November 2012

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Big Thinking in the news

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Several of our Big Thinking speakers from the past two years have been making waves in different publications this week. On Thursday, Dilip Soman (pictured) spoke about financial literacy and behavioral economics to a full house. The Hill Times published an op-ed (behind pay-wall) on policy meant to increase Canadians’ financial well-being by Soman and a colleague, Nina Mazar, to coincide with his Big Thinking lecture.

The November issue of Policy Options features two articles by past Big Thinking speakers. Last month, Timothy Caulfield presented a Big Thinking lecture of...

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Gender and academe: Council of Canadian Academies releases report on women researchers

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Yesterday, the Council of Canadian Academies released its report on women’s representation in Canadian universities and the particular challenges that female academics face. The report has been two years in the making – it was commissioned in 2010 by then-Minister of Industry Tony Clement after not a single woman was nominated to the 19 newly-appointed Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Léo Charbonneau published an excellent summary of the key findings, as well as the history of the report, in University Affairs.

When the first round of CERCs was announced, the Federation responded with an...

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Equity Matters: Ideas can… build a more equitable Canada

Dr. Lynn Wells VP Equity and Diversity, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Vice-President Academic, First Nations University of Canada

It’s been some months since I’ve been elected to the position of Vice-President, Equity and Diversity, for the CFHSS, and I’ve been taking that time to learn about the excellent work of the Federation and of Malinda Smith, who held this position before me.  I’ve learned a great deal from her blogs and reports, and hope that I can follow, however stumblingly, in her footsteps.

My interests in equity and diversity issues relate to various elements of my background.  As a...

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A look back at Congress 2012

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There are now less than 200 days left until Congress 2013 (not that we’re counting down, or anything). To mark the occasion, we decided to round up some of our favourite blog posts and videos from Congress 2012, which took place at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

As always, the Big Thinking lectures were key moments at Congress 2012. Attendees saw speeches by luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Governor General David Johnston and Chris Hedges. Other stand-out...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: CSPC 2012

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On Tuesday, The Federation, in partnership with the Canada Foundation for Innovation, organized a panel discussion at the 2012 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Calgary, Alberta, on the topic of “Building sustainable health care: Policies, perceptions and an aging population,” featuring Janice Keefe, Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving, Antonia Maioni (pictured), president-elect of the Federation, and doctor and consultant Michael Rachlis.

The panel was covered by several news channels, including Radio-...

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Crossing borders in North America and Europe: 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Highlights

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Over the past decade, border crossing has become a national security concern of growing importance, with states increasingly turning to surveillance technologies, databases and smart IDs to control migration flows. Criticism about the increased securitization of borders is generally levelled at states, which, according to 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Martin Geiger, ignores a major player in migration management – industry.

Geiger will be carrying out his research project, titled “Smart new border world: Information technologies and security industries in the management of human cross-border mobility in North America and Europe,” at Carleton University, where he was a visiting scholar last year....

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L’actualité challenges stereotypes about students in the arts, humanities and social sciences

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The November issue of L’actualité takes a look at Quebec’s job market, the future of employment in the province, and the benefits of a postsecondary education. Among the series of articles, the issue features a piece by Isabelle Grégoire on the social sciences, arts and humanities, and the employment prospects of graduates in those disciplines. Our president, Graham Carr, is quoted in the article, which seeks to challenge stereotypes that arose during the “printemps québécois” about students in the social sciences and humanities.

The Quebec student movement tended to be made up of, and headed by, social sciences and humanities students. Grégoire notes that commentators seized on this fact to call the...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Graduate students, university funding and academic publishing

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Last week, Federation president Graham Carr, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on the importance of preparing graduate students for life outside of university. His recommendations include teaching graduate students professional skills, increasing internationalization and making graduate program requirements more flexible. Read the whole article here.

Le Devoir published an article by Robert Lacroix that presents an interesting take on the issue of the underfunding of Canada’s universities, and specifically the situation in Quebec, where the issue of tuition fees is particularly fraught.

The Chronicle of Higher...

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