Canadian-American Conference

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Canadian-American Conference

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After talks between the professor of United College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota, the first in a long series of annual conferences started at United, beginning in 1941. It was held afterwards at either institution in alternating years: the students of the visiting college rode a train to the host. The conference’s purport was to “promote a better understanding among the students of our two nations and to analyze our common problems in an endeavour to discover the best means by which we may co-operate in our approach to them.” The first annual topic was “The Western Democracies in the World Today.” The spirit of the conference arose from the political climate of World War II, and grew to consider contemporary world affairs and politics, including topics on imperialism, social justice, nuclear armament, and communism. While panels always included faculty and students from both colleges, notable guests included Manitoba Premier Stuart Garson in 1942, American politician Hubert Humphrey in 1965 and 1969, and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy in 1968. The conference continued for thirty sessions until its last iteration on January 21-23, 1971, after which it was terminated due to budgetary constraints.


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