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Quebec and Massachusetts: Common Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalized World

Meet a pioneer in the public diplomacy of sub-state actors and understand key contemporary issues at stake both in Massachusetts and in Quebec.

Jean-Stéphane Bernard, the Quebec delegate to New England, will deliver the keynote speech on the topic of public diplomacy with an emphasis on the Quebec’s role in the international scene as a federated state.

Mr. Bernard’s presentation will be followed by three panels focused on the following themes:

  • economic development
  • integration of newcomers
  • cultural identity.

These panels will be animated by three Quebec researchers paired with UMass Boston experts in these fields.

Symposium schedule

2–3 p.m.: Keynote speech: “Public Diplomacy: a Tool for Quebec on the International Scene” by Jean-Stéphane Bernard, Quebec Delegate to New England 

Speaker and moderator: Robert Weiner, UMass Boston's Department of Political Science and the Master's Degree Program in International Relations


  • ·3:05–4:05 p.m.: Culture/Cultural Identity with Quebec specialist Christian Poirier 

         UMass Boston specialists: Thierry Gustave and Claudia Esposito 

         Moderator: Adeline Sire, BBC, PRI, and WBGH

  • 4:10–5:10 p.m.: Integration of Newcomers with Quebec specialist Marie McAndrew 

         UMass Boston specialist: Luis Jimenez 

         Moderator: Bill Clifford, WorldBoston

  • 5:15–6:15 p.m.: Economic Development with Quebec specialist Martin Coiteux 

          UMass Boston specialist: Edward Cook 

          Moderator: Jeffrey Davis, Mage and Money Matter Show

6:15–7:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

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Sponsored by the Office of International and Transnational Affairs (OITA), the MSPA Program in International Relations at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, and the Quebec Delegation Boston.

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