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Canada Days at MU, February 29-March 2, 2016

Please join our twelfth annual celebration of Canada Days at the University of Missouri on February 29-March 2, 2016! All events are free and open to the public.

Download 2016 Canada Days schedule here. Download 2016 Canada Days flyer (one page) here.

Monday, February 29
STRATFORD FESTIVAL: STAGE COMBAT
3:30 to 5:00 PM, Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union
Actors from the world-renowned Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, demonstrate their craft in this practical workshop. Discussion may include the Stratford Festival and its place in society and theatre history as well as Shakespeare and his influence on the 400th anniversary of his death.

Tuesday, March 1
WHY CANADA MATTERS TO MISSOURI AND MISSOURI BUSINESS
3:30 to 4:15 PM, Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall
Canada and the United States share the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade relationship, supporting millions of jobs in each country. Canada is Missouri’s #1 customer, buying more goods from the state than its next four largest foreign markets combined. 163,800 jobs in Missouri depend on Canada-US trade and investment. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the strong economic ties between Canada, Missouri and the US with Consul General of Canada, Dr. Roy Norton.  Currently representing Canada in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana, Roy Norton also served as Consul General in Detroit.  He has also served as the chief liaison with the US Congress at Canada’s Embassy in Washington D.C

Film: OUR MAN IN TEHRAN
6:30 PM, Middlebush 12
OUR MAN IN TEHRAN is an in- depth, intimate exploration of the true story behind Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film ARGO. In this gripping new documentary, the story of the “Canadian Caper” is told by the man who knows it best: Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans in his official residence and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape from Tehran. Based on Robert Wright’s book, the film uncovers new information and adds valuable context, including an historical overview of Iran, interviews with the rescued Americans, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, ex-CIA officer Tony Mendez, and many others. Post film discussion with Canadian Consul General Roy Norton.

Wednesday, March 2
COFFEE AND CANADA
10:00 to 11:00 AM, Professional 104
An informal conversation with Colleen Duke, Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Chicago, presents opportunities for research, travel, and study in Canada. Faculty and students should drop by anytime during the hour, and Colleen will provide academic and cultural information about Canada and the study of Canada.

Film: FELIX AND MEIRA
6:30 PM, Middlebush 13
The story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different lives mere blocks away from one another. Meira, a young Hasidic housewife and mother, and Félix, a man lost in mourning the recent death of his father, unexpectedly meet at a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. As Felix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she has always known or give it all up to be with Félix. The film was Canada’s entry to this year’s Oscar Awards and a winner at the Toronto International Film Festival. Post-film discussion led by doctoral students from the Department of French.

In addition, our Canadian visitors make a number of visits to University of Missouri classes. If you need more information, please contact James Endersby at endersby@missouri.edu. Our distinguished guests include:

Simon Belisle, Program Manager, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Colleen Duke, Program Officer, Canadian Consulate in Chicago
Andrea Gammon, Director of Education, Stratford Festival
Jonathan Goad, Actor, Stratford Festival
Anthony Malarky, Actor, Stratford Festival
Roy Norton, Consul General, Canadian Consulate in Chicago

Canada Days at MU, February 23-26, 2015

Download 2015 Canada Days schedule here.

Canada Days at MU, 2014

Download 2014 Canada Days schedule here.

 

War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium, February 20, 2013

Please join us for our bicentennial symposium on the War of 1812. Yes, the War of 1812 continued into 1813, and through 1815! You may remember the War of 1812 for the burning of the White House, the Battle of New Orleans, and the origin of The Star-Spangled Banner. But the War of 1812 was a critical factor in the destiny of two great countries, and it defined the future of North America. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

Wednesday, February 20th, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium (Memorial Union South)

Speakers include:

  • Major John R. Fisher (Canadian Forces College): The War of 1812 from the perspective of Canada
  • Professor L. Marvin Overby (University of Missouri): The impact of the War of 1812 on American political development
  • Author David A. Taylor (The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy): The influence of the War of 1812 on the future of the American Navy.

The War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium is sponsored by the MU Canadian Studies Center, the National Defence Public Affairs Office (of Canada), the MU Department of History, the Canadian Consulate in Chicago, and the MU Department of Political Science.

Canada Days at MU, March 5-7, 2013

Please join our ninth annual celebration of Canada Days at the University of Missouri on March 4-7, 2013. The schedule of events will be posted here soon. Events will include lectures by Bryne Purchase (Queen's University), John Petrocik (University of Missouri), a screening of the Oscar nominated film Monsieur Lazhar, and more! All events are free and open to the public.

Download 2013 Canada Days schedule here.

Did you know...

  • Canada is Missouri's largest international trading partner, with over $7.1 billion worth of goods exchanged?
  • Canada has two official languages: English and French?
  • Canada is the second largest country in the world, after Russia, in terms of land mass?
  • Canada is the fourth largest investor to the U.S. while the U.S. is Canada's number one investor?
  • More than $1.9 billion in goods and more than 300,000 people move across the Canada-U.S. border every day?

The Canadian Studies Program at the University of Missouri is a new, growing, and vibrant organization intended to promote awareness of Canada throughout the university, state, and region. A knowledge of Canada will provide students with a competitive advantage over their peers for careers in Canadian and international organizations. An understanding of Canadian culture, history and politics is particularly advantageous to Missourians, given Canada's status as our single largest international trading partner.

Contact:

James Endersby, Coordinator
Canadian Studies
College of Arts & Science
office: 113 Professional Building
phone: 573-882-4238
Fax: 573-884-5131
email: endersbyj@missouri.edu

University of Missouri-Columbia Canadian Studies Program