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SSH News: Big Thinking at Congress, Genomics and Feeding the Future, Status of the humanities

Couldn't make it all the way out to St. Catharines this year? Didn't get a chance to catch every Big Thinking speaker while at Congress? Don't fret! We have high quality videos of each lecture available for viewing online. In addition to watching the videos, be sure to read the Congress blog for more Big Thinking highlights including Lise Bissonnette's thought-provoking talk on "servitude and grandeur of the university" (available only in French).

In most recent news, Genome Canada, in collaboration...

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SSH News: Congress 2014, CUVIC 2014, Engaged Scholar Journal

Well, it may be over for another year, but there’s no doubt that the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at Brock University in St. Catharines was a huge success! Now that the dust is (slowly) settling, it’s time to look back on the many events that happened. This year's Big Thinking lectures provided insight and entertainment for hundreds of scholars and community members, and can now all be watched online. In addition, the Career Corner series offered valuable advice for professionals in the academic...

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SSH News: Communiqué, Studying liberal arts

Looking for news from the Federation? This month’s Communiqué was released earlier today! If you haven’t already read it, be sure to sign up to receive future e-newsletters here. The Communiqué brings you the latest news about the Federation, its events, members and the latest news and information from the humanities and social sciences learning and research community in Canada.

Otherwise, a snapshot of interesting reads from this week focused on studying liberal arts include:

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SSH News: Farley Mowat, Canada Prizes award ceremony, Hot button issues in higher education

It is with a heavy heart that Canada says goodbye to Farley Mowat, a literary great and passionate Canadian. Mowat passed away, yesterday, at the age of 92. “Mowat, author of dozens of works including Lost in the Barrens and Never Cry Wolf, introduced Canada to readers around the world and shared everything from his time abroad during the Second World War, to his travels in the North and his concern for the deteriorating environment,” writes the CBC.

In much brighter news from the Canadian literary scene, the Federation was honoured to award the four winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes at a gala held yesterday at York...

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SSH News: Winners for Canada Prizes announced, Bacon & Big Thinking, Wage gaps


This week, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. This year’s winners are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities
Sandra Djwa
, for Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Canada Prize in the Social Sciences
David E. Smith
, for Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics...

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SSH News: School is out for summer, One month to Congress, Direction and reach of SSH research

School’s out for summer!

Perhaps not Alice Cooper’s famous last words, but as another school year wraps up this month across Canadian campuses, the many challenges facing students today and ways in which these (and future) graduates will need to adapt to the evolving job market are hitting the airwaves. While educators and program directors hope to break down the walls between university and society, students too are being challenged to seize opportunities that give them an edge when moving from school to work. A brief collection of such tales from this week includes:

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SSH News: Donner Prize finalists, Big Thinking, Annual Conference videos

It was with great delight that the Federation congratulated this week two authors who were funded by the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program last year, Miranda Campbell and Gregory Taylor, for being shortlisted for the 2014 Donner Prize. To read more about this, see today’s blog ‘Tis the season for book prizes!

This month’s Big Thinking lecture “The secret to our success: Immigration policy in Canada” was presented by Irene Bloemraad, Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies and CIFAR Senior Fellow from the University of California, Berkeley. This lecture explored the...

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SSH News: “Ideas can…” video, Federation’s newest members, IRSPM 2014

Hands down, it’s been one of the warmest weeks we’ve had in months, but before springing forward too quickly, what are some of the Federation’s highlights from 2013? Be sure to read our 2013 Annual Report and watch our new “Ideas can… bring us together” video featuring President, Antonia Maioni, and our Executive Director, Jean-Marc Mangin. We encourage you to share our video with friends and colleagues who are curious about what the Federation does – it’s a great 5-minute synopsis!  

In other news, the Federation welcomed three of its newest members: the Canadian...

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SSH News: Canada Prizes finalists, SSHRC Storytellers finalists, Big Thinking, Keeping the humanities alive

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes during its 2014 Annual Conference last Friday. An animated afternoon reception celebrated the authors of 14 books that were named finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes. It was a great delight to see a handful of finalists and publishers in attendance for the announcement. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the...

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SSH News: Humanities Perspectives, FPACarleton Critical Panel Discussion, Imagining Canada’s Future

Humanities on the defensive? Yes. No. Maybe. One thing is for sure, this week has featured insightful reads on the value-added of education and training in the humanities, including:

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