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The Canadian Studies Center's mission is to research and inform the broader community about all aspects of Canada, particularly its connection and contribution to a global society.


November 2018
Director’s Note

Flashback to Summer 2018… MSU students traveled to the One Health World Congress to make presentations about their graduate and undergraduate work while hearing from a broad range of research experts from all across the world.  Graduate students and faculty mentors made their way to research stations in the Arctic to carry out their work with the Universities of Calgary, Manitoba, and Laval to name a few. Medical, engineering and social science students packed their bags and headed to the University of Saskatchewan to experience the One Health Leadership Experience with scholars from various global regions.

Before we knew it, Fall classes began! A quick jog to the University of Windsor would push forward on collaborative research focused on trade economics conducted by UW, MSU, and Dalhousie University. The center partnered with the College of Law for an alumni mixer in Toronto, and a coffee with the U.S. Consulate staff. Homecoming, and of course, Canadian Thanksgiving brought together Canadian students clubs and faculty. Soon after, they met again at the MSU – Univ of Windsor Hockey Game, an Ice Skating Fundraiser for Canadian Scholarship Funds, and a lapel poppy fundraiser for Veterans of War.  These groups would reconvene to plan research discussions and events for International One Health Week.

This is a short list of activity in the Canadian Studies Center over the last few months. It all comes together with the help of six enthusiastic students working with center secretary Krysten Richards and the center director, more than 60 core faculty members, a supportive board of advisors, and the International Studies and Programs (ISP) Team.

We would enjoy telling you more. We have presented a few details here in the newsletter. We welcome further conversation about these activities and others. How you might like to contribute to the center’s efforts? Are there opportunities you might enjoy sharing for teaching, learning, and research? We want to hear your ideas.

The center is gearing up for Michigan State University’s university-wide Day of Giving, #GIVEGREENDAY, on Tuesday, November 27 in conjunction with Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving. From 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. EST, Spartan supporters worldwide will be invited through social media, email, and on-campus events to lend their support either financially or otherwise. During the 24-hour period, Spartans and friends will have the opportunity to support scholarships for students learning and traveling to Canada. For more about the Canadian Studies Center’s giving opportunities, Check here!

Link for Giving to Michigan State University Canadian Studies Center

All best wishes as we move closer in to the holiday season. Thank you for your continued support of the Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State.


AnnMarie Schneider, M.S.
Michigan State University
Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR)
Director, Program Planning and Development
Lead Administrator, MAPPR Grant Program
Director, Canadian Studies Center, International Studies and Programs


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 Fast Facts

  • The Canadian Studies Center (CSC) has been a powerful link between students, educators, policy makers, and business leaders who are interested in Canada-U.S. relations, since 1958.
  • Michigan State University not only founded one of the first centers for Canadian Studies in the U.S., but also is the longest serving CS center.
  • The Center is composed of over 70 core faculty, graduate students from over 30 departments, and MSU Library and Museum staff.
  • In conjunction with the Office of Education Abroad, CSC offers student programs in Canada every year.
  • Michigan State is a leader in Canadian Studies and engaged in the regional and national association for Canadian Studies. This continues a long tradition at our university. One of the founding members and leaders of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) also directed the Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University.