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HSS News: July 28, 2018

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

 

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

5 big ideas from some of Calgary's biggest brains
July 24, 2016 | CBC

Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance
July 24, 2016 | Chronicle of Higher Education

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Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature

Jennifer Andrews, Professor, University of New Brunswick

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) was founded in 1941. As part of the celebrations of the ASPP’s 75th anniversary in 2016, members of the ASPP’s Academic Council as well as other noted scholars will be contributing to the Bookmark it! blog series with reflections on important books that have received ASPP...

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HSS News: July 22, 2016

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

 

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

What Classics Professors Can Teach the Rest of Us
July 17, 2016 | Chronicle of Higher Education

Higher Education | L’enseignement supérieur

The Truth About Higher Education And Student Loans
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We can no longer overlook innovation's human dimension

This op-ed was published in The HIll Times on July 4, 2016

Stephen J. Toope, president, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

It is reassuring to see the subject of innovation emerge once again in conversations across Canada. As evidenced by the recent announcement by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger, our world is changing—economically, socially, politically—and our ability to adapt will depend on how well we innovate. Among the announced plans was a commitment to...

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One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography

Margaret Mackey, Professor, University of Alberta

When I begin explaining my book One Child Reading to people, everybody asks the same question: “How do you remember all those things you read as a child?” It’s a reasonable point to raise. In collecting as many as possible of the books and other materials I encountered as a girl, I have acquired eleven 30-inch shelves of texts from my childhood: picturebooks, series books, and stand-alone novels; school textbooks; magazines for children and adults; cookbooks; knitting patterns; sheet music; Sunday-school leaflets; DVDs of television programs and movies; audio recordings of vinyl records and radio programs;...

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