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Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

CFHSS president Graham Carr issued a response to Margaret Wente’s column in the Globe and Mail attacking the value of a degree in the humanities and social sciences. You can read more responses from some of our member institutions here.

Vivek Wadhwa of the Washington Post...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Statistics Canada is facing significant budget cuts and staff layoffs that critics worry will result in the quality of data produced by the agency being compromised. Léo Charbonneau of University Affairs reports that two programs that have already been discontinued are the University and Colleges Academic Staff System, which analyzes data on university faculty in Canada, as well as the Education Matters publication, whose last issue was released this month. On the other hand, Alex Usher of Higher Education Strategy Associates points out that cuts are not to Statistics Canada’s analytical capacity but...

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Les origines de la liberté, version canadienne

 

Daniel Drolet

Quand ils parlaient du Canada, raconte Michel Ducharme, ses étudiants ne cessaient de lui dire que le concept de « paix, ordre et bon gouvernement » était un principe fondateur du pays – par opposition au concept de liberté prisé par nos voisins américains.

L’historien sortait troublé de ces discussions, car ayant lu plusieurs documents historiques importants, il savait que le mot « liberté » était très cher à nos ancêtres canadiens. Pourquoi ne fait-il pas partie de notre discours politique moderne?

Son livre Le concept de liberté au Canada à l’époque des Révolutions atlantiques, 1776-1838 est un peu une réponse à ses étudiants.

Ce qu’il découvre, c’est en fait que deux versions très distinctes de « liberté » se sont affrontées au Canada au cours des années qui ont précédé les rebellions de...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Governor GeneralWith Congress only three weeks away, excitement is mounting. Yesterday, we announced the addition of Governor General David Johnson to the Congress Big Thinking line-up. The Governor General will deliver the opening keynote on May 26. The announcement was covered by The Record.

Alex Usher wrote a blog post on the need for university faculty to be able to counsel their students on careers outside of the academy for...

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