Show your support for Canadian Studies this Thursday!

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

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Special message from Director Bloemraad: Why your gift makes a big difference!
  • Tomorrow: Filmmaker George Tombs discusses his film The Blinding Sea
  • Upcoming event: Is Canada’s healthcare system a model for the US?
  • External event: “Canadian Network Spotlight” video series
Dear friends,
Tomorrow, it will be one year since the Canadian Studies team was last on campus. A lot has changed for our program in those twelve months; however, our commitment to promoting a greater understanding of Canada and its people has never waivered. And while we’ve certainly faced challenges, we’ve also found some surprising opportunities to strengthen our program during that time.
In this “virtual” year, we’ve found new ways to expand our reach and reach an international audience. Our online colloquia have attracted guests from across North America; in fact, they’ve been so successful we plan to make future in-person events available online. When travel restrictions grounded our Hildebrand Fellows last year, we offered spot awards to help grad students struggling financially. And we’ve taken the opportunity to re-launch our newsletter and social media to better communicate the work that our program and our wonderful student affiliates are doing.
This Thursday, March 11, is Big Give, Berkeley’s annual giving day. If you believe that the work we do is valuable, please help us with a financial donation. Canadian Studies is a donor-supported program, with three-quarters of our funding comes from private donations. At a time when many small programs are struggling, your generosity ensures that we can continue providing quality free programming to the community and supporting promising student researchers.
Irene Bloemraad
Program Director
Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies
Read this before you give: you could help us win a big prize!
Throughout the day on March 11, the university will be running special timed contests with thousands of dollars in prizes for winning units. Your gift of any size could help us win big if your name is randomly selected during the contest period.
Our priority contests are below; just see which group you fall into and make your gift during the contest window. It’s that easy!
  • Anyone: Sign up for a recurring gift ($1,500)
  • Berkeley alumni: Donate between 10 a.m. and noon PT ($1,500)
  • Non-alumni: Donate between 9-11 a.m. PT ($1,500)
Canadian Studies makes a big impact on students!
“Knowing that Canadian Studies was here made me feel confident that I could keep my connection to Canadian scholarship… It was actually a major draw in deciding to come to Berkeley! I also appreciated the way that Canadian Studies works hard to integrate graduate students by giving us opportunities to share our research and practice presenting our work in a supportive environment.”
  • Dr Julia Lewandoski, 2016 Hildebrand Fellow and current assistant professor of history at Cal State San Marcos.
Your donations help make free events like the following possible.
Upcoming Events
Free Documentary and Film Talk: The BIinding Sea
March 9 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Join filmmaker George Tombs for a discussion of his 2020 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 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.
The documentary is currently available online to registered attendees. We request that all participants watch the film prior to joining the director’s talk tomorrow.
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. However, in the United States opponents on both sides of the healthcare reform debate frequently reference the Canadian experience. For a growing number of Americans, Canada is 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 reputation 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 co-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.
Daniel Béland is the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and James McGill Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He studies social policy and health care reform, and their relationship to fiscal policy.
Image: Woman protests for healthcare reform in Connecticut, 2009. Credit: Sage Ross on Wikimedia Commons.
Affiliate/External Events
Video Series: Canadian Network Spotlights
Ongoing | Watch here
The Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Innsbruck has launched a new series highlighting the work of the university’s Canadian partners. A new video will be released every Monday in March; please visit the website for a full speaker list. Sample topics include “Approaching Feminism in Canadian, Indigenous and Québécois Literatures” and “How Does Reconciliation With Indigenous People Work in the Face of Canadian Nationalism?”
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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