"Closing the Global Gap" is a series of conversations designed to address perceptions and realities of working and living across culture and language. The series is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Johnson County Community College and International Relations Council. The series should stimulate meaningful conversations based on personal experiences in foreign countries from academic and business points of view. Each program will feature a JCCC faculty member or student as well as a professional from the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Closing the Global Gap: Canada will look at the role of Canada in the world as a middle power and the country's distinguishing characteristics.
This event is open to the public and is free with RSVP.
About the Speakers
Dr. Jack MacLennan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Park University where he teaches international politics, comparative politics, and political theory. He will also be the director of Park’s future Master’s program in National Security Studies. Dr. MacLennan is a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s (with honors) in Political Science from St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB), Master's degrees in Political Science (University of Windsor, Windsor, ON) and Public Policy (University of Michigan-Dearborn), and a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON). Dr. MacLennan’s research interests include international relations theory, technology, security studies, and warfare.
Dr. MacLennan will focus on the role of Canada in the world as a middle power, which includes a discussion of its foreign policy relationship to the US.
Suzanne Maheu has been the Homestay and Community Services Coordinator with International and Immigrant Student Services at Johnson County Community College since 2005. Ms. Maheu was born and raised in Montreal and is the daughter of an English Canadian mother and a French Canadian father. She attended French primary and secondary school in the province of Quebec then obtained a Diplôme d'Études Collégiales in Pure and Applied Sciences from John Abbott College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from McGill University and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph. Suzanne worked for 10 years as a licensed psychologist in the field of psychogeriatric in Quebec hospitals and community health centers. She moved to Kansas City with her family in 1997.
Ms. Maheu will focus on facets of our northern neighbor that distinguish it from the U.S. Provincial differences will also be discussed with emphasis focused on the uniqueness of the French Canadian province of Quebec.
This event will be held in Johnson County Community College's Co-Lab in the OCB. Please see campus map is below.