Wednesday: Canada’s increasing COVID divide; Commemorating residential schools

An item from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

  • “COVID-19 and Delayed Political Polarization in Canada”
  • “Canada’s Residential Schools and the Futures of Commemoration”

Research Opportunities

  • Spring Hildebrand applications close next week!

External Events

  • Digital Moose Lounge Learn to Curl Holiday Social
  • Canadian Women’s Club & Digital Moose Lounge Christmas Luncheon
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COVID-19 and Delayed Political Polarization in Canada

Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP here

The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with large degrees of deep partisan polarization. In the US case, partisanship rapidly became associated with differences in the willingness to practice social distancing, to wear a mask, and eventually to get vaccinated. It was also associated with different risk perceptions about COVID and different relationships between COVID concern and evaluation of incumbents. The Canadian case is different. Partisan differences in evaluations of COVID and behavioural responses to it were small through the first year of the pandemic, but then began to widen. Drawing on more than 100,000 survey interviews with Canadians, we explore why political polarization over COVID was delayed.

About the Speaker

Peter Loewen is the director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He is also the director of the Policy, Elections & Representation Lab (PEARL), associate director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute, a Senior Fellow at Massey College, and a fellow with the Public Policy Forum. He received his B.A. from Mount Allison University and his Ph.D. from l’Université de Montréal. Professor Loewen’s work has been published in numerous journals, and he is a regular contributor to the media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and National Post.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the School of Public Health, and the Institute of International Studies.

If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible.

Canada’s Residential Schools and the Futures of Commemoration

Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Moses | RSVP here

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2008-15) was formed to examine Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system, which had forcibly removed children from their families and communities since the 19th century, and its devastating effects on generations of indigenous citizens. Although it concluded that the system was a “policy of cultural genocide” and produced a list of “94 Calls to Action” in an attempt to repair relations, the commission was criticised as being ineffective; however, it did bring the issue of the residential schools to the forefront of the public consciousness and acknowledge a trauma that had been previously forgotten or denied. The trauma, however, has still not been addressed; in 2021, after the discovery of unmarked graves at former residential schools in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia, multiple commemorative events were held across Canada to protest the lack of action by state and provincial authorities. In response, the Canadian government pledged to fund the creation of a national monument to commemorate the victims of the Indian Residential School system, and are currently debating how this will be achieved.

This presentation examines how Canada’s Indian Residential Schools have been recently represented in select Canadian films and museums. Building on Raymond Williams’s notion of “structures of feeling” – feelings and affective states that are associated with a group at a specific time and place that are captured and evoked in art and culture – this presentation examines how these films and museums do not only represent the trauma that occurred, but also provide affective experiences to the viewer/visitor, thus commemorating the victims and the traumas experienced in both cognitive and affective ways.

About the Speaker

Corey Schultz is an associate professor in media and communication studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China and the recipient of a 2022 John A. Sproul Fellowship from UC Berkeley Canadian Studies. He is the author of Moving Figures: Class and Feelings in the Films of Jia Zhangke (University of Edinburgh Press, 2018) and the co-editor of China’s International Communication and Relationship Building (Routledge, 2022). His research has been published in Screen, Visual Communication, Moving Image Review & Art Journal, Asian Cinema, Film-Philosophy, the International Journal of Heritage Studies, and Museum Management and Curatorship.

If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible.


Spring Hildebrand Applications Close Next Week!

Spring research deadline: December 9, 2022

The Canadian Studies Program is currently accepting applications for the Edward E. Hildebrand Graduate Research Fellowship for Spring and Summer 2023. The application is open to UC Berkeley graduate students in any discipline whose work focuses primarily or comparatively on Canada. This fellowship is meant to cover direct research costs, with a typical award maximum of $5,000.

The application deadline for Spring 2023 research is next Friday, December 9; applications for Summer 2023 should be submitted by March 10.

Please visit our website for more information and full eligibility criteria, and help us share this information with your friends, students, and networks!


Digital Moose Lounge Learn to Curl Holiday Social

Friday, December 2 | 6:30 pm | Oakland, CA

Join the Digital Moose Lounge (DML) for a Learn to Curl holiday social at the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club’s new dedicated curling facility! No experience or special equipment necessary – SFBACC club members and instructors will teach the basics of the game and help participants safely try curling for the first time.

This 90-minute class includes a pre-ice time safety talk and brief introduction to the sport, guided instruction through the basics of the game on ice, and a mini-game. Tickets are $40/adult and $15/junior (21 and under).

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets by December 2.

Canadian Women’s Club & Digital Moose Lounge Christmas Luncheon

Wednesday, December 14 | 11:00 am | San Francisco, CA

The Digital Moose Lounge and Canadian Women’s Club of San Francisco invite you to a joint holiday celebration with fellow members of the Bay Area’s Canadian community. All are welcome to share a festive lunch at the beautiful Presidio Golf & Concordia Club in San Francisco. Tickets are $55 and includes your choice of entree.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets by December 4.

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