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U.S.-Canada border expert to speak at NMSU

United States-Canada border issues expert Victor Konrad will present a talk titled "Approaching the Breaking Point? The U.S.-Canada Border in the 21st Century" at 4 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Breland Hall Room 333, on the New Mexico State University campus.

Konrad is a visiting fellow at the Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University, where he is engaged in a project to define breaking points in border policy between Canada and the U.S. He serves as director of NorthWing Consulting in Ottawa and is an adjunct research professor of geography and environmental studies at Carleton University.

The presentation explores how border priorities have led to breaking points in border-policy implementation, how the breaking points are manifested in the Pacific Northwest region of the border, and how the Cascades Gateway and smaller border crossings in the region are exhibiting promise of a new order of cross-border socialization between the U.S. and Canada.

Konrad's research is centered on the transfer of culture across borders, and he has published extensively about Native American encounters with Europeans, cultural landscape transitions and Canada-U.S. borderlands.

From 1990-2001, Konrad established the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was a professor of geography and anthropology at the University of Maine and served as director of the Canadian-American Center. He was a president of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) and a recipient of the Donner Medal. He has served on numerous boards and graduated in the inaugural class of certified directors in Canada.

His most recent book, co-authored by Heather Nicol of Trent University, "Beyond Walls: Re-inventing the Canada-United States Borderlands," was published in November 2008 in the Border Regions Series by Ashgate Press.

Konrad's visit is co-sponsored by the NMSU Department of Government, the Nick Franklin Fund and the Department of Geography. For more information, contact the NMSU Department of Government at 646-4935.