Event Details

On November 3rd, the American people will either vote Joe Biden into the Oval Office or they will grant Donald Trump a second term. No matter what happens, Canada will be impacted. Join Open Dialogue Live in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as our panelists explore the impact American politics have on gender, race and class issues, immigration and journalism.

The discussion will also examine the role traditional and social media has played in this electoral cycle, as well as:

  • Canada-U.S. relations
  • International politics and trade
  • Diplomacy
  • Global security

7-8 p.m. (ADT), Wednesday, Oct. 28
Livestreamed via Facebook

Attendees are invited to participate in the discussion by posting questions and comments during the live event.

Access the live stream on Facebook from this post when the event begins:

Video will also go live here at 7 p.m. (ADT)


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Panelist Bios

Robert Finbow (BA’79) is Professor and Honours Coordinator in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. He is also Deputy Director, Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence and was recently Director of the Erasmus + CETA Implementation and Implications Project. He studied at Dalhousie and York University and received his doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He teaches on comparative politics and theory, American Politics, Latin America, Canadian regionalism, and political economy. He has published on comparative health care and social policy in North America, comparative North American political cultures, EU trade and social policy, labour and environmental aspects of NAFTA, and Atlantic Canadian regionalism. He also does research on comparative regional development in North America. Professor Finbow’s current research focuses on labour and social issues and trade in North America and Europe and implementation of the Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Ajay Parasram (BA’06) is a Founding Fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance and Assistant Professor in the departments of International Development Studies and History. His work addresses the problem of the “colonial present” broadly conceived and has recently taken the form of publications that consider structural white supremacy as a pathological condition of modern states. Ajay writes regularly in journalistic venues and is currently working on two book manuscripts, the first on the entitled Pluriversal Sovereignty and the State: Imperial Encounters in Sri Lanka and the second entitled How to Talk to Your Racist Uncle.

Kayla Preston (MA’20) a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto. Her areas of interest are extremism, (de)radicalization, political sociology and race. Her PhD research will examine deradicalization groups in North America and Europe looking at how these groups work with former members of the far right. She conducted her MA research at Dalhousie University using critical discourse analysis to map the online presence of right-wing extremist groups in Canada. Kayla is also a junior affiliate with Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

Brian Bow is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University, and editor of International Journal. His 2009 book, The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence, and Ideas in Canada-US Relations, was awarded the Donner Prize for that year. He has a new book coming out this fall, co-edited with Andrea Lane: Canadian Foreign Policy: Reflections on a Field in Transition. He’s authored or edited numerous books and articles on Canadian foreign policy, Canada-US relations, North American integration, regional security cooperation, and the politics of trade agreements.

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