New Student Info

Welcome new students! This info flyer and video by C/AM Director Christina Keppie will provide you with an introduction to our center and academic programs. 

The Center for Canadian-American Studies is located in Canada House. Students can request an advising meeting via email at canam@wwu.edu.

For a complete list of C/AM's winter 2023 course offerings, click here

Click here to read about student spotlights, events and program information. 

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Located just 25 miles (40km) south of the 49th parallel border between the United States and Canada, the Center and other Canada House programs are well-positioned to support impactful scholarship and learning about transboundary issues. Founded in 1971, the Center is one of the most well-established Canadian Studies programs in the United States. Since 1988 we have served as a US Department of Education National Resource Center on Canada, in consortium with the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington.

The Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University supports critical and interdisciplinary inquiry into the historical construction and modern constitution of Canada and its relationship with the United States. The Center places particular emphasis on the interaction of diverse identities and claims to belonging in northern North America. Together with our partner programs in Canada House, we specialize in teaching about the Salish Sea transboundary region and Francophone Canada, including French language instruction.

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Spring course schedule available now

More information on the schedule can be found here


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Upcoming Events

News & Announcements

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Catherine Hernandez is the author of the Book Scarborough, the current book selection of C/AM 497E: Western Reads Canada. Ms. Hernandez will pay a virtual visit to that class during winter quarter and will also take part in a few public events in Bellingham, including a film screening of the movie Scarborough, a reading at Village Books and a dinner at Evolve Cafe. 

Registration information will be available in the near future. 

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This new C/AM speaker series features 6 presenters in Canadian Studies from across Canada and the U.S. who are at various points in their academic and scholarly careers, from PhD student to Professor Emerita. All lectures will be part of Canadian-American Studies classes and are open for the public to attend virtually. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Canadian-American Studies, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the department of History, and in partnership with the Western Alumni office. 

See individual event pages for registration information and links to recordings. 

Jan 18, 10am - Dr. Claire Campbell, Bucknell University - click here to view a recording of the talk

Feb 1, 10am - Dr. Debra Thompson, McGill University - click here to view a recording of the talk

Feb 17, 1pm - Ph.D. candidate Sarah Chute, University of Toronto - registration link here 

Mar 2, 12pm - Frances Bula, University of British Columbia

April 14, 10am - Dr. Andrea Geiger, Prof Emerita, Simon Fraser University

May 23, 2pm - Dr. Loleen Berdahl, University of Saskatchewan

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November 17, 2022, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

(link to the recorded presentation here)


Author and Canadian Studies consultant David Stewart discussed his memoir, True North, Down South. Using a Canadian émigré lens, the essay collection entertains and educates readers about immigrant and national identity, cultural misunderstandings, and belonging in the modern world.

Canadian-American Studies Funding Requests

The Center for Canadian-American Studies awards a limited number of grants to faculty and students. Click here to access the Funding Request Form

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Click here to view a video on what being part of C/AM Studies means to our students. 

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