Today’s the day – show your support for Canadian Studies! 🇨🇦

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


Dear Michael,
Today, Canadian Studies is taking part in Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving. As a donor-supported program, we rely on your generosity to advance our mission of promoting knowledge of Canada and its people: 76% of our budget comes from private philanthropy. Below, you’ll see examples of some of the ways we put your donations to work, from providing free public events to supporting students and research on Canada. I hope you’ll join us by making a gift of a size that feels comfortable to help us continue this important work.
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, the university will be running special timed contests with thousands of dollars in prizes for winning units. Your gift of any size could enter us to win if your name is randomly selected during the contest period – just see which group you fall into below 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 has a big impact on students!
Whether through our graduate Hildebrand Fellowships or undergraduate Ross Prize, Canadian Studies is committed to supporting Berkeley students conducting research on Canada. We’re proud to sponsor these young scholars as they engage in world-class research projects; past Hildebrand Fellows have gone on to academic appointments with schools including Yale, the University of Windsor, and Middlebury College. Read below to find out what participants have to say about the program!
“The funding that I received {from Canadian Studies} was really pivotal to my research. Admittedly, the work that I proposed was pretty ambitious (and expensive). So the Canadian Studies Program being willing to step up and put some resources on the table for me to actually get started was really key. I’m very grateful for that.”
– Dr. Daniel Suarez, 2012 Hildebrand Fellow and assistant professor of environmental studies at Middlebury College
“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 assistant professor of history at Cal State San Marcos
“Canadian Studies creates a community for those interested in just about anything related to it. After all – as someone who has lived in both Canada and the US – both countries are intricately tied together in just about every way. It was very affirming to know there is a community on campus interested in this work!”
– Evan Walsh, 2017 Ross Prize winner
After much delay, current Hildebrand Fellow Mindy Price leaves for Canada next month! An environmental sociologist and political ecologist, her research focuses on indigenous food sovereignty and the effects of climate change on agriculture in the far north. Mindy’s grant will cover her research expenses as she studies agriculture in the Northwester Territories, and how government programs interact with Indigenous sovereignty claims. (Don’t worry – we’ll also cover her COVID quarantine and other safety precautions.)
Canadian Studies supports research!
This year, Canadian Studies welcomed our first-ever full time research associate. Dr. Rebecca Wallace, a political scientist specializing in immigration and minority issues, recently joined the program a John A. Sproul Research Fellow. Dr. Wallace will assist program director Irene Bloemraad in analyzing data on attitudes toward immigrants in Canada and the United States. The project measures the effectiveness on public opinion of appeals made by immigrants and their advocates to different kinds of rights.
Here’s what our supporters have to say about the program:
“I’m very impressed with the way that Canadian Studies is run. I think it’s remarkable what you have been able to accomplish with the modest funding available. Canadian Studies does more with less than almost anyone I know, and that’s to Irene’s credit. I often tell other faculty directors that they should follow her example.”
“One of the things I enjoy the most about Canadian Studies at Berkeley is the colloquia, as it exposes me to cutting-edge research and innovative studies. I value the opportunity to connect with thought leaders in migration studies, indigenous affairs, politics, and sociology.”
“Canadian Studies provides an intellectual lifeline to Canadians at UC Berkeley and throughout the Bay Area. Whether visiting scholars passing through only for a few months, or transplants like myself who have settled here, I’ve yet to meet a Canadian affiliated with UC Berkeley who, once connected to the Canadian Studies Program, isn’t hooked!”
“Canadian Studies is a unique mix of important scholarship and community engagement. It is a cultural and intellectual home for students, academics, and the broader community. I love having a place where I can both learn what new research is taking place and witness the mixing of thoughtful, intelligent people from all over the world.”
Your donations help make free events like the following possible!
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. But when it comes to US healthcare reform, the Canadian example is much more divisive. 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.
Image: Woman protests for healthcare reform, 2009. Credit: Sage Ross on Wikimedia Commons.
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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