The Canadian Association at Whitman is an interdisciplinary group, formed in 2004. Recognizing the close relationship the U.S.A. has with Canada on many levels, and our own location, close to the border, we work to develop and promote Canadian Studies on campus. We are comprised of faculty members and staff across disciplines and academic divisions, and have faculty and staff members from Political Science, Economics, French Language and Literature, English Literature, Art History, Religion, Gender Studies, Geology, Film Studies, Sports and the Outdoor Program, the Library, and our Development Office. We are also working closely with our scholarship office, study abroad office, the Canadian consulate, and with a variety of pan-American organizations, including the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium to explore opportunities for our students and faculty in Canada.
It is part of our mandate to bring Canadian speakers and events to campus, and we have been delighted to host, over the last few years, events such as the Banff Film Festival, an annual Canadian film series, and a performance by the acting troupe - Theatre de la Chandelle Verte - of a French-Canadian play, Michel Tremblay's "Albertine en cinq temps." Our members have organized, hosted or otherwise participated in the visits of numerous Canadian guest speakers including: Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation and one of Canada's premiere Aboriginal documentary filmmakers; the renowned Canadian photographer Dr. Ken Lum; Dr. John Chant, a monetary theory professor from Simon Fraser University appointed by the Canadian Minister of Finance to be a Director of the Canadian Payments Association; James Tully, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy at the University of Victoria; and Fred Wah, one of Canada's best known poets and novelists.