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Dedicated to promoting and providing comprehensive scholarly professional development programs on Canada to academic, government and business constituents in the United States, the Center for the Study of Canada at Plattsburgh State University of New York was established in 1975. It is recognized as a National Resource Center on Canada in partnership with the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine by receipt of U.S. Department of Education Title VI funding since 1983.
The Center is at the forefront of developing innovative Canadian-focused curriculum, research and program initiatives. It is proud to offer the most comprehensive undergraduate Canadian Studies program in the U.S. There is also a rich variety of scholarly outreach programs sponsored and managed by the Center including: CONNECT; Fulbright-SUNY Plattsburgh Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies; Distinguished Canadian Address & Distinguish Canada-U.S. Address; Center Scholar-in-Residence; Canada Speaker Series; K-12 Initiatives; and Teaching Canada. Given its close proximity to the province of Québec, the Center launched the Institute on Québec Studies which offers renown programs such as the Québec Winter Symposium and Québec Summer Seminar.
The Center is also excited to be organizing the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada thanks to support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, the United States Embassy Ottawa and Fulbright Canada.
SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty, and staff as well as North Country businesspeople and community members participated in a variety of presentations organized by the Center for the Study of Canada and delivered by Richard Nimijean of Carleton University from Tuesday, April 16-Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Nimijean was selected as the Center's Fulbright Visiting Scholar-in-Residence 2012-13 in collaboration with Fulbright Canada.
Educated in Political Science and Public Policy, Richard Nimijean has researched, written, and taught in the areas of Canadian Studies, Canadian politics, regional innovation systems, science and technology policy, and scholarly communication. Nimijean is very active in the Canadian Studies community, participating in activities sponsored by the Association of Canadian Studies, the Association for Canadian Studies in United States, the British Association of Canadian Studies, the Mexican Association of Canadian Studies, the International Council of Canadian Studies, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He has delivered talks on Canadian Studies across Canada, the United States, Mexico, England, Ireland, Italy, Chile, and Argentina. His teaching and research examine the phenomenon of branding Canada and the politics of the brand state, including the intersections of Canadian politics and society, national identity and public policy.
While in residence at SUNY Plattsburgh, Nimijean spoke on the following topics:
-“Canada’s Changing Global Image”
-“The Future of International Canadian Studies”
-“Why Study Canada?”
-“Does Linguistic Duality Still Matter in Contemporary Canada?”
-“The Oil Sands and Their Impact on Canada’s Economy, Environment and Image"
If you would like more information about the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Christopher Kirkey, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Canada
Phone: (518) 564-2086
Fax: (518) 564-2112