TITLE: Borderlines/Borderlands: Culture and the Canadian-U.S. International Boundary: Panels 4, 5 & 6
SPEAKER: Laurie Ricou, Nora Foster Stovel, Tristan Sanregret, Mark Meer, Julian Faid, Marianne Rude, Henry Champ, Paul Dyster, Birgit Matthiesen, Patrick Robson
EVENT DATE: 2010/06/16
RUNNING TIME: 164 minutes
Borderlines/ Borderlands: Culture and the Canada-US International Boundary, a free symposium featuring leading Canadian and US scholars, which will explore the history and culture of regions, communities and their residents along the Canada-U.S. border.
Panel 4: Cultural Manifestations of the Border includes Laurie Ricou speaking on "Border Songs of Cascadia: Rain, Rivering, and Raven in the Pacific Northwest" and Nora Foster Stoval on "'American or Canadian': Carol Shields's Border Crossing."
Panel 5: Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. Introduction by Tristan Sanregret. Mark Meer and Julian Faid present "Whose Border is It Anyway?: Using Improv to Explain Everything."
Panel 6: Securing Border Culture: Roundtable Discussion with Marianne Rude, Henry Champ, Paul A. Dyster, Birgit Matthiesen and Patrick J. Robson.
Speaker Biography: Laurie Ricou is professor emeritus of English at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His two most recent books exploring the intersections of literature and environmental studies in the Pacific Northwest are "The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest" (2002) and "Salal: Listening for the Northwest Understory" (2007).
Speaker Biography: Nora Foster Stovel is professor of English at the University of Alberta, where she teaches 20th-century literature in general, and recent Canadian women's fiction in particular. She has the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from McGill, Cambridge and Dalhousie Universities, respectively. She has edited four books by Margaret Laurence and recently published "Divining Margaret Laurence: A Study of Her Complete Writings" (2008), completed with the assistance of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRCC) grant and a University of Alberta McCalla Research Professorship. She has been awarded a SSHRC grant to pursue her new study, "'Sparkling Subversion': Carol Shields's Vision and Voice."
Speaker Biography: Tristan Sanregret is director of Alberta-US Relations, Alberta Office in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Mark Meer is an actor and improvisor with Rapid Fire Theatre, a founding member of the comedy troupe Gordon's Big Bald Head, and a core company member of the live improvised soap opera, Die-Nasty, which won a Canadian Comedy Award. He has also worked extensively with The Atomic Improv Company, Teatro La Quindicina, and Shadow Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2006 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor.
Speaker Biography: Julian Faid has been a member of the cast of Rapid Fire Theatre for over ten years. Improv has taken Julian all over the world. He has travelled for improv festivals in Calgary, Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. He has also represented the alberta arts in Washington DC at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.
Speaker Biography: Marianne Rude is the Washington representative for the Province of Manitoba.
Speaker Biography: Henry Champ is a veteran reporter with a journalism career spanning 40 years. During that time he has covered some of the world's biggest stories. He is known for being one of the last correspondents to leave Vietnam during the fall of Saigon, and one of the first Canadian journalists to be admitted into the People's Republic of China.
Speaker Biography: Paul A. Dyster is mayor of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations and Law from Johns Hopkins University, and spent the first half of his career as a college professor. He directed the Catholic University of America's International Affairs Program, and worked on arms control negotiations for the State Department in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2000 to 2003, Paul served on the Niagara Falls City Council. He then served as president of the board of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, as president and chairman of the Niagara Experience Center, and on the executive board of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. In 2005, he became chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Niagara River Greenway Commission. In 2007, Paul was elected mayor of Niagara Falls.
Speaker Biography: Birgit Matthiesen is currently the senior advisor, U.S. Government Relations, to the president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association. In this capacity, she is the association's point person in the United States to advocate trade and economic issues on behalf of Canada's manufacturing and export interests. She covers the Hill and the Executive Branch, and works closely with U.S. associations such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Speaker Biography: Patrick Robson is commissioner of Integrated Community Planning Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario. He holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson and a M.A. in Politics from Brock University. He completed the Municipal Clerk's and Treasurer's program at Niagara College, and is a Certified Municipal Manager III through the Ontario Municipal Management Institute. His professional life has included private sector planning consultant work.