of the East­ern Town­ships

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

TheETRC cor­dially in­vites you to at­tend the 15th an­nual Robin Burns Lec­ture on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cleghorn Com­mon Room (McGreer) on the Bishop’s Univer­sity cam­pus. We will start the evening with a short doc­u­men­tary,

pro­duced in 1955 and which vis­its the three Que­bec bor­der towns of Rock Is­land, Stanstead and Beebe, and the Vermont town of Derby Line. It shows how res­i­dents and of­fi­cials cope with a civic life that is cut down the mid­dle by an in­ter­na­tional bound­ary. The doc­u­men­tary will be fol­lowed by a pre­sen­ta­tion of “our own” Dr. An­thony Di Mas­cio, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the School of Ed­u­ca­tion at Bishop’s Univer­sity and ETRC board mem­ber. Our guest speaker will show how daily life has changed over the decades and the im­pact on lo­cal iden­tity in this bor­der re­gion of the East­ern Town­ships. The bor­der­land com­mu­nity of the “Three Vil­lages,” while strad­dling two na­tions, has built and shared a com­mon lo­cal his­tory. For decades res­i­dents have crossed (or sim­ply ig­nored) the bor­der, and have to­gether built so­cial and cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions. Churches, re­cre­ational cen­tres, com­mu­nity sports fields and skat­ing rinks, li­braries and archives, and even schools, have shaped a col­lec­tive lo­cal iden­tity that has chal­lenged con­ven­tional in­ter­na­tional wis­dom con­cern­ing the mean­ing of geo-po­lit­i­cal bor­ders, which more of­ten rep­re­sent mark­ers of lim­its and lim­i­ta­tions than they do in­di­ca­tors of shared com­mu­ni­ties. Pro­fes­sor Di Mas­cio will ex­plore our un­der­stand­ing of his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary is­sues along the Cana­dian and Amer­i­can bor­der in the Three Vil­lages. Since Septem­ber 11, 2001 (9/11), the is­sue of an unchecked and per­me­able bor­der has pre­oc­cu­pied pol­icy mak­ers and politi­cians in both na­tions, who have aimed to tighten bor­der se­cu­rity. Do such ef­forts clash with his­tor­i­cal forces of in­te­gra­tion and lo­cal sen­ti­ments of iden­tity? Do na­tional poli­cies come at the ex­pense of lo­cal in­hab­i­tants with a shared iden­tity? An un­der­stand­ing

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