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the University at Buffalo

A Brief History

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, New York, as well as government officials and scholars from both sides of the border.

Since 2008, the annual conference has been hosted in alternate years by The University at Buffalo and Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

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Crossing Borders, March 13-14, 2014

Crossing Borders 2014 will be hosted by the University at Buffalo in association with The Consulate General of Canada (Buffalo) and the Consulate General of the United States (Toronto).  There will be an opening reception from 6pm - 8pm Thursday evening (March 13th) at the Center for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus.  In addition to welcoming remarks from UB administrators, Ms. Heidi Kutz, Deputy Consul General at the Canadian Consulate in New York City will speak at the receptiion.  This will be followed by a full day of conference sessions on Friday, March 14th at the Center for Tomorrow, on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Please send brief proposals with titles and contact information, or address any questions, to Munroe Eagles, Director of the Canadian Studies Academic Program, at  Click here to see a copy of the final conference program.

Our keynote speaker over lunch on Friday, March 14th will be Dr. Andrew C. Holman, Professor of History and Director of Canadian Studies at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.  He will be speaking on the topic "Outside the Glass: Some Thoughts about Hockey and Canada."

Andrew C. Holman is Professor of History and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where he has been teaching courses on Canada and Quebec since 1996. A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, he was educated at McGill, McMaster and York universities. He is a social and cultural historian and the author or editor of three books, including Canada's Game: Hockey and Identity (McGill-Queen's, 2009) and (with Robert Kristofferson) More of Man (Toronto, 2013). His most recent research analyzes the themes of masculinity, nation, charity and civic performance in Montreal's Ligue de hockey dépression (a high-profile oldtimers league) in the three decades before the Quiet Revolution. His talk at Crossing Borders 2014 will critically examine the sources of identity that hockey had offered to Canadians.

Note that there are a variety of reasonably-priced hotels located very close to the conference venue. 

Motel 6 - 1/2 mile away on Maple Road.(

Comfort Inn - across the street -(

Red Roof Inn - across the street - (