News and events

  • Free Online Event – Voices Across the Border: Comparing Health Systems in a Pandemic

  • Brock Talks: Indigenous Mascotting Culture

    A virtual talk given by Dr. Jason Black on the topic of Indigenous mascotting in North American sports.

    Wednesday october 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    About this event

    Truth, reconciliation, and respect have become vital twenty-first century watchwords in the re/centering of Indigenous Peoples’ narratives and lifeways, both in Canada and in the United States. Much of the recognition of colonial pasts and the promises of decolonial futures take root in the material realm — issues of land, resources, legal and administrative apparatuses, sovereignty policy, and body politics. But, what of the symbols and cultural representations that both precede and underwrite material colonization and its unraveling? Dr. Jason Black examines the importance of such symbols and representations to/for Indigenous Peoples by way of the mascot controversy in North America. With special attention paid to the Edmonton CFL team and McGill University cases, along with recent American mascot cases, this talk contemplates the colonial roots and decolonial possibilities tied to ending Indigenous mascotting as a cultural practice.

    The September Brock Talk is being given by Dr. Jason Black, Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies at Brock University, and has been co-organized by the Humanities Research Institute and The Centre for Canadian Studies.

    Click here to register for this free event.

  • Looking for a good 400 level course with Canadian content? Check out CANA 4P15


    When prohibition ended in Ontario in 1927, it continued across the river in the United States and Americans flocked to Niagara.   When US prohibition ended in 1933, it was replaced by a looser licensing regime than in Ontario, and Canadians flocked to the US.  How did Niagarans react?

    Dan Malleck is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the director of Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies. He is an internationally recognized expert in drug and alcohol regulation and prohibition. Has spoken to audiences in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia about the challenges of regulating substances that are considered socially problematic, including cannabis, liquor, opiates, and cocaine.

    Free online lecture on July 22 from 7-9 p.m. EST on Zoom.  Must preregister to attend using this link.

  • Dr. Jason Black, Fulbright Research Chair teaching course on social activism at Brock this winter (D3)

    The Centre for Canadian Studies is thrilled to announce the return of Dr. Jason Black as Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies.  Dr. Black is a professor and past Chair of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who will be on campus for the winter term.  He will be teaching CANA 3V92 Social Activism and Culture in Canada and the United States on Wednesday evenings in D3.  This course is a cross-cultural study of social activism and its rhetorical functions in Canada and the United States.  Students will analyse how public communication texts and media representations such as speeches, manifestos, narratives, music, memoirs, and film reflect social change.  Case studies will be drawn from activism about race/ethnicity; Indigenous mascotting; gender and sexualities; and environmentalism. 

    Students interested in registering for this course should do so as soon as possible as we expect it to fill quickly.  We have crosslisted the course with Communications (COMM 3V92), Film (FILM 3V92), and Popular Culture (PCUL 3V92).

    For more information, contact or click here for the course promo.

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  • Voices Across the Border – Decolonization: where we are and where we are going

    April 8  1:30-2:50 EST  Virtually on MS Teams

    This is a 3-event series of panels with experts discussing specific issues affecting Canada and the U.S. cohosted by Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies, Bridgewater State University, and Niagara University.

    In North America, decolonization is an essential part of reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples.  How do we reckon with the past and build a world where colonial ideologies are dismantled and Indigenous ways of knowing are valued and reinforced?  This panel addresses three questions about the present and future of decolonization: Where are we?  Where do we want to be? How do we get there?

    Register for this event on Eventbrite –

    Attendees MUST register on Eventbrite to receive an e-ticket and a link via email to the event on MS Teams approximately 30 minutes prior to the event starting.

    You can also receive CWC credit with Experience BU by attending.

    Brought to you by the Centre for Canadian Studies, Brock University


  • Voices Across the Border – Women’s Rights and Historical Memory in Canada and the United States

    Click here to register on Eventbrite and receive your Zoom link via email 30 minutes prior to the event.

  • Brock Talks: Controlling the Essentials by St. Catharines Public Library

    Professor Dan Malleck will explore the history of liquor regulation and the problems associated with prohibition.
    Wednesday February 24 from 7-8 p.m.

    About this Event

    Many concerned citizens have questioned why, during the shutdowns necessitated by the current pandemic, liquor and cannabis stores have been deemed essential services. Surely there is no right to consume intoxicants! This may be the case, but the history of government attempts to strictly regulate and even prohibit alcohol can help us to understand the problems with restriction and the logic behind making sure such services remain in operation. Professor Dan Malleck will explore the reactions to strict government regulation of that perennially popular but problematic product, alcohol, and suggest that various attempts at prohibition resulted in bigger problems than the solution was intended to solve.

    Click here to register on Eventbrite.



    The interdisciplinary Northern Studies graduate program at Carleton emphasizes northern environments and societies, and the policies that are developed to govern them.

    There are four pathways for graduate students: MA and MSc degrees and Graduate Diplomas (Type 2 or 3) for current graduate students or working professionals. All of the programs are designed

    to give interdisciplinary training and experience in Northern studies and all students are required to begin their studies with a field course of about one week. This is a residential field course that will take place too far from Ottawa for daily commuting.

    The introductory field course is a prerequisite for the core courses that are integral to the degrees and diplomas. Students in the degree program are required to take a work placement in Ottawa or the North, a second field course in northern Canada, and a comprehensive examination.

    Both master’s programs are three full-time terms (one year) while the diplomas are two terms.

    The Northern Studies program is a collaboration of six departments: Biology, Earth Sciences, Geography and Environmental Studies, the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, the School of Public Policy and Administration and Sociology and Anthropology.  This collaboration allows for a variety of faculty research interests which can be viewed on the

    Northern Studies website.


    MA, MSc, Graduate Diplomas


    The program aims to assist students and northern professionals who need further academic experience to advance their career ambitions. Career possibilities range from government to private business and non-profit organizations.


    June 1 (final deadline)


    MA, MSC AND GRADUATE DIPLOMA (TYPE 3): An honours degree (or four-year degree) with B+ standing. Customarily, applicants will have degrees in the environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, or a related field.

    Applicants with degrees in other disciplines, or without an honours degree, must demonstrate equivalent experience that may have prepared them for the program.

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA (TYPE 2): Enrolment in a master’s or doctoral program; letter of support from your supervisor; and a 500-word letter outlining the reasons you want to enrol in the program

  • Deadline EXTENDED to Feb 8: Canadian Studies call for papers: WSSA Virtual Conference 2021

    WSSA’s 63rd Annual Conference
    held virtually, due to COVID-19 restrictions
    April 12 – 25, 2021
    The conference will accept proposals for:
    ♦ Live ZOOM sessions (paper presentations, roundtables, workshops)
    ♦ Recorded sessions (paper presentations, roundtables, workshops)
    ♦ Hybrid sessions (Recorded sessions, with a scheduled online Q&A session during 2nd week)
    ♦ Document-only papers (not attached to any other format)
    Proposals must be submitted through the website, at the link below, by
    January 29, 2021 Extended to February 8, 2021
    For more information and a list of the 34 Sections and Section Coordinators,
    see the WSSA website at:
    link :
    Questions about individual sections can be answered by the Section Coordinators;
    their contact information is included in the Section descriptions.
    Further information about the conference can be found at and at
    Program Chair:
    Dr. Anthony Amato
    Southwest Minnesota State University
    Department of Geography
    WSSA is pleased to offer a number of competitive awards,
    including student paper competitions,
    the John Wicks Dissertation Paper Award,
    and the Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Prize for Best Paper/Presentation for Women.
    For a full list and descriptions,
    of both the WSSA awards and awards offered by individual sections,
    please go to:

    Click here for conference flyer