News from the social sciences and humanities

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Our last Big Thinking lecture of the fall season was held this morning on Parliament Hill. Professor Lou Hammond Ketilson of the University of Saskatchewan, presented to a full house on the importance of credit unions and caisses populaires to communities across Canada. The video will be up on our website shortly. Many thanks to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in January for our next season of lectures.

On Tuesday, December 6, the Networks of Centres of Excellent (NCE) Secretariat launched a competition to find a home for a Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence. The successful applicant will be granted $15 million over five years to create partnerships to accelerate the exchange of research knowledge on a key area of interest to both countries. Read the details of the competition here.

Ontario Minister of Education Glen Murray laid out ten points that must be considered when thinking about the future of higher education, in Ontario and elsewhere. The government in Ontario is considering multiple proposals for the building of three new university campuses across the province.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interesting blog post on plagiarism in the Internet age. With the proliferation of free or paid material available to students almost instantaneously, Frank Donoghue argues that universities must change their approach to dealing with academic plagiarism and teach students the importance of academic ethics and discerning valuable content.

For history-buffs out there, a stream to follow is @RealTimeWWII. Former Oxford University history student Alwyn Collinson has been livetweeting the Second World War as if it was 1939 since August 31st of this year. In an age where revolutions are livetweeted, the project is an innovative way of looking at a moment in history through a completely modern medium.


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