Canada in the Classroom

Canada in the Classroom brings guest speakers into existing UC Berkeley undergraduate classes, in any discipline, to speak on Canadian topics. Berkeley faculty who request Canada in the Classroom support, usually in the form of a modest stipend to visiting experts and travel support, are customarily asked to make their class open to affiliates of the Canadian Studies Program on the day of the guest lecture. Opening the lecture to Canadian Studies affiliates is preferred, but not required; larger sums are available for open events.

For more information about the Canada in the Classroom program or to apply for funding, please email the program manager at or call 510-642-0531.

Past Canada in the Classroom speakers have included:

  • Olivia Marie GoloskyA proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Olivia Marie Golosky is a Two-Spirit artist and advocate for equity with a passion for grassroots community-building.
  • Cheryl Suzack, Associate Professor, English and Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto.
  • Carmen AguirreA Chilean-Canadian author, actor, and playwright, Carmen Aguirre is based in Vancouver. 
  • Julie BurelleProfessor of Theater & Dance, University of California San Diego


Any Berkeley faculty member or lecturer teaching an undergraduate class may request Canada in the Classroom Support.


None. Available at any time.


Applicants should submit a cover letter to containing the following:

  • The class(es) the person will speak to
  • A description of the invitee's expertise and credentials
  • Information on whether the talk will be open to the public
  • A draft budget

GSIs are eligible to request funding but should include a brief letter of support for the proposed project from their Instructor of Record.

Awards will made at the discretion of the program director.