The Quiet Evolution of Language and Cultural Relations in Canada: A Tribute to the Work of Wallace Lambert

March 17-18, 2011 – Montreal, QC

The Association for Canadian Studies and its partners will hold a tribute symposium on the late Professor Wallace Lambert March 17-18, 2011, at McGill University (March 17) and the Delta hotel (march 18) in Montreal, Quebec.  The event entitled The Quiet Evolution of Language and Cultural Relations in Canada: A Tribute to the Work of Wallace Lambert will bring together leading academics, authors, researchers, practitioners and others to look at the work of Wallace Lambert  -- its origins, contribution to scholarly research, and impact on Canadians. As well the international impact of his work will be considered. The symposium will address the work of Dr. Lambert with respect to three broad domains: immersion/bilingual education, cognitive/neurocognitive aspects of bilingualism, and attitudes, motivations and second language learning. In each of these areas, in addition to the legacy left by Wallace Lambert, we will identify and address the challenges in the years ahead. The second day of the symposium will look at the state of bilingualism amongst Quebec’s Anglophone population. It will also focus on the contribution of minorities to Quebec identity over the period 1960-2010 which covers the Quiet Revolution to the present day. The symposium will feature panel sessions , keynote speakers and workshops . Themes of symposium sessions to include the following:
  • Immersion / Bilingual Education
  • Language and Cognitive development in Bilinguals
  • Attitudes and Intergroup Relations
  • The Challenge of Teaching Immersion
  • Immersion ? The Perspectives of Students
  • Looking Back at the Role of Minorities in the Quiet Revolution
  • The Evolution of Quebec Minorities since the Quiet Revolution
A few of the individuals on the Symposium Program  include:
  • The Hon. James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and official Language (invited)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada
  • Professor Fred Genesee, McGill University
  • Dr. Donna Christian. Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Professor Sharon Lapkin, OISE ? University of Toronto
  • Professor Jyo Vaid, Texas A & M University
  • Gretta Chambers, Chancellor Emeritus, McGill University
  • Dr. Victor C.  Goldbloom,  Past President, Quebec Jewish Congress
  • Professor Bill Tetley , McGill University
  • Professor Robert Gardner, University of Western Ontario
  • The Hon. Senator Joan Fraser, Senate of Canada
  • Professor Donald Taylor, McGill University
  • Reed Scowen, author, former Quebec MNA and former Quebec Delegate General to London, New York and Washington
  • Professor Garth Stevenson, Brock University
  • Representatives from The Quebec English School Boards Association, The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, the Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersionand canadian Parents for French
For a preliminary symposium program and to register visit or call the Association for Canadian studies at Tel (514) 925-3097