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Upcoming Event on September 15 2011 — Elizabeth Killam Rodgers and Constance Killam Distinguished Lecture by celebrated Canadian economist Thomas J. CourcheneFriday, August 26th, 2011
The 9th annual Elizabeth Killam Rodgers and Constance Killam distinguished public lecture, entitled “Rekindling the American Dream”, will be presented on Thursday September 15, 2011 at 5:30pm by celebrated Canadian economist Thomas J. Courchene and is scheduled to take place in the Cadieux Auditorium at the Lester B. Pearson Building (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada) at 125 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.
Tom Courchene is the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor of Economics and Financial Policy at Queen’s University and a member of the School of Policy Studies, the Department of Economics, and the Faculty of Law. He is also Senior Scholar, Institute for Research on Public Policy. His research interests include financial deregulation, the political economy of Canadian federalism and comparative federal systems, climate change, and the knowledge-based economy.
Professor Courchene is the author or editor of some 60 books and over 250 academic articles on a wide range of Canadian public policy issues, including Social Policy in the 1990s: Agenda for Reform, Equalization Payments: Past, Present and Future, and A State of Minds: Toward a Human Capital Future for Canadians. A collection of his recent articles appears as Rearrangements. His book, Social Canada in the Millennium, was awarded the Doug Purvis Prize for the best Canadian economic policy contribution (1994) and his book, with Colin Telmer, From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario (1998), won the inaugural Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy. He is a recipient of the Molson Prize for lifetime achievement in the Social Sciences and Humanities (1999) and an Officer of the Order of Canada. The lecture is coincident with Fulbright Canada’s annual orientation for Killam undergraduate exchange students, Fulbright American student grantees in Canada, and American Fulbright scholars in Canada.
Exchange of People, Exchange of Ideas: The U.S. Congressional Fellows and Canadian Parliamentary InternsThursday, May 26th, 2011
Each year since 1973, the American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellows and the Parliamentary Interns of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) have hosted each other in our respective capitals for weeklong comprehensive study tours. This allows both groups, who work for one year for elected officials in Washington and Ottawa respectively, to compare the way things are done on Capitol Hill with the way they work on Parliament Hill.
In early April, I was one of the ten Canadian Interns, sponsored by the US Department of State, who traveled to Washington D.C. Thanks to our wonderful American counterparts, we had excellent meetings with Congressional staffers, think tanks, academics, lobbyists, party organizers, Canadian diplomats and a Congressperson. We also took in many iconic sites including the White House, the Mall, the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the blossoming Cherry trees!
This past week offered the Canadians’ a chance to reciprocate. We showed off our institutions with tours to Rideau Hall, Parliament and the Supreme Court for the Congressional Fellows. During their tour of Rideau Hall, the Governor General slipped right past – dressed in casual jeans with his dog at his side. What a surprise for the Fellows to learn the true identity of this unassuming Canadian!
With a packed schedule of meetings, the Fellows hardly had time to notice the rainy weather in Ottawa. From senior public servants to Members of Parliament, journalists to Parliamentary Clerks and analysts, the Fellows delved into some of the major themes in Canadian politics: bilingualism, federalism, aboriginal affairs, healthcare, defense and, of course, Canada-US relations! The Fellows spent part of an afternoon with senior diplomatic staff at the US Embassy in Ottawa, including former Congressional Fellow Marja Verloop, who is now responsible for the environment and energy file at the Embassy.
The exchange helps make Canada-US relations personal for everyone involved. We met for dinner often and enjoyed a small reception, with PIP alumni, at the US Embassy. While briefings are very important, a successful exchange must also facilitate opportunities to build personal relationships across the border. Despite our short time together, we were able to build some strong friendships in the tradition of Canada-US diplomacy. I hope our paths will cross again!
This longstanding exchange is funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy to Canada in Ottawa. The participation of the Congressional Fellows is also supported each year by an alumnus of the program: Mr. Stephen Wasby (APSA Fellow 1965-66).
As a Parliamentary Intern, who found herself without a Parliament to work in during the federal election, Jane Hilderman was welcomed into the Public Affairs section of the US Embassy as an intern for the duration her programme.
Heads up, Alumna and Alumni, there are two upcoming Live Q&A’s exclusive to members of the State Alumni Website!
Q&A Live: Secretary Clinton’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT* (14:00 – 15:00 GMT**)
The first is with Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, senior advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies at the U.S. Department of State. He will conduct a webchat to follow-up on Secretary Clinton’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, launched on February 16, 2011. The main themes of the Strategic Dialogue are: democracy and human rights; governance and accountability (anti-corruption); and women empowerment. Other topics include religion in global affairs, the environment, development, global health, and refugee protection. You may submit questions in advance or at any time during the live event.
Q&A Live: Parasites and Global Health
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT* (14:00 – 15:00 GMT**).
The second is with Dr. David Bruce Conn, a 2010 Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of International Health and Biodefense, will conduct a webchat on parasites and global health. Dr. Conn welcomes questions about the scientific aspects of disease transmission and the spread of influenzas and pandemics. He also welcomes questions on the U.S. Department of State’s policies and interagency efforts to promote global health.
You can submit questions in advance — go to alumni.state.gov to find out how. And if you still haven’t registered… well, you’re missing out!
Remember, to be a member you must have travelled on a State Department sponsored exchange. This includes alums from International Visitors Leadership Programs, Voluntary Visitors Programs, former Fulbright students and scholars, and former Parliamentary Interns.
So what are you waiting for??
Please join us to celebrate 50 years of National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) on February 17th!Monday, February 14th, 2011
For the last 50 years NCIV has built a network of citizen diplomats committed to helping international visitors participating in International Visitor Leadership Program exchanges. Join Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale and Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock for their remarks during the NCIV annual meeting.
• Thursday, February 17, 2011, for remarks:
o Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: 7:00 PM EST
o Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale: 12:45 PM EST
o Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs: 8:30 AM EST
If YOU are an alumna/alumnus of a U.S. Embassy/U.S. government-sponsored exchange program and have an idea for a creative outreach event, a special activity or a unique program in your community in Canada, apply now for the Community Leadership Program (CLP), co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Canada. This is an opportunity to take action, to get involved, and to help make your community and the world a better place.
As an alumnus/alumna, you know that the mandate of the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Canada is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Canada. As ambassadors for your country and intellectual leaders in your fields, you are key to providing community leadership on environmental and social justice issues, as well as community development efforts. As such, the Embassy is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fulbright Canada in offering this unique Community Leadership Program grant opportunity across Canada. During this inaugural year of the CLP, we want to encourage you to apply for a grant award (valued up to $8,000USD) to undertake a project in your community.
You must apply in teams of at least three alumni (Canadians, Americans, and all USG exchange program alumni are eligible), including a project manager who must be a Canadian. All participants must currently be living in Canada. If you have a project idea, but don’t know other alumni in your region, please contact the Embassy’s Alumni Coordinators, or Jennifer Regan, Chief Program Officer at Fulbright Canada. The Embassy’s Alumni Coordinators and Jennifer will contact potential partners on your behalf and assist you in further developing your application.
You are also encouraged to include at least one community partner. In addition to bringing together alumni, the CLP aspires to bring together local universities, NGOs, and other community groups to plan and implement the project.
For purposes of the grant competition, we have divided Canada into six regions: Atlantic Canada (NL, NS, NB, and PEI), Ontario, Québec, the prairies (MB, SK, and AB), British Columbia, and the North (YT, NWT, and NU). We are aiming to grant at least one award in each region.
We encourage you to submit a Community Leadership Program Project Application. The proposals will be reviewed by a joint U.S. Embassy-Fulbright Canada committee. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- The potential for positive impact on the community, particularly among youth;
- The degree of alumni, community, and partner engagement;
- Creativity in achieving program mandate;
- Cost effectiveness.
EXAMPLES of possible project proposals include:
- Training workshops on topics such as leadership, teamwork building, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, or the value of international exchange for youth audiences;
- A literacy program for new Canadians;
- A community building project (similar to a Habitat for Humanity project);
If you would like to participate in the project in your region, but would prefer to be involved in a project led by another alumna/alumnus, you may sign up as a “volunteer alumni team member” by completing the CLP application for volunteers. The Canadian alumna/alumnus who proposes the project will be the project manager and will be responsible for managing the funds and the efforts of the other alumni partners and those alumni who have volunteered to be part of the program.
Projects will not be approved that:
- Request funding for individual professional development;
- Finance overhead expenses for existing institutions.
Please see the CLP Terms & Conditions for more details. Applications must be submitted online to CLP@fulbright.ca and must be received by December 15, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Fulbright Canada at CLP@fulbright.ca.
To mark International Education Week in Ottawa, we set up two current Fulbrighters, one from the U.S. and one from Canada, with a spot on the University of Ottawa radio station’s Ivory Antenna.
David Walsh, from Arizona State University, is currently at the University of Ottawa on his Fulbright exchange. There, he is associated with the religious studies department and will split his exchange between Ottawa and Yellowknife were he will be working with the Dogrib Dene people. In NWT, climate change scientists are mandated to collaborate with Native elders and hunters in their studies. David’s project is to examine their conversations across worldviews and their attempts to bridge scientific and traditional/religious understandings of nature.
In the interview, David talked about his experiences so far as a visiting American scholar to Canada. He plans to try curling while he’s here, and he’s very excited to experience the Arctic. When the hosts of The Ivory Tower asked what winter clothing he was planning to bring up North, he admitted he hadn’t put too much thought into it yet. (… Here’s a term you’ll want to consider, David: Gore Tex!)
Stefanie, a Senior Policy Researcher with the Government of Canada’s Policy Research Initiative, recently returned from a Fulbright scholarship in Washington, D.C. where she conducted research on North American regional engagement in the UN Marrakech process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, based out of the Worldwatch Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Stefanie discussed the benefits of doing a Fulbright exchange as a professional, how to apply, who is elegible, and how the experience can benefit not only students and scholars, but professionals like herself.
We would like to thank David and Stefanie for sharing their stories, as well as Sarah and Katie of CHUO ‘s Ivory Antenna!
For more information on applying to Fulbright, visit www.fulbright.ca!
…But only because we’ve been out and about! …or “oot & aboot” as our locally engaged staff would say… What were we doing? WELL, we were:
- - Welcoming the incoming Fulbrighters and celebrating Fulbright Canada’s 20th Anniversary. Thursday night’s gala, as you may have read in the Ambassador’s Blog, was an incredible event!
- - Engaging with Alumni at events.
- - Attending Eid dinners hosted by contacts.
- - Programming this week’s IIP speaker program.
- - AND attending the annual Public Affairs Conference.
There were of course other things, but it the past few weeks have been such a whirlwind that this is all we can remember.
Not to fret – new posts are on the way!! In fact, we’ve been out with May and Kamilah of The Hijabi Monologues this week, so info on that is coming right up! Stay tuned….
Earlier this week, President Obama addressed students at the University of Texas at Austin. The topic was education and the economy:
“It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have gone to college. Education is an economic issue when nearly eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade. Education is an economic issue when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that countries that out-educate us today, they will out-compete us tomorrow.
The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation.”
Almost makes you want to apply for a Fulbright award to go study in the U.S., doesn’t it?
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at a university or research centre of their choice in the host country. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree by December 31, 2010 or have equivalent professional experience.
Fulbright scholarships are awarded for periods ranging from one semester to a full year. Dates of the awards should coincide with the academic year of the host institution. Traditional Fulbright Scholar awards are not available for the summer months only, nor are awards available for attendance at professional conferences or meetings.
Deadline for Application: November 15, 2010
Apply or learn more at Fulbright Canada’s website.