Canada Days at MU, March 5-7, 2013
Please join our ninth annual celebration of Canada Days at the University of Missouri on March 5-7, 2013! All events are free and open to the public.
Download 2013 Canada Days schedule here.
TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH
"RELIGION, RELIGIOSITY, AND THE MORAL DIVIDE IN CANADIAN POLITICS" by Professor John Petrocik
12:00 PM, Memorial Union, N 103C Stotler Lounge III
Commentaries on the Canadian political party system have emphasized the importance of the internal workings of parties, the roles of elites, activists, new technologies, the influence of regional divisions and language. The focus has overshadowed the influence of the social issues. This talk outlines partisan politics, paying attention to the role of religion in shaping party loyalty and voters' attitudes on various issues. FREE SHAKESPEARE’S PIZZA WILL BE SERVED
Film: MONSIEUR LAZHAR
7:00 PM, Lefevre 106
This 2012 Oscar nominated film is the story of Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant hired to replace a beloved elementary school teacher. While the class adjusts to the change, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. This film depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH
Film: INUUVUNGA -- I AM INUK, I AM ALIVE
2:00 PM Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union
This National Film Board of Canada documentary was created by Inuit (formerly known as Eskimo) high school students in far northern Quebec, documenting their final year in the high school and a rapidly changing culture.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH
“COFFEE, COLLEEN, AND CANADA” meeting with Colleen Duke, Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Chicago
9:30 AM, 104 Professional Building (909 University Avenue, across from Middlebush Hall)
An informal conversation 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.
“ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY AND THE NORTH AMERICAN DESTINY” presented by Dr. Bryne Purchase, Queens University, Ontario, Canada
3:30 PM, Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall
The short history of economic growth focuses principally on the human institutions that promote rapid technological change. In this regard, geography is not destiny. Rather, institutions hold center stage. But even the most sophisticated tools do not work without energy; and humans cannot live without it.
This speech outlines the central importance of energy to economic growth. It then reviews how Canada and the United States, while having marginal differences in their institutions, have become more deeply integrated around the energy sector of their two economies and how this fortune of geography will distinguish their mutual destiny from the decline of Europe and the rise of Asia.
7:00 PM, Middlebush 12
Winner of many film festival awards in 2012, the film features a fortysomething slacker who receives other life-changing news as his lover announces her pregnancy. One hundred forty two people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. This fantastic comedy has been optioned by Hollywood for a US remake.
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)
- 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.
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.