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Media advisory: Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to award 2017 Canada Prizes at Congress on Ryerson University campus on May 28

 

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce that The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, will offer remarks and award the 2017 Canada Prizes at a ceremony in Toronto at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 28.

EVENT:                 Canada Prizes 2017 – Awards ceremony and a conversation with authors

DATE:                    Sunday, May 28, 2017

TIME:                    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

LOCATION:         ENG-Engineering 304 – Sears Atrium

George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Third Floor
Ryerson University campus
245 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4

Celebrating the best Canadian scholarly books across all the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, and now in their 28th year, the Canada Prizes are awarded annually to books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

This year’s two winners were announced on April 10:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Arthur J. Ray
Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History
McGill-Queen’s University Press
Awarded $5,000

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales
Mylène Bédard
Écrire en temps d'insurrections : Pratiques épistolaires et usages de la presse chez les femmes patriotes (1830-1840)
Presses de l’Université de Montréal
Awarded $5,000

The awards ceremony will be followed by an armchair conversation with three authors about their remarkable books:

  • Guy Laforest, President-Elect, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (moderator)
  • Arthur J. Ray, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of British Columbia
  • Sean Mills, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Marie-France Labrecque, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Université Laval

The formal part of the event will be followed by a reception. All parts are open to the media.

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Quotes
“The humanities and social sciences are ever-present in our daily lives. The scholarly works of these exceptional authors demonstrate the richness and diversity of talent dedicated to pursuing deeper understanding of who we are as individuals and as a country. The Federation is honoured to play a role in promoting their work to the Canadian public.”
- Stephen J. Toope, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

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