May 2010

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Congress 2010 begins!

The 79th Congress of the Humanities is underway at Concordia University in Montreal. Over the next 8 days,  we look forward to welcoming over 9000 delegates from across Canada and around the world.

Be sure to visit our Experience Congress website to find out up-to-the-minute details about what’s happening downtown Montreal at this exciting event. Here you’ll find video and podcasts of recent lectures, in-depth blog posts, a...

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Being Fair: 'We must be the change we want to see in the world'

Valerie Mason-John, Independent Scholar
Guest Contributor

What is fair and just in the world that we live in today? The conflict that flourishes in this world, within each of us, in our families, at work and out there in the world is proof enough that people do not feel they live in a world that treats them impartially.

Who am I to talk on this subject when you could look at my life and count the privileges I have had on more than one hand?  Winner of several awards, including...

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Quebec and English-Canadian Feminists 40 Years after the Bird Commission

Jill McCalla Vickers, Carleton University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

I recently read in the Globe and Mail that Quebec’s MNAs had unanimously passed the following resolution, “that...

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Beyond Diversity Smokescreens: On the small screen and behind the scenes

Rita Shelton Deverell, Mount St. Vincent University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

In my 36 years in Canadian broadcasting, I’ve championed meaningful inclusion of the four designated groups. It...

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Rethinking hate crimes: The hard work of creating social equity

Lucas Crawford and Robert Nichols, University of Alberta
Guest Contributors

Monday, May 10th was Alberta’s inaugural ‘Hate Crimes Awareness Day,’ an event that raised more questions than answers.  Offered as an opportunity to ‘celebrate’ the successes of the past few decades, many in those communities supposedly most protected by such legislation—racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples and the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer] community, for instance— took this as an opportunity to challenge them as a vehicle for promoting safe, just communities.

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The Humanities: Relationships with others and with the world are essential to freedom

Susan Babbitt, Queen’s University
Guest Contributor

“Humanities” refers to human beings and to the human condition. In the Humanities we raise questions about what it means to be human. But, at least in my discipline of Philosophy, we teach mostly the work of philosophers from North America and Northern Europe, most of them male and white. We look for wisdom in only some human experience. The Humanities, especially Philosophy, should look beyond Europe and North America.

The ethics we teach are mostly based in liberalism. Philosophical...

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Lawyer, professor, Mi’kmaq woman: Equity matters in my experience

Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Dalhousie University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Portfolio’s ‘Equality Then and Now’ series, marking 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Look for more on this topic in upcoming posts and at Congress 2010.

I am a Mi’kmaq woman who also holds an academic post and, to many, it appears that I have succeeded in the mainstream educational system. I have pondered the issue of equity.  I have tried to wrap my head around the...

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Towards Achieving Equity: New changes to CAUT’s governance structure

Penni Stewart, Canadian Association of University Teachers
Guest Contributor

Thank you for the invitation to post the news about the changes to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) governance structure to the Federations’ Equity Matters Blog.

We understand how these changes would be of interest to academic staff in the humanities and social sciences working towards achieving equity in the communities where they work.

A summary of the structural changes is available on the front page of our website for anyone interested in the details (www.caut.ca)....

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L’embauche de conjoints: une question d’équité?

Christine Daigle, Université de Brock

Article invité Les couples universitaires ne sont plus une rareté. Finie l’époque où monsieur le professeur vaquait à ses recherches et à son enseignement alors que l’épouse supportait tous ses efforts en s’occupant de la maison et de la petite famille. Une de mes collègues m’a raconté comment, récemment engagée dans un département uniquement masculin dans les années 80, on ne savait comment agir avec elle. La chose était si inusitée! On ne l’invitait pas aux événements sociaux du département mais plutôt aux événements sociaux des femmes de professeurs. Les choses ont bien changé (...

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