WMU News

Lecture series to explore topics related to Canada

Sept. 11, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- Topics ranging from Canadian politics to the North American Free Trade Agreement will be explored in a lecture series this fall at Western Michigan University.

The series is free and open to the public. All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lee Honors College. Speakers will be:

Dr. Howard Pawley, the Paul Martin Professor of Political Science and chairperson of the Department of Philosophy, History and Political Science at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

As a leader of the New Democratic Party, Pawley was the elected premier of the province of Manitoba from 1981 to 1988. He will focus on the political process in Canada and on change with the development of the fourth and fifth major parties.

Dr. Graham P. Hawks, WMU associate professor emeritus of history, on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Hawks was a member of the WMU faculty from 1960 to 1994, and was chairperson of Canadian studies for many years. Still an active scholar in political history, he will discuss the historical and political development in Canada and the issue of Quebec separation.

Jack Wilkinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, on Monday, Nov. 17.

Wilkinson has lobbied on behalf of Canadian farmers on such issues as cost recovery, safety nets, the environment and farm safety. He also is an advocate of fair trading practices and has played a vital role in promoting agricultural development through diversification. He will speak on free trade, NAFTA and the realities of the business of agriculture in North America.

The series is being coordinated by Dr. David A. Burnie, associate professor of finance and commercial law. He also is chairperson of the Canadian studies section of the Office of International Affairs, which is sponsoring the series along with the Lee Honors College.

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