Since its inception, the Centre for American Studies has hosted many events including workshops, panel discussions, conferences, and research colloquia. Our annual Speakers' Series invites diverse and dynamic guest speakers to Western to engage students and faculty in discussions about American culture, history, politics, and current events. Past guests of the CAS Speakers' Series have included artist and activist Judy Chicago, authors Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes), Douglas Brinkley (The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf South), and James Carroll (House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power), Professor of law & social policy, Anita Hill, musician David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), and author, academic, and former politician Michael Ignatieff.
The CAS has hosted and co-sponsored a number of conferences, most recently the Canadian Association of American Studies annual conference "States of Emergency: Crisis, Panic, and the Nation" in 2009, and "The Jewish Immigrant Experience in America" in 2005.
In each U.S. Presidential Election year, the Centre brings together experts in American government and politics to participate in a roundtable discussion on the issues, and possible outcomes of the Presidential race.