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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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SSH News: Innovation, Humanities in the Digital Age, Big Data

Last Saturday was International Women’s Day, so it’s only fitting to share that ideas can be… smart and beautiful! “For years now, the call for more real-looking models to be used in clothing ads has been echoed by women around the globe. A San Francisco-based fashion retailer appears to be heeding that cry this season -- at least in part -- by using PhDs and doctoral candidates instead of fashion models to show off its goods” (CBC News).

While equity and diversity are being embraced in the digital age in this way, ubiquitous advanced technologies are also impacting the pace of innovation and the social sciences and humanities. This week, Bill...

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SSH News: Congress 2017, Canadian Innovation, Imagining Canada’s Future, Big Thinking

Ryerson University has been selected to host the 2017 edition of Canada's largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which organizes Congress every year, and the university made the announcement on March 6 at a Ryerson event called Humanities: Past present and future., At Ryerson, Provost and Vice President Mohamed Lachemi, President Sheldon Levy, and Faculty of Arts Dean Jean-Paul Boudreau all expressed their excitement at the announcement.

Congress...

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Concordia Looks Back 53 Years with University TV

Christine Mitchell, Department of English, Concordia University

The Concordia University community will take a peek into its past later this week when its Media History Research Centre holds a screening of two half-hour television episodes produced on the university campus in 1961.

The programs were part of a seven-episode series that was shot live in temporary campus studios and aired on Sunday mornings at 10:00. The episodes featured faculty, students and administrative personnel in mock classroom situations and in dialogue with host Syd Davidson and focused on university life. The program’s topic is summed up in its simple title: University. Campus newspaper The Georgian described the program as “the first English-language experiment in televised education at the university level.”

Today’s audience may be surprised to discover its forebears concentrating on and grappling over many of the same concerns that abound on Canadian university...

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SSH News: Canada’s adult literacy, Freedom to Read Week, Big Thinking

Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer and poet, “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Unfortunately, this paradigm is not universal. Concerns about Canadian literacy have been heightened this week with reports that there is a high number of adults in Canada who lack basic literacy skills. In fact, according to Daniel Munro of the Centre for Skills and PSE “research by the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education has revealed some troubling gaps between Canadians’ educational attainment and the skills we actually develop...

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