Thursday event cancelled; new Hildebrand fellow studies immigration & housing policy

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

Canadian Studies Announcements
In This Issue:
Program News & Events
  • Cancelled: “Future Imaginaries of Abundant Intelligences: Indigenous Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents”
  • New Hildebrand Fellow Taesoo Song studies intersection of immigration & housing policy in Toronto
  • 2022 Thomas G. Barnes Lecture: “‘Practically American’: What a Canadian Schoolteacher’s Fight Against California’s Anti-Alien Laws Reveals About the Boundaries of American Identity”
External Events
  • Canadian films at the 2022 International Ocean Film Festival and the San Francisco Indie Fest Green Film Festival
  • Permanent Revolution: A reading and conversation with Gail Scott
Future Imaginaries of Abundant Intelligences: Indigenous Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents (April 7)
We regret to inform our subscribers that this week’s colloquium, scheduled for Thursday, April 7, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We sincerely regret this disappointment, and hope to reschedule Professor Lewis during the next academic year.
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New Hildebrand Fellow, Taesoo Song, Studies Intersection of Immigration & Housing Policy in Toronto
Canadian Studies is pleased to introduce Taesoo Song as the second recipient of an Edward Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2022. Taesoo is a Ph.D. student in city and regional planning. He is interested in the role of housing policy and neighborhood planning in promoting more equitable and socially just urban and community development, particularly for low-income and minority households.
Taesoo’s Hildebrand Fellowship will help expand the current understanding of the links between housing and immigration, as well as their broader impacts on urban environments by studying Ontario’s Non-resident Speculation Tax on Toronto. More specifically, he is interested in employing mixed methods to investigate the housing and neighborhood trajectories of immigrants to Toronto and how they are impacted by the taxation. His research will be carried out in close collaboration with the School of Cities at the University of Toronto.
Taesoo holds a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in urban planning and engineering from Yonsei University in Korea. Before starting his Ph.D. program, Taesoo worked as a researcher for the Seoul Institute, where he investigated the ongoing gentrification in Seoul’s Historic Downtown area, its impacts on local businesses and residents, and strategies for more inclusive growth.
“Practically American”: What a Canadian Schoolteacher’s Fight Against California’s Anti-Alien Laws Reveals About the Boundaries of American Identity
Thursday, April 28 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP here
Former Hildebrand Fellow Brendan Shanahan explores the case of Katharine Short, a Canadian immigrant to California who challenged early 20th-century anti-immigrant laws. In 1915, Short found her job as a California schoolteacher at risk when the state began enforcing a law barring non-citizens from public employment. She responded with a vigorous legal, public relations, political, and diplomatic campaign to save her job and those of other non-citizen schoolteachers in the state. Shanahan will discuss what the case shows about the disparate impact of the state’s anti-alien hiring laws, comparing the experiences of favorably portrayed immigrants (like white, middle-class Canadians) vs. less favored non-citizens (such as Mexican blue-collar laborers).
Brendan Shanahan is a socio-legal historian focusing on (North) American immigration and citizenship policy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from UC Berkeley, received a Hildebrand Fellowship for work in Canadian Studies, and won the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. He is currently a postdoctoral associate at the MacMillan Center and visiting lecturer in the Yale Department of History.
Canadian Films at the 2022 International Ocean Film Festival
Saturday, April 9 | San Francisco | Buy tickets here
Two feature-length Canadian films will be showcased at this year’s International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco. In Coextinction, filmmakers Gloria Pancrazi and Elena Jean travel through the Pacific Northwest to uncover the interlocking environmental issues threatening an endangered pod of orcas. And in Bangla Surf Girls, Elizabeth D. Costa and Lalita Krishna tell the story of three Bangladeshi teenagers who defy tradition and their families’ expectations with their dreams of professional surfing. Check out the full program to discover additional shorts by Canadian filmmakers!
San Francisco Indie Fest Green Film Festival
Friday, April 15 | 6:45 pm | San Francisco | Buy tickets here
This film festival will screen Forest for the Trees, the first feature film by award-winning Canadian war photographer Rita Leistner. Leistner goes back to her roots as a tree planter in the wilderness of British Columbia, offering an inside take on the grueling, sometimes fun and always life-changing experience of restoring Canada’s forests. The rugged BC landscape comes to life magically in Leistner’s photography, while the quirky characters and nuggets of wisdom shared around the campfire tell a sincere story of community.
Permanent Revolution: A Reading and Conversation with Gail Scott
Thursday, April 21 | 4:00 pm | 4229 Dwinelle Hall
The Montreal writer Gail Scott writes in the interstices of anglophone and francophone traditions, of the novel and theory, of prose and poetry. Scott’s audacious books refuse to divorce aesthetics from politics, and they demonstrate the inseparability of the erotic and the theoretical. Her innovative sentences dramatize the fractured relationship to language of minority subjects (including women, lesbians, and Indigenous people) and the sutured subjectivity that results.
In the 1970s and 80s, living in a French-speaking metropolis gave Scott a kind of privileged access to “French theory,” reading Barthes, Cixous or Derrida in the original. It also was during this period that she participated in Quebec’s feminist and formalist écriture au féminin moment alongside the poet Nicole Brossard. Her continental consciousness later led to her involvement with San Francisco’s New Narrative group in the 1990s and New York’s conceptual poetry scene in the past two decades.
Scott reflects on this trajectory in her essay collection, Permanent Revolution (Book*hug, 2021): “an evolutionary snapshot of [her] ongoing prose experiment that hinges the matter of writing to ongoing social upheaval.” She will read from her new book and then be joined by Canadian Studies faculty affiliate William Burton to discuss the politics and/of form, lesbian sexuality, colonisation, and more.
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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