Past Events

  • 2017 Oct 30

    Canada Program Special Event

    4:00pm to 7:30pm


    Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (SO30), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge



    In conversation with RYAN McMAHON, Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker, and community activator
    With Charmaine Nelson, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program, WCFIA
    Eli Nelson, Graduate Student Associate, WCFIA

    Brief reception to follow

    Cosponsored by the Graduate School of Design and in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program

  • 2017 Oct 25

    Canada Program Panel Discussion

    3:00pm to 5:00pm


    Harvard Faculty Club, East Dining Room, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge
    The Objects of Cultural Diplomacy: Negotiating Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Era

    Nicholas Cull, Professor and Director, Master of Public Diplomacy Program, University of Southern California
    Simon Dancey, Global Director for Cultural Skills, British Council
    Peggy Levitt, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College
    Sascha Priewe, Managing Director, Culture Centres, Royal Ontario Museum

  • 2017 Oct 20

    Canada Program Conference

    9:00am to 5:30pm


    William James Hall, Room 105, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

    The Canadian Model of Diversity: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities
    Canadian society has several aspects that make study of it crucial to understanding global challenges in the twenty-first century. These include migration issues, religious diversity, and the struggle of Aboriginal peoples and minority nations in quest for recognition. The aim of this conference is to analyze the Canadian experience through all its diversity, and to emphasize the decisive contributions of Canadian scholars in these different fields.

    Paul May, William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
    Michele Lamont, Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Harvard University

  • 2017 Sep 25

    Cultural Authenticity: The Hows and Whys around the Types of Black Stories that are Made in Contemporary Cinema

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Bowie Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
    Cultural Authenticity: The Hows and Whys around the Types of Black Stories that are Made in Contemporary Cinema

    Jennifer Holness, Producer
    Sudz Sutherland, Writer/Director
    Jennifer Holness is an award-winning writer and producer of scripted and factual TV and films. Jen’s feature producing credits include Home Again which she co-wrote with director Sudz Sutherland.  The film won the prestigious PAFF–BAFTA Festival Choice Award and was also nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards and a Director's Guild of Canada nod for Best Directing.

    Sudz Sutherland works as a freelance writer and director for TV dramas, feature films and new media. Sudz’s latest feature film, Home Again, won the prestigious PAFF/BAFTA Festival Choice Award in Los Angeles and was recently nominated for Best Direction from the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC).

  • 2017 Sep 18

    Canada Seminar

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Bowie Vernon Room (K262) CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    When Africa Meets Canada in Downtown Toronto: Refugees, Immigrants, Blackness, and Identities North of the 49th Parallel

    Awad Ibrahim, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

    Haitians have just crossed the borders from the U.S. into Canada. But they are the latest group of refugees and immigrants to arrive in Canada. Before them, in the 1990s and early 2000s, continental Africans did the same en masse. My aim in this presentation is to understand – ethnographically – what happens to these groups in terms of their cultural, racial, linguistic, and social integration. Exploring three studies (1997, 2007, 2011) that focused on continental African youth and their cultural, racial, linguistic and social integration in three separate high schools in Ontario, I will argue: 1) continental African youth were not Black in Africa, but that 2) they enter a social imaginary where they become Black, 3) this social imaginary impacts what they learn and how they learn what they learn, 4) they learn Black English as a Second Language (BESL) and take up Hip-Hop as an identity, and hence 5) the end result of this process of becoming Black is a complex, complicated, ever-changing, and ever-shifting identity that I am calling the rhizome of Blackness, where Blackness is not a uni-dimensional category but a multicultural, multilingual and multinational category. WORD!

    Awad Ibrahim is an award winning author and a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. He is a Curriculum Theorist with special interest in cultural studies, Hip-Hop, youth and Black popular culture, social foundations (i.e., philosophy, history and sociology of education), social justice and community service learning, diasporic and continental African identities, ethnography and applied linguistics. He has researched and published widely in these areas. He obtained his PhD from OISE, the University of Toronto, and has been with the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa since 2007. Before that, he was in the United States where he taught in Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Internationally, he has ongoing projects in Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. His current projects include an ethnography of an inner city high school in Ottawa and the daily struggle of ‘becoming citizen’ in Canada. He is the creator and the leader of the Urban Education Community at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. This is a project that intends to immerse Bachelor of Education students into urban middle and high schools. He has more than 100 publications. His books include, Critically Researching Youth (Peter Lang, 2016; with Shirley Steinberg); Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and the Arts of the Possible in Education (Routledge, 2016; with Nicholas Ng-A- Fook & Giuliano Reis) The Education of African Canadian Children: Critical Perspectives (Montreal: McGill- Queen’s University Press, 2016; with Ali Abdi); The rhizome of Blackness: A critical ethnography of Hip-Hop culture, language, identity and the politics of becoming (Peter Lang, 2014); Critical Youth studies: A reader (Peter Lang, 2014; with Shirley Steinberg); Global linguistic flows: Hip-Hop cultures, youth identities and the politics of language (Routledge, 2009; with Samy Alim and Alastair Pennycook). For his high school students, he was known as Dr. Dre.

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  • 2017 Apr 04

    Canada Program Special Event

    Registration Closed 11:30am to 1:30pm


    CGIS South Building, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Trudeau and Trump: A Balancing Act for Canada

    Roland Paris, University Research Chair in International Security and Governance at the University of Ottawa

    How does Canada safeguard its interests and promote its values with a divergent and unpredictable neighbour?

    More broadly, what is Canada's role in the world as a middle power in the age of urgent international challenges, rising nationalism/isolationism,
    and digital tools/risks?

    Seating is limited. Please signup for this event.

    Roland Paris is University Research Chair in International Security and Governance at the University of Ottawa. He has won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, and six awards for teaching and public service.
    In addition to his scholarly work, Paris has held several positions in government, most recently as Senior Advisor on Global Affairs and Defense to the Prime Minister of Canada, and previously in the Privy Council (Cabinet) Office and Canadian foreign ministry. 


  • 2017 Mar 28

    Canada Program Special Event

    Registration Closed 12:00pm to 1:30pm


    CGIS South Building, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge


    Walking on Thin Ice: Entrepreneurship in Nunavik (Arctic Québec)

    Nathan Cohen-Fournier, CFA

    Nathan Cohen-Fournier is pursuing a Master's of International Business at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the Corporate Strategy Department of Bombardier, a global manufacturer of planes and trains. Cohen-Fournier is passionate about inclusive and sustainable development. He has been leading the Fletcher Arctic Initiative, which convenes an annual interdisciplinary forum to address the implications of an opening Arctic. He is a research fellow at the Institute for Global and Maritime Studies and an early career scholar within the Arctic-FROST network. Born and raised in Montreal, Cohen-Fournier graduated with a Bachelor in Finance from Concordia University in 2012 and completed the CFA designation.  

    Seating is limited, please register for this event.


  • 2017 Mar 27

    Canada Seminar

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Lee Gathering Room (Room SO20), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Not P66 But P45: Constructing Religion at the Dawn of Alternative Facts

    Zeba Crook, Carleton University

    Popular assumptions about religion, what it is and how it works, fail to understand the primary characteristics of religion. This lecture will attempt to address those popular misconceptions as a tonic to the thinking that leads to border closures and Barbaric Cultural Practices Hotlines.

    Zeba Crook is a full Professor of Religion at Carleton University, Ottawa. He specializes in the social scientific study of first-century Christ followers, considering the social values the ancient Mediterranean, such as honor, shame, exchange, patronage, economy, and social status, and the social experience of the people who lived in that world, venturing into material evidence such as the inscriptions of voluntary associations. Recent work has taken him into the domain of memory theory and memory distortion, and the manner in which contemporary work in this area problematizes the study of antiquity.

  • 2017 Mar 06

    Canada Seminar



    Bowie Vernon Room (Room K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Towards a Fisheries Theory of Value? Wellbeing, Values, and Coastal Transition in Western India

    Derek Johnson, University of Manitoba

    Derek Johnson is an Associate Professor of socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Manitoba and Research Associate at the Centre for Maritime Research at the University of Amsterdam. His research is in the areas of international development and the political ecology of natural resource governance, with a primary interest in marine small-scale fisheries. His work has been focused geographicall on South Asia, and particularly the Indian state of Gujarat, since the mid-1990s.
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  • 2017 Feb 22

    Canada Seminar

    1:00pm to 3:00pm


    Lee Gathering Room (Room SO20), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Intergenerational Mobility in Canada and the United States

    Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa