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Humanities in peril/at work

Jean-Marc Mangin
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

There is a well known discourse that humanities are less relevant and a luxury in a globalized, violent and competitive world to prepare young minds to the dog-eat-dog technological society that they are facing. To the contrary, humanities are more needed than ever to develop nimble, agile and critical minds in a complex world.

This week, I was fortunate to come across one real live example of the relevance of the humanities when Carleton University signed a MOU with the new University of Central Asia to support the Aga Khan Humanities Project.

The Governments in Central Asia often view  the humanities with a great deal of dangerous to their powers and as a western concept (...

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Making schools better for LGBT: Homophobia and transphobia lessons

Rebecca Haskell, BC Society of Transition Houses and Brian Burtch, Simon Fraser University
Guest Contributors

In recent weeks there has been increasing media attention given to the suicides of young lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth in Canada and the United States. What has been framed as a recent rash of suicides is not really recent at all – a decade ago researchers at the McCreary Centre Society in British Columbia found that nearly half of the LGB youth they sampled had attempted to take their own lives and the average age at the time of attempt was only thirteen. As Kris Wells articulately stated in...

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Redeveloping balance: Women after workplace bullying

Elsie Hambrook
Guest Contributor

Recently, researchers at the University of New Brunswick interviewed 36 women from Atlantic Canada who had been bullied in the workplace. What they learned is surprising. The researchers’ main conclusions, published last month in an academic journal, was that women could not continue working in a business-as-usual way after experiencing bullying because it interfered with their health and work practices.

“Their approach to work, energy while at work, and ability to accomplish work are affected.” Their thoughts were consumed...

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2010 Canadian Science Policy Conference

Jean-Marc Mangin
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized a dynamic group of young scholars,  the 2010 Canadian Science Policy Conference brought together a who’s who of leaders in the Canadian research enterprise from the federal and provincial government, research centres, universities and private sectors.

Although humanities and social sciences were under-represented, the panels addressed many issues of concerns to our community: the role of innovation in the economic recovery; critical overview of innovation and impact assessment as linear processes. (SSCHR Chad Gaffield’s remarks were picked up by several speakers;  Louise Shaxson presented...

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'Failing boys' 1990s conversation continues into the 21st century

Kathy Sanford, University of Victoria
Guest Contributor

As I read the recent Globe and Mail series of articles, I am amazed that we are still circling around the same discussions, discussions that serve to continue the moral panic about how the boys are not doing well, how education is not paying attention to boys’ needs and concerns, and how boys are falling behind the girls.  These very same headlines appeared in the 1990s newspapers, but continue to surface. On one hand, it is gratifying to see the ongoing concerns with gender issues in our society, and a desire...

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