In the summer of 1995, the Steering Committee of the Golden Horseshoe Educational Alliance decided that a bi-national conference would be an excellent means by which to develop academic relations between students throughout the cross-border region. Crossing Borders became a reality in March of 1996 as students convened at Niagara University to share ideas and discuss a wide range of cross-border issues. Since then, the conference has become an annual event and has flourished, receiving attention from key sectors of the academic community. The conference has been generously supported by both the U.S. Consulate General, Toronto and the Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo as well as government officials and scholars from both sides of the border.
Beginning in 2008, the annual conference will be hosted in alternate years by The University at Buffalo and Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
- The Canadian Consulate General is the principal sponsor of the conference. Students will be provided with travel funds (airplane ticket or mileage), two nights shared accommodation in Seattle, ground transportation for the Border Tour and meals.
- The University at Buffalo will host Crossing Borders on March 25-26, 2010. More information will be posted soon. Please feel free to email Donna Banach with any questions.
- A total of 16 students will be selected. Eight American and eight Canadian.
- Students must be full-time undergraduates attending a university in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, British Columbia or Alberta that is a member of the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium.
- Students will be paired (one American and one Canadian for each of the 8 teams) and assigned their issue upon notification. Students are invited to work with their faculty advisors to see if this may qualify as an independent study to earn course credit.
- The application deadline is will be posted soon.
- PDF Application information and materials will be posted soon.
- For further assistance, contact Dr. Margaret Diddams at The Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.