The Loyal Atlantic: Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era

February 29th, 2012 3:39 PM

The Loyal Atlantic: Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era

Edited by: Jerry Bannister & Liam Riordan

Adding to a dynamic new wave of scholarship in Atlantic history, The Loyal Atlantic offers fresh interpretations of the key role played by Loyalism in shaping the early modern British Empire. This cohesive collection investigates how Loyalism and the empire were mutually constituted and reconstituted from the eighteenth century onward. Featuring contributions by authors from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, The Loyal Atlantic brings Loyalism into a genuinely international focus.

Through cutting-edge archival research, The Loyal Atlantic contextualizes Loyalism within the larger history of the British Empire. It also details how, far from being a passive allegiance, Loyalism changed in unexpected and fascinating ways — especially in times of crisis. Most importantly, The Loyal Atlantic demonstrates that neither the conquest of Canada nor the American Revolution can be properly understood without assessing the meanings of Loyalism in the wider Atlantic world.

Jerry Bannister is an associate professor in the Department of History at Dalhousie University.

Liam Riordan is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Maine.

Professor of Geography presents atlas research

February 24th, 2012 12:16 PM

Professor of Geography and director of the Canadian-American Center Stephen Hornsby presented on a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, February 24-28, 2012.   The peer-reviewed and selected panel was organized by Middlebury College professor of Geography Guntram Herb, and titled “The Future of the Atlas”.  The week-long conference was attended by more than 7,000 geographers from around the world and featured over 4,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers.

Canadian Studies librarian receives Quebec government grant

February 1st, 2012 11:31 AM

In November 2011, Canadian Studies librarian Betsy Beattie applied for a grant from the support program for the acquisition of materials on Quebec, a subsection of the Quebec/United States University Grant Program provided by the Quebec government.

In January 2012, the Canadian-American Center received word that Fogler Library was awarded a grant to acquire books by Quebec authors.  Because the University of Maine offers seven courses on Quebec literature, it is critical for the library to have a substantial and expansive collection of notable authors from Quebec.

On behalf of the Canadian-American Center and the Canadian Studies program, we would like to congratulate Betsy Beattie on receiving this Quebec Grant.

Killam Fellowship Awardee receives $5000 Killam Community Action Grant

January 17th, 2012 2:44 PM

Mallory Lavoie, a junior majoring in Journalism and French and recent Killam Fellowship awardee, has received a prestigious $5000  Killam Community Action Initiative Award to fund a project she envisions – a French immersion summer camp.

Mallory was one of three UMaine students awarded a 2011 Killam Fellowship Program award, and she spent the Spring 2011 semester studying French at the Laval University in Quebec City.

As a Killam Fellowship recipient, she qualified to apply for the 2012 Killam Community Action Initiative Award.  Her proposal which was accepted is to create a two week French Immersion Summer Camp in Madawaska, Maine.  She chose to locate the camp in the St. John Valley because the proportion of the population who speak French in this area is much higher than the rest of Maine.

Mallory explains her winning proposal: “1/3 of the population in Maine has Franco-American Heritage.  However, the percentage of kids who speak French has been on the decline.  One study between 1987 – 1991 shows that French as a mother tongue among students in the St. John Valley declined by 18%.  Now, the French Immersion Program in the Madawaska Elementary School has been cut, leaving less and less opportunities for students to learn French.

The need for this program is pressing because there are still many French speaking adults in the St. John Valley.  French is essential in fostering communication between French-speaking adults and youth.  Being situated between the bilingual province of New-Brunswick and the French-speaking province of Quebec, French is an important tool for maintaining business relations.

With my proposal, I will revive an interest and a connection to the French Language and Franco-American Language among elementary/middle school students.  I will supply students with a foundation in French from onto which they can build skills and confidence to develop fluency.  Learning French at an early age will provide students with an appreciation, connection, and respect for the French Language and for the Franco-American culture.”

Mallory is the first UMaine student to receive this award, and she received the highest award they offer.

For more information about the 2012 French Immersion Summer Camp contact Mallory on firstclass.

Center’s Outreach Coordinator presented Canadian content sessions to teachers

December 4th, 2011 9:28 AM
(L) Betsy Arntzen (UMaine), (R) Tina Storer (Western Washington U)

(L) Betsy Arntzen (UMaine), (R) Tina Storer (Western Washington U)

Canadian-American Center’s Canadian Studies outreach coordinator Betsy Arntzen, collaborated with two other outreach coordinators to provide an impressive amount of Canadian content workshop and poster sessions at the 91st annual teachers conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), held in Washington, DC December 1-4, 2011.

This year’s Canadian presence at the NCSS built on the success of a three-year emphasis to showcase Canadian studies at the NCSS annual conference beginning with Canada is Coming to NCSS! initiative (2008) and the follow-up success of providing Canadian content at the 2009 and 2010 conferences. In 2011 three outreach educators Betsy Arntzen,  Amy Sotherden and Tina Storer, collaborated with two exemplary Canadian educators (Mike Clare (ON), Steven Marcotte (QC), with Canadian Studies Master Teacher SUNY Geneseo adjunct faculty Dean June, and with Michigan State University’s Canadian Studies Outreach Coordinator Ruth Writer.  This resulted in our presenting 9 hours of Canadian content presentations over three days.  We offered more hour-long Canadian-content workshops than were offered about any other specific country:  CANADA: 6;  Africa:4; Japan:4; Asia:3; Brazil:2; China:2; Latin America:2; Afghanistan:1; Argentina:1; France:1; Middle East:1

The Canadian content presentations were peer reviewed and selected from over 900 proposals submitted.

For two of the four days, the outreach coordinators maintained a Canadian Studies information table in the International Alley of the exhibit area, and provided an information table about the Canada Community for a total of 21.5 hours providing Canadian Studies teaching resources and one-on-one consultation to interested teachers at information tables in the exhibit hall and lobby.  Of the 4000 potential visitors to the table, we handed out over 300 packets of reference and teaching materials, and received contact information from 129 educators from 28 states plus DC and from 2 countries (Ecuador, and Canada) who indicated their interest in more information and resources.

Maintaining a Canadian content presence at this national teachers conference is a collaboration between project coordinators Betsy Arntzen (University of Maine) and Amy Sotherden (Plattsburgh State University of New York) with Tina Storer (Western Washington University as three of four Canadian Studies outreach staff of the only two National Resource Centers (NRCs) on Canada in the United States.  NRCs are designated by and funded by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

The Northeast National Resource Center on Canada is located at UMaine.

Canadian Studies outreach educators provide K-12 outreach programs and professional development training to establish, encourage and support inclusion of Canadian Studies in American K-12 curriculum.  They provide professional development and teacher training; they develop resources for teaching about Canada; and they conduct summer teachers’ institutes in Canada.

Photos from 2011 ACSUS Conference in Ottawa

December 2nd, 2011 11:35 AM

Canadian Studies faculty, grad students and staff presented research at ACSUS in Ottawa

November 20th, 2011 12:54 PM

Canadian Studies professors of History, Economics and Political Science, and adjunct faculty of History with two Department of History graduate students and one Canadian-American Center staff presented their research at the 21st biennial meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) conference November 16-20, 2011 in Ottawa.

The Canadian Studies professors, adjunct faculty, graduate students and staff who presented on peer-reviewed and selected sessions and panels were: Karen Buhr (Economics), Howard Cody (Political Science), Scott See (History), Stefano Tijerina (History adjunct), Chuck Deshaies (History PhD candidate), Rebecca White (History PhD candidate), and Betsy Arntzen (Canadian Studies Outreach Coordinator).

Professor of French and Associate Director of the Canadian-American Center Raymond Pelletier attended representing the American Council for Quebec Studies.  Dr. Pelletier is the Executive Director and oversees the ACQS secretariat housed at UMaine in the Canadian-American Center.

The ACSUS conference is attended by Canadian Studies faculty from universities in the US and Canada, as well as by academic relations officers and staff of the Canadian Embassy and Canadian Consuls General.  ACSUS is based in Washington, DC.

Canadian-American Public Policy #77

November 9th, 2011 12:07 PM

Issue #77 of the Canadian-American Public Policy is now available for purchase!

  • #77 is titled “Canada-United States Electricity Relations: Test-Bed for North American Policy-Making? -Monica Gattinger

This issue is available at the Canadian-American Center for purchase.

Visit our section on Canadian-American Public Policy for more information: click here

Canadian Studies outreach coordinator presented day-long workshop to Massacusetts teachers

October 20th, 2011 3:37 PM

Primary Source, a K-12 professional development center for Massachusetts teachers invited Canadian Studies specialist Betsy Arntzen to present the one day workshop “Canada and its Diversity”, October 20, 2011.  Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators with people and cultures throughout the world.

Betsy’s program was especially for educators in grades K-7, and it introduced Canada’s diversity of peoples and geography by comparing and contrasting Canadian First Nations with U.S. Native Americans and Quebecois with French Creole peoples in the United States. Throughout the day participants were introduced to children’s literature about Canada by Canadian authors and discussed how to evaluate and use various types of literature about Canada to reveal the tremendous diversity of its peoples, cultures, and land.

Twenty-five teachers from several towns attended.  “The teachers obviously reacted well to your program and went away with a wealth of materials and information to use in their classrooms.”

Betsy is based at the Canadian-American Center, on the campus of UMaine in Orono – at the crossroads of Atlantic Canada and New England. Betsy’s national outreach and professional development programs for K-12 teachers address topics related to American and Canadian relations and understanding.  Through workshops, presentations, publications, teaching materials, and in-Canada professional development programs, Betsy provides programming that seeks to bridge the gap between uninformed beliefs and a true understanding of Canadian people.   Betsy directs the Office of Canadian Studies Outreach and co-leads the Quebec Dimensions Summer Teachers Institute.  She is adjunct faculty at UMaine and Plymouth (NH) State University.

Alice R. Stewart Canadian Lecture Series

October 7th, 2011 12:52 PM