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iMay / June 2011 Report


Center's End-of-the-Year Awards Reception Celebrated Dozens of UW Cross-Border Studies Projects


Consul General Denis Stevens (left, center) welcomes Killam Fellow, Eugene Kobiako and Task Force on Arctic Sovereignty students Victoria Choe (far left) and Monica Chahary.

This academic year, over 40 U.W. grads and undergrads and 20 U.W. faculty received FLAS, Killam, Fulbright Fellows, grants, or achievements for their research, teaching and cross-border studies. All were recognized at the June 7th reception. See the complete listing here:

Faculty and Student Awards







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The Arctic Governance Task Force at the Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.


Scott Halliday and Kelsey Barrett ham it up at the Task Force celebration dinner at the University of Washington in March.

by Scott Halliday, Co-Editor, Task Force on Arctic Governance

As a mere undergraduate student in the International Studies major at the UW, I savor any opportunity to travel outside of Seattle. During week six of the quarter, I would normally be engaged in studying for midterms, writing papers, and being in the midst of another typical, but jam-packed quarter, but from May 4th to May 8th, I had the privilege of being able to travel to Washington D.C. to make a presentation on behalf of the Jackson School of International Studies about my senior capstone project called Task Force. Task Force is a class required for all undergraduate International Studies majors, where a group of students research a timely issue in international affairs and then publish a report with recommendations for an expert evaluator. I enrolled in the task force on Arctic governance. “Melting Boundaries: Rethinking Arctic Governance” was the name of the report that culminated from the research of 14 UW undergraduate students in the Jackson School and 2 Inuit students from Nunavik, the Inuit region in northern Québec. My fellow co-editor Kelsey Barrett and I presented the research and experiences of our team at the Canadian Embassy in D.C. Bolstered by a coalition of Jackson school faculty and staff, we had the honor of speaking in front of a group of academics, policy advisors, government officials, fellow UW alumni, and even decorated officers of the Canadian military.

It did not hit me to until I returned to Seattle, but what struck me as the most impressive part of the presentation in DC was how well attended the event was. There were over 100 guests, who took time out of their busy lives to come hear about the findings of our report, not because they were doing it as an assignment for a class or because a professor was giving them extra credit, but because the report that we published was informative, current, and impressive. This is a tribute to the outstanding research and analytical writing performed by the students of the class as well as their excellent recommendations. Being in such a cosmopolitan city as Washington DC which moves to the beat of its politicians and their agendas, it was very gratifying to know that our report and our work was being heard and considered by the foremost policymakers on Arctic affairs. Simply being in Washington DC and trying to grapple with the convergence of government politicians, international and domestic policymakers, and influential scholars was an eye-opening experience and one that I did not fully comprehend in Seattle.

As such, the trip and time I spent in Washington DC will stay with me for the rest of my life. I had the opportunity to engage with my professors in an academic and business-like environment outside of Seattle, where I gained a sense of context about the significance of both my task force and of the Jackson School of International Studies. Outside of my time spent presenting the report, I had the pleasure of some light sight-seeing around DC, connecting with close friends, and enjoying the company of some inspirational faculty members. I will never forget these fun times and sharing the work of my task force team in our nation’s capital!

The 2011 Task Force on Arctic Governance is a joint program between the Canadian and Global Studies Centers in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and part of the Canadian Studies Center and Makivik Corporation, Nunavik, Canada, Educational Initiative. The Ottawa Research Trip is sponsored by the Canadian and Global Studies Title VI grants, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education; Government of Canada; Hellmann Fund for Innovation and Excellence; Maxwell M. and Julia Fisher Endowment; International Studies Program Discretionary Fund; Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Wilburforce Foundation, Seattle; and Makivik Corporation.

For more information on the Task Force on Arctic Governance see the course website at:

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33rd Annual K-12 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute

Tina Storer and Don Alper, chairs for the K-12 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute, pose at the Terry Fox statue in Ottawa with Carol, educator in the Monroe School District.

Educators posing in front of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Rosemary and Mary Snow from South Carolina pose in front of Bill Reid's Haida Gawaii at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Québec.

Educators posing during a tour of Old Montréal.

Twenty-Two educators from across the United States participated in the 33rd Annual K-12 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute in Ottawa. They pose in front of the Parliamentary Library.



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Writing from the Inside Out - Seeking Ways to make Writing about Self and Community more Rewarding and (hopefully) less Agonizing


From left, Vancouver artist, Susan McCallum, Charlotte; Charlotte Coté; Charlotte’s niece Jenoah, and Cynthia del Rosario, UW Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention at the launch for Coté's book, "Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors," November 2010.

by Charlotte Coté, American Indian Studies

For Native scholars in Canada and the United States, writing is both an act of resistance and an act of re-empowerment. However, many challenges arise when we write about ourselves and our respective communities. I used this presentation to discuss the challenges I faced when writing my recent book, "Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors. Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions". I discussed the process of writing about my experiences growing up in a First Nations community in Canada and some of the issues this raised about sharing cultural and community knowledge. I faced two main questions: How do I write about something that is so personal? How do I write myself into the history I am analyzing?

I discussed how difficult it was to decide what family, community, and cultural knowledge I would share in my book and talked about how I decided what I would share. As Native scholars, we are challenged to present a study that is comprehensive and academically rigorous while at the same time is sensitive to our communities and respectful of our people. I discussed how I attempted to balance the utilization of written and archival material with my community's oral stories, my family history, and my own personal reflections. I ended my presentation by sharing with the other panelists and audience that, while this process was deeply challenging, and at times, very stressful, I also found it to be very rewarding. I was able to write our history using the words of my ancestors, my relatives, and my community members, utilizing stories that informed my day-to-day life. This was truly rewarding.

Charlotte Coté presented her paper, "Writing from the Inside Out," at the Native American/Indigenous Studies Association conference held May 19-21 in Sacramento, California. Travel was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Government of Canada.

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Arctic Change! A New Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Class for UW


Rebecca Woodgate

by Rebecca Woodgate, Applied Physics Laboratory

Spring 2011 marked the start of a new Arctic class at the University of Washington. Led by Oceanography professor Rebecca Woodgate, this class aimed to introduce students of any discipline to the wonders and challenges of the Arctic.

As described on the course website: "The Arctic is no longer remote. Arctic sea-ice loss, shipping through the legendary Northwest Passage, the international land-grab for the North Pole and the Arctic sea floor, Arctic oil and gas exploration, the fate of the polar bear – these and more are all household terms. Yet, many people’s understanding of this system and the reality of the issues is based primarily on news and media coverage. The UW houses a remarkably wide range of world-class Arctic research – this course will access that knowledge base and provide an interdisciplinary, science-based introduction to Arctic science and topical world issues that are at the forefront of understanding how the Arctic works today, how the Arctic is changing, and what impacts those changes may have on us."

The course covered the ocean-ice-atmosphere system, extending into Arctic ecosystems (from ice-algae to the "charismatic megafauna"), and from this base, looked into topics ranging from the challenges faced by communities that live in the Arctic to the various roles the Arctic plays in the world. Guest lecturers from UW covered their own specializations, including Jody Deming (on Life In the ice), Sue Moore (on Life on and under the Ice, the Megafauna), George Hunt (on the Ecosystems of the Bering Sea, home of 50% of the US fish catch), Vince Galluci (on the Politics of the Arctic) and finally the Canadian Studies Center's own Nadine Fabbi, introducing Arctic Indigenous political mobilization particularly in Arctic Canada.

Woodgate and Deming also teach a graduate oceanography class - The Changing Arctic Ocean - but this new class was aimed much broader. Indeed, the 2011 class drew students in widely varying subjects, including oceanography, biology, engineering, astronomy, computer science, environmental science, aquatic and fisheries science, languages, psychology, sociology, architecture, ethnic studies, communications, law, political science, anthropology, art, international studies, health sciences, human design, and comparative religion - a true cross-section of the University, and a living example of the breadth of interest in the Arctic from communities at lower latitudes.
For more about "Arctic Change" see the course website at

The Canadian Studies Center is the Council Representative for the University of Washington's membership in University of the Arctic. UW students are eligible to apply for a major in Circumpolar Studies via UArctic membership.

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Live Research? Reading the New Political Party Machines in Canada


Dr. Greg Elmer

by Phil Howard, Communication

On Wednesday April 27th, Dr. Greg Elmer gave a lecture on the role of streaming media in contemporary Canadian politics. He is the is Bell Globemedia Research Chair and Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University, Toronto. The lecture he gave features material he preparing with co-author with F. McKelvey and G. Langlois for a forthcoming book, "The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics" with Peter lang. Elmer is an internationally renowned scholar with expertise in political communication and digital media. In the last few Canadian elections, Dr. Elmer has also built “real-time” social science projects that analyze the flow of content out of campaign organizations of Canadian political parties, delivering the analysis to journalists and the broader public. His lecture, “Live Research? Reading the New Political Party Machines in Canada”, was co-sponsored by Canadian Studies and the Department of Communication, but in attendance were additional students and faculty from political science and the information school.

This program was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Government of Canada.

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Continuing Impacts of the 2009-10 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Chair


Rob Williams, 2009–10 Canada-US Fulbright Chair

Dr Rob Williams, 2009–10 Canada-US Fulbright Chair, published a thought-provoking piece that was profiled on the cover of the June 2011 issue of the prestigious scientific journal, Conservation Biology. Dr Williams is a Canadian marine conservation biologist who spent his fellowship at UW exploring the linkages among statistics, conservation biology and marine policy. One collaboration he built during his fellowship was with the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, where he published a paper on transboundary (Canada-US) stock assessment of salmon sharks with Professor Vince Gallucci ( In his latest publication, he collaborated with Assistant Professor Trevor Branch on a novel method to assess the conservation status of blue whales in Chilean Patagonia. Although blue whales are the largest animals on Earth, commercial whaling brought their numbers to exceptionally low levels, and their rarity makes it difficult statistically to estimate their abundance. Williams and Branch worked with statisticians, field biologists and ecological modellers from around the world to develop new spatial modeling methods to estimate abundance of blue whales off the coast of Chile. Their analyses showed that that Chilean blue whales are slowly but surely recovering from intensive hunting in the early 1900s, and offers some new mathematical tools for biologists working on low-cost studies of critically endangered species around the world. A copy of his article is available on the ConBio website:

The Fulbright Chair is sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, Social Sciences in the College Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation in the Graduate School, and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

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Urban Design Students Field Course to Québec


Students in the course take a little rest while visiting Québec City.

In June Fritz Wagner, Landscape Architecture, took 10 U.W. students to Québec as part of the field course, URBDP 498 Summer Course to French Canada. This comparative Urban Design and Planning course was co-led by Dr. Régent Cabana. It examined the similarities and differences between US and Canadian cities with a focus on the current urban issues confronting communities in the Canadian province of Québec. Students studied the physical layout of cities, urban design, urban growth, problems related to the environment and governmental institutions as well as historical, social and cultural factors specific to Québec cities. Students traveled to Québec, visiting Montreal, Québec City and Ottawa and attended tours and lectures given by area professors and other experts. At the end of the course, students wrote a paper on a topic related to urban issues encountered in Canada. Following are notes from the students regarding their experiences in Québec.

"As an engineering student interested in Transportation, the visit to the three Canadian cities (Montreal, Québec and Ottawa) showed just how far behind US cities are in terms of public transportation. The "bixie" bike system that is currently in Montreal, Ottawa and Québec is not free, but cheap enough that its a very useful way to travel. Not only are bikes readily available, but the roads and trails are designed to handle large amounts of bikers. Seattle is not a good city for biking like Canada because the roads are not kept up well enough for bikes and the topography of Seattle is difficult to bike. Incorporating bikes into a main transportation type is good for environmental issues, congestion, and it promotes a healthy lifestyle. The US in general is designed for ease and seems to incorporate less value to environmental impacts and even less value to health. We have metro's and busses running through many US cities that aid in public transport, but they seem to be less advanced and useful that those in Montreal. To work on Seattle transportation systems, adding bike lanes on the sides of roads, especially downtown, and creating new bike paths like the trails around Montreal would promote less vehicles in the area and a safe travel method. Along with this plan, more bike racks need to be added to many locations throughout the city. Americans can look at the successful system in Canada to improve the transportation system as well as reduce environmental impacts and promote a healthy lifestyle." -Renee Koester, Engineering

"The most interesting aspect of the trip, brief as it was, was the unique struggle that older cities face, maintaining their historical and architectural integrity while supporting innovation and expansion. I come from Portland and Seattle, and the sheer "newness" of those cities is striking when compared with Quebec and Montreal. I regret not being able to spend more time in Canada because I would be interested in delving deeper into the administrative compromises and zoning regulations that help dictate how each city has developed. The sole parallel that I can find in Seattle is the tight restriction placed on new development in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, a source of frequent frustration and consternation among some club and bar owners.

Marie-Odile Trépanier’s lecture on some of the unique issues that have cropped up in Montreal’s history provided an illuminating perspective as to some of the differences between Canadian (particularly Quebecois) governments and American governments. But it is hard to say how valuable the classes would have been had they not been taught in the city, so that we, the students, could combine the academic presentations with experiential learning from the city beyond. Learning about Quebecois history while being there seems much more vital than learning about it abstractly, from a classroom in Seattle.

Finally, the difference in roles that the private sector plays in the US and Canada was particularly interesting. If I were to pursue an Urban Planning or Real Estate development graduate degree, I would be interested in investigating some of the causes and effects of the disparate power that each respective government enjoys." - Robert Franco-Tayar, Community, Environment, and Planning

"As a student of public policy, I joined the class to see first-hand how Canada, a country that is shares many similarities with the US, approaches and attempts to solve its own urban issues. What I ended up seeing, though, is just how different Canada really is. The province of Quebec, especially, is a region that I had to visit before I could understand and appreciate it. Practicing my French was an added bonus, though I could have gotten along in English without any trouble. The speaking list was full of professionals and professors that were both knowledgeable and personable. If I had any complaint, it would be that our time in Canada was too short. I feel that this trip has exposed me to a different way of doing things. This breadth of approaches is sure to be an asset in public policy or in any other field." -Kyle Frankiewich, Public Affairs

"I believe this trip to Canada will expand my perspective as a future city planner. I am studying to get my Master's in City and Regional Planning, and currently my academic coursework has been focused in the US. This trip will allow me to understand other cities, and other systems of planning. Québec is a unique place, and this exposure should make me consider planning in a wider context. I think in the future this will be valuable to my profession. Further, I think the trip will help me understand more about Canada in general. Currently, my understanding of Canada is only through visiting British Columbia. This trip will reveal the diversity and complexity of the country." -Jenna Rose Higgins, City and Regional Planning

"The experience of traveling to Québec and Montreal has reinforced my understanding of the importance of urban planning for the future of our cities and countries. As two of the largest cities in the Province of Québec, Québec City and Montreal are great examples of how urban planning can effectively be used to solve major urban issues. Although both cities are very different they both provide a strong understanding of the french-Canadian culture and Canada as a whole. Québec city is very unique as it balances being a predominantly tourist city, while also being home to a large population of french-canadians. One of the major issues we focused on was how Old city provides a healthy environment for residents living there among the strong tourist culture. Because of the history of Québec, the Old city is a major tourist draw and the commercial businesses within the walls of the old city cater to tourists, which leaves out many of the necessary amenities for residents. Montreal on the other hand is much different than Québec. Montreal is a much more diverse city with cultural enclaves all over the city. From the Village, to Chinatown, to the Latin Quarter, all within walking distance, the city of Montreal is hard to define. After traveling to both cities, I found that an important distinction between the two cities is the idea of identity. Whereas Québec is mostly defined by their history and their Old City, Montreal's identity is much harder to define. The individual neighborhoods have very strong identities, but there are so many different areas of Montreal that it is almost impossible to find one definition. Another lesson I found from traveling to the two cities was that cities all over the world deal with many of the same issues regardless of the culture, time, environment, and country. Urban issues such as gentrification, homelessness, traffic, stormwater management, cultural divides, and transportation issues exist in all major cities. The same issues we have discussed in the city of Seattle, are the same issues Montreal and Québec are dealing with, it is how they deal with these issues that remains very different. These two Canadian cities have also exemplified the Canadian commitment to social services. One example is the city-wide bike share program in Montreal called bixi, which was originally free for residents for the first 30 minutes, which shows the city's commitment to providing affordable sustainable transportation.

After my experience on this trip I have become much more interested in pursuing a degree in Urban Planning, with an emphasis on creating city-wide programs for stormwater management. I have found that a huge part of planning is the ability to think critically about our environment and the relationships between our social structures and our built environment. I am particularly interested in planning because it is about problem solving and improving upon what has already been created versus just winning a game or making profit." -Katherine Stultz, Community, Environment, and Planning

"Having traveled only to BC before within Canada, my trip to Québec greatly contributed to my understanding of the country. I gained a lot learning about the governmental structure within the country, and how provincial government differs from the role of states within the US. I learned about significant cultural differences between Québec and my home that contribute to different approaches to urban planning. I hope to use this new knowledge in my future career as a planner." -Amy Taylor, Community, Environment, and Planning

"The French Canadian experience has been an eye opening experience. Most of my travel has been to the western side of the country, and being able to experience Québec and Montreal has been fantastic. I feel I have a better understanding the dynamics that Canada experiences between the french speaking and english speaking communities. I know feel I have a much greater understanding of the struggles surrounding the preservation of culture with French language. This trip will greatly influence my future research and projects by helping me understand the importance of language and regional planning." -Mori Wallner, Public Affairs

This program was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Government of Canada.

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Pettinicchio Article Published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies


David Pettinicchio

David Pettinicchio, doctoral candidate in Sociology and affiliated graduate student of the Center, just had an paper published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies. "Public and Elite Policy Preferences: Gay Marriage in Canada" explores the role of parties, interest groups and public opinion in the enactment of 'controversial' public policy.

As a PhD candidate in sociology, David has broad interests in political sociology, law and society, social problems, and social movements. His dissertation examines the rise of the disability rights movements from an historical, organizational and institutional perspective. He has published in Social Indicators Research and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He teaches a course on contemporary social movements at the University of Washington, and was recently invited to sit on the student editorial board of the journal Social Problems.

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Arctic Governance Task Force Presents at the UW Annual Undergrad Research Symposium


2011 Task Force Arctic Governance Team

The 2011 Task Force on Arctic Governance team presented their research at the UW Annual Undergrad Research Symposium. Their panel was entitled, "Governance Issues in the Arctic Region" presented as part of the session, "Governance, the Environment, and Private Militaries." Joel Migdal, Jackson School of International Studies, served as the moderator.





Task Force mentioned in Seattle Times:

For more information on the Task Force on Arctic Governance see the course website at:

For more information on the U.W. Undergraduate Research Symposium see:

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Canadian Studies Alum, Kate Dunsmore (2008), Reports from Fairleigh Dickinson University


Kate Dunsmore

Kate Dunsmore (2008) received her Ph.D. in Communication and is now an assistant professor of Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Her doctoral thesis is entitled, Mediating Alliance: The Role of the Press in Sustaining Reciprocity in the US-Canada Relationship. In summer 2010 Kate spent a week in Ottawa visiting the National Press Gallery and Libraries and Archives Canada. She saw firsthand how the Press Gallery currently functions and the ways it is adapting to Internet-enabled communications. At Libraries and Archives Canada she began exploring newspapers from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This is part of a new project examining the roots of current news frames in coverage of the US-Canada relationship. In April 2011, Kate was at the University of Montreal for the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis.

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Bridging Distances: Past and Future Perspectives on Canadian-American Relations


Phillip Chicola, Consul General of the United States, Vancouver, blows out the birthday candles on WWU's 40th birthday party cake.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University, an all-day conference was held on the Canada-U.S. relationship. Conference organization was under the direction of Don Alper, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies, Paul Storer, Chair and Professor of Economics, Cecilia Danysk, Associate Professor of History, and David Rossiter, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. Conference Coordinator was Elliott Smith, MA candidate, History. The conference was convened by WWU Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, Catherine Riordan.

Conference website:

The Canadian Studies Center joins with the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham to create a US Department of Education, Title VI Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada.

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