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Announcing the 2020 Rita Ross Prize winner; personal finances during COVID-19

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Fallon Burner wins Rita Ross Prize for Canadian Studies
  • Affiliate event: Personal Finances during COVID-19 for Canadians
Fallon Burner Wins Rita Ross Prize in Canadian Studies
We are pleased to announce that Fallon Burner is the 2020 recipient of the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Named in honor of our program’s longtime associate director, the prize recognizes outstanding original research on a Canadian topic by a UC Berkeley undergraduate student.
Ms. Burner’s winning project, “Healing Through Language: Revitalization and Renewal in the Wendat Confederacy”, was undertaken as a year-long capstone honors thesis for Berkeley’s history department, and was partially sponsored by Canadian Studies. The thesis examines the history of the languages of the Wendat Confederacy, showing the vital role that language plays in the Indigenous community, how its history is tied to issues of erasure and survival, and the role that language revitalization projects have in addressing transgenerational trauma. It also advocates for increasing Native voices in the field of history, and suggests ancestral language proficiency is a key aspect of this process.
Ms. Burner, herself a Wendat descendant, accordingly made learning to speak Wendat a central goal of her project. During her research, she conducted oral histories with members of the Wendat community at several locations, most notably at the Wendake Reserve in Québec. She also attended a First Nations Language Keepers Gathering in Saskatoon to discuss Indigenous language programs with representatives from other Canadian Indigenous communities. Ms. Burner presented the results of her research at a special panel hosted by Canadian Studies in late April, where it drew significant interest.
Now an official Berkeley graduate, Ms. Burner will be continuing her research at the University of Saskatchewan next year under Dr. Kathryn Labelle. She expressed her “profound gratitude” to Canadian Studies for providing “crucial funding in the early stages of this project”; in return, we extend our warmest congratulations to Ms. Burner for her excellent scholarship, and wish her well in her continued academic endeavours.
AFFILIATE EVENT
Chesterfield Chat: Personal Finances During COVID-19 and Cross-Border Considerations for Canadians
Panel | June 10 | 4:00 p.m. | Online – RSVP required
The Digital Moose Lounge and Royal Bank of Canada are hosting a webinar providing financial advice for Canadians living and working in the Bay Area during COVID-19.
The panel will be moderated by David Stewart, current Canadian Studies Advisory Board chair and DML board member. Other speakers will be Heather Pelant, partner at Baker Street Advisors, and Alain Forget, head of sales and business development at RBC USA.
Learn more and register here. For more information, please contact the Digital Moose Lounge directly at programs@digitalmooselounge.com.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

In the News: Student wins photography award; new faculty fiction

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Hildebrand Scholar Desirée Valadares wins prize for visual sociology
  • New short fiction from faculty affiliate Beth Piatote
Hildebrand Scholar Desirée Valadares Wins Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology
Canadian Studies is pleased to congratulate UC Berkeley graduate student Desirée Valadares, who won the third prize in the Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology. Hosted by the Social Science Research Council, the award recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work
Ms. Valadares’ photograph, “Absent Presence: Residential Barracks at Manzanar National Historic Site“, was taken during dissertation research funded in part by the Edward Hildebrand Award. The project compares historic preservation issues at several sites related to the WWII-era internment of people of Japanese descent in Canada and the United States. The photograph selected depicts the site of Manzanar Internment Camp in California, where over 10,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned between 1942-45. It conveys the haunting presence of a site that still conveys a powerful legacy despite of a lack of physical remains.
Desirée Valadares is currently pursuing a doctorate in architecture at UC Berkeley, with a focus on historical preservation, legal geography, and critical ethnic studies. For more information on her work, please visit her academic profile.
New Short Fiction from Faculty Affiliate Beth Piatote
A short story by Berkeley professor Beth Piatote was published Sunday in the Spokane Spokesman-Review’s as part of their “Summer Stories” series, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Washington’s Mount St. Helens. The piece, entitled “Rumblings”, portrays how a chance encounter brings two strangers to a passionate but ultimately ruinous finale.
Professor Piatote is an associate professor of Native American studies, specializing in Native American literature and Nez Perce language revitalization. She is Nez Perce, and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. She published her first short story collection, The Beadworkers, in 2019.
Read the full piece online at The Spokesman-Review.
Canadian Studies Program
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Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

Last chance to submit your project for the Rita Ross Undergrad Prize!

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize Applications Close Friday
Applications for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies will close this Friday, May 22. If you’re a UC Berkeley undergraduate who worked on a Canada-related project last year, make sure to submit your paper by the end of the week for a chance to win $250. We encourage friends and faculty to forward this notice to anyone qualified.
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies Program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
AFFILIATE EVENTS
Cold Drinks and Hot Topics: Rana Sarkar & Alexandre Lazarow in Conversation
Event | May 21 | 4:00 p.m. | RSVP required
On behalf of the Consulate General of Canada, we are pleased to invite you and your friends, staffs, and communities to join a happy hour chat on venture capital and entrepreneurship.
Featured guests will be Rana Sarkar, Canada’s Consul General for Northern California and Hawaii, and Alexandre Lazarow, adjunct professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, global venture investor, and author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley. This engaging discussion will address key points on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Canada, and around the world.
Register online at colddrinkshottopics.eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact the consulate directly at PALTOG@international.gc.ca.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

Welcome to new Advisory Board member, Dr. Kathrine Richardson!

An update and some events from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.  Note that one of the events is later this afternoon.


Canadian Studies Announcements
IN THIS ISSUE:
Welcome to new board member, Kathrine Richardson
Affiliate events: COVID-19 travel restrictions for Bay Area Canadians; venture capital and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Canada
Rita Ross Prize accepting applications
Welcome to New Advisory Board Member,
Dr. Kathrine Richardson
The Canadian Studies Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathrine Richardson as the newest member of our external advisory board. Dr. Richardson is an urban and economic geographer and associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her research specializes in the mobility and retention of the internationally highly skilled, and how highly-skilled foreigner professionals influence the growth and change of urban systems.
Dr. Richardson’s work focuses on transnational migrations of highly-skilled immigrants between the Americas and Asia-Pacific. In March, she gave a presentation at Berkeley on her book, Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-US Border Region. This book examines the movement of high technology and biotechnology professionals across the Canada-U.S. border under Chapter 16 of NAFTA (now USMCA) in a post 9/11 environment within the binational region of Cascadia, which includes British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon, and portions of Northern California. In addition to academic publications, Dr. Richardson conducted an important study on the mobility and settlement of highly-skilled North Americans across the Canada-U.S. border under NAFTA (now USMCA) for the executive branch of the Government of Canada.
Dr. Richardson received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of British Columbia, and did a post-doc at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on her second book.
AFFILIATE EVENTS
Tomorrow: COVID-19 US Immigration & Travel Restrictions for Bay Area Canadians
Forum | May 12 | 4:00 p.m. | Online – RSVP required
Join the Digital Moose Lounge and leading local US immigration attorneys as they discuss pressing issues and questions facing Bay Area Canadians.
Key topics covered will include family sponsorship, permanent resident applications, and temporary resident visas and work permits.
Disclaimer: The panel is a legal information session followed by a live discussion. Please keep your questions general in nature. The panelists will be unable to provide legal advice or discuss your specific case during the panel.
Space is limited – register through Eventbrite here. Please submit your questions when you register for the event. For more information, please contact the Digital Moose Lounge directly at programs@digitalmooselounge.com.
Cold Drinks and Hot Topics: Rana Sarkar & Alexandre Lazarow in Conversation
Event | May 21 | 4:00 p.m. | RSVP required
On behalf of the Consulate General of Canada, we are pleased to invite you and your friends, staffs, and communities to join a happy hour chat on venture capital and entrepreneurship.
Featured guests will be Rana Sarkar, Canada’s Consul General for Northern California and Hawaii, and Alexandre Lazarow, adjunct professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, global venture investor, and author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley. This engaging discussion will address key points on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Canada, and around the world.
Register online at colddrinkshottopics.eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact the consulate directly at PALTOG@international.gc.ca.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Accepting Applications
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies Program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

External event: COVID-19 immigration forum, Tuesday

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


SPECIAL AFFILIATE EVENT
The Canadian Studies Program is pleased to bring you this courtesy announcement from our program partners.
COVID-19 US Immigration & Travel Restrictions for Bay Area Canadians
Forum | May 12 | 4:00 p.m. | Online – RSVP required
Join the Digital Moose Lounge and leading local US immigration attorneys as they discuss pressing issues and questions facing Bay Area Canadians.
Key topics covered will include family sponsorship, permanent resident applications, and temporary resident visas and work permits.
Disclaimer: The panel is a legal information session followed by a live discussion. Please keep your questions general in nature. The panelists will be unable to provide legal advice or discuss your specific case during the panel.
Space is limited – register through Eventbrite here. Please submit your questions when you register for the event.
We hope that you will be able to join this informative community event. If you would like more information, please contact the Digital Moose Lounge directly at programs@digitalmooselounge.com.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

End-of-term announcements; Hildebrand Fellow updates

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
Last week, spring classes wrapped up for the semester at Berkeley. Students are now finishing final papers and preparing for exams. Undergraduates (and the faculty who teach them) should remember to submit final papers and projects to the Rita Ross Prize (see below for details).
We wish everyone the best as they finish their course work!
Summer Research Continues for Hildebrand Fellows
The Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellowship provides funding to graduate students undertaking research on a Canadian topic. The coronavirus pandemic has put some of our current Hildebrand Fellows’ summer research plans on hold, but they continue to analyze the data already collected and write up their research results.
New Hildebrand Fellow: Sophie Major
Canadian Studies is pleased to welcome Sophie Major, our newest Hildebrand recipient. Ms. Major is a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group, studying political theory, environmental politics, and Indigenous studies. She will be researching Indigenous political theory among First Nations peoples in British Columbia, and how political theorists ought to engage with Indigenous political thought. Her dissertation introduces a number of case studies, illustrating the strengths of an ethnographic, historicist, genealogical, and interpretive approach to the study of Indigenous political theory.
Ms. Major holds a B.A.&Sc. in interdisciplinary political studies from Quest University Canada, and has previously worked in the fields of climate change education and science communication for government.
Former Fellow Dr. Brendan Shanahan in the News
The Canadian Studies Program is also proud of our former fellows, who continue to make advancements in their fields year after year. One remarkable Hildebrand alumnus, Dr. Brendan Shanahan (Ph.D., History, right), is currently finishing his first year of a two-year postdoctoral associate position at Yale University, and recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post on the historical importance of the US Census on apportionment. The Canadian Studies Program previously sat down with Dr. Shanahan for an interview here.
You can read our interview with another former Hildebrand Fellow, Dr. Kimberly Richards (Ph.D., Performance Studies), here, or see the full roster here.
We want to hear from you!
Are you an alumnus/a or former affiliate of the Canadian Studies Program? We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! Please send your updates to canada@berkeley.edu and we may feature you in a future newsletter.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Accepting Applications
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies Program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

 

Important travel update; faculty award; colloquium recap; Ross Prize accepting applications

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


Canadian Studies Announcements
IN THIS ISSUE:
Important COVID-19 update: Canadian airlines suspend US-bound flights; new guidelines for air travel to Canada
In the News: CAN affiliate Dan Kammen elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Event Recap: Student Research Roundtable
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize now accepting applications
COVID-19 Update: Canadian Airlines suspend travel to US; New Guidelines for Anyone Returning to Canada
As of today, April 27th, 2020, all Canadian air carriers will suspend scheduled services to the United States. Please consult the websites of the various Canadian airlines to see when regular services will resume. Currently, some US air carriers still have scheduled flights between Canada and the US. If you are planning to return to Canada by air, it is recommended that you finalize your arrangements now and do not delay your return.
As part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, new guidelines were released last week that apply to any person returning to Canada by air, including the following of key importance:
  1. Travelers experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must enter a mandatory 14-day isolation.
  2. Travelers not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must enter a 14-day quarantine.
  3. Non-medical masks or face coverings are now required while in the airport and travelling by plane.
It is critically important to adhere to the new guidelines. The slower the spread of COVID-19, the faster we can get back to restaurants and concerts, sporting events and spending time with family and friends.
Further information on COVID-19 for Canadians in the US can be found here.
Canadian Studies Faculty Affiliate Daniel Kammen Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Canadian Studies sends our congratulations to faculty affiliate Professor Daniel Kammen, who was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Academy, founded in 1780, honours distinguished leaders in a variety of scholarly and artistic disciplines.
Professor Kammen is a professor of energy and resources, public policy and nuclear engineering and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. His research focuses on energy supply and transmission, smart grid and low-carbon energy systems, life-cycle impacts of transportation options and energy for community development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Professor Kammen has previously served as a member of the Canadian National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology Strategy.
Read more at Berkeley News.
Event Recap: Student Research Panel
Canadian Studies ended our spring events lineup last week with a student research panel. The event highlighted original projects undertaken by UC Berkeley students who received research funding from Canadian Studies. The panel was our third event this semester held online, and one of our most successful overall, drawing both longtime Canadian Studies community members and others interested in the specific research projects displayed. Our thanks to everyone who attended!
First to present was Boróka Bó, a doctoral candidate in sociology and demography. Boróka received a Hildebrand Fellowship to conduct research in Toronto on how socioeconomic status affected perceptions of “time scarcity” among retired people. Using a combination of survey data and in-person interviews, she discovered that while individuals from both ends of the economic spectrum experienced time-pressure, lower-income people experienced it more negatively due to quality-of-life issues caused by problems such as dangerous neighborhoods, financial stress, and caregiver responsibilities. Boróka will present her findings to the American Sociological Association this summer.
Our second speaker was Fallon Burner, an undergraduate history major and descendent of the Wendat Nation. Fallon conducted her research on language revitalization efforts on the Wendake Reserve in Québec. She argued that language plays a vital role in Indigenous communities, and suggested that revitalization projects could alleviate transgenerational cultural trauma. As a historian, she stressed the importance of increasing Indigenous voices in the field, and advocated for Native people to reclaim agency over their own narratives. After Fallon graduates next month, she will continue her research at a master’s program at the University of Saskatchewan.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Open
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720