10/16/2003 Grant to enhance Canadian studies at Linfield
McMINNVILLE ? Sixteen Linfield College students in Dawn Nowacki's comparative politics course will take a closer look at Canadian politics this fall, from the streets of Vancouver and Victoria, Canada.
Nowacki, associate professor of political science, has earned a 2003-04 Canadian Studies Grant on behalf of Linfield from the Canadian government. The grant program is under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada.
Linfield is one of 38 institutions to receive program enhancement support this year, a testimony to the growth and vitality of Canadian studies in the United States. According to Nowacki, the Canadian government is actively promoting Canadian studies in the U.S. and is funding worthy proposals to strengthen Canadian studies across America.
"The Canadian consulate in Seattle has been especially active about promoting Canadian studies in the Pacific Northwest region, and it is delighted that Linfield is taking a more active interest in Canada," Nowacki added.
The $2,800 grant will support a field trip Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 for Nowacki's comparative politics course to Vancouver and Victoria, where she and students will attend a session of the British Columbia legislative assembly. Students will be introduced on the floor of the parliament, hear parliamentary debate, and meet with the government minister of intergovernmental relations as well as a member of the legislative assembly.
"The field trip gives students a first-hand experience with another political system, something that previously we were only able to deal with in the classroom," said Nowacki.
The grant will also provide funding to bring a specialist on U.S.-Canada relations and Canadian foreign policy to campus.
Nowacki's own interest in Canadian studies was heightened following travel restrictions after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"I want to make sure students have an international experience without getting on an airplane," she said. "Here is a country that is close geographically that we have a lot of assumptions about, and it turns out to be very different than we think. It's close, so why not explore it?"