From left to right: Dr. Antonia Maioni (Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada), Dr. Christopher Manfredi (Dean of Arts, McGill University),
Ambassador David Jacobson, Dr. Michael Hawes (CEO, Fulbright Canada), and Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (Principal, McGill University)
Every year, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada hosts a Fulbright lecture where the Fulbright Visiting research chair in Canadian Studies will present a lecture discussing their research and cultural experiences in Canada. This year was very special. David Jacobson, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada delivered the 2010 McGill Fulbright Lecture, where he spoke about Canada-U.S. relations. The video may be viewed in its entirety on the McGill Institute for the study of Canada web site.
"And Senator Fulbright knew that humanizing international relations was critical for achieving lasting peace and progress. Because when the leaders and citizens of different countries can find common ground with each other we are far more likely to negotiate our differences peacefully."
Deborah Chatsis. Fulbright Mid-Career, Government of Canada to Harvard University, 2006-2007, is our Fulbrighter of the Month for December … and Canada’s new Ambassador to Vietnam! Chatsis was appointed to the post of Ambassador in August, and arrived in Hanoi the following month. “I feel very honoured and privileged to be here, this is a great opportunity to represent Canada overseas and it’s particularly interesting to be an ambassador,” Chatsis said in an interview with Fulbright Canada. “I’ve been posted before, so that is certainly not new – but being an ambassador is!”
Yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen published the front-page story, “Hockey’s Political Power Play”, which featured the research being conducted by 2010-11 Fulbright scholar, Dr. John Soares. Dr. Soares, a history professor from Notre Dame University, is at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario for the fall of the 2010 to conduct research on the topic of “Canada and International Ice Hockey, 1947-87. Read the whole story at the OttawaCitizen.com.
Dr. Randy Widdis (1993-1994, University of Regina to University of Utah) is our Fulbrighter of the Month for November. Dr. Widdis was recently named 2011 Visiting Scholar in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where he will be teaching a course on historical approaches to the study of Canadian-American borderlands and continuing his research on the Canada-US border. “I will be covering all aspects of Canada-U.S. relations as seen through a borderlands perspective,” Widdis said in an interview with Fulbright Canada. “I rarely get the chance to delve into my specialization in teaching so I’m really looking forward to this.” Widdis has been working on an historical geography of the Canada-U.S. borderlands from 1784-1989. “I’ve spent many years now travelling the highways in the United States and Canada. I’ve visited 10 provincial archives, 17 state archives and 2 federal archives,” Widdis said. Widdis has been working on a book in this area and says his time in Ottawa will be spent working on several chapters as well as going to the archives to gain greater insight into some of the processes.