Passport to Canada
Schedule of Events - Fall 2010

Monday, August 30, Chambers Library ground floor 3:30-4:45 p.m.: "Your Passport to Passport." Why Passport? Why Canada? This general orientation will explain to students--and any other interested parties--what the Passport UCO program is about, and what's coming up this semester. We will also discuss the upcoming study tour planned to British Columbia in May, led by Dr. Patricia Loughlin of UCO's Department of History and Geography.

Wednesday, September 1, ED building room 115 1:00-1:50 p.m.: "Say Something in Canadian." Dr. Debbie Barker of UCO's Speech-Language Pathology program grew up in Canada. After several years of teaching and working as a permanent resident in the United States, she decided to change her citizenship status. In this presentation she will talk about the practical and personal ramifications of that decision, and address the differences between U.S. and Canadian language and culture.

Monday, September 13, COM building room 120 2:00-2:50 p.m.: "Canadian Cultural Nationalism." Dr. Mark Silcox teaches philosophy at UCO, and is a Canadian citizen. He will talk about how Canadian politicians, artists, and intellectuals have tried to preserve their culture's distinctiveness over the past hundred years. Much of his presentation will focus upon the ideas expressed in George Grant's hugely influential philosophical essay/anti-American diatribe Lament for a Nation. Other topics to be discussed will include donuts, the mounties, Bryan Adams, dead beavers, and the sinister hidden meaning of the lyrics to "O Canada."

A special visit from author Thomas King, September 20-22:
Novelist, politician, radio host, children's author, activist… Thomas King has a resume that just won't quit. Louis Owens, author of Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel, said of King's second novel, Green Grass, Running Water: "Never before have the real people and the real issues of Indian America been presented more movingly or more persuasively, and never has Coyote found a more sophisticated, subtle, and hilarious voice.... Thomas King has claimed a place as one of America's supreme storytellers."

Monday, September 20 11 a.m., COM 120: Dr. King will present a reading--and perhaps even an impromptu concert--from Coyote Sings to the Moon, his best-known children's tale that brings to life the beloved trickster from First Nations mythology.
2 p.m., Chambers Library, ground floor: King will discuss and read from his latest project, a history of native people in North America.

Tuesday, September 21: 3:30 p.m., COM 120: A screening of the film Medicine River, the screenplay adapted by King himself from his first novel. An author Q&A will follow.

Wednesday, September 22: 6:00 p.m., Pegasus Theater: "The Stories We Tell." A keynote presentation about the stories we tell ourselves and others… with an emphasis on the way we use humor and our cultural background to get a point across.

Monday, September 27, COM 120 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.: "The Short History of Canada: Northern Neighbour, Foreign Land" This lecture by Dr. Lynn Mackay of Brandon University in Manitoba will help us understand the significant influence of Native American, French, and British cultural and political power in the history of Canada, our neighbors to the North. While Americans took a different political path after 1776, Canadians chose to remain part of the British empire, until state formation became possible in the mid-1860s. The settlement of Canada's southern border with the northern border of the United States merges their histories together, as both tried to carve out control of the North American continent. The effects of Victorian science on the imagined community, the impact of imperial identity within the British Empire, the struggle with an often inhospitable environment and the role of multiculturalism developed differently from their neighbors to the South. While Canadians and Americans share a continent in peace and friendship, their historical and political trajectories have been very different and may well become even more so as Canada remains open to enterprising Chinese and others from developing, but wealthy nations around the globe.

Thursday, September 30, Wellness Center gym floor 3:00 p.m.: Hockey!! Meet members of the UCO hockey team and find out about Canada's national sport. Part of the Wellness Center series.

Monday, October 4, BUS 113 (Troy Smith auditorium) 2:00 p.m.: "Health Care Systems: Canadian and U.S." Dr. Pauline Rosenau of the University of Texas-Houston, one of the nation's leading experts on the differences of health care programs in the United States and Canada, will compare the strengths and weaknesses of the two systems. She will address the differences in Canada and the US regarding the health system structures in terms of cultures. This is very important for understanding the differences in the health systems preferred by Canadians and Americans. The U.S. can be seen as not one, but several different cultures. Canada historically has been quite homogeneous but that is rapidly changing: Canada has more foreign-born residents than the U.S. today on a per populations basis. Another variable of interest is that the U.S. and Canada have very different political systems. In short – a combination of complex factors, each of which may account for why we seem to prefer market systems in the U.S. and the Canadians are set on the single-payer system. View Dr. Rosenau's PowerPoint slides on line.

Thursday, October 7, Wellness Center room 127 3:00 p.m.: Healthy Canadian Cuisine with Tiffany Shurtz, UCO's Dietetic Internship Director. Part of the Wellness Center series.

Tuesday, October 12, Howell Hall Atrium at noon: "Canada Geese." They're baaa-aaack. We see them every year on Broncho Lake, in the parks, and sometimes in our own back yards. UCO's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. William Radke--an ornithologist, or bird expert, by training--will explain the mysteries and migrations of these ubiquitous waterfowl.

Thursday, October 14, COM 120 4:15 p.m.: "It's all French to me: Getting to know Québecois French." You may know that the British say "lift" while Americans prefer "elevator" and they go on "holiday" when we take vacation, but did you know that there are at least as many differences between the French spoken in Canada and that of the Mother Land, France? Join Dr. Catherine Webster from Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies for a look at the differences between these two countries' approaches to the French language. No prior knowledge of French, from any country, is required!

Thursday, October 14, Radke Theater and Recital Hall, Center for Transformative Learning, 7:30 p.m.: "Oh Canada! An evening of Canadian Song" Canada has had a vigorous tradition of singing and a rich heritage of classical song throughout its history. While most of the major Canadian composers have contributed to the song repertoire, the selections in this recital will include examples of Chanson and Melodie composed between the years 1867-1952. Ranging in mood from the lighthearted to the serious, from love songs to patriotic anthems, Oh Canada! An evening of Canadian Song promises to be a celebration of Canada’s rich cultural tradition. Note: The Center for Transformative Learning is the new building next to Liberal Arts.

Monday, October 18, Virginia Lamb Living Room, HES building, 7:00 p.m.: Film: Bollywood/Hollywood.  Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta's tongue-in-cheek look at the lives of expatriates in Toronto's "Little Asia," with elements of the singing, dancing, and lush costumes typical of India's "Bollywood" film tradition. The film begins with the desperate effort of wealthy businessman Rahul (Indian actor Rahul Khanna) to get his mother and grandmother off his back when it comes to his romantic life--and then things get more complicated.

Thursday, October 28, Nigh University Center at noon: Fashion Show!