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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Our last Big Thinking lecture of the fall season was held this morning on Parliament Hill. Professor Lou Hammond Ketilson of the University of Saskatchewan, presented to a full house on the importance of credit unions and caisses populaires to communities across Canada. The video will be up on our website shortly. Many thanks to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in January for our next season of lectures.

On Tuesday, December 6, the Networks of Centres of Excellent (NCE) Secretariat launched a competition to find a home for a Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence. The successful applicant will be granted $15 million over five years to create partnerships to accelerate the exchange of research knowledge on a key area of interest to both countries. Read the details of the...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Government of Canada has launched a competition for 10 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs. CFHSS is pleased that the new competition includes three Chairs in fields that are relevant to the digital economy, as well as four Chairs open to all areas of inquiry, including the social sciences and humanities.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a new consultation for the renewal of its Talent program, which supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. SSHRC is...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The European Union is committed to supporting research in the social sciences and humanities as part of its Horizon 2020 program. A recent speech by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, addressed the need for social sciences and humanities research in the European Union’s key areas of interest.

The University Commons published an article by Ian D. Clark, professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, outlining what Canadian universities are doing to improve undergraduate...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last Thursday, we took our Big Thinking lecture series “on the road” to Kitchener. Barbara Crow of York University, Darin Barney of McGill University, and Kevin Tuer, Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network, presented “Canadians at the Crossroads: How technology challenges us to change.” We also took the opportunity to announce seven of our Congress 2012 Big Thinkers–Margaret Atwood, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Janine Brodie, Chris Hedges, Mary Eberts, Sidonie Smith and Jane Urquhart. Our press release is available here. Statements from Wilfrid Laurier University and...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Gustavian Weekly published a column interrogating the stigma surrounding humanities majors. The column includes interviews with undergraduate students in the humanities on how their majors are perceived. The column argues that the humanities turn out well-rounded graduates and that their bad reputation is on the decline.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that some young people are eschewing higher education altogether. The article argues that low-income Canadians tend to overestimate the costs of education, and Canadians in general tend to underestimate the returns.

Impact of Social Sciences features a...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced Wednesday that Canada will extend permanent residency to up to 1,000 international PhD students per year through Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program. “Doctoral graduates play a unique role in the economy. They drive research, encourage innovation and pass on their knowledge through teaching,” said Minister Goodyear. “And quite simply, Canada needs more of them.”

Canada’s top emerging researchers in the social sciences and humanities were honoured at the 49th annual Canadian Association of Graduate Studies conference. The Social Sciences and Humanities...

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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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