TITLE: Borderlines/Borderlands: Culture and the Canadian-U.S. International Boundary: Panel 1 and Keynote Address
SPEAKER: Deanna Marcum, Roy Norton, Victor Konrad, Randy Widdis, David Hackett Fischer
EVENT DATE: 2010/06/15
RUNNING TIME: 167 minutes
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Canada together with the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec join in welcoming the public to Borderlines/ Borderlands: Culture and the Canada-US International Boundary, a free symposium featuring leading Canadian and US scholars, which explored the history and culture of regions, communities, and their residents along the Canada-U.S. border. The lands adjacent to the Canada-U.S. border form a cultural region that is distinct from other areas of both countries. During the symposium, participants examined the area's cultural expressions.
Panel 1: Borderlines & Borderlands" includes Victor Konrad, Carleton University speaking on "Imagination, Identity, Affinity, and the Social Construction of Borderlands Culture," and Randy Widdis speaking on "Looking Through the Mirror: Historical Geographical Reflections On Our Common Border." This panel is followed by the keynote address by David Hackett Fischer, "One Continent, Many Cultures."
Speaker Biography: Deanna Marcum is the associate librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Roy Norton is the minister of Congressional, Public, and Intergovernmental Relations, Embassy of Canada.
Speaker Biography: Victor Konrad (Ph.D., C. Dir.) is director of North Wing Consulting, Ottawa, and Adjunct Research Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. His most recent book, with Heather Nicol, "Beyond Walls: Re-Inventing the Canada-United States Borderlands," was published in 2008. Konrad has been engaged in border research and public policy since the early 1980s. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Borderlands Studies and the International Advisory Board of the "Journal of Borderlands Studies."
Speaker Biography: Randy William Widdis is professor of historical-cultural geography from the University of Regina. He is the author of several books on the Canada-U.S. border, including "Permeable Border: The Great Lakes Basin as Transnational Region, 1650-1990," which was awarded the 2006 Albert B. Corey Prize, bestowed biennially by the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association for "the best book on Canadian-American relations or on the history of both countries," and the 2008 Association of Borderland Studies Nomination Award. Professor Widdis has just been awarded the 2011 Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Speaker Biography: David Hackett Fischer received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Princeton University. His many awards include the Pulitzer prize in history for "Washington's Crossing" (2005); American Association of University Presses prize for overall excellence for "Albion's Seed;" Book of the Year Awards for "Paul Revere's Ride" (1995); and the Irving Kristol Prize from the American Enterprise Institute (2006).