University of Washington

May 2013 Report

Dear Colleagues,
Vince and I wish to share the many achievements by our faculty, students and campus partners this month. First, two UW students were selected as the 2013-14 Killam Fellows including Hannah Dolph, International Studies. Hannah will study at Carleton University during Fall Quarter. Charles Emlet, Social Work, UW Tacoma, and affiliated faculty of the Center, is currently serving as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at McMaster University in Canada. Finally, the Center and campus partners - Program on Climate Change, Atmospheric Sciences, Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies and the Jackson School's Ellison Center and West European Studies - were awarded a Mellon Grant for the joint project, “New Conceptualizations of Global Regions: The Arctic.” Congrats to our students, faculty, and new campus partners! – Nadine & Vince

Canadian Studies Center, May 2013, Report
Canadian Studies & Campus Partners Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant

Polar bear in Churchill, Manitoba (N. Fabbi, 11/11).

The Center, in partnership with Program on Climate Change, Atmospheric Sciences, Anthropology, Scandinavian Studies, the Ellison Center (for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies), and the Center for West European Studies, was awarded a $40,000 grant for the proposal, “New Conceptualizations of Global Regions: Building a UW Arctic Academic Program.”

The grant will enable the partners to work together on furthering the Arctic studies academic program at the UW. Specifically, grant funding will be used to lay the foundation for a graduate certificate in Arctic studies.

Grant funds will be used to support interdisciplinary research teams of graduate students and faculty members. Each team will identify a key issue concerning climate change and human vulnerabilities. From fall to spring quarter, 2013-14, the teams will conduct research and write papers for peer-reviewed journals or chapters toward an edited book. In Spring Quarter 2014 the teams will present their research at a UW Arctic symposium where they will receive peer feedback.

The Mellon Grant is part of a three-year, $750,000, grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the University’s area and global studies programs. The funded was provided to allow the University to formulate new ideas concerning how area and global studies can be organized and conducted at the institution in the decades to come.

The vision of “New Conceptualizations of Global Regions” is to look at a restructuring of area studies to include critical emerging regions in the world. The Arctic is fast evolving from a stage for geopolitics to an actor in global relations with distinct characteristics and goals. These include enhanced cooperation and collaboration by Arctic nation-states particularly concerning ecological security, and significant indigenous participation in international relations. With climate change and global warming at the center, the project seeks to identify the issues at the interface of climate change and human vulnerabilities including climate change as a human rights issue.

The project received outside matching funding from the Laboratoire d’Habitation Nordique, Société d’habitation Québec. As part of an initiative currently titled, Nunavik Northern Laboratory, the Société is looking for research projects that will assist Québec in addressing housing development adapted to northern climates and climate change impacts. Fully one-third of the province of Québec is in the Arctic. Nunavik (Arctic Québec) is home to about 10,000 Inuit. Canadian Studies, Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies are also providing matching funds for research projects related to focus areas in their units.

The project will include a website featuring research projects. Modest funding will also be used to assist the Future of Ice and Arctic Minor steering committees in further establishing the foundation for the new Arctic minor (application currently pending) by providing funds for an Arctic Minor Student Association.

The PIs for the Mellon Grant are Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies; Vincent Gallucci, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Canadian Studies, and Center for Quantitative Studies; LuAnne Thompson, Oceanography and Program on Climate Change; and, Cecilia Bitz, Atmospheric Sciences. Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies are key contributing partners to the initiative. The grant project is also part of the Future of Ice campus-wide initiative.

Press release: University of Washington Receives $750,000 Grant for Area Studies

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Task Force on Arctic Security Reception & Expert Evaluation

Tony Penikett, Expert Evaluator for the Task Force on Arctic Security, stands in front of the student poster.

The end of Winter Quarter was a busy one for the students in the Task Force on Arctic Security. They provided a public presentation of their research trip to Québec City and Ottawa and, the following day, presented their research projects to expert evaluator, Tony Penikett, former premier of the Yukon.

On Thursday afternoon, March 14th, the students in the JSIS 495G Task Force on Arctic Security, gave a 30-minute presentation on their research trip to Québec City and Ottawa. Hannah Dolph gave an overview of the visits in Québec City including to the Inuit Makivik Corporation, l’Université Laval, the National Assembly and more. Hannah was followed by Max Sugarman and Rachel Tam who discussed the visit to the Canada Conference Board, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, the national and international Inuit associations, and dozens of other visits with organizations and scholars in Ottawa.

The research trip to Québec City and Ottawa was part of the course that looked at the many ways one can approach security in the Arctic – from food security to educational security to health, social services, and even housing security. From January 26th to February 2nd the students travelled to Canada where they met with over 40 individuals representing numerous offices, organizations and areas of research.

The reception began with friend of the Center, Consuelo Corbett, playing piano including a beautiful rendition of O Canada. The student presentations were completed with a 10-minute focus on Québec’s role in the Arctic by Nicholas van Tulder. At the end of Nicholas’ presentation, Vice President of Sociéte d’habitation du Québec, Jean-François Arteau, stood up and personally congratulated the Task Force student for providing the “best overview of Plan Nord and Plan Nunavik I have ever heard!”

The following day each of the 12 students presented their research projects to expert evaluator, Tony Penikett. The projects included “Ending the Northwest Passage Dispute: How Inclusion of Inuit Perspectives on Sea Ice could Build a more Effective Strategy for Canada;” “Le Québec Total: Creating a Unifying Vision for Northern Development;” and, “Education in Canada’s Arctic: The Nunavut Sivuniksavut Program as an Inuit-Centered Model.”

Penikett offered challenging and insightful remarks to the students. He was joined by Donat Savoie, President, Inuit, Arctic and Circumpolar and Jean-François Arteau.

Already students from the Task Force on Arctic Securities are receiving tremendous success. Hannah Dolph was just awarded a Killam Fellowship to study in Ottawa next year and Zoë Cosford was hired as an intern by the Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

For the full Task Force report, Equatorial North: Centering the Arctic in Global and Local Security, the research report to Québec City and Ottawa, and other materials from the 2013 Task Force on the Arctic, click here:

The program was supported by the Government of Québec (Visiting Professor & Québec Unit grants); the Centers for Global Studies & Canadian Studies (International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education); the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Hellmann Fund for Innovation and Excellence in International Studies; International Studies Program Discretionary Fund; Maxwell M. and Julia Fisher Endowment; and, the Chapman Charitable Fund. Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies, and Joël Plouffe, Visiting Québec Professor, co-taught the course.

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Visiting Professor, Joël Plouffe Visits Communication Class COM 201

by Natalie Debray, Communications, UW Lecturer

In COM 201 Introduction to Communication I, students are introduced to the history of mass communication and how the usage of various traditional media have changed in the new media context. Additionally, as a requirement for the Communication major, this survey course introduces students to the discipline of communication and how communication scholars research and discuss the media and the ways in which the media are used by individuals and how they influence society. It is in this context that I invited visiting scholar, Joël Plouffe to come in and speak to my students (all 432 of them!) about how a key topic of the moment, the Arctic, is discussed in the media. Plouffe’s enthusiastic talk not only revealed his passion for the Arctic, but also his concern over how global warming and melting ice are for the first time creating broad accessibility into the pristine region. Plouffe warned that the resultant race for the treasure trove of natural resources in the Arctic is on. The questions posed to the audience are which oil and gas companies will operate there first, and who governs the Arctic? What are the potential outcomes? News coverage of the Arctic now appear with regular frequency in mainstream publications like the New York Times, but also in a plethora of lesser known blogs and regional outlets. For scholars in the field, the Arctic is not a newly discovered gem. But when and how did the Arctic become a trending topic with Facebook pages and Twitter feeds attesting to its popularity? Joel Plouffe provided an intriguing glimpse into this burgeoning region and students were able to see first-hand the concepts of Agenda Setting and Framing at work in an applied setting.

Joël Plouffe, Research Fellow, Center for the United States and Center for Geopolitical Studies, Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, is the U.W.’s 2012-13 Guest Professor from Québec. Joël co-taught the Task Force on Arctic Policy, Plan Nord and Plan Nunavik, provided the Québec Visiting Professor Lecture, and co-chair a symposium on Québec’s role in the Arctic.

Natalie Debray is a Lecturer with the Department of Communication and affiliated faculty of Canadian Studies where she is currently teaching, COM 321/POLS 330 Communication and International Relations, including considerable content on media in Québec. Natalie is an affiliated faculty of the Center. She was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow (French) in summers 2001 and 2001 and the 2001-02 academic year.

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Fulbright Lecture, "Aging & HIV: Balancing Challenges and Opportunities"
by Dr. Charles Emlet, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, PhD, MSW 

The Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging and the Department of Social Work, McMaster University, presented Fulbright Visiting Research Chair Dr. Charles Emlet, PhD, MSW on March 5, 2013. Over 75 people attended to hear Dr. Emlet present the lecture "Aging and HIV: Balancing Challenges and Opportunities." at McMaster University in Canada. 

Dr. Emlet is an adjunct associate professor with the University of Washington (UW) School of Social Work and an affiliate faculty member with the UW Centre for Aids Research. He has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

To view the full lecture please visit our YouTube channel -

Dr. Emlet is Professor of Social Work on the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma campus and affiliate faculty member of Canadian Studies and with the UW Centre for AIDS Research. He has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

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David R. Boyd - Environmental Law in Canada
by Todd Wildermuth, School of Law 

On April 8, scholar, lawyer, and author David R. Boyd visited the University of Washington School of Law as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Canadian Studies. Dr. Boyd presented selections from his two latest books, both published in 2012 by the University of British Columbia Press.

Drawing from The Environmental Rights Revolution, he discussed the sudden and widespread human rights phenomenon of constitutional provisions to a healthy environmental across the globe. As of 1972, there were no constitutions in the world that incorporated environmental rights. Dr. Boyd’s extensive research demonstrates that today three-quarters of the world’s constitutions include explicit references to environmental rights and/or environmental responsibilities. And this has been a revolution of rights on more than paper alone, he added: Constitutional environmental protection is consistently correlated with superior environmental performance by a variety of metrics.

Contrary to the worldwide trend, however, both the United States and Canada are prominent among the countries missing such provisions in their constitutions. Boyd argues with equal parts reason and passion that the time has come for Canada to adopt a constitutional provision ensuring all Canadians a right to a healthy environment – hence the title of his other recent book, The Right to a Healthy Environment in Canada: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution. In this emphasis he joins a long history in Canada of similar efforts – from Pierre Trudeau’s environmental leadership starting in the 1960s, to periodic efforts by Canadian activist lawyers since the 1970s, to a legislative effort in 2011 that resulted in a near-miss for a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights. Yes, Canada’s constitution is notoriously difficult to amend, Boyd admitted, and the debacles of Meech Lake and the Charlottetown Accord highlight that fact. But the Canadian constitution has been successfully amended at least 11 times since 1982. Constitutional change is distinctly possible, even if challenging.

Canada has - in Boyd’s terms, and right along with the U.S. - turned from an environmental leader to a disappointing environmental laggard. Establishing a constitutional right to a clean environment could turn this around. “By converting our highest ideals into constitutional rights and responsibilities,” he argues, “we can build the Canada we want” and lead once again.

Todd A. Wildermuth is Scholar in Residence at the University of Washington School of Law and recently joined the Canadian Studies Center as an Affiliated Faculty. He teaches courses in land use permitting and land conservation, and coordinates the environmental and natural resource law program of the law school. Todd is currently using the Alberatan oil sands controversies in a case study for a Spring 2013 the U.W. Program on the Environment honors seminar.

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Killiam Fellow Reflects on Task Force Experience
by Hanna Dolph, Killam Fellowship 2013-14, Task Force 2013

Winter quarter, I was fortunate enough to go on a field study trip for my task force. The group traveled to Québec and Ottawa where we met with scholars, scientists, and Inuit to develop our understanding of current situations in the Arctic region. The class report was focused on contemporary human security in regards to Arctic resource development and governance. During our trip I was ignited with a passion to further explore Canada and continue learning about the effects of climate change and government resettlement on human security in the region. To continue focusing on indigenous perceptions and values in the Arctic, I applied for the Killam Fellowship.

It is such a great opportunity for personal and academic growth. While studying at Carleton University in Ottawa I hope to get involved with a few local organizations we visited on the trip. I am considering volunteering at Projets Auchtochtones du Québec, a partnership program with Makivik Corporation that helps urban Inuit get in touch with resources available to them. Our trip to Ottawa and Quebec made me realize that I would never be done learning through travel, never could my education lack in experience, and always would my perceptions be dictated by the cultures and national identities that I immerse myself in- I couldn’t be happier to delve into this experience!

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Killam provides a cash award of $5,000 U.S. per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), an all expense paid three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day all expense paid seminar in Washington. The Canadian Studies Center is a partner institution with the Killam Foundation enabling up to two full academic year fellowships annually for U.W. students. For more information on the Killam Fellowship contact the Center at

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Canadian Literature Highlighted at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies Conference, Lake Chelan
by Paulette Thompson, K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher Associate

“You have problems. Your neighbor has problems. Between the two of you is a fence. I am actually referring to the relationship between Canada and the United States….”

At most conferences the blurb underneath your session title is enough of a selling point. Not so at the Annual Spring Social Studies Conference presented by the Washington State Council for the Social Studies, the Jackson School for International Studies at the University of Washington and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction held at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, Washington over the weekend of March 15 - 17, 2013 where presenters are required to stand up before all assembled and give a brief introduction about their sessions. It is in this way that K – 16 educators at the conference are able to make more informed decisions about which sessions to attend.

This year’s theme was “Rethink, Recharge, Reflect: Enriching Your Role as a Social Studies Educator”. Although this theme did not mention Canada per se, I thought it was important to bring Canada into the picture. I maintain that when teachers bring multiple perspectives on social studies topics into their classrooms, they can include rich Canadian voices concerning civic ideals and controversies from Canadian contexts. Canadian literature is often the missing link in U.S. classrooms. Why not rethink, recharge, and reflect and enrich one’s role by bringing in these ‘new’ voices? Furthermore, when educators are inspired by such materials and make a practice of writing alongside their students, their students begin to see that reading and writing provides opportunities to rethinking, recharging and reflecting.

Eleven educators attended the session. We took time to discuss the quality and the variety of materials presented. The themes embedded in this literature were those issues that should not be taboo in social studies classrooms: politics, race, ethnicity, poverty, class, gender, national identity, immigration, and the relationship between the U.S. and Canada. We talked about ways to use these primary sources in the classroom. It became clear that making room for Canadian content in their U.S. History courses, World History, as well as in Civics or Contemporary World Problems courses was manageable.

The teachers stated that the highlights of the session included selections from Canadian slam poet Shane Kocyzan ( “This is my voice” and “Grandma’s Got It Going On”, a piece from C.R. Avery ( a short version of "Pierre Elliott Trudeau" )and finally one song from dub poet Lillian Allen("I fight back "

I brought too much to share. I had hoped to use Chester Brown’s graphic history on Louis Riel to segue into the present day discussions surrounding the now worldwide “Idle No More” movement that started among Canadian First Nations activists last year. Towards the end of the session, we all wrote. There was only enough time to for one person to share what was created. Still, we crossed the border—together.

Paulette Thompson is a high school Humanities teacher at the Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice @ University of Washington. Along with being a graduate student in the U.W. College of Education, she is also a longtime supporter of the Canadian Studies Centre.

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Binh Vong, editor for Task Force on Arctic Security, on the St. Lawrence River. (02/13)

Zoë Cosford, International Studies major, with Julie Rodrigue, Government of Québec. (02/13)

Center's webmaster and work study student, Monick Keo, assisting with a Center event (07/12).


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