Berkeley (and US) commit to international engagement: Indigenous arts workshop Thursday

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Event next week: Social Diversity, Partisan Identity & the 2019 Canadian Election
  • Important travel update: Negative COVID test now required to enter the US
  • Berkeley unveils new “Principles of International Engagements”
  • US-Canada relations looking up – but challenges remain ahead
  • Last chance to see choral performance Messiah/Complex for free
  • Talk on Indigenous arts with Messiah/Complex co-director Reneltta Arluk
  • Affiliate event in French: “Le système d’immigration canadien”
Event Next Week
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 is a professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and 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.
Travel Update: Negative COVID-19 Test Now Required to Enter US by Air
The United States Government has issued an order that as of tomorrow, January 26, all travellers over two year of age 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 before boarding. This order includes travellers who are merely transiting through the United States to another destination. Those authorized to remain in the United States are requested to comply with a 10-day quarantine. Learn more and read the full order here.
UC Berkeley Issues New “Principles of International Engagement”
The UC Berkeley Global Engagement Office has announced a new set of guiding principles that affirm the university’s “unequivocal commitment” to international collaboration and leadership. Under the new principles, the university continues to advocate the free exchange of ideas and people across national borders in a spirit of academic enquiry. The university also commits to creating a welcoming environment for cross-cultural exchange, and to fostering new partnerships and research agreements with international institutions.
The Canadian Studies Program welcomes these new principles, which directly align with our own values and aims.
US-Canada Relationship on Upswing – But Challenges Remain Ahead
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office issued an official statement last week congratulating Joseph Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. The Prime Minister stressed the United States and Canada’s longstanding friendship and values and policy goals shared with the new administration. Both leaders seek a reset of relations that came under heavy strain in recent years, and Biden chose Trudeau for his first official call with a foreign leader. However, policy disagreements persist despite the good feelings – in their call, Trudeau expressed “disappointment” with Biden over the president’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline in one of his first executive actions. Nevertheless, both leaders agreed to meet next month to discuss ways to improve cross-border cooperation, particularly with regards to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, which both governments consider a “fundamental priority”.
Affiliate/External Events
Last Chance to Stream Messiah/Complex for Free
Ends January 31 | Stream here
Toronto-based opera collective Against the Grain Theater’s award-winning Messiah/Complex wraps up its virtual run this Sunday, January 31. Directed by Joel Ivany and Reneltta Arluk, it presents a fresh take on Handel’s classic Messiah that has garnered praise from critics – including our own reviewer! The performance is available to stream free through this weekend on the company’s website.
Ataramik (Always): A Conversation with Reneltta Arluk
January 28 | 3:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET | RSVP here
The Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge invite you to join their Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop series, co-convened by Boston University’s Adriana Craciun (a past Canadian Studies colloquium speaker) and Cambridge’s Michael Bravo.
For Thursday’s workshop, they will be joined by Reneltta Arluk (Inuvialuit, Dene, Cree), the Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and director of the Akpik Theatre. She was the first Inuk and Indigenous woman to direct at the Stratford Festival, where she won the 2017 Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award. She also co-directed the award-winning and innovative 2020 performance Messiah/Complex, which highlights Indigenous singers and languages of Canada.
Registration is required and free—once registered, you will receive a secure zoom link to hear the presentation and join the conversation afterwards. Learn more and RSVP here.
Conférence: “Le système d’immigration canadien”
February 3 | 4:30 p.m. PT | 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.
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