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Media advisory: Former prisoner of conscience Professor Homa Hoodfar speaks to the implications of closing borders on scholarship and democracy, along with other notable academics at Ryerson University on May 30

 

A 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences public event features a moderated discussion on the implications of closing borders for scholarship, teaching and democracy.

EVENT:                 Open borders, open minds: Academia in an age of growing isolationism

DATE:                    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TIME:                    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LOCATION:          IMA-Image Arts 307 – Lecture and Screening Room
                               School of Image Arts
                               Ryerson University
                               122 Bond St, Toronto, ON

This conversation will focus on the impact of restrictions on the free movement of people and ideas across borders, the targeting of Muslim and other minority populations, and the role of academics in the humanities and social sciences in helping us understand and take on these challenges.

Featured speakers include Concordia Anthropology Professor Homa Hoodfar, who was detained in Tehran's infamous Evin prison for over 100 days last year, alongside
Mohamed Lachemi, President, Ryerson University (introductory remarks)
Bessma Momani, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance, University of Waterloo
Anver Saloojee, assistant vice-president, International, Ryerson University
Stephen Toope, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (closing remarks) 

This event is free, and is open to the public and the media.

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About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 86th year, Congress brings together over 70 academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. Congress 2017 is hosted by Ryerson University. For more information, visit www.congress2017.ca.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.

Media contact and interview requests:
Nicola Katz
Communications Manager
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Cell: 613-282-3489
nkatz@ideas-idees.ca