Canadian Studies Center Receives Governor General’s Medallion
The Canadian Studies Center recently received a tremendous honor—His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston awarded the Governor General’s Medallion to the center for its many contributions to strengthen relationships between Canada and the United States.
The Governor General’s commendation reads, “The Canadian Studies Center at Mizzou has created an invaluable opportunity for students to benefit from what I like to call the ‘diplomacy of knowledge.’ The free exchange of ideas, research, and innovation across borders inevitably leads to benefits for both nations.” Medallions were only given to two other groups, business leaders in Chicago and Wisconsin. As a result, the award sets the center up as a model for other institutions of higher education.
The medallion was presented at a special event held before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in April. James Endersby, associate professor of political science, attended the event and formally received the medallion on behalf of the center and the university.
“It is an honor to receive the commendation and the Governor General's Medallion,” says Endersby. “The award recognizes the many efforts made by faculty members and students involved in activities of the MU Canadian Studies Center.”
At a time when free trade, the internet, issues of border security, and national defense are hot topics, knowledge of Canada is particularly useful in a number of careers. The Canadian Studies Center helps equip students with greater knowledge of Canada by encouraging ongoing research and inquiry.
Endersby says, “Through internationalizing our curriculum, we learn not only about global connections, but also about our own place in the world and how others see us. The close relationship between Canada and the United States, as well as between Canada and our own state, is important and something we too often overlook. Both sides of the border benefit from our cooperative relationship and from opportunities for teaching and research.”