SSH News: “The Hidden Impact”, Interrogating Access, and the Power of the Arts National Forum


Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Another report about the benefits of a liberal arts degree emerged this week, this time from across the Atlantic at Oxford University, entitled "Humanities Graduates and the British Economy: The Hidden Impact". The study, which tracked the career progress of a collection of humanities graduates over a period of time, reveals that a liberal arts degree does not necessarily limit job prospects, and has increasingly led graduates to find positions in key sectors for economic growth, such as finance, media, law, and management. Though the study (a pilot project) focused only on humanities graduates from Oxford, researchers suggest the methodology may be useful in future studies of other universities or a broader spectrum of graduates. The head of Oxford’s humanities division...

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SSH News: Conferences, Canadian higher ed, and “Heart of the Matter” reactions


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Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences may be over, but the 2013 World Social Science Forum (WSSF) is just around the corner. Taking place in Montreal from October 13-15, the WSSF is organized by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and expects to draw over 1,000 delegates from 80 countries to explore the theme "...

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SSH News: “The Heart of the Matter”, Canadian Studies, & Impressions of Congress 2013

Christine McKenna, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences released a report this week entitled “The Heart of the Matter”, which examines the value of social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the pursuit of a strengthened economy and cohesive society. The report makes recommendations for improving American SSH education, and suggests that in combination with STEM disciplines (the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), a liberal arts education could promote innovation and improve understanding of the contexts in which science-based research is applied. An article in the ...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Summits on Higher Education, MOOCs and royal babies

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Over the past several weeks, the Parti Quebecois held its pre-Summit on Higher Education panels to discuss funding for the province’s universities. Upon taking office in September, the PQ announced that it will continue the province’s tuition freeze, cancelling the tuition hikes that launched student protests across the province last spring. The PQ promised to hold three pre-summits leading to a main Summit on Higher Education in February to discuss the $32M funding shortage that the province’s universities are facing with the cancellation of the tuition hikes. The issue was compounded by last week’s...

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Re:education: Mapping Canada's 21st Century University System

On October 6, The Globe and Mail introduced Re:education in their Our Time to Lead series, which looked at everything from digital learning to debt loads. One of the highlights in our minds was the article by James Bradshaw, published on October 13, which examined the value of a broad education in today’s society. It picked up on something we also find noteworthy: rapidly expanding economies and education systems, ones that have previously focussed tremendous attention on science and technology, are turning to Canada for advice on liberal arts curriculum citing poor overall career performance and lack of leadership opportunities for even their best engineering or science graduates.

What was unfortunate was one of the final notes of the series. In her...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Canada Research Chairs, academic stars and the decline of the liberal arts

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, the federal government announced a new round of funding for the Canada Research Chairs program. The government is investing $121.6M in the program. CFHSS’s official statement on the announcement is here.

We are launching a new blog series called Research Stars, where we will profile researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Heather Walmsley, one of this year’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellows, was the first researcher to be profiled for her work on the transnational human egg...

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RSC Annual General Meeting: Celebrating 130 Years Spanning Three Centuries

Join us as we celebrate 130 years of: promoting Canadian research and scholarly accomplishment in both of Canada’s official languages; recognizing academic and artistic excellence; and advising governments, NGOs and the Canadian public, on matters of public importance. Three days of scholarly programming have been organized to interest Fellows, as well as their families and friends.

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RSC Annual Symposium: The New Science of Child Development

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) invites you to our Annual Symposium, The New Science of Child Development presented by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
Our Symposium on early childhood development will explore in depth the multi-faceted factors that shape the health, education, and psychological well-being of our children. Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, as well as eight multidisciplinary experts will document different facets of this new knowledge, examine how it helps us understand the role of early environment in development, and discuss the extent to which it can be harnessed to guide current and new programs and policy in Canada. Please join this very important discussion on how we can improve the development and quality of life of our future generations.
This event is open to the public.

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Quebec, student mental health and the environment

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Parti Québecois, headed by Pauline Marois, has won the premiership in Quebec, ousting the Liberal party by a narrow margin. Pauline Marois had promised students she would repeal the tuition hikes that sparked protests earlier in the year, but commentators question whether or not her party can achieve this with a minority government. Antonia Maioni, CFHSS’s president-elect, wrote an analysis of what the PQ victory will mean for Quebec in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail.

A study from the University of Toronto attempted to determine how students decide which...

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