Canada Seminar

This seminar is open to the public.

The Canada Seminar examines Canadian social, economic, cultural, and political issues in their domestic and international dimensions. Presentations are made by scholars, public figures, and artists, to provide Canada Program student fellows and faculty affiliates, and the broader Harvard community access to those experts in various fields, and to provide a look at Canadian scholarly and public life. The seminar seeks to enhance the understanding of one of the United States' closest allies and largest trading partners, and to provide a forum for the lively exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues. Because Canada and the United States must respond to similar economic and social challenges with distinctly different frameworks and historical legacies, the study of Canadian issues offers rich opportunities for scholars engaged in comparative studies. The seminar has presented numerous distinguished speakers, including political philosophers, Charles Taylor and Will Kymlicka; director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Matthew Teitelbaum; and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, the Honorable Bob Rae.

In 2013–2014, George Elliott Clarke, professor of English at the University of Toronto, joins the Canada Program as the William Lyon Mackenzie King (WLMK) Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies and Canada Seminar chair.

In 2012–2013, Professor Francine McKenzie, associate professor in the Department of History at Western University, Ontario, was the WLMK Chair. Professor McKenzie was appointed through Harvard’s Department of History and organized eleven seminars that hosted speakers ranging from former Member of Parliament and Hall of Fame hockey player, Ken Dryden, to journalist, Neil MacDonald, to deputy chief of the Royal Bank of Canada, Tim Lane. Also in 2013, the Seminar presented two special events: a Program affiliates’ evening with Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella; and a panel on the future of legal studies, featuring Madame Justice Abella, which was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.


George Elliott Clarke

William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program. E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature, Department of English, University of Toronto.

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