How do expats think about Canada? Plus: Berkeley, UT, & UBC ranked top globally in sustainability ūüćÉ

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.  And we continue to be grateful for the support shown by the Canadian Studies Program at UC Berkeley.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

  • Panel: “Constructing Canadian Identity from Abroad”

Program News

  • Last chance to get your 2022 remembrance poppy!
  • UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, and University of British Columba lead global sustainability rankings
  • Faculty affiliate Hidetaka Hirota delivers talk on 19th-Century Japanese immigration at University of Toronto

Research Opportunities

  • University of Waterloo postdoctoral funding opportunities
  • Applications open for Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship

External Events

  • “Home Away From Home: Reflections on the Canadian Expat Experience”


Panel: “Constructing Canadian Identity from Abroad”

Wednesday, November 9 | 2:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP here

Celebrate 40 years of Canadian Studies at Berkeley with a lively discussion on how Canadian expatriates think about their home country, and contribute to Canada’s perception of itself. The conversation will feature contributors to the recently-published book¬†The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad, a collection of essays that explores the topic from both a theoretical and personal perspective.

The panel will be moderated by the volume’s co-editor,¬†Christopher Kirkey, director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Qu√©bec Studies at the SUNY Plattsburgh. Panelists will include Berkeley Canadian Studies Program director¬†Irene Bloemraad;¬†volume co-editor¬†Richard Nimijean,¬†Undergraduate Supervisor of Canadian Studies at Carleton University;¬†Julie Burelle, an expert on Indigenous, Quebec, and performance studies at UC San Diego. Also joining the panel will be Berkeley Canadian Studies Advisory Board chair¬†David Stewart, who recently published his own memoir (see below).

Please note that this event takes place later than our normal Colloquium time.


Last Chance to Get Your 2022 Remembrance Poppy!


Don’t forget to get your official Remembrance Day poppy before Friday! Dating back to the First World War, the¬†National Poppy Campaign¬†honours Canada’s war veterans, and commemorates those who fell. Canadian Studies is proud to partner with¬†Royal Canadian Legion, US Branch #25¬†to serve as the official distributor of remembrance poppies for the Berkeley community.

Interested persons may pick up their poppies at our office in 213 Moses Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, weekdays between 9am-5pm. While the poppy is free, the Legion gratefully accepts donations towards their Poppy Fund, which directly supports Canadian veterans and their families through the Legion National Foundation.

UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia lead global sustainability rankings

A new report has rated UC Berkeley and two Canadian universities as the most sustainable of 700 global institutions of higher education surveyed. The report, published by QS World University Rankings, is the first of its kind for the well-established British publication, and evaluated institutions on social and environmental sustainability performance. Berkeley received the number one spot, with a perfect score of 100 in both social impact and environmental impact rankings. It was followed closely by the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, which ranked overall #2 and #3.

Faculty Affiliate Hidetaka Hirota Delivers Talk on 19th-Century Japanese Immigration at University of Toronto

Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Hidetaka Hirota, an associate professor of history at UC Berkeley, travelled to Canada recently to deliver a lecture on his research at the University of Toronto. The lecture, titled “The Transnational Business, Racial Politics, and Diplomacy of Japanese Border Crossing in North America“, was sponsored by the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Drawing from his current book project that examines the tensions between nativism and demand for foreign labor in the United States, his presentation explored the social, legal, and diplomatic contexts in which Japanese migration to North America was contested at the turn of the twentieth century.


University of Waterloo Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

Application deadline: December 1, 2022

The University of Waterloo is accepting applications for its 2023 postdoctoral funding competition. Postdoctoral scholars at the University of Waterloo are a vital component in supporting the overall intellectual strength of the institution. They play an active role in planning for and carrying out Waterloo’s research programs, build alliances and intellectual bridges to other institutions and provide mentorship to our students. In return, Waterloo offers postdoctoral scholars a supportive infrastructure and mechanisms for advancing their goals. Opportunities are available in the following programs:

Applicants are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria for these programs before submitting their application. Applicants may only apply to one of the three funding opportunities and must have endorsement from a University of Waterloo faculty member prior to applying. To learn more about the competition and apply, click here.

Applications Open: Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship

Application deadline: December 2, 2022

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation aims to empower scholars to have meaningful impact in their institutions and communities. This three-year leadership program is designed to train engaged leaders, equipping individuals with the skills to translate their ideas into action, for the betterment of their communities, Canada, and the world. Scholars are selected each year and receive leadership training in the context of Brave Spaces, in addition to generous funding for their studies. Foundation Scholars receive:

  • Up to $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses to focus on their doctoral studies and the Foundation’s leadership program
  • Up to $20,000 per year for three years, for the learning of languages, for travel and accommodations for the Foundation’s leadership program and for research, networking, and travel related to their doctoral research
  • Membership in a vibrant community of scholars, mentors, and fellows, all of whom are leaders in their respective disciplines and sectors
  • Leadership training from mentors and fellows, including unique experiential learning opportunities that enrich and complement their academic experience
  • Lifelong membership in the Foundation‚Äôs alumni network.

To apply to the Scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You must be already accepted into or in year one or two of a full-time doctoral program, and expected to complete your doctoral studies in 2026 or later.
  2. Your field of study is broadly related to the humanities or human sciences of direct relevance to the future of Canada.
  3. Your doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s Four Themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment.
  4. Be a Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or foreign institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident of Canada or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution.

To learn more about the program and apply, visit the¬†Foundation’s website.


Home Away From Home: Reflections on the Canadian Expat Experience

Thursday, November 17 | 4:00 pm PT | Online | RSVP

Western Washington University will host our board chair, David Stewart, for a conversation on his new memoir, True North, Down South: Tales of a Professional Canadian in America. Using a Canadian émigré lens, the essay collection entertains and educates readers about immigrant and national identity, cultural misunderstandings, and belonging in the modern world.

David Stewart is a Bay Area-based consultant, helping Canadian tech clusters connect into the local ecosystem. He is a former “chairmoose” of the Digital Moose Lounge, an association of Canadians in Silicon Valley, and the advisory board chair of Canadian Studies at UC Berkeley. His essays have received awards in San Francisco’s Soul-Making Keats literary competition and have appeared in¬†Potato Soup Journal,¬†Bewildering Stories, and¬†The Quiet Reader.

This event will be available via Zoom: to RSVP, click here. The talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Canadian-American Studies, the Institute for Global Engagement, and the Ray Wolpow Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association.

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