This seminar is open to the public.
The Canada Seminar, chaired by the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, examines Canadian social, economic, cultural, and political issues in their domestic and international dimensions. Presentations are made by public figures, scholars, artists, and experts in various fields to provide Harvard faculty and students, and the broader community, 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 Canadian Supreme Court Justice Madame Rosalie Abella; political philosophers Charles Taylor and Will Kymlicka; Matthew Teitelbaum, then director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and current director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Honorable Bob Rae, interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.