodia (World Premiere)
85 min., dir. Joel Gershon.
Cirque du Cambodia follows the journeys of two teenagers from rural Cambodia living out a classic fantasy – running away and joining the circus. But it isn’t just any circus they dream about; they are determined to become the first Cambodians to perform with Cirque du Soleil.
Oct. 22: Picture of His Life (2019)
75 min., dir. Yonatan Nir & Dani Menkin
Legendary underwater stills photographer Amos Nachoum always dreamed of swimming underwater with a polar bear and capturing it face-to-face on film. He tried before and barely escaped with his life, but now, as he nears the end of his career, he is determined to give it one last shot.
Affiliate Event: COVID-19 and Global Inequalities
Lecture | October 29 | 8:00 AM | Online | RSVP here
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen disproportionately on marginalized communities, and among these, on people with disabilities. University of Windsor Law professor Laverne Jacobs, an expert in disability rights law who was Canadian Studies’ inaugural Fulbright Chair in 2014, will be part of a panel discussing the impact of the pandemic on Canadians with disabilities. Professor Jacobs will offer a critique of the situation in Canada through the lens of disability rights and equality law. Other participants will include Gerard Quinn (UN Special Rapporteur on People with Disabilities and professor emeritus, National University of Ireland, Galway) and Wanhong Zhang (Wuhan University, China).
The lecture is part of “COVID-19 and Global Inequalities”, an innovative online course offered by Berkeley Law featuring faculty and students from around the world. Following the lectures, participants will be able to discuss the social inequalities relating to COVID and disability in a variety of jurisdictions.
Affiliate Event: Annual Veterans Day Observance and Evensong
Event | November 8 | 4:00 PM | Online
All are invited to join in person or online for the Annual Veterans Day Observance and Evensong hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Covina. The event will be streamed on the Facebook group of the Friends of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Covina. Be sure to request to join the group by the end of the day on Friday, November 6.
Affiliate Event: Virtual Remembrance Day Service
Event | November 11 | 10:45 AM | Online | RSVP here
Join US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion, along with their comrades from other branches in the International Western USA Zone, as they present a socially distanced, virtual Remembrance Day Service from Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, and Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood Park.
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