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Borderlines/Borderlands:
Culture and the Canada–U.S.
International Boundary

Schedule

Symposium: June 14–16, 2010
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540

Links to the webcasts have been added to the schedule below. Photographs from the symposium events will be added to this website when they become available.

Monday, June 14, 2010
Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Memorial Building

7:00-8:00 PM Film Screening: To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey
  • Welcome: Jean Stéphane Bernard, Director, Québec Government Office in Washington.
  • A documentary of Kahnawake, a Mohawk community in Québec, that has sent workers to New York City for several generations. Filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell [biography] will introduce the film and answer questions. Registration is not required for the film screening. Seating is limited, so it is advisable to come early.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building

Webcast View the webcast of the welcoming remarks, panel 1, and the keynote address. Running time 2:47:43.
   
1:00-2:15 Registration / Tour of exhibits
   
2:15-2:30 Welcome:
  • Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress.
  • Roy Norton, Minister, Congressional, Public, and Intergovernmental Relations, Embassy of Canada.
   
2:30-4:00 Panel 1: Borderlines & Borderlands
  • Moderator: John Hébert, Chief, Geography and Maps, Library of Congress.
  • Imagination, Identity, Affinity, and the Social Construction of Borderlands Culture, Victor Konrad, Carleton University. [abstract and biography]
  • Looking Through the Mirror: Historical Geographical Reflections On Our Common Border, Randy Widdis, University of Regina. [abstract and biography]
   
4:00-5:00  Keynote Address
  • Introduction: Roy Norton, Minister, Congressional, Public, and Intergovernmental Relations, Embassy of Canada.
  • Address: One Continent, Many Cultures, David Hackett Fischer, Brandeis University. [abstract and biography]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building

Webcast View the webcast of panels 2 and 3. Running time 3:19:35
 
8:30-9:00 Registration
   
9:30-10:00 Coffee
   
10:00-10:10  Welcome: Peggy Bulger, Director, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
   
10:10-12:00  Panel 2: History Along the Border/Case Studies
  • Moderator/Introduction: David Taylor, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Canadian Resources at the American Folklife Center. [biography]
  • Franco American Materials in the American Folklife Center's Archive, Steve Winick, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. [biography]
  • The Fenian Frontier: Irish Nationalism, Anglo‑American Relations, and the Making of the Canadian‑American Border, Timothy Lynch, California Maritime Academy. [abstract and biography]
  • After the Underground Railroad: African North Americans and the Transnational Nature of Reconstruction, Adam Arenson, University of Texas-El Paso. [abstract and biography]
   
12:00-1:30 Lunch
   
1:30 – 3:00 Panel 3: Immigration & Movement
  • Moderator: Michael Taft, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. [biography]
  • Americans in Canada: A Personal and Folkloristic View, Michael Taft
  • Architecture of the Border, Brian Carter, State University of New York-Buffalo. [abstract and biography]
  • Native American Women and Cross-Border Tourism in the early 20th Century, Beverley Diamond, Memorial University, Newfoundland. [abstract and biography]
   
Webcast View the webcast of panels 4, 5, and 6. Running time 2:44:39.
   
3:00-4:15 Panel 4: Cultural Manifestations of the Border
  • Moderator: Steve Winick, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. [biography]
  • Border Songs of Cascadia: Rain, Rivering, and Raven in the Pacific Northwest, Laurie Ricou, University of British Columbia. [abstract and biography]
  • "American or Canadian": Carol Shields's Border Crossing, Nora Foster Stovel, University of Alberta. [abstract and biography]
   
4:15 - 4:30 Break
   
4:30-5:00

Panel 5: Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta
Welcome: Tristan Sanregret, Director, Alberta-US Relations, Alberta Office in Washington, DC
Whose Border is It Anyway?: Using Improv to Explain Everything, Mark Meer [biography] and Julian Faid [biography].

   
5:00-5:45 Panel 6: Securing Border Culture: Roundtable Discussion
  • Welcome: Marianne Rude, Washington Representative, Province of Manitoba.
  • Moderator: Henry Champ, Journalist and Reporter [biography].
  • The Honorable Paul A. Dyster, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls, New York [biography].
  • Birgit Matthiesen, Special Advisor to the President and US Government Relations, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters [biography].
  • Patrick J. Robson, Commissioner, Integrated Community Planning, Regional Municipality of Niagara. [biography]
   
5:45-7:00

Closing Reception
Remarks: Jean Stéphane Bernard, Director, Québec Government Office in Washington
Co-hosted by the American Folklife Center, the Embassy of Canada, and the Government of Québec, Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.

 

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