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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, Phillip Kelly of York University presented a very well-attended Big Thinking lecture on the social mobility of second-generation immigrants. If you missed the lecture, iPolitics has the scoop on Dr. Kelly’s research.

University Affairs reports that undergraduate enrolment in Canada has surpassed the one million mark. Part of this increase is due to international students. As the Globe and Mail reports,...

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CFHSS responds to Globe and Mail columns on higher education

Friday’s Globe and Mail published a column by Jeffrey Simpson arguing that universities are failing undergraduates. CFHSS president Graham Carr’s letter to the editor responding to the column did not make it to the Globe and Mail’s pages, but it is available here:

At its best, university education is a deeply transformative experience. Transmitting the values and practices of both liberal arts and sciences education is crucial in developing the citizenship of today and tomorrow. Increased university participation rates in recent decades is an important Canadian success story particularly as we are becoming a globally-connected knowledge society.

Yet, the perception that quality is under threat is widely shared.  There is no silver bullet to resolve the complex challenges of...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Tom Jenkins-led expert panel on research and development in the private sector has released a report calling for changes to the government’s funding scheme for business innovation. Specifically, the report advises the government to rebalance the proportion of direct to indirect support it provides and allocate more money for start-ups to promote the implementation of Canadian-developed technology. Analysis of the report is available here and here. CFHSS is pleased with the report’s emphasis on...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The debate over research versus teaching in universities continues. The Globe and Mail published an editorial urging for university reform, especially at the undergraduate level. The editorial argues that the current university system is underperforming and unsustainable. Both Todd Pettigrew of MacLeans On Campus and Melonie Fullick of University Affairs take issue with the editorial’s attack on research. Pettigrew argues that research strengthens teaching and that research should not...

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Canada Research Chairs announced

Today the Canada Research Chairs Program announced 253 newly awarded or renewed chairholders. The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to congratulate all recipients – our full release can be found here.

Globally recognized, the Canada Research Chairs program has established Canada as a world leader in research across disciplines. Here at CFHSS, we have had the pleasure of working with several chairholders as part of our Big Thinking lecture series. Below you will find presentations from some of our Big Thinking speakers whose chairs were renewed today: Ratana Chuenpagdee, Benoît Dupont and Michael R. Byers.

As the titles below indicate, the CRC program funds a wide variety of research. This important program highlights the ways in which innovative research impacts our diverse society and ever-changing world.

Check out our Big Thinking lectures:...

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News from the Social Sciences and Humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Industry Minister Christian Paradis reintroduced the copyright reform bill. Bill C-11 expands the list of uses that fall under fair dealing, although it also contains an anti-circumvention provision against digital locks, limiting how consumers can use digital media, like DVDs. Read CFHSS’s response to Bill C-32, the 2010 copyright reform act, here.

In a recent column in its publication, Perspectives, The American Historical Association urged history departments to encourage PhD students to pursue a career outside of the academe. They argue that history PhD...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

What is the value of an arts degree? This seems to be the central question of this week’s news round-up.

The importance of the humanities and the skills afforded to students through a humanities education were particularly salient topics. In one case, it was argued that it helps students develop empathy, something that can be lacking in the “me generation.” “Humanists are specialists in an activity upon which all other disciplines depend, indeed, upon which we daily depend in everything we do: the making and assessment of meaning,” argued another recent column.

Universities are also recognizing the need to promote the values...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

TD Canada released a report on the value of a post-secondary education last week. Among other benefits, the report finds that Canadians with post-secondary education enjoy higher rates of employment and higher annual salaries, more than making up for the cost of education. 

The Ministry of Industry announced the first round of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients. Congratulations to all of this year’s fellows.  

Former Statistics Canada chief statistician Munir Sheikh...

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News from the Social Sciences and Humanities community

Ryan Saxby Hill
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

There were a few interesting pieces of news floating around that we thought readers of the Fedcan blog might be interested in. Enjoy!

It looks like the tides are shifting in the debate over how to best deliver copyrighted material to students on campus. Michael Geist argues in the Toronto Star that Universities are starting to embrace technological alternatives to the photocopy levy offered through Access Copyright. [Toronto Star]

Dale Kirby points to the interesting finding in a recent report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario that adults with higher literacy levels are three times more likely to participate in adult learning. [...

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