Happy New Year! Check out our spring event lineup

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Our spring event lineup is here!
  • Important travel update: Negative COVID test now required to enter Canada
  • Applications open: “Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative”
  • Call for papers: “US, Canada, Quebec and the Problem of the Border”
  • Arts review + video: Against the Grain Theater’s Messiah/Complex
  • Affiliate event in French: “Le système d’immigration canadien”
Our Spring Event Lineup is Here!
Social Diversity, Partisan Identities and the 2019 Canadian Election
February 2 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Join Professor Allison Harell as she explores the ways in which intergroup dynamics structure vote choice in Canada. Drawing on the 2019 Canadian Election Study, she focuses in particular on how partisan identities and political preferences are anchored in key social cleavages in Canada that structured the way in which the 2019 election campaign played out.
Allison Harell holds the UQAM Research Chair in the Political Psychology of Social Solidarity. She is interested in how social diversity affects the political world, especially the ways in which prejudice influences public opinion formation. Her current research focuses on how intergroup relations influence support for both economic and political solidarity, as well as how intergroup perceptions spill over into electoral politics.
Film Talk: “The Blinding Sea”
March 9 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Filmmaker George Tombs will discuss his recent documentary The Blinding Sea. The film chronicles the life of Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), the first person to lead a successful expedition through the Northwest Passage. It evokes the joys, sorrows, relationships and missed opportunities in the life of Amundsen, who disappeared mysteriously without trace during a polar flight in 1928. The film places a special focus on Amundsen’s relations with the Indigenous people he encountered on his voyages, particularly the Inuit.
A link to the documentary will be sent in advance of the event. We request all participants watch the documentary prior joining the discussion.
George Tombs is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Montreal, who works in both English and French. He is currently writing a biography of Roald Amundsen. His past works include Robber Baron, a biography of controversial media tycoon Conrad Black, and his recent humorous novel Mind the Gap.
Panel Discussion: The Canadian Healthcare System:
A Model for the US?
April 6 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Most Canadians are proud of their national healthcare system, widely considered one of the best in the world. With healthcare again at the center of US policy debate, a growing number of Americans are holding up Canada as a model for a potential US single-payer system. However, for many others a “Canadian” system conjures images of long waits and rationing. Join Canadian Studies for a special panel exploring how Canada’s healthcare system really works, and why its perception in the US is so polarized.
Gregory Marchildon is a professor of comparative healthcare at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He specializes in Canada’s healthcare system and has written extensively on comparative policy.
Amanda Aronczyk is a journalist and host of the NPR show Planet Money. Her recent episode “Frame Canada” explored the US insurance lobby’s long-running PR campaign against Canada’s healthcare system to block major healthcare reform.
Psychedelics, eh? Canada’s Role in a Psychedelic Renaissance
April 27 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
In the 1950’s, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan was on the cutting edge of research into hallucinogenic drugs. Under the province’s massive healthcare reforms, researchers received grants to pursue LSD treatments they thought could revolutionize psychiatry. What do these experiments say about Canada’s healthcare system and society at the time? And what can we learn from the program’s successes and failures at a time when psychedelics are attracting renewed scientific and public interest?
Erika Dyck is the Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She specializes in the history of psychiatry, and has written several books on the history of psychedelic research and eugenics in Canada.
Travel Update: Negative COVID-19 test now required to enter Canada by air
The Government of Canada has issued a directive that as of January 7, all travellers over five year old must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test when entering the country by air. The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure, and documentation must be provided at the time of boarding. Travellers authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Applications Open for Cross-Border Art Project
Canada’s diplomatic missions in the United States are proud to partner with the Toronto-based Social Distancing Festival to present a new collaborative, interdisciplinary series called Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative, which will bring together artists who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour in Canada and the United States to create collaborative projects that draw inspiration from the theme “Art Today”.
All chosen artists who complete a collaborative art piece for the project will receive USD $1000, as well as USD $200 for expenses. For more information about the process and eligibility requirements, please click here. The deadline for submissions is January 22, 2021.
Call for Papers: “United States, Canada, Quebec and the Problem of the Border”
The Canadian Studies and American Studies programs at Bridgewater State University invite submissions for their rescheduled interdisciplinary student research conference on the subject “United States, Canada, Quebec and the Problem of the Border” to be held live in virtual format on Friday, April 2, 2021. Proposals from undergraduate university students in the United States and Canada on all subjects are welcome.
The revised deadline for proposals is Monday, February 15, 2021. Please see here for full eligibility criteria and submission details.
Arts Review + Video: Messiah/Complex by Against the Grain Theater
Last month, award-winning Toronto-based opera collective Against the Grain Theater released a new performance of the holiday classic, Handel’s Messiah – with a Canadian twist. Titled Messiah/Complex, the updated performance is fresh take on an iconic piece that celebrates Canada’s diversity, including passages sung by Indigenous singers and members of other minority communities.
Former Berkeley staff member Elsa Tranter wrote a glowing review of the piece for Canadian Studies, which can be read on our website here.
The performance is available for free through January 31 on the group’s website; AtG Theaters accepts donations here.
Affiliate Event
Conférence: “Le système d’immigration canadien”
February 3 | 4:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Note: This event will be conducted in French.
L’immigration a joué un rôle très important dans l’histoire et le développement du Canada en tant que pays. Dans ce programme virtuel, l’Alliance française de Berkeley accueillera deux experts pour mener une discussion sur le système d’immigration du Canada. Ils présenteront comment le système canadien se compare à celui des États-Unis, les avantages et les possibilités associés à l’immigration, ainsi que les défis potentiels.
Les panelistes seront Irene Bloemraad, une sociologue politique et directrice du Programme d’études canadiennes à l’Université de Californie à Berkeley, et Yves Beaulieu, le consul pour la politique étrangère et la diplomatie au consulat général du Canada à San Francisco.
Canadian Studies Program
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