Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Plus: Program director Rhodes to retire; new faculty affiliate

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area (and we thank the folks at the UC Berkeley for the continued promotion of our events).


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Happy National Indigenous People’s Day!
  • Canadian Studies co-director Richard A. Rhodes officially retires after 35 years
  • Canadian Studies welcomes new faculty affiliate Sabrina Agarwal
  • Fulbright Fellowship opportunities for US scholars in Canada
  • External Event: DML x Augie’s Canada Day picnic
  • External Event: The US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement turns one
  • External Event: Commemoration Day Service
Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!
Today, June 21, marks the 25th anniversary of Canada’s official celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day. First officially proclaimed in 1996, the day is a time for all Canadians to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Canadian Studies is proud to partner in this effort to engage the public in a dialogue on the past, present, and future of Canada’s Indigenous communities. As we said earlier this month, we encourage all our friends to take this opportunity to learn more about Canada’s Indigenous people from a historical context through the present day.
Visit the official National Indigenous Peoples Day website for a variety of resources on the origins of the holiday; sources of Indigenous history; and information on the Government of Canada’s Reconciliation program.
After 35 Years at Berkeley, Canadian Studies Co-Director Richard Rhodes is Officially Retiring
On July 1st, as Canada celebrates its national birthday, Canadian Studies Program co-director Richard Rhodes will officially retire from teaching after nearly thirty-five years on the Berkeley campus. Fortunately, he will be staying on as a co-director for the program and retain his role as the chair of the faculty advisory committee.
A professor of linguistics, Professor Rhodes specializes in North American Indigenous languages and is a recognized authority on the Algonquian language family. Professor Rhodes has written extensively on the Ojibwe dialects of southern Ontario and Michigan, including compiling a dictionary of Odawa and Eastern Ojibwe. He has also engaged in the documentation and historical analysis of the endangered Métis language, Métchif, spoken in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Professor Rhodes joined the Berkeley faculty in 1986 and has been involved with Canadian Studies since the beginning. He was originally recruited as a faculty affiliate by program founder Thomas G. Barnes, who admired his research on Canadian Indigenous languages. Rhodes was appointed program co-director in 2016 alongside current director Irene Bloemraad.
Apart from his academic work, Professor Rhodes has served for almost two decades as associate dean in the undergraduate advising office of the College of Letters & Science.
Professor Rhodes looks forward to remaining involved with Canadian Studies and with undergraduate advising. We invite you to join Canadian Studies in congratulating him on his well-deserved retirement.
Canadian Studies Welcomes Anthropologist Sabrina C. Agarwal as Newest Faculty Affiliate
Canadian Studies is pleased to announce Sabrina C. Agarwal, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, as our newest faculty affiliate.
Professor Agarwal is an expert in skeletal biology, whose research investigates anthropological questions through a biocultural approach. She obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where she worked in both the Department of Anthropology and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. She spent the following two years as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, and subsequently was a faculty member for one year at the University of Toronto before coming to UC Berkeley.
Her research interests focus broadly on age, sex and gender-related changes in bone quantity and quality. More recently, she has worked in the application of research in bone maintenance to dialogues of social identity, embodiment, developmental plasticity, disability, and inequality in bioarchaeology. She has examined age- and growth-related changes in several historic British and Italian archaeological populations, as well as the long-term effect of growth and reproduction (parity and lactation) on the human and non-human primate maternal skeleton, studying samples from prehistoric Turkey and Japan. She is currently co-directing the study of archaeological human remains from the medieval site of Villa Magna, Italy.
Her current research is also invested in bioethics of skeletal biology/bioarchaeology, specifically the practice and ethics of skeletal conservation, and she currently serves as chair of the UC Berkeley NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Advisory Committee, which advises the campus on issues related to Native American cultural artefacts and human remains.
Professor Agarwal is interested in the philosophies of teaching, and actively involved in the pedagogical training of current and future college instructors. At UC Berkeley she has mentored several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows. She co-authored the leading active learning based-lab manual for introductory courses in bioanthropology, Laboratory Manual and Workbook for Biological Anthropology (2019, Norton), was the co-founding editor-in-chief for Bioarchaeology International, and served on the editorial board of American Antiquity.
Fulbright Opportunities in Canada for US Citizens
Fulbright Canada is currently accepting applications from US scholars interested in teaching or conducting research in our northern neighbor. For 2022/2023, Fulbright Canada is offering more than 50 research chairs at top Canadian institutions across a wide variety of disciplines. Fulbright grants support research with colleagues across Canada for a 4 to 9-month period. Applicants must be US citizens and possess an Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree.
Applications are accepted through September 15th, 2021. To learn more about the program, eligibility, and the application procedure, click here.
External Events
DML x Augie’s Canada Day Picnic
June 27 | 12-3 pm | 300 Essex Way, Berkeley | RSVP here
Come celebrate Canada Day with Augie’s Montréal Smoke Meat and your fellow Bay Area Canadians – IN-PERSON & SOCIAL DISTANCED! Jam to your favourite Canadian bands, cheer to ice-cold beers and indulge in a special “O Canada” menu including classic Montreal smoked meats and poutine!
Learn more and read the full menu here. An RSVP is requested to ensure availability of food and adherence to social distancing guidelines.
THE USMCA at One
June 30 | 11 am PT (2 pm ET) | Online | RSVP here
July 1 will mark the first year anniversary of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The COVID-19 pandemic made the implementation of the USMCA more challenging than previously hoped. However, this past year also highlighted the critical need for collaboration among the United States, Mexico, and Canada to implement the USMCA; a key component of the North American partnership.
Join the Wilson Center’s Mexico and Canada Institutes for a conversation with the trade ministers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This event will focus on the biggest lessons learned from the first year of USMCA, as well as on the top priorities for North American collaboration in the years ahead.
Commemoration Day Service
July 1 | 10 am PT | Online | RSVP here
Join Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 (representing the San Francisco Bay Area), along with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, as they present a virtual Commemoration Day. While July 1st is Canada Day, for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians it is also Memorial Day, or Commemoration Day. The date commemorates the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, where over 700 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were killed or wounded on the first day of the Somme Offensive during World War I.
For more information, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website.
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