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Canada and the United States: Unidentical Twins - Full Series
At first glance one might think that a series on Canada would focus on how our northern neighbor is really like a close cousin of the US. However, one of our speakers coined the phrase, “unidentical twins” which captures how the series explores ways in which Canada is materially different from the U.S. yet closely tied to our country in many ways. The history and creation of Canada impacted its cultural views, social and governmental institutions and economic policies. Attendees will hear from researchers across Canada and the U.S. discuss why and how Canadian health care and social safety nets developed. Governmental structures and functions will be examined as well as economic and trade policies. Quebec and its impact on society will be a focus along with the history of indigenous peoples in Canadian culture. Join us as we learn why Canada and the U.S. are inextricably linked yet profoundly different. Thursday, 9/23 Unidentical Twins: Revisiting the Continental Divide Martin Lipset famously wrote about the existence of a “continental divide” grounded in distinct national values existing on each side of the Canada-US boarder. Here I contrast his continental divide argument with an institutionalist approach that places Canada and the US in a broader comparative context featuring other advanced industrial countries. Through this lens, Canada and the US appear as “unidentical twins” that have much in common, despite key differences and their own internal diversity. Daniel Béland is the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and James McGill Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. A specialist of federalism and public policy in comparative perspective, he has published 20 books and more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent book is Universality and Social Policy in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2019; edited with Gregory P. Marchildon and Michael J. Prince). Thursday, 9/30 Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Government in the United States and Canada The founding of the United States and Canada are mirror-image opposites of each other. The United States has a revolutionary heritage and Canada a counterrevolutionary one. Whereas early American colonists liberated themselves by force, Canadians maintained patriotic connections to their colonial motherlands. The political systems of the two countries reflect these opposed beginnings. This presentation outlines the key differences (and increasing similarities) between American and Canadian government. Christopher Cochrane is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas, and Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches (with Kelly Blidook and Rand Dyck). His current work focuses on the computational analysis of language in Canadian Parliament (www.lipad.ca). Thursday, 10/7 Trading Up? U.S. Trade with Canada 32 Years after the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney met in Quebec City and agreed to negotiate the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in January of 1989. NAFTA followed in 1994, adding Mexico. In 2020 both agreements were replaced with a new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). How has trade between Canada and the United States changed, and what is the future of this economic partnership and international friendship? Christopher Sands is Senior Research Professor and Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both in Washington, DC. Originally from Detroit, he went to Plymouth Canton High School and then to Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota where he became fascinated by Canada, which has improbably become the basis for his career. Thursday, 10/14 Religion, Secularism, and Nationalism in Québec In this lecture, Geneviève Zubrzycki will present an overview of the making of Catholic French Canadian identity in the 19th century, and the rejection of that identity in the 1960s, when a secular Québécois identity was articulated instead. She will discuss the role of Québécois identity in recent debates over immigration, the place of religious symbols in the public sphere, and the politics of cultural heritage. Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the award-winning books The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (Chicago 2006) and Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (Chicago 2016). A 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, her next book analyzes the revival of Jewish communities in Poland and non-Jewish Poles’ interest in all things Jewish. Thursday, 10/21 Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We? Professor Metallic will provide an overview of the legal protection provide to Indigenous peoples under Canadian law and provide some critical perspective of this law as it compares, drawing out some of the divergence between Canadian and US law in this regard. Naomi Metallic (BA (Dalhousie), LLL (Ottawa), LLM (Osgoode), is Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. Since 2015 she has been on the "Best Lawyer in Canada" list for Aboriginal Law. A member of the Listuguj Mìgmaq First Nation, she is the first Indigenous lawyer to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. Her publications and presentations focus on how Canadian law can be harnessed to promote the well-being and self-determination of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Thursday, 10/28 Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the US and Canadian Health Systems Focusing on the ways in which both the US and Canadian health systems have been misrepresented in both countries, Marchildon describes the essential features of each system, explaining where they differ and where they are surprisingly similar. He will examine the respective strengths and weaknesses of each health system and the prospects for major change and, most importantly, will highlight what he thinks each country could actually learn from the other. Gregory P. Marchildon is the Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is also Director of the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and cross-appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He has written numerous articles and books on comparative health systems, the history of environmental policy and health policy, federalism, and the evolution of universal health coverage in Canada. Canada Resources: (copy and paste the link into the address bar) bit.ly/CanadaFactsandQuestions bit.ly/CanadaBibliography bit.ly/CulturalAchievements
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Category : Series 1 - Canada
Date(s) : 09/23/2021 - 10/28/2021
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location : Online
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : COMPLETED