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New SUNY Plattsburgh Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Quebec Studies

The Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies is hosting its first-ever distinguished Fulbright chair in Québec studies.

Dr. Stephane Paquin, a professor and Canada research chair in the Department of International and Comparative Economy at the National School for Public Administration in Québec City, has served as secretary-general of the International Political Association. He is the author of several books on Québec international relations including U.S./Canadian relations and North American integration. He was selected in 2008 to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program.

While at Plattsburgh, he will work on his project, “Bilateral Relations Between Quebec and the U.S.: The Perception of the ‘Attentive Public.’”

Paquin will also give a presentation as part of the Célébrons Québec festival, March 13 at noon at the institute, 133 Court St. He will speak on “The Quiet Revolution: 50 Years After,” which references the period of rapid social and political change in Québec from 1960 to 1966 when the Liberal Party took power away from the long-ruling Union Nationale Party.

“Dr. Paquin is the first-ever Fulbright chair in Québec studies at any American university or college, public or private, as part of an agreement that will bring a senior Québec scholar to campus once a year for five years,” said Director for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies. “Dr. Paquin is the top scholar in the field — bar none — of Québec’s engagement with the international community. While he’s here, his research will involve taking a look at the views of key U.S. decision makers, politicians, government leaders and business leaders as they reflect on Québec. How does Québec get on their radar screen? How does someone in Albany, New York City, Washington, D.C. view Québec?”

Paquin will be on campus through May.

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