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Canada Days at MU, February 23-26, 2015

Please join our eleventh annual celebration of Canada Days at the University of Missouri on February 23-26, 2015! All events are free and open to the public.

Download 2015 Canada Days schedule here.

Monday, February 23rd
3:30 to 4:30 PM, Middlebush 211
President Harry S. Truman’s relationship with Canada has received limited attention from historians. But the 33rd president’s appreciation for our “good neighbor to the north” resulted in significant political and economic advances on both sides of the border while fostering an alliance that underpinned America’s global engagement. Approaching the 70th anniversary of Truman’s move into the White House in April 1945, Roy Norton, the Canadian Consul General to Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin, discusses key elements from the period 1945-53 that saw Canada attain its ongoing status as America’s best customer and closest ally.

Tuesday, February 24th
3:30 to 4:15 PM, Cornell Hall Auditorium
As a natural gateway to North America, Québec enjoys privileged access to a market of more than 460 million consumers through its participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2013, the Québec government released it Economic Policy - Putting Jobs First, an ambitious policy backed by substantial resources that makes job creation the number one priority. Recently, the province announced the Plan Nord, designed to ensure the coherent and integrated development of an immense territory that covers 1.2 million square kilometres and accounts for 72% of Québec’s geographic area. Catherine Tadros, Director of Economic Development at the Québec Government Office in Chicago, will speak to why Québec is an unparalleled business environment that you should know about.

Film: Un Rêve Américain (American Dream)
7:00 to 8:30 PM, Middlebush 211
92 minutes, French and English, 2013
Director : Damien Robitaille
A French speaking musician from English speaking Ontario, Damien Robitaille introduces us to the extraordinary history of the people in the United States of French Canadian heritage. Driving from Montreal to Los Angeles, winding his way through New England, New York, Michigan, Missouri and the West, he brings the milestone events of their exodus to life, uncovering a paradoxical, almost imaginary society dissolved into American life but still very much alive. Through his travels, we begin to understand a multifaceted diaspora three centuries old and more than 12 million strong.

Wednesday, February 25th
Film: Café de Flore
7:00 to 9:00 PM, Middlebush 211
120 minutes, French, 2011
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
A love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. 

Thursday, February 26th
12:00 to 1:00 PM, Memorial Union S110
Whether Canadian voters maintain long-term party attachment in a manner similar to American voters is the subject of scholarly debate.  The American perspective, with a tradition of weak parties but strong partisanship, contrasts with the Canadian environment of strong parties but weak partisanship.  MU Political Scientists James Endersby and Matthew Newton explore individual Canadian voters variation in partisan support across federal and provincial elections.

2:00 to 3:00 PM, 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: Rhymes for Young Ghouls
7:00 to 9:00 PM, Middlebush 211
88 minutes, English and Mi'g Maq, 2013
Director: Jeff Barnaby
Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976. By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna's and at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her "truancy tax", keeping her out of St.D's. But when the money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila's world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight... and Mi'gMaq don't run. Winner of 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival award for best Canadian first feature and 2014 Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for best director of a Canadian film.


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.


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

University of Missouri-Columbia Canadian Studies Program