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Friday, August 24, 2012

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Waterloo will be offering a free humanities credit course to low-income individuals as part of a pilot program starting in spring 2013. The course will be offered to 25 people who qualify. The University of Victoria is pursuing a similar goal with its University 101 program, a free three-month humanities course for people living in poverty. Aside from offering education opportunities to people living in poverty, the courses allow those individuals to form supportive relationships with others in their position.

A sociological study in the United States examined the ways in which male academics in the sciences balance child-rearing with their careers. The researchers found that many of the research participants did not share child-care equally with their female partners, even when both worked outside the home.

The Times Higher Education magazine is holding a video competition in anticipation of its World University Rankings 2012-13. Students, student unions, faculty and administrative staff are invited to submit a 10-second video that completes the sentence “My university is world-class because...” Contest details are available here.

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