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February 12, 2015

A panel discussion on CTV’s Canada AM featured Cecil Foster, professor and interim chair of the Department of
Transnational Studies. The subject was “Canadian Storytellers and Black
History Month,” and three panelists discussed the
many varieties of “blackness” in Canada, including that of the
Caribbean diaspora (Foster’s specialty), and how their stories are told.


September 17, 2014

Students from UB’s CDN 400/500 and Brock’s Senior Canadian Studies Seminar, along with Brock instructor Dan Kolundzic, meet for one of five joint seminars at the Boardroom of the Peace Bridge Authority, Fort Erie, ON. This photo was taken on the balcony that joins the Boardroom.  Munroe Eagles is behind the camera.

May 16, 2014

The Joint MA in "Canadian-American Studies" with Brock University had its first two students participate in the Graduate School commencement ceremony at UB in May 2014.  Shown here with UB program director Munroe Eagles (center) are Joint program students Ken Lambert (L) and Bobbie Thoman (R).


December 3, 2013

CSAP Director Munroe Eagles was recognized for his work on international education by the Council on Internatiional Studies and Programs (CISP) at an award ceremony at UB on Tuesday, December 3rd. Shown in the photo are (L-R) Dr. Stephen Dunnett, Vice-Provost for International Education, David Engel, Professor of Law and CISP Chair, Lorraine Oak, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Munroe Eagles, Jane Koustas (Brock University), and Chip Zuchowski, UB Provost.

November 19, 2013

Students in the Joint MA Program (Brock/UB) in Canadian-American Studies travelled to the Biennial Conference of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), held in Tampa, FL November 19-22nd.  Shown here at the opening reception are (L–R) Anna Kumechko (Brock), Dr. Cecil Foster (UB), Dawn Westwater (Brock), Andy Cameron (Brock), Ken Lambert (UB), Bobbie Thoman (UB), Dr. Jane Koustas (Brock), and Dr. Jean-Jacques Thomas (UB).


September 4, 2013

After five years of discussion and planning, the inaugural meeting of the first class students in the Joint MA in Canadian American Studies, together with affiliated faculty from Brock University, was hosted by Brock’s Director of Canadian Studies, Dr. Gregory Betts (second from left).  Following a ‘meet and greet’ session, students participated in the first of their seminars for the year – one on "Interdisciplinary Methods" with Nick Baxter-Moore from Brock and Munroe Eagles from UB, and one with Dr. Betts on "An Overview of Canadian Studies." 

August 21, 2013

Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) President Myrna Delson-Karan announced today that the organization’s new home would be at the University at Buffalo – SUNY, effective January 1, 2014. In her email, Dr. Delson-Karan wrote:

" I am pleased to announce, along with my fellow colleague on the Selection Committee, Vice-President Kenneth Holland, as well as the Members of the Executive Council, that the University at Buffalo has been chosen as the future host of the ACSUS Secretariat.

After much reflection and examination, the proposal from the University at Buffalo was deemed, among
a number of proposals, to be the most appropriate to strengthen our Association during these times of transition.

To all those who worked on this proposal, we send our heartiest

We at UB are honored to have been entrusted with the organization’s future at this critical period of transition, and we are eager to work with all members of the vigorous Canadian Studies community in the US to ensure that ACSUS will have a long and prosperous future.


August 19, 2013

Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas, Associate Director of Canadian Studies for Quebec Programs and Affairs, hosted a visit by Mr. Andre Boisclair, Delegate General for the Government of Quebec in New York City, and Peter Rose, Attache, Government Relations, for Quebec in NYC. During a welcome reception at the Quebec Studies Center, Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures Professor David Castillo announced that Professor Thomas had been awarded the title of "UB Distinguished Professor."  Shown above at the reception are (L-R) David Castillo, Jean-Jacques Thomas, and Andre Boisclair.

A dinner followed the reception


At dinner are (L-R) are Stephen Dunnett, Vice-Provost for International Education, Andre Boisclair, Peter Rose, Cecil Foster, Keith Griffler, Munroe Eagles, and Jean-Jacques Thomas.

July 2013

We are pleased to announce the launch of our "Quebec Studies Program" at UB. Congratulations to Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas for spearheading this important initiative, and we are delighted to expand our coverage of the Canadian experience with this exciting program. 

November 2012


UB Adjunct Professors Dan Kolundzic and Nik Nanos pose at the Rideau Club in Ottawa in front of the wall-mounted plaque with the names of Presidents of the storied club.  Nik hosted Dan and CSAP Director Munroe Eagles to a working breakfast at the Rideau Club on November 5th.  Nik is the current President of the club, joining an illustrious group of Canadians in holding this office – a list that includes a number of Canadian prime ministers (John A. Macdonald, the statue that separates Nik and Dan in the photo, Lester Pearson, etc.).  Dan and Munroe were in Ottawa for meetings intended to secure funding for the 2013 offering of the "Binational Executive Seminar."

September 2012

September 19, 2012 – Once again this year, students in CDN 500 – "An Overview of Canadian Studies" at UB met in a joint seminar session with senior Canadian Studies students from Brock University at the Peace Bridge Authorty Boardroom in Fort Erie, Ontario.  The topic of our discussion was the comparative work of Seymour Martin Lipset, one of the leading scholars of Canada-US comparisons. This picture, taken from the balcony of the boardroom, shows our UB and Brock participants. Professor Dan Kolundzic, instructor for the Brock students, is on the right of the photo (the bridge, and Buffalo, is just visible in the background). This meeting marks the fifth year that our two campuses have gotten together at the Peace Bridge, and there will be four more joint seminar meetings on that site during this Fall semester. We are again grateful to the Peace Bridge Commission for making this superb facility avaialble.

Munroe Eagles and Dylan McLean, CSAP student and doctoral candidate in Political Science, took part in the "MetroLux 2012" conference on "Unpacking Cross-Border Governance" in Luxembourg City, September 6-7, 2012.  They presented a paper entitled "Governance Regimes for Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Comparative Study of Facilities on the Canadian-US Border."  This paper reports the results of their summer research project where they interviewed the operators of 18 cross-border bridges and tunnel. Pictured above is the panel at which this paper was presented – Dylan is at the far right of the group (Eagles was behind the camera!).

CSAP Director Munroe Eagles was confirmed as President of the "Canadian Politics" section of the American Political Science Association in September. His 2-year term, along with those of other members of the Section’s executive (and three members of its council) was to have taken place at the business meeting that had been planned as part of the APSA conference in New Orleans over the Labor Day weekend. The conference had to be cancelled due to the threat represented to the city of New Orleans by Hurricane Isaac, so the confirmation of officers had to take place via an email consultation of the Section membership. 


June 2012

The second annual Brock/UB "Binational Executive Seminar in Canada-US Relations" was held June 4-8th, 2012 at the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, NY.  This year 13 Fellows participated in the intensive week-long overview of CANAM relations.  Approximately two dozen experts from both countries shared their insights with Fellows over the week.  We hope to be able to continue with this highly successful event next year, though the closure of the Canadian Consulate in August, 2013, makes this particularly challenging. Stay tuned!

November 2011

Professor Thomas at the 40th Biennial ACSUS conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 2011.

Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas, Melodia Jones Endowed Professsor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Associate Director of Canadian Studies for Quebec Programs and Affairs, was elected to a four-year term to the Executive Council of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States. Congratulations, Jean-Jacquest!  With his election, Canadian Studies will have two Executive Council members – Munroe Eagles’ has two years remaining on his term on the Council.

November 2nd, 2011

For the fourth year, Canadian Studies students from UB meet with fellow students from Brock University to discuss a common set of readings. This year the two classes will meet a total of five times, and for the first time this year all of these meetings are held at the Peace Bridge Authority boardroom in Fort Erie, ON.  This is a picture of the group with the Peace Bridge and Buffalo in the background. On the left is Daniel Kolundzic, the course instructor at Brock, and longtime friend of Canadian Studies at UB. On this particular evening, we discussed Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel Someone Knows My Name (US title)/ The Book of Negroes (Canadian title). We are grateful to Ron Rienas and his colleagues at the Buffalo-Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority for making their beautiful facility available for our joint meetings.

October 21st, 2011

Canadian Studies Field Trip to Toronto

On Friday, October 21st a group of Canadian Studies students and Munroe Eagles travelled to Toronto for a day long field trip. The first stop of the day was in Kleinburg, ON, a small village just northwest of Toronto that is home to the McMichael Art Gallery. Here the group viewed the finest collection of "Group of Seven" art in the world.  We then drove downtown to the Ontario provincial legislature building, Queen’s Park. We enjoyed a tour of the beautiful building with Legislature employees David Bogart and Jerry Richmond, and then had a nice lunch at the Gallery Grill in Hart House at the University of Toronto.  The drive home took about twice as long as the trip up – a testimony to Toronto’s growth and the resultant traffic congestion on a Friday afternoon!  A good time was had by all!

Arriving at the McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, ON

On the floor of the Ontario legislative assembly, Queen’s Park.

June 13-17th, 2011

The inaugural "Binational Executive Seminar on Canada-US Relations" was hosted jointly by UB and Brock University. The Seminar was intended to provide an intensive background in CANAM relations for political staff members from all levels of government on both sides of the border. Seminar sessions were led by experts from academe, think tanks, and private corporations.  Twelve "Fellows" from Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, Albany, California, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Kansas completed the Seminar and were awarded certificates jointly issued by Brock and UB. Two students enrolled in a new Canadian Studies course (CDN 600) entitled "Public Policy and the Political Management of Canada-US Relations" and received academic credit for participating in the seminar (after they had completed the additional course requirements. Funding to support the Seminar was gratefully received from the Government of Canada, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Commission, Hodgson Russ LLP, and Phillips Lytle LLP. We hope to offer the seminar again next year. For additional information, please see:

Above: Participants in the Binational Executive Seminar gather on the Buffalo waterfront for a dinner cruise on the "Spirit of Buffalo" sailing ship. An interpretative talk was given on the cruise by Ms. Helen Domske, Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at UB and Cornell. The cruise followed an afternoon of sessions devoted to the challenges of managing our cross-border water resources.

May 31, 2011

The Canadian Studies Academic Program congratulates Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas, Associate Director for Quebec Affairs and Programs, for being awarded a "Programme d’initiatives de recherche sur le Quebec" (PIRQ) award. This support will be used to develop programs related to the province of Quebec, and is valued at $20,000 (Cdn) per year for two years.  Congratulations to Professor Thomas for bringing this prestigious award to UB!

Spring 2011

New Summer Institute of Quebec Studies Courses!

Monday, May 17 – Friday, June 25, 2011 (6 weeks) Summer Session 1 (J)

FR 524 Théâtre québécois depuis 1960, taught by Christian Flaugh, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures  

FR 525 French in the New World, taught by Jean-Jacques Thomas, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Please visit our Courses page for more detailed information on these new summer offerings.

March 24, 2011

We are pleased to announce that Nanos Research is now the pollster of record for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, as well as CTV – Canada’s largest private network. The Nanos numbers and analysis on the national political scene will now be part of the regular insight at CTV, The Globe and Mail and their affiliates throughout the expected federal election and beyond. See a current interview on CTV.


November 30, 2010

Mr. Geoff Scott
served as an MP for Hamilton-Wentworth in the Canadian House of Commons for 16 years.
He was guest speaker in Canadian Studies/Political Science 345 class on “Canadian Politics.” Mr. Scott gave his reflections on parliamentary representation and MP roles and responsibilities in Ottawa and in the constituency. 

September 10, 2010

Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas, Melodia E. Jones Chair in French in our Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Associate Director of Canadian Studies for Quebec Affairs and Programs, was awarded a "Program Enhancement" grant for Quebec Studies from the Government of Quebec. This is the first such grant that UB has received from the Province of Quebec. Professor Thomas will be using this grant to develop a program in Quebec Studies at UB that, among other things, will build upon our university’s recently signed collaborative program with the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Congratulations, Jean-Jacques, on your success in this grant competition!

August 19, 2010

On Thursday, August 19th, 2010, the Consul General of Canada in Buffalo, Ms. Marta Moszczenska, hosted the inaugural meeting of the UB/Brock Community Advisory Board for a working luncheon at her official residence in Buffalo. Ms. Moszczenska, who is seated at the head of the table in this picture, was joined in this meeting by (from left to right) Lauren Rachlin (Hodgson Russ Attorneys, Buffalo and Toronto), Brock Dickinson (Millier, Dickinson, Blais, Inc., Hamilton, ON), Munroe Eagles (UB, not shown, behind the camera), Ron Rienas (Buffalo-Fort Erie Bridge Authority), Dan Kolundzic (Academic Relations, Consulate General of Canada, Buffalo), Tom Schofield (Magavern, Magavern, Grimm, Buffalo), Jane Koustas (Brock), and Douglas Kneale (Dean of Humanities, Brock). The helpful and wide-ranging discussion identified a number of opportunities and challenges for our growing collaborative programs.


March 25th and 26th, 2010

Crossing Borders Student Conference

"Crossing Borders" was held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Binational Tourism Alliance (BTA). This conference brings together approximately 200 individuals from the hospitality, tourism, and economic development communities in Canada and the US. As with "Crossing Borders", the conference alternates between venues in Canada and the US.

March 19-March 31, 2010
"Les Automatistes"
In connection with the exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Poetics program will offer poetic readings and lectures of "Automatistes" texts. This avant-garde group of writers, artists and dancers under the leadership of Paul-Emile Borduas was florishing in Montreal in the late 1940s. While Abstract Expressionism was revolutionizing visual art in New York and Letterism was introducing platicity in art and letters in Paris, "Les Automatistes," true to the spirit of European vanguard movement published an important manifesto "Refus Global" that changed Québec art and politics. The group’s experimentation in literature, art, theater and dance created a specific brand of lyrical abstraction that impacted all aspect of Québec intellectual life and paved the way for the so-called political "révolution tranquille."

With the sponsorship of the New York Québec Delégation Générale, the Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises and the Melodia E. Jones Chair in French at UB. For more information please contact Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas.

March 17th, 2010

2-4 PM, 830 Clemens at UB

Cecil Foster, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

“Canada and the United States: Counterfactual histories of blackness and reconciliation in multiculturalism”


Cecil and Sharon Foster

As dominant liberal democracies in North America, the United States and Canada from their inceptions deliberately followed different, and often conflicting, paths to their development as liberal spaces. And whether the goal was the pursuit of happiness or peace, order, and good government these nation-states have been tied in a dialectical struggle for recognition as Self and Other. The liberal self was idealized over time as the abstract citizen clothed in whiteness and the Other was perceived as all that was not. One of the key moments in this identity struggle was the American Civil War and the attendant issue of whether the North American self can also be black officially. The U.S. through Reconstruction found in its social order a place and position for blacks/African Americans as liberal citizens in what can be described as a brief liberal moment after the Civil War. This was also when not without coincidence the provinces that make up Canada came together as a confederation expressly to prevent a similar reconstruction moment. In so doing, Canada chose to be the Other American with a counterfactual history of what would have followed if the outcome of the Civil War had been different and North America had remained pure to the ideals of whiteness. Even when in a move to assert universal whiteness Jim Crow snuffed out the sparks of liberal reconstruction, Canada still marched on in its mind as officially the only genuine White Man’s country. I argue the ideologies of official segregation and of a White Man’s country eventually fell victims to the democratic forces of modernism and liberalism. The soldiers or mercenaries in these struggles were embodied blackness. In their demands for full citizenship they were invoking the ideals of the Haitian Revolution and its radical argument that the ideal liberal citizen or self in the Americas is ontologically black. Many in this vanguard were participants in the Great Migration from as far south as the Caribbean and they helped to modernize the concept of the North American nation-state as a site of blackness. The result of the forward movement in liberal democracy is today’s multiculturalism, epitomized by the official recognition of all blacks including those of African descent as full liberal citizens. I argue multiculturalism—whether recognized as the official identity of self as in Canada, or as its unofficial counterfactual other as in the United States—attempts to recapture fully the potentials Reconstruction initially offered for the development of the liberal self in North America and beyond.


March 1st, 2010

2 PM, 509 O’Brian at UB

Professor Don Hubert, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
"The International Politics of Civilian Protection"

The talk will trace the evolution and convergence of two century long trends seeking to address intentional attacks on civilian populations: the nascent doctrine of humanitarian intervention first articulated in the late 19th century has been transformed over the last decade into the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect; the legal norm of civilian immunity in war also first codified in the late 19th century has been complemented since the mid 1990s to the protection of civilians in situations of armed conflict with emphasis on practical measures to provide for the physical security of populations at risk. The talk will conclude with an assessment of where these two converging agendas now stand and their future prospects.



September 30 – October 3, 2010


The Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies invites you to join us for our biennial scholarly conference on Canada, to be
held September 30 – October 3, 2010, at the Hilton Providence in stately Providence, Rhode Island.


November 2009

Film Series brings leading Canadian filmmakers to Buffalo

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Aurora Theatre are pleased to announce the 2009–2010 schedule.  The popular film series enables participants to engage firsthand with filmmakers to expand their understanding of the art of film. The focus of this year’s film series is award-winning Canadian films. One of the featured screenings is Cairo Time with Special Guest Ruba Nadda, the film’s writer/director. The film won Best Canadian Feature Film in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Each evening will begin at 7 pm, when Albright-Knox Curator of Education Mariann Smith will give a brief talk about art related to the theme of the film. Series Producer Paul Brown will then introduce the evening’s Special Guest—the film’s director, writer, or editor. The film will begin at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a discussion with the evening’s Special Guest.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is located at 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222-1096.  Tel 716-882-8700

The full schedule of the 2009–2010 series is:

Friday, November 6, 2009
Film: C.R.A.Z.Y., 2005 (Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, 127 minutes, French with English subtitles)
Special Guest: Series Producer Paul Brown
Curator Talk: Artists and Their Families

Friday, December 4, 2009
Film: Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen, 2002 (Directed by Larry Weinstein, 60 minutes)
Special Guest: Director Larry Weinstein
Curator Talk: Stormy Weather

Friday, January 15, 2010
Film: Up the Yangtze, 2007 (Directed by Yung Chang, 93 minutes)
Special Guest: Director Yung Chang
Curator Talk: When Past and Present Collide

Friday, February 26, 2010
Film: Fifty Dead Men Walking, 2008 (Directed by Kari Skogland, 117 minutes)
Special Guest: Writer/Director Kari Skogland
Curator Talk: Irish Art and The Troubles

Friday, March 26, 2010
Film: One Week, 2009 (Directed by Michael McGowan, 94 minutes)
Special Guest: Writer/Director Michael McGowan
Curator Talk: Across Canada

Friday, April 16, 2010
Film: Cairo Time, 2009 (Directed by Ruba Nadda, 88 minutes)
Best Canadian Feature Film at 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Special Guest: Writer/Director Ruba Nadda
Curator Talk: The Magic of Cairo


September 2009

9/23/09 – Photo of CDN 500 joint Brock/UB seminar at the Peace Bridge

Professor Munroe Eagles is elected to the ACSUS Council for a two year term.

April 7th, 2009

Hon. Don Boudria and Dr. H. Lorraine Oak, Assoc. Dean, UB

Hon. Don Boudria, long-serving former MP for the eastern Ontario federal constituency of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, visited UB on April 7th to give a public talk on “Responsible Government – The Canadian Experience.” He served in the House of Commons between 1984 before retiring in 2006. Over that period he he served as Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Receiver General for Canada as well as Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Between January and March of this year he served as part of newly selected Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s transition team. Despite his distinguished service, however, Hon. Mr. Boudria is perhaps best remembered as a member (along with Sheila Copps, Brian Tobin, and John Nunziata) of the famous "rat pack" that hounded the government of Brian Mulroney during "question period" in the 1984-1988 period.


March 26th, 2009

Opening reception of Crossing Borders Student Conference at Brock University. A total of 12 undergraduate and graduate students from UB presented papers at the conference. UB graduate students, left to right are Jeff Cooper (AMS); Nikki Dragonne (AMS), Urszula Piasta (AMS), Paul Galdenzi (PSC); and Dylan McLean (PSC).


March 20th, 2009

Guest speaker: Professor Patrick James

Director, Center for International Studies, University of South California;

President, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS).

Constitutional Politics in Canada After the Charter

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

University at Buffalo

280 Park Hall – Amherst Campus

Free event

Download the flier for more details.

Lorraine Oak, Patrick James, Frank Zagare, James Campbell

From left are: Dr. Lorraine Oak, Chair, Canadian-American Studies (UB),
Professor Patrick James, President, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and Professors Frank Zagare and James Campbell, Department of Political Science (UB)

February 19th, 2009

Majorities in Canada and the US support greater co-operation

Welland Tribune – Welland, Ontario, Canada

A new four-year tracking study by Nanos Research and The State University of New York at Buffalo conducted between 2005 and 2008 shows that the Canada US relationship remains strong.


February 12th-14th, 2009

Professor Munroe Eagles represented Canada at UB at the meeting of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB.

Below is a photo of Canadian author Alistair Macleod, and Professor Jane Koustas of Brock University.  MacLeod’s published works include the 1976 short story collection The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and the 1986 As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories. All of the stories in these two volumes along with his other published stories are included in MacLeod’s 2000 collection Island. Among other awards, Macleod won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his 1999 novel No Great Mischief.


December 2008

Professor Eddie Friel, second from right, addressed the final meeting of the joint "Brock/UB Canadian Studies" seminar on the subject of "the arts, tourism, and economic development" with particular emphasis on the Niagara region. The seminar was hosted by Prof. Jane Koustas (plaid skirt) at Brock University on Wednesday, December 3rd. A reception was held following the seminar, and Professor Friel gave a public lecture later that evening.


November 2008

Nik Nanos of Nanos Research, a market and public opinion research firm, was a guest speaker in the Canadian Politics class (CDN 510) at UB.



Members of the Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo join Nik Nanos at lunch.

From left are: Daniel Kolundzic, Political and Economic Relations Officer,
Nik Nanos, Stephen Brereton, Consul General and Munroe Eagles (behind the camera)


October 2008

Munroe Eagles, was an invited guest speaker at the University of Maine at Orono during "Canada Week" October 27th-31st, 2008.  Pictured from left to right are: Michael Hermann, Head Cartographer, Ray Pelletier, Associate Director, and Stephen Hornsby, Director, of the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine at Orono. They are displaying the proof version of a major cartographic project depicting Samuel de Champlain’s explorations in central Canada in the early 1600s.


On October 10th, Munroe Eagles and Jean-Jacques Thomas hosted our special guest, Ms. Annie Le, Government Relations and Academic Affairs, Quebec International, Office of the Delegate General in NYC. 

Left, clockwise: Ms. Annie Le, Government Relations and Academic Affairs, Quebec International;
Dr. Lorraine Oak, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Chair, Canadian-American Studies;
Ruth Bereson, Director, Associate Professor, Arts Management Program;
Jean-Jacques Thomas, Associate Director, Professor, Canadian Studies Academic Program. 
Behind the camera is Munroe Eagles, Director, Canadian Studies Academic Program.


October 9th, Nik Nanos is interviewed on Canada’s general election.  Read the article in The Economist.

The inaugural issue of "Canadian Connections @ UB" is online.

Jean-Jacques Thomas, formerly of Duke University, arrives at UB.  Read more about Thomas in the UB Reporter.

September 2008

On Wednesday, September 17th at the Peace Bridge Authority Board Room at 100 Queen Street, Fort Erie, Ontario, the Brock/UB ‘Joint Seminar on Canadian Studies’ met for the first time to discuss Seymour Martin Lipset’s influential book CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. The seminar involves students from both universities and will come together four more times this semester, with a second meeting scheduled for the Peace Bridge Authority in November, one meeting at UB and two more meetings at Brock. Instructors Jane Koustas and Munroe Eagles are grateful to the Peace Bridge Authority for making their spectacular board room available to the seminar.

June 2008

How did 19th-century immigrants maintain relationships with loved ones thousands of miles away, much less preserve ties with pasts
rooted in places they had left voluntarily? In his critically
acclaimed book, "Authors of Their Lives: The Personal Correspondence of
British Immigrants to North America in the Nineteenth Century," David
A. Gerber, Ph.D., analyzes the cycle of correspondence between
immigrants and their homelands to uncover the critical role played by
letters in reformulating personal relationships made vulnerable by separation.

Gerber is professor and chair of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, and his
book, now considered the definitive study of American and Canadian immigrant letters, has received the 2008 Moroney Senior Award from the United States Postal Service.  Read the article: University at Buffalo News.

April 2008

UB hosted the annual "Crossing Borders" graduate and undergraduate student conference. The event was held at the Center for Tomorrow on Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th, 2008. This is a multidisciplinary conference and papers on many aspects of Canadian society, culture, politics and Canadian-American relations were presented. Approximately 80 students from institutions on both sides of the border took part in the proceedings. Keynote addresses were given by Lauren Rachlin, Esq., a lawyer who specializes in cross-border issues, and Col. Keith Swensen, USAF, Chief, Aerospace Division, NORAD-USNORTHCOM whose talk was entitled, “North American Aerospace Defense Command”.

For photos see


December 2007

The Buffalo News offers some tongue in cheek curricular advice! See "Off Main Street – The Off-Beat Side of the News", 12/29/07.

November 2007 

Munroe Eagles, Director of the Canadian Studies Academic Program, answers questions on the program for The Reporter, Thursday November 8th, 2007.

The Canadian Studies Academic Program is delighted to report that Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas, Professor of Romance Studies, Literature and Linguistics and Director of Graduate Studies; French, and Director of Canadian and North American Studies at Duke University will be joining the faculty of our Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics in August, 2007. The Canadian Studies Program at Duke is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious. UB is very fortunate to have attracted a scholar with such extraordinary credentials and commitment to Canadian Studies. When he arrives at UB, Professor Thomas will serve as the "Associate Director for Quebec Affairs and Programs" in the Canadian Studies Program.

October 2007   

UB President John Simpson and the President Jack Lightstone of Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario, signed a wide-ranging agreement to exchange faculty, students, and to develop collaborative research projects. In addition, the agreement anticipates the formation of a joint bi-national institute focusing on Canadian, American, and North American relations.

Spring 2007  

Read more about this in the Spring 2007 issue of UB International, a publication of UB’s Office of International Education.

October 26th, 2006 

Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Michael Wilson, visited UB to give a public presentation on Canadian-American relations. In the speech he made reference to UB’s long-standing tradition of studying Canada, saying:  "Before I conclude, I would like to emphasize the continued importance of studying our great relationship. The study of Canada and its relationship to the United States is a significant component here at the University at Buffalo. I am proud to see the various departments and programs such as: The Canadian American Studies Committee, the Canada-US Legal Studies Center, the Canada US Trade Center, the Institute for Governance & Regional Growth, and the soon to be established Graduate Certificate in Canadian Studies. An innovative project such as The Niagara Report, a public-private partnership between SES Research and the University at Buffalo, which seeks to establish longitudinal public opinion measures of the Canada-US relationship in order for us to better understand one another, is an example of the type of academic research that can only benefit our respective communities."  For a full text of the Ambassador’s remarks, see "Canada’s Commitment to the Continental and Global Agenda."