Happy Victoria Day! 🎆 We’re welcoming two new board members

An item that we received yesterday from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Happy Victoria Day-National Patriots’ Day!
  • Canadian Studies welcomes two new board members
  • Board member Rosann Greenspan receives legal society’s Legacy Award
  • Program coordinator Tomás Lane receives Berkeley staff excellence award
  • External event: “La dĂ©mocratie fĂ©ministe. RĂ©inventer le pouvoir”
Happy Victoria Day-National Patriots’ Day!
We wish all our Canadian friends a happy holiday, whether you’re celebrating Victoria Day or National Patriots’ Day! For many Canadians, this Monday marks the official start of summer, and is traditionally a time to celebrate with family and enjoy a long weekend. While provincial COVID restrictions have put a hold on large gatherings, we hope you’re able to get outside and celebrate safely!
Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, under whose reign the modern Canadian government was established in 1867. Begun as a celebration of the queen’s actual birthday in 1845, the modern holiday was established following Victoria’s death in 1901 to honor her role as the “Mother of Confederation”. The holiday also serves as the official birthday of the current monarch, Elizabeth II.
In Quebec, the same Monday has been designated as National Patriots’ Day since 2003. The holiday commemorates the 1837 uprisings against the British colonial government in Lower Canada (Quebec), and the fight of Quebec’s people for national recognition. Before then, it was unofficially dedicated to the folk hero Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.
Photo: Victoria Day fireworks in Toronto by beuh_dave on Flickr.
Canadian Studies Welcomes Two New Board Members
The Canadian Studies Program is excited to announce two new additions to our external advisory board: Chris Lorway and Atousa Pahlevan-Duprat. Both have strong connections to both Canada and the United States; we believe that their backgrounds and career interests will bring exciting new perspectives to the board. While their official terms begin on July 1, we’re delighted to welcome them into the Canadian Studies community now.
Chris Lorway is the executive director of Stanford Live. He was born on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He completed his undergraduate degree in music, and received an M.A. in arts administration from Columbia University. Chris has held leadership posts at arts organizations on both sides of the US-Canada border, including the Lincoln Center and Massey Hall, and also consulted globally for major organizations such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Opera. In his current role at Stanford, he oversees over 150 performances and events a season and continues to commission and develop new works. During COVID, Chris has utilized his past experiences in film and media to create a comprehensive digital season that features Bay Area musicians captured by local filmmakers.
Atousa Pahlevan-Duprat was born in Iran and immigrated to Canada in 2002. She earned a master’s in mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in software engineering from the University of Victoria. Her area of expertise is in service search and discovery, and improving relevance and ranking on search engines. Atousa’s most recent job was as a software engineer for Uber, responsible for improving relevancy on the platform’s internal search function. She also previously worked for IBM. Atousa is highly involved with the high-tech community in both Canada and the United States, and hopes to facilitate the creation of a strong Canadian-American tech community.
Board Member Rosann Greenspan Wins LSA Legacy Award
The Law and Society Association, a leading professional group for scholars of sociology of law, announced last week that Canadian Studies board member Rosann Greenspan will receive a 2021 Legacy Award from the society. The award recognizes contributions that have significantly helped to develop the association through sustained commitment to its mission and legacy, extensive service or scholarly publications that made a lasting contribution to LSA. Canadian Studies extends our warmest congratulations to Rosann for this well-deserved honour.
Program Coordinator Tomás Lane Receives UC Berkeley Staff Excellence Award
Canadian Studies congratulates program coordinator Tomás Lane, who received a 2021 Berkeley Spot Award for outstanding contributions to campus. Tomás was recognized for his excellence in service, teamwork, and inclusion. Canadian Studies director Irene Bloemraad expressed how delighted she was to learn of this award: “Tomás has been with Canadian Studies for almost 18 months, most of it during a time of unprecedented stresses that required all of us to innovate beyond the old ways of doing things at Berkeley. He has met these challenges with calm professionalism and exemplary communication with our whole community. Félicitations, Tomás!”
Affiliate/External Events
La démocratie féministe. Réinventer le pouvoir
29 mai | 12:00 p.m. | RSVP ici
Dans ce programme virtuel, l’Alliance française de Berkeley accueille Marie-Cécile Naves, Docteure en Science politique pour mener une discussion sur les nouveaux enjeux politiques internationaux, au prisme du féminisme.
Le pouvoir prédateur sur les autres et la planète, incarné par les populismes néofascistes et le néolibéralisme, n’est pas une fatalité. Avec les crises démocratiques, environnementales, sanitaires et sociales que nous traversons, ce sont à la fois les récits, les agendas et les styles politiques qui doivent être questionnés. Le féminisme figure parmi les réponses. Fort d’une histoire plurielle, sur tous les continents, il est de plus en plus inclusif et transversal. Sur les plans théorique, pratique et programmatique, en multipliant les terrains d’expression et de revendication, il propose de renouveler les cadres de pensée pour construire un nouvel universel.
Par l’onde de choc qui est la sienne, dont #MeToo n’est qu’un exemple, le féminisme, avec d’autres approches du réel, jette les bases d’un projet durable et solidaire. Il promeut aussi un nouveau leadership, fondé sur la coopération et la responsabilité collective. Dans des contextes de crise, le féminisme est indispensable au renouveau démocratique, à l’émergence d’une nouvelle forme de pouvoir, de l’action publique à l’entreprise, en passant par l’art ou encore le sport.
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