Oh, Canada! MISC Launches New Initiative

The Faculty of Arts newsletter
Ginny Stikeman (BA'63), Will Straw, Director of MISC and Ana Elena Gonzalez Trevino, who was one of the keynote speakers at the launch. (Owen Egan)

Ginny Stikeman (BA’63), Will Straw, Director of MISC and Ana Elena Gonzalez Trevino, who was one of the keynote speakers at the launch. (Owen Egan)

The Faculty of Arts and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) are pleased to introduce the new Canada in the Americas initiative, which will strengthen the flow of knowledge between Canada and other countries in the American hemisphere.

Housed within MISC, the new initiative will include multilateral exchanges, conferences and events. It will also host high-profile scholars and experts from institutions in Latin America and the United States, for the purpose of building networks and strengthening the reach of Canadian knowledge.

The recent launch featured a panel discussion featuring Pip Day, Director, SBC Gallery, Montreal; Gabriela Gamez, Media producer and activist, Isuma TV, Digital Indigenous Democracy; Hugh Hazelton, Co-Director, Banff International Literary Translation Centre; Claudia Masferrer Leon, doctoral candidate in Sociology, McGill University; Fernanda Macchi, Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, McGill University; and Lourdes Morales, postdoctoral fellow, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Professor Ana Elena González Treviño, Professor, Facultad de Filosofia y letras at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, gave a special presentation on the topic of Canadian literary presence in Mexico, and Dr. Graciela Martinez-Zalce, Coordinator, Studies in Globalization, Centro de Inverstigaciones sobre América del Norte, National Autonomous University of Mexico, editor of ¿Sentenciados al aburrimiento?: Tópicos de cultura canadiense, delivered a keynote address on Canadian Culture in Mexico.

Some upcoming events to look forward to include:

March 2014: Prof. Will Straw, Director of MISC, is invited by the Municipality of São Paulo, Brazil, to give a keynote address at a conference on “Culture and Nightlife in São Paulo”.

March 2014: Prof. Will Straw is expected to attend the Guadalajara Film Festival and deliver a keynote address related to their focus on Quebec in 2014.

May 2014: Featured at the roundtable “NAFTA: A Cultural History” at this year’s Blue Metropolis international literary festival. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, authors Luis Alberto Urrea (winner of the Blue Metropolis Azul Prize) and Stephen Henighan will reflect upon the ways in which borders shape cultural life and artistic expression. Hosted by Ingrid Bejerman and co-sponsored by Ginny Stikeman and the Cole Foundation.

August 2014: Prof. Will Straw will host a conference at McGill on “The Urban Night, Questions of Culture and Insecurity in the Americas,” with colleagues from Brazil.

September, 2014: The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada will offer the course “Canada in the Americas,” to be taught by Dr. Ingrid Bejerman.

To learn more about the Canada and the Americas initiative, visit the MISC site.

As a graduate of McGill, I am happy to contribute to the new Centre for Canada in The Americas, because I believe that any such endeavour which strengthens ties and understanding between peoples and countries can only have positive results. I look forward to the program unfolding.”
Ginny Stikeman, BA’63

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