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By Victoria Herrmann, Fulbright Student 2013-2014
Posted originally on The Guardian, Monday 27 July 2015

The Arctic is warming at a rate almost twice the global average, making climate change’s effects there far more intense and rapid than any other ecosystem in the world. While nature photographs of polar bears and melting ice dominate media narratives, the top of the world is home to 4m people who face an uncertain future.

Coastal erosion, forest fires and storm surges are threatening the physical and economic safety of settlements across the Arctic Ocean shoreline. Further inland, thawing permafrost is compromising the stability of transportation, sanitation and public service infrastructure built upon once-sturdy foundations. In Alaska alone, 31 villages face imminent threat of destruction from erosion and flooding. Many of these villages have 10 to 20 years of livability before their streets, schools and homes become uninhabitable. At least 12 have decided to relocate – in part or entirely – to safer ground to avoid total collapse. read more

In early July, 20 young elite Canadian hockey players from disadvantaged backgrounds got a rare opportunity—a chance to receive elite hockey coaching and training thanks to Level the Ice.

Made possible by a Community Leadership Program Grant from the Embassy and Fulbright Canada, Level the Ice was a weeklong hockey training camp at the Sensplex in Kanata, Ontario. Open to deserving players with strong character who have overcome, or currently face, beyond average economic challenges in playing the game of hockey, the camp combined on- and off-ice instruction with mentorship that brought in community leaders from hockey, business, academic and other successful backgrounds. read more

by Cam Terwilliger, 2013-14 Fulbright Student 

Since I arrived in Montréal, I’ve been doing research for a novel called Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart, a book set in 1757 during the French and Indian War. In a nutshell, it explores the panoply of cultures that clashed and combined in northeastern North America, giving birth to the bustling, cosmopolitan region we take for granted today. After months of work, I’ve found the picture to be even more complex than I suspected, involving dozens of native peoples, English, French, and Dutch colonists, as well as a flood of enslaved Africans and indentured servants from Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. Of all these groups, however, it’s been especially thought-provoking to study the Mohawk people, the eastern member of the Iroquois Confederacy, an alliance of six indigenous nations that originated in New York’s Mohawk Valley, the corridor where I-90 runs now. read more

My name is Patrick McGarey and I am a Fulbright Canada STEM Scholar (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) studying space robotics at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. It was my pleasure to be invited to present a poster/paper at the SPIE 2014 Conference  (International Society for Optics and Photonics) in Montreal this week. I presented a recent publication entitled  “A 16 Channel Flex Circuit for Cryogenic Microwave Signal Transmission”, which introduces a new and  improved method to transmit multiple high frequency signals from a telescope sensor array that is both flexible and small. read more

I began the tough work of combing through my research to create a script, an innovative mix of spoken word art, dance, drama, African drumming, Scots/Irish fiddling, visual art, and media art. This “mash up” or bricolage would be woven together with the philosophy of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois surrounding his metaphoric use of “the veil,” particularly, his theme of double consciousness. Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs would also be fused together by ten signature “Negro” Spirituals, or Sorrow Songs, DuBois felt defined the African’s experience in the Americas, from Brazil to British North America, or the Canadas.

Fulbright Canada asked five panelists to share their experience at The Nineteenth Annual International Studies Symposium. Here are their comments…

Dr. Sara K. McGuire

Dr. Sara K. McGuire is currently an LLM Candidate in International Public and Comparative Law at the University of Exeter. In August 2014 she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.

While Canadians often refer to their “friend and neighbour” to the south, how much do Canadians actually know about the United States? The theme of this year’s International Studies Symposium at York University’s Glendon College Campus, “The United States of America: The Neighbour You Don’t Know” sought to answer this questionBringing together scholars from both sides of the 49th parallel, this event examined a wide range of issues including: the American economy, American institutions, U.S. foreign policy, the environment and energy independence, and the American media. read more

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