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Canada Days at MU, March 6-March 10, 2017

Please join our thirteenth annual celebration of Canada Days at the University of Missouri, March 6-March 10, 2017! All events are free and open to the public.

Download 2017 Canada Days schedule here.

Monday, March 6
TWELVE YEARS OF CHANGE: FROM CALGARY TO VICTORIA AND BACK
Monday, March 6th, 3:00 PM, Walt Disney Room, N206 Memorial Union
School of Natural Resources Professor Dr. David Vaught leads a 17-day summer study abroad course that explores Western Canada, its people and environment. Students hike, climb and kayak through the West, learning about everything from the management of natural resources to cultural entrepreneurship. Since 2005, Dr. Vaught has seen many changes from exchange rates to global warming to new destinations on the trail. He will share his stories and offer insight into this beautiful part of North America.

Tuesday, March 7
THE CHESLATTA CARRIER NATION STORY: FLOOD, FIRE, AND SURVIVAL – A DARK CHAPTER IN CANADIAN HISTORY
Tuesday, March 7th, 9:30 AM, Stotler Lounge, N-103 Memorial Union
Mike Robertson, Senior Policy Advisor for the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, British Columbia, will present on a dark chapter in Canadian history when in April 1952, the Cheslatta people were forcibly evacuated from their traditional territory to make way for the Aluminum Company of Canada’s Kemano hydroelectric project. Robertson will tell the story of the Cheslatta journey of healing, celebrating courage, resilience and reconciliation.

LUNCHTIME LECTURE – THE CANADIAN STYLE OF GOVERNING
Tuesday, March 7th, 12:00 PM, Walt Disney Room, N206 Memorial Union
Dr. Alasdair Roberts, Professor at the Truman School of Public Affairs and a Canadian, will share a broad view of Canadian government development. As Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, this talk will show how the nation has grown and changed since Confederation. Shakespeare’s Pizza will be served.

CANADA 150 MEET-AND-GREET WITH CANADIAN CONSUL GENERAL STEVE BRERETON
Tuesday, March 7th, 3:00-4:30 PM, Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union

Canada turns 150 years old this year and the celebration has already begun. The party is coming to campus during Canada Days programming at the university. Join Consul General Steve Brereton as well as Consulate and Canadian Studies Center staff for food and conversation. You can even score some 150 swag. All Canadians and fans of Canada are warmly welcomed.

Wednesday, March 8
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: THE MAN WHO WENT TO THE DUMP AND NEVER RETURNED (CO-SPONSORED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY)
Wednesday, March 8, 3:00 PM, Walt Disney Room, N206 Memorial Union
Mike Robertson, Senior Policy Advisor for the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, will discuss his nearly forty-year career with Cheslatta Carrier Nation, an aboriginal band (the legal term in Canada for an aboriginal government) in British Columbia. From a remarkable chance discovery at the local dump in the early 1980s, Robertson has dedicated his career to the Cheslatta people and land. This professional development colloquium will focus on finding meaningful work that you are passionate about in your career, and how and when to take risks in search of an original career. Students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions with Mike during and after the colloquium.

FILM - WINDOW HORSES: THE POETIC PERSIAN EPIPHANY OF ROSIE MING (85 minutes)
Wednesday, March 8th, 7:00 PM, Middlebush 13
Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. It’s about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

Thursday, March 9
COFFEE AND CANADA
Thursday, March 9, 1:00 PM, 104 Professional Building
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.

PANEL DISCUSSION – CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN THEATRE
Thursday, March 9th, 3:00 PM, Walt Disney Room, N206 Memorial Union
Vibrant. Diverse. Creative. Insightful. These are just a few of the words used to describe theatre in Canada. This tour-de-force panel will offer insight on the talent of our northern neighbors. Special guest Bob White, Director of New Plays at the Stratford Festival in Canada, has a very long career working with playwrights and bringing new works to the stage and audiences. University of Missouri alum Dr. Emily Rollie has researched works of Canadian women directors.  Mizzou alum Dr. David Eshelman will focus on Canadian playwrights.  Jean Tartiere, actor and instructor in the Department of Theatre, will share the actor’s perspective.

FILM - STRATFORD FESTIVAL’S HAMLET HD
Thursday, March 9th, 7:00 PM, Ragtag Cinema
FREE ADMISSION
“This is the most complete, most fulfilling, most satisfying production of Hamlet I can recall in decades of theatregoing...”   –Toronto Star
The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. With the works of Shakespeare at its core, this acclaimed repertory theatre presents a seven-month season of a dozen or more plays in four venues. In 2015, the Festival embarked upon a 10-year initiative to capture the entire Shakespeare canon in HD, bringing the work of the renowned company to audiences around the world. Hamlet was captured live on stage with a full audience, using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a high-definition, surround-sound production. A post screening discussion will be held with Stratford’s Director of New Plays Bob White.

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:

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

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

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