Tomorrow: the future of US-Canada relations; travel tips for Canadians; book launch & more

An item from another fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Tomorrow: What does a Biden administration mean for US-Canada relations?
  • In the news: NY Times: Canadians “relieved” by Biden win
  • In the news: Faculty affiliate Gabriel Lenz reflects on US election results
  • Affiliate event: Travel tips for Canadians going to the US during the pandemic
  • Affiliate event: Book launch for 2012 Sproul Fellow Celia Rabinovitch
Special Event Tomorrow
What the US Election Means for US-Canada Relations
November 17 | 12:30 p.m. | Online | RSVP here
After one of the most closely-contested elections in recent US history, Joe Biden has defeated incumbent president Trump to become the next President of the United States. What does a Biden administration mean for the future of US-Canada relations? Canadian Studies will host a special roundtable discussing the possible outcomes of a Biden presidency for bilateral relations and their impact on Canada.
Panelists will be Frédérick Gagnon, a professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a past Fulbright Chair and Sproul Fellow in the Canadian Studies Program; and Christopher Sands, director of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and a Canadian Studies board member. The discussion will be moderated by Canadian Studies director Irene Bloemraad.
An RSVP is required to attend this meeting. Please RSVP through Zoom here. If you have any questions, please email us at
In the News
NY Times: Canadians “Relieved” by Biden Win
The upcoming change in leadership in Washington has many Canadian’s wondering what’s next for relations with their southern neighbor. The New York Times took the pulse on what Canadians expect from the next four years, and found public sentiment to be largely positive on the opportunities presented by a Biden Administration. The new president’s greater political alignment with Canadians’ views on healthcare and climate change – not to mention both Biden and Harris’ ties to Canada – leave many Canadians optimistic about greater cooperation, even if challenges remain in certain policy arenas. With as many as 80% of Canadians hoping for a Biden win, officials and civilians alike feel the election results portend a return to the close, almost familial relations of previous years.
Faculty Affiliate Gabriel Lenz Reflects on Election Results
Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Gabriel Lenz, a professor of political science specializing in public opinion, was recently quoted in two notable publications analyzing causes and effects of Donald Trump’s defeat in the recent US presidential election. In a Quartz article, Lenz contextualizes Trump’s loss within his research, which shows presidential results closely tracking voter’s economic well-being. He argues that Republican’s failure to pass a second stimulus check may well have cemented Trump’s defeat.
Lenz’s research was also quoted in a second article from The Economist, showing that American’s confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine had increased after Joe Biden’s victory. In his book Follow the Leader?, Lenz establishes that party affiliation shapes voter’s views, and not the reverse – that is, voters adopt the views of their party’s leadership. The recent jump in vaccine confidence was driven by increased trust among Democrats, arguably responding to supportive messaging from Democratic leadership.
Upcoming Events
Affiliate Event: What Canadians Need to Know About Traveling to the US During the Pandemic
Nov. 17 | 4:00 p.m. | Online | RSVP here
Since the Canada-US border closed to non-essential travel several months ago, the Digital Moose Lounge has held a number of community Q&A’s, helping to answer your questions and addressing your concerns about traveling back to Canada. But what if you or your family want to travel into the United States? What, if any, restrictions exist for Canadians wishing to travel south of the border?
Join leading experts in US immigration law to answer your questions during this one-hour Q&A. Panelists will be Ting Ni (Immipartner), Ron Matten (Matten Law), and David Brown (Brown Immigration Law). RSVP here to receive a meeting link.
Affiliate Event: Virtual Book Launch for Duchamp’s Pipe by Celia Rabinovitch
Nov. 19 | 5:00 p.m. PT (7:00 p.m. CT) | Online | RSVP below
Join Celia Rabinovitch, a writer and artist who received a Sproul Fellowship from Canadian Studies in 2012, in celebrating the publication of her second book, Duchamp’s Pipe: A Chess Romance—Marcel Duchamp and George Koltanowski. The book chronicles the lives and remarkable friendship between the iconic Surrealist artist and the international chess master over three decades, four continents, and two world wars. She will be joined in conversation by Ann McCoy, a writer, artist, and editor-at-large for Brooklyn Rail in New York.
To participate in the Zoom session directly, please RSVP here. The conversation will also be livestreamed on YouTube here.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

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