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Canadian-American Center

CAN 101 – Introduction to Canadian Studies

Course Coordinator/Instructor: Dr. Tina Adcock


FirstClass: Christina Adcock

Offices: 275B Stevens & 154 College Avenue (at the Canadian-American Center)

Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 1:30-3 (Stevens)

By appointment (Can-Am Center)

Course TAs: Ian Jesse ( and Michael T. Perry (

Fall 2013 Class Meetings: Tues. and Thurs. 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (120 Little Hall)

Course Description: This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to historical and contemporary Canada. Faculty from across the University of Maine, as well as from other institutions, will lecture on Canadian geography, anthropology and archaeology, history, politics, economics, literature, culture, and art. The United States and Canada share a continent, language, and to some extent, a common North American culture developed over the last century. Yet the two countries have had quite different historical trajectories, which have given rise to different sets of cultural values and principles. Throughout the course, we will compare and contrast Canada and the United States from a variety of perspectives. While many aspects of Canada will appear quite foreign to you as Americans, Canada is also the nation in the world most similar to the United States today. Studying Canadian history and society will therefore challenge assumptions that Americans often hold about the uniqueness of the American experience in the past and present.

Canadian-American Center Directory

  • Stephen J. Hornsby: 581-4226
  • Raymond J. Pelletier: 581-4227
  • Howard Cody:581-1869
  • Betsy Arntzen: 581-4225
  • Craig Harris: 581-4220
  • Betsy Beattie:581-1694
  • K-12 Outreach

    Contact Information

    Canadian-American Center
    154 College Avenue
    Orono, ME 04473
    Phone: (207) 581-4220 | Fax: (207) 581-4223
    The University of Maine
    Orono, Maine 04469
    A Member of the University of Maine System