Past Events


February 23rd
6 PM, CFA Room 232 at UB


David Szanto, Food Historian, Concordia University

Communications and Outreach Director for The University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy.

March 1st
2 PM, 509 O'Brian at UB

Professor Don Hubert, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
"The International Politics of Civilian Protection"

The talk traced the evolution and convergence of two century long trends seeking to address intentional attacks on civilian populations: the nascent doctrine of humanitarian intervention first articulated in the late 19th century has been transformed over the last decade into the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect; the legal norm of civilian immunity in war also first codified in the late 19th century has been complemented since the mid 1990s to the protection of civilians in situations of armed conflict with emphasis on practical measures to provide for the physical security of populations at risk. The talked concluded with an assessment of where these two converging agendas now stand and their future prospects.

March 3rd

Margaret Atwood
Center for the Arts, UB’s North (Amherst) Campus

Throughout her years of writing, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and many honorary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000, and Moral Disorder and Other Stories. Atwood's newest novel, The Year of the Flood is scheduled for release in September 2009.Her recent work in non-fiction includes, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, a timely analysis of the topic of debt as an enduring theme in religion, culture and history.
Atwood has been said to have an uncanny knack for writing books that anticipate the preoccupations of the public. Acclaimed for her talent for portraying both personal problems and those of universal concern, Atwood's work has been published in more than thirty-five languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.

Margaret Atwood is a Joint Honourary President of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International.
Born in Ottawa, Atwood grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. For more information please contact Associate Dean Lorraine Oak .

March 19-March 31
"Les Automatistes"
In connection with the exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Poetics program will offer poetic readings and lectures of "Automatistes" texts. This avant-garde group of writers, artists and dancers under the leadership of Paul-Emile Borduas was florishing in Montreal in the late 1940s. While Abstract Expressionism was revolutionizing visual art in New York and Letterism was introducing platicity in art and letters in Paris, "Les Automatistes," true to the spirit of European vanguard movement published an important manifesto "Refus Global" that changed Québec art and politics. The group's experimentation in literature, art, theater and dance created a specific brand of lyrical abstraction that impacted all aspect of Québec intellectual life and paved the way for the so-called political "révolution tranquille."

With the sponsorship of the New York Québec Delégation Générale, the Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises and the Melodia E. Jones Chair in French at UB. 

March 25th and 26th

Crossing Borders

A multi-disciplinary student conference on the United States, Canada and Border Issues, hosted by the University at Buffalo. Conference web site.

June 3-5

Hockey on the Border Conference

Conference co-chairs Andy Holman, President of Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies (MANECCS) and Dr. Julie Stevens, Sports Management at Brock University. Co-sponsored by Canadian-American Studies (UB) and Brock University.


February 24th, 2009

Workshop: The Hidden Places of Law: Exploring Legal Geographies

Presenters: Nick Blomley, Geography, Simon Fraser University; David Delaney, Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, Amherst College; Alexander Kedar, Law, Haifa University; visiting at University of Michigan; Irus Braverman, UB Law (organizer).

Comments by Rosemary Coombe, Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies, York University; Don Mitchell, Geography, Syracuse University; Shelley Gavigan, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Lisa Freeman, Geography, University of Toronto; Peer Zumbansen, Canada Research Chair; Director, Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.


March 20th, 2009

Guest speaker: Professor Patrick James
Director, Center for International Studies, University of South California;
President, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS).

Constitutional Politics in Canada After the Charter

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
University at Buffalo
280 Park Hall - Amherst Campus
Free event
Download the flyer for more details.

March 26th and 27th, 2009

Crossing Borders 2009 in St. Catharines, Ontario

A multi-disciplinary student conference on the United States, Canada and Border Issues, hosted by Brock University, St. Catharines.  Please review the website for more details.

April 7th, 2009

Hon. Don Boudria and Dr. H. Lorraine Oak, Assoc. Dean, UB

Hon. Don Boudria, long-serving former MP for the eastern Ontario federal constituency of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, visited UB on April 7th to give a public talk on “Responsible Government – The Canadian Experience.” He served in the House of Commons between 1984 before retiring in 2006. Over that period he he served as Minister for International Cooperation and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Receiver General for Canada as well as Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Between January and March of this year he served as part of newly selected Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s transition team. Despite his distinguished service, however, Hon. Mr. Boudria is perhaps best remembered as a member (along with Sheila Copps, Brian Tobin, and John Nunziata) of the famous "rat pack" that hounded the government of Brian Mulroney during "question period" in the 1984-1988 period.

May 19th, 2009

Regional Sociolegal Studies Conference "Pro Bono, Lawyers, and the State: Cross-Border Perspectives of Governance" at UB

This one-day, informal conference will provide an opportunity for scholars and scholar/practictioners on both sides of the Canada-US border to explore the changing role of pro bono in comparative perspective. This year's specialized mini-conference on pro bono follows up from a larger conference in 2008 on the evolving role of pro bono in the legal profession. This mini-conference has relevance to all scholars interested in the role of the legal profession and the state in issues related to access to justice and social justice. Organized by Bob Granfield, Sociology, University at Buffalo, and Lorne Sossin, Law, University of Toronto. See program and registration details.

May 20th to 23rd, 2009

Canadian Biomaterials Society (CBS)

27th annual Conference in Quebec City.  This congress is a privileged occasion for Canadian researchers, clinicians, industrial partners, and students working in the fields of biomaterials to share their most recent studies in diverse areas of biomaterials such as orthopaedics, cardiovascular, tissue engineering, drug delivery, etc.  More details can be found here.

June 12th, 2009                                              

Great Lakes Connecting Channels

Organized by the UB Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Committee: Professor Joseph Atkinson and Ms. Helen Domske, Great Lakes Program; Professor Barry Boyer, School of Law; Dr. Lorraine Oak, Canadian American Studies Committee/College of Arts and Sciences; and Professor Lynda Schneekloth, School of Architecture. The Conference was held as part of the Boundary Waters Week, June 5 - 14, 2009 when the Niagara River Corridor will be host to water-themed events -- culminating with the official celebration of the Boundary Waters Treaty 100th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Niagara Falls.  More information can be found: or email


                                                                                    Laura Mangan, Deputy Director, Baldy Center and
                                                                                    Robert Berger, Director, Canada-US Legal Studies Center,
                                                                                    Professor, Law School



Helen Domske, Associate Director, Great Lakes Program at UB and
Alan Radibeau, Director of the Environment & Society Institute and
Director of the Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) at UB.


Stephen Dunnett, Vice Provost for International Education at UB          Lorraine Oak, Chair, Canadian-American Studies Committee
and Jane Koustas, Associate Dean of Humanities, Professor,                    and Helen Domske Associate Director, Great Lakes Program at UB
Department of Modern Languages, Brock University.

News from Connect2Canada                                                                                                                           
Ambassador Wilson was in Buffalo, New York on June 12, 2009 for a day of outreach in advance of the 100th anniversary of the Canada–U.S. Boundary Waters Treaty celebrated in Niagara Falls on June 13. During his visit to Buffalo, the Ambassador met with the local media and gave a speech at the Great Lakes Connecting Channels Conference hosted by SUNY Buffalo. Read the full story

June 21st - 28th, 2009

Arts Management Program at UB Summer School at the Venice Biennale

Arts Management Program students in front of the Canadian pavilion at the Venice Biennale


June 30th, 2009

UB says farewell to Canadian Consul General, Stephen Brereton

(L-R) Stephen Dunnett, Vice Provost for International Education at UB,
Kerry Mitchell, Public Affairs Manager at Canadian Consulate General,
Stephen Brereton, Consul General of the Consulate General for Canada in Buffalo,
John B. Simpson, President, University at Buffalo
Lorraine Oak, Chair, Canadian-American Studies Committee at UB,
reads a letter from John Nay, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General in Toronto

September 9th at UB

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will open its fall lecture series Sept. 9 with an illustrated talk by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd McAllen of Molo Design, the critically acclaimed Vancouver-based collaborative design and production studio that designs both buildings and products.

The talk is free and open to the public, and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the school's lecture hall, 301 Crosby Hall on the South (Main Street) Campus. Read more about the event here.

September 10th to 13th, 2009 at UB                                                                                            Urbanités Littéraires / Cityscapes - Literary Escapes

The goal of the conference is to study the relationship between writing and the urban environment, and specify interactive engagements between literature, architecture, and urbanism. Eight academic panels include the following themes: Wandering ; Windows/Doors/Entrances/Corridors; Utopia and Dream Cities; Streets/Boulevards/Avenues; Towns/Suburbs/Slums/Countrysides; Silos/Warehouses/Industrial Wasteland; Writing the City; Bridges/Arcades/Underground. Please send an e-mail at if you have questions.

September 17th, 2009

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara's 2009 Traders Series: Trading and Investing with Canada.  Guest speaker: Dr. Kathryn Friedman, Deputy Director and Director of Research at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute.  Location: Harry's Harbour Place Grille, Buffalo, NY.

September 23rd

TRUN Steering Committee Meeting,York University.

September 30th, 2009

The Haudenosaunee-Native American Research Group is honored to welcome Dr. Susan M. Hill.  Her talk is Yohyatonhiyo – “It Is Written Well”: The Challenges of Writing Haudenosaunee History that meets Community and Academic Standards.  Dr. Hill will be at UB, 1004 Clemens from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

October 3rd to 4th

The 2nd Eastern Great Lakes Theory of Computation Workshop at UB's Center for Tomorrow

October 23rd to 24th

The Working Group on Reconceptualizing Sociality

Vered Amit, Professor of Anthropology, Concordia University (Montreal) and
Virginia Caputo, Associate Professor and Director, Pauline Jewitt Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa). Organized by Professor Deborah Reed-Danahay, Department of Anthropology, UB.

November 12th

The Niagara Colloquium, at UB's Center for Tomorrow, an informal luncheon meeting of Canadian Studies scholars from the Niagara Region. This year’s event celebrated “Wine on the Border,” with a presentation from Dr. Linda Bramble, wine scholar, author and educator.






November 13th to 15th, 2009

Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Minisymposium (POMS)

37th annual Quebec-Ontario Physical Organic Minsymposium meeting at the University at Buffalo. The event is generally organized by Canadian chemists interested in problems related to physical aspects of Organic Chemistry. However, the conference attracts many participants from New York and northern Midwestern states, and this year will be organized by John Richard and Tina Amyes, faculty of the UB Chemistry Department.

November 18th and 22nd, 2009                                                                                                                                                        Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS)

20th Biennial Conference in San Diego, California.  Conference Information

November 20, 2009                                                                                                                                                                     Thinking Beyond the Nation-state: A Symposium on Empires, Diasporas, and Indigeneity - a US-Canadian Symposium at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo.

Even in the wake of the global movements toward decolonization and civil rights, at a moment when many politicians and legislators have declared the dawn of a “colorblind” and “multicultural” era, racial inequality and the dispossession of indigenous peoples remain defining features of the contemporary world. Today’s most powerful engines of global economic integration – multinational corporations, transnational financial institutions, and trade alliances – pursue a multiplicity of agendas that involve both discrimination and displacement on a grand scale. At the same time, the transnational trade in racial ideologies, political practices, and institutional forms has helped to spawn inequities in a variety of realms including job and housing markets, welfare and educational organizations, legal and criminal justice systems, immigration policies, the state management of indigenous peoples, and environmental regulations. Yet, despite these realities, mainstream discussions of the global have tended to overlook questions of racial and indigenous rights. “Thinking beyond the Nation-state” brings together faculty and graduate students from Western New York and Southern Ontario to address this gap in the scholarship. In many respects, the University at Buffalo is the perfect location for comparing Indigenous, African American, and Ethnic Studies approaches to the global. After all, the university sits on land formerly held by the Haudenosaunee people (Six Nations). Its two campuses are also in the midst of a metropolitan area that is profoundly segregated along racial lines. Furthermore, the university is located just minutes from the United States-Canada border – a border that crosscuts a region in which Western notions of nation-building, citizenship, and economic development have long collided with the interests of people of color. This symposium provides a forum for faculty and graduate students to discuss groundbreaking research in three intersecting and overlapping fields: 1) imperial and colonial history, policy, and practice; 2) the global migrations of people of color and their attendant transnational political, cultural, and social movements; and 3) indigenous peoples’ history and culture, along with their varied responses to dispossession and discrimination. Thus, the symposium endeavors to spark conversations and build relationships between scholars who have been traditionally separated by national borders and disciplinary/topical boundaries. Event organized by Theresa Runstedtler





January 28, 2008

Great Decisions - U.S. China Trade Relations

Dr. Jessie Poon, UB's Department of Geography and Researcher in the Canada-U.S. Trade Center, gave a presentation titled "Great Decisions - U.S. China Trade Relations". More details can be found here:

February 6, 2008

UB's Architecture and Planning Lecture Series presents:

Renowned French-Canadian architect Pierre Thibault from Quebec

Pierre Thibault, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Canadian Architects, is primarily active in landscaping and cultural and institutional design. His projects have won several awards including the Award of Excellence from the Architect Order of Quebec for both landscaping and residential projects.  This event was supported by the Quebec Government Office in New York under their education program.

February 8, 2008


University at Buffalo, 904 Clemens Hall, North Campus. 

In honor of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Samuel de Champlain, this bilingual round table in French and English explores the francophone presence in Canada during the early modern period. Scholars from France, Canada and the US will examine questions of travel, the encounter, ethnology and writing.

Speaker(s): included Frank Lestringant (Sorbonne), Andreas Motsch (University of Toronto), Janet Ritch (York University), Scott M. Stevens (University at Buffalo) and Grégoire Holtz (University of Toronto).

This event is sponsored by Canadian-American Studies and the Melodia E Jones Chair.  For more information: Amy Graves or presencesfrancophones

April 3 to 4, 2008

Crossing Borders 2008

A Multi-Disciplinary Student Conference on the United States, Canada and Border Issues. Hosted by the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York in association with the Consulate General of Canada (Buffalo) and the Consulate General of the United States (Toronto).


April 18, 2008

Dr. Lynda Corkum
Professor of Biology, University of Windsor

"Chemical control as a management strategy for an invasive fish, the round goby"
Environmental Engineering and Science Seminar Sponsored by
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB) program, ERIE IGERT
Canadian-American Studies Committee, Sevenson Environmental
Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

April 30, 2008

University at Buffalo, 509 O’Brian Hall.  Free event.  

Practicing Law in both Ontario and the U.S.: A Students’ Guide to U.S. and Canadian Practice.

Discussion led by Ms. Rita Nischal, Esq.,                                                                                          Watson, Bennett, Colligan, Johnson & Schechter, LLP                                                                    Contact: Harvey Asiedu-Akrofi at

May 8, 2008

13th Annual Regional Sociolegal Studies Conference

Centre for Criminology

University of Toronto, Canadiana Building, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West

Research on social movements has usually focused on issues around emergence and mobilization, and has paid less attention to the social, political and legal effects (intended and unintended) of certain anti-discrimination policies and practices. This panel will highlight socio-legal research on the characteristics and consequences of various movements organized around issues such as anti-racism, mental illness and LGBT rights, and will open up discussions about anti-stigma/discrimination policies, comparative legal frameworks, framing, narrative, and citizenship.

Legal processes are in part shaped by knowledge of non-legal origin -- not only traditional kinds of expertise, such as forensic psychiatry, child welfare, economics, or science, but also information about public opinion, affidavits from advocacy groups, and reports on individuals or on issues provided for legal purposes by community agencies. What extra-legal knowledge often have in common is that they are increasingly concerned with measuring and evaluating risks (not only risk to the public or to potential victims but also risks to institutions). This panel showcases some of the work being done by socio-legal scholars on the role played by various knowledge of risk and danger in legal proceedings and in the construction of legal policy.
Flier: Regional 08

May 15, 2008

Building Connections: U.S. - Canadian Seminar on Race and Transnationalism
Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada

This interdisciplinary seminar will consist of a formal panel, a discussion of methods of transnational study, and a social hour. The goal is to lay the foundations for a network of scholars interested in racial justice research in our region.
RSVP: Theresa Runstedtler, American Studies, University at Buffalo

Organized by the Buffalo Seminar for Racial Justice (UB) and the Centre for the Study of the United States (U of T).  The formal panel will feature scholars from UB and U of T.


CAN-AM Event on April 20, 2007 On April 20th 2007, we welcomed Dr. Debora VanNijnatten, Coordinator of the North American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.  She met with Canadian Studies colleagues at UB, and presented an insightful and thought-provoking lecture on "A Greener Shade of (Tory) Blue: The Politics of Climate Change in Stephen Harper's Canada."

From left to right are: Robert Berger (Director, Canada-U.S. Legal Studies Centre), Deborah VanNijnatten, Lorraine Oak (Canadian-American Studies Committee Chair), and  Munroe Eagles (Director, Canadian Studies Academic Program).



The Canadian-American Studies Committee was pleased to welcome Dan Abele, Academic Relations Officer, from the Canadian Embassy in Washington. This is the first of what we hope will be more visits to the University at Buffalo. Dr. Abele stated that over the past 27 years the Canadian government support for our Canada-related activities at UB has totaled $502,000. We are one of the preeminent programs in the U.S.

CAN-AM luncheon on March 9, 2007
from left are: Dean Brian Carter (School of Architecture), Dr. Dan Abele (Academic Relations Officer, Canadian Embassy/Washington), Professor Ann McElroy (Anthropology)
CAN-AM luncheon on March 9, 2007
clockwise from bottom left: Dr. Lorraine Oak (Committee Chair), Professor Robert Berger (Law School), Professor Alan MacPherson (Director, Canada US Trade Center), Mr. Dan Kolundzic, (Political and Economic Relations, Canadian Consulate/Buffalo), SUNY Distinguished Service Professor John Ho, (acting Vice President of Graduate Education), Professor Munroe Eagles, Dean Brian Carter (School of Architecture), Dr. Dan Abele, Ann McElroy (Anthropology), Mr. John Wood (Associate Vice Provost for International Education)

Crossing Borders 2007

A Multi-Disciplinary Student Conference on the U.S., Canada and Border Issues
For more information please click Crossing Borders.

Binational Tourism Alliance (BTA) Summit 2007

The summit focused on "capitalizing on cross-border connections" was held March 4-6, 2007 at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Details can be found here.



Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. visits UB

The Hon. Michael H. Wilson, O.C., Canadian Ambassador to the United States, delivered an address on October 25, 2006 at the University at Buffalo. Wilson -- who also has served as Canada's Minister of finance, Minister of industry, science and technology, and Minister for international trade -- discussed "Canada's Commitment to a Continental and Global Agenda" in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. His address was followed a question-and-answer period and a reception. Mr. Wilson was introduced to the UB community by President John Simpson..

Wilson assumed his responsibilities as ambassador on March 13, 2006, becoming the 22nd representative of Canada to the United States. He previously was chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG, one of the world's leading financial institutions. He oversaw all UBS operations in Canada, including the investment bank, pension fund management and wealth management businesses.

Prior to joining UBS in July 2001, he was responsible for RBC Financial Group's institutional asset management business. He also served as vice chairman of RBC Dominion Securities, responsible for senior client relationships and advice to both Canadian and international companies and governments.

In 1979, Wilson was elected to Canada's House of Commons. In September 1984, he was appointed Canada's Minister of finance and remained in that role until May 1991. He then became Minister of industry, science and technology, and Minister for international trade.

Prior to his career in public life, Wilson was in investment banking with responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance. He was director of a number of companies, including BP P.L.C. and Manulife Financial.

He is active in a number of professional and community organizations, including NeuroScience, Canada Partnership, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Consul for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.

An officer of the Order of Canada, Wilson holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto and York University.

Last updated on: April 5, 2010