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International Issues Discussion (IID) series on the U.S. mid-term elections

October19

The International Issues Discussion (IID) series at Ryerson University is pleased to present its fifth event of the Fall 2018 term: “Showdown: Perspectives on the U.S. mid-term elections and what it means for the world.

Wednesday, November 7th, 630-830 pm, in ENG 103 (George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre: 245 Church Street, at the corner of Gould and Church: see www.ryerson.ca/maps) at Ryerson University, Toronto.

Our guests will be:

Jeremy K. B. Kinsman: Canadian foreign service officer for 40 years, he served as Canadian Ambassador to Russia (1992-1996), Italy (1996-2000), High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2000–2002) and Ambassador to the European Union (2002–2006). He had earlier been Minister in New York (UN) and Washington, and Political Director of the Foreign Ministry. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Kinsman graduated from Princeton University and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. After leaving the Public Service in 2006, he became Diplomat-in-Residence at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School which partnered in the democracy support project Kinsman headed under the Community of Democracies that researched and produced a field guide for democracy support, “A Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development”, now in a Third Edition, published by CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation) in 2013. In 2009 Kinsman was appointed Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and joined Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies as Resident International Scholar. From 2011-2017, he was concurrently Distinguished Diplomatic Visitor at Ryerson University, Toronto. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Council of Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau. A regular contributor to media, he is foreign affairs writer for Policy Magazine and does a weekly commentary on foreign affairs for CTV. He is also on the Board of Dundee Precious Metals Corporation.

David S. Wright: the Kenneth and Patricia Taylor Distinguished Professor of Foreign Affairs at Victoria College, University of Toronto. He was Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to NATO, from1997-2003, and dealt with Kosovo, September 11, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was the NATO Council’s Dean. Prior to that, he was Canadian Ambassador to Spain during the Canada-Spain fisheries dispute. After the Berlin wall fell and as the Soviet Union collapsed, Mr. Wright served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Europe. He was also Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, and had postings at the Canadian Embassies in Tokyo and Rome, and at the Canadian Delegation to the UN in New York. A graduate of McGill and Columbia Universities, Mr. Wright is a regular contributor to public debate on global issues. He is Special Advisor to the Toronto law firm, Dale & Lessmann LLP.

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Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood: Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian American Business Council and co-leader of the US Federal Public Policy practice of Dentons US, LLP a leading global law firm. Greenwood is a member of the Board of Directors of Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY) where she serves on the Audit Committee as well as Nomination, Governance and Compensation Committees. Greenwood also serves on the Board of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (www.fapeglobal.com ) where she serves on the Executive Committee as chair of the Communications Committee, and previously as Secretary of the Board. In addition, she serves as Advisory Director for a tech start up (HYR) and a non-profit (Hostage US). Previous boards consists of the Board of the World Affairs Council of Washington, the Girls20 Initiative and the Association of Canadian Studies in the US. Greenwood has a distinguished career in government and government relations, addressing public policy challenges in the US and Canada. She is a sought after public speaker with engagements in North American and Europe and is also frequently quoted in the media for her insights into political and trade issues. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Greenwood served in the U.S. State Department as chief of staff at the United States Embassy in Ottawa from 1997-2001. Prior, she served as the chief federal/state liaison for the Mayor of Atlanta, including the 1996 Interagency Security Task Force for the Olympic Games. She is an honors graduate of the University of Vermont, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University.

All are welcome and admission is free. Please circulate notice of the event as widely as possible. A poster advertising the talk is attached. US elections panel

Founded in 2005, the IID is a non-partisan, student-led forum designed to engage all members of the Ryerson University community on major events and issues in contemporary global affairs through reasoned, objective, and scholarly discourse. For further details about the IID and our series please see http://iid.kislenko.com  or contact the IID student leaders at iidseries@gmail.com

 

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5th Annual Student Foreign Policy Debate, Oct. 24th

October10

The International Issues Discussion (IID) series at Ryerson University is pleased to co-host the Fifth Annual Canadian International Council (CIC) (Toronto Branch) Foreign Affairs Student Debate between Hart House (University of Toronto) and the Ryerson History Society.

The debate question will be: “This House Believes that all nations have the right to nuclear arms.” Speaking in favour is the team from Ryerson. Speaking against is the team from Hart House. Comments – and voting – from the House (YOU the audience!) will be part of the proceedings, as will a panel of esteemed and incorruptible judges from both schools.

The winning team claims the prestigious CIC University Cup.

The event will be held Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in ENG 103 (George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre: 245 Church Street, at the corner of Gould and Church: see www.ryerson.ca/maps) at Ryerson University, Toronto.

All are welcome and admission is free. Registration at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/5th-annual-cic-toronto-student-foreign-policy-debate-tickets-50730279632 is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please circulate notice of the event as widely as possible. A poster advertising the talk is attached.

CIC_Student Foreign Policy Debate FINAL

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TRN 150 Y – National vs. International (Fall 2018-Winter 2019)

September9

TRN 150 T Course Outline

TRN 150 2018-2019 final

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HST 504 – World Conflict 1900-1945 (Fall 2018)

September7

HST 504 Course Outline

HST 504 World Conflict F 2018 course outline (2)

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HST 540 – Espionage: A Modern History (Fall 2018)

September5

HST 540 Course Outline

HST 540 Course Outline Fall 2018 (2)

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office hours for the Fall 2018 session

May14

Ryerson: (Jorgenson Hall, 510)

Mondays, 14:10-16:00 hours

Wednesdays, 10:10-12:00 hours

or by appointment

Trinity College: (Larkin Bldg., 337)

Tuesdays, 15:15-17:00 hours

or by appointment

 

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Dale W. Nelson Award – reflections by award winners

September1

The Dale W. Nelson Award is available to students registered in the History BA programme or History majors in the Arts and Contemporary Studies (ACS) programme studying for at least one semester abroad as part of an international exchange. Further details can be found at http://www.ryerson.ca/history/current-students/awards/donor-awards and http://www.kislenko.com. The competition for the Winter 2019 academic term will be announced in October 2018.

Past Awards:

2018 – not awarded

2017 – Erin Pebesma and Noa Borden

2016 – not awarded

2015 – Muna Osman

One of two winners of the Dale W. Nelson Award in 2017 was Erin Pebesma. She received $2000 from the Award to help fund her studies at the University of Lincoln during the Winter 2017 term.

Earlier this year I was blessed with the opportunity to spend a semester at the University of Lincoln in England. Thanks to the Dale W. Nelson award I was able to do more than just study history. Living in Lincoln for five months allowed me to be surrounded by more history than I’d ever experienced. Having never been out of North America, I was in love with all of the old cities and museums that made everything I’ve learned into something more real than images and words. Thanks to the Dale W. Nelson award I also had the opportunity to travel around England and Europe, exploring different cities and experiencing new cultures. York and Budapest were my favourite places to visit because of the mix of historic sites, green spaces, modern culture, and friendly atmosphere. After all of my travels, I’m now quite comfortable with being in new and unfamiliar places. I always knew that I wanted to study in England and travel the world, and now that I’ve had this experience I look forward to being able to travelling more in the future. I am so grateful for the community that so willingly took me in during my time in Lincoln, and I hope to maintain the relationships and connections I’ve made.”

Noa received $2000 from the Award to help fund her studies at Curtin University in Perth, Australia during the Winter 2017 term. Recently Noa reflected on her experience abroad and what the Nelson Award meant for her:

“This winter, I had the opportunity to escape cold and snowy Toronto for Curtin University in Perth, Australia. The campus is wonderfully designed to take full advantage of the warmth and sun of Australia’s west coast. Like Ryerson, Curtin is innovative and friendly, and there is a constant buzz of activity. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, and I was fortunate to do so in such a beautiful city. Being overseas, however, made me appreciate the community we have at home and our amazing space downtown. My primary interest as a history student has always been Europe, but the Dale Nelson award helped fund my travel in Australia and Southeast Asia, opening up my learning opportunities to regions I had not yet explored. I was able to participate in a number of cultural activities in Perth, such as Australian Rules Football, more commonly known as ‘Footy’, which is a mix of a number of sports with a special Aussie twist, and the ANZAC Day Dawn Ceremony which commemorates the sacrifices made by Australians in times of war.  Much like traveling from Toronto to either the East or West coasts of Canada, spending a week on Australia’s Eastern seaboard, in Sydney, during our mid-semester break gave me a very different perspective on what it means to be Australian, and the people who make up the incredibly diverse country. While there, I had the chance to give surfing a try at the renowned Bondi beach, followed by some well-deserved fish n’ chips. In Southeast Asia, the sights, sounds and smells were at times overwhelming, and it was truly a lifechanging experience. The major city centers exist on a scale that is difficult to comprehend, making the time we spent in the countryside even more special. it was refreshing to escape the crowds and learn about the local culture, language and food. It was also a good reminder of the privileged, stable lives we lead in Canada. With new perspective, and a little bit more comprehension, I look forward to this coming year at Ryerson, and sharing my experiences with incoming exchange students and those looking to go overseas.”

The 2015 winner of the Dale W. Nelson Award was Muna Osman. She received $2000 from the Award to help fund her studies at Radboud University in the Netherlands during the Winter 2015 term.

This winter I had the amazing opportunity to study on exchange at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The chance to make new friends and explore different places are just some of the many benefits of studying on exchange. My exchange would not have been possible without the Dale Nelson Award. It allowed me to have a much more fulfilling experience in the Netherlands than I otherwise would have. It funded both my local and international trips where I was able to learn about new cultures, meet new people, and sightsee. For example, I had the chance to take part in the festivities at this year’s Kingsday in Amsterdam and get in touch with the Dutch. This was done by wearing a ton of orange and showing my Dutch pride. I also got to visit Denmark and was lucky enough to be there during Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday celebrations and even caught a glimpse of her royal highness.  As a History student it was truly amazing to visit places I learned about in class such as Neue Wache in Berlin or the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Palace of Versailles in France. And after going to museums such as the Louvre or Victoria and Albert Museum I probably won’t be able to look at the ROM the same way. Visiting museums for free is just a luxury us Torontonians sadly cannot afford. Not to mention I got to try my hand at learning new languages much to the amusement of the locals. It was also a bonus that my host university was located in one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Where else but in Nijmegen can you have the world’s best hot chocolate in a pub built in 1542? Ever since high-school I always knew I wanted to go study abroad and in January 2015 I finally got to fulfil one of my dreams through the Dale Nelson Award. I now have new life-long friends, a second home, and heaps of memories that I will hold onto for the rest of my life.”

 

 

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The Dale W. Nelson Award

September28

The Dale W. Nelson Award is available to students registered in the History BA programme or History majors in the Arts and Contemporary Studies (ACS) programme studying for at least one semester abroad as part of an international exchange.

The award, formerly known as the History Travel Award, was founded by Dr. Arne Kislenko in 2006 with the belief that an international educational experience gives students a greater appreciation of diversity in the world, and simultaneously increases their self-confidence and independence. The award is now named for Dale W. Nelson (1958-1993), Dr. Kislenko’s best friend and brother-in-law, whose intellectual curiosity, legendary humour, and love of History were always inspirational.

Previous awards:

2007 Julian Reid

2008 Samantha Stevens-Hall

2009 2014 not awarded

2015 Muna Osman

2016 not awarded

2017 Noa Bordan and Erin Pebesma

2018 not awarded

Details about the Award: see the 2019 call for applications (available in October 2018)

About Dale Nelson:About Dale Nelson

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