Federation President Antonia Maioni was invited to speak at the University of Winnipeg recently as part of the school’s 100th convocation celebrations. Her address touched on the vital role universities play in our communities, and the overall value of studying the arts, humanities, and social sciences. She congratulated the University on all its accomplishments, many of which demonstrate the idea behind her speech: that a university education in the liberal arts is “A Pathway to Progress in the 21st Century”.
The University of Winnipeg’s commitment to relevant and innovative learning, Maioni said, is evident in the school’s identity as a place for students to “Discover. Achieve. Belong.” She suggested universities must continue to foster more interdisciplinary perspectives and recognize the “interdependence of various fields of academic pursuit” to realize their full potential.
The University of Winnipeg’s 100th convocation celebrations also included a reading of selected passages from the works of Carol Shields, as well as a panel discussion on Indigenous post-secondary education. Click here to read Maioni’s speech in full online.
From left to right: Dr. Neil Besner, UWinnipeg Provost and Vice-President, Academic and International; Antonia Maioni, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor.
Image courtesy of the University of Winnipeg.