SSH News: Value of an SSH education, Situating Science Summer School 2014, Trudeau Foundation

Yes! The indispensability of the social sciences and humanities has been a trending topic in recent days, both nationally and internationally. Last week, Carolyn Gregoire penned the “irrefutable evidence of the value of a humanities education” (The Huffington Post), while Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at London School of Economics, shared his opinions on how the “skew towards science is neglecting a 23.4bn social sciences...

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Preparing students for the challenges and wonders of the 21st century


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...

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Ninth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is an international, interdisciplinary event that examines the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of ‘real world’ applications. It also interrogates what constitutes ‘science’ in a social context, and the connections between the social and other sciences. The focus of presentations range from the finely grained and empirical, to wide-ranging multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary practices, to perspectives on knowledge and method.

The 2013 conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic, saw over 250 delegates representing over 45 countries.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing Interdisciplinary Social Sciences through one of the following themes:
* Social and Community Studies
* Civic and Political Studies
* Cultural Studies
* Global...

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International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

Design is our collective intelligence. It shapes the world we live in. We can recognize design in the materiality of our objects, the environments we dwell in, and the visual communication that we share. Design is the common ground of everyday life, and becomes the layer connecting the way we perceive our world, cultures and societies.

The conference will try to address the following questions with an interdisciplinary approach, through keynote speakers, workshops, and parallel sessions:

How does design contribute to the future of our societies?
What tools and approaches can we develop to share creativity and design?
What projects and creative solutions are designers producing for our collective future?
What is the relationship between individual action and collective sharing in design?
What is the relationship between ecological knowledge and cultural adaptation?

The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, held in...

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"Why do I keep coming to Congress?"

This week will be Patricia Roy’s 46th year attending the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her speech at our media kick-off event on Friday – which included remarks from UVic president David Turpin, Federation president Antonia Maioni, Academic Convenor Andrew Rippin, and Congress Chair Catherine Mateer – offers a wonderful glimpse into the opportunities and excitement surrounding Congress that have continued to grow over the years:

I hasten to point out that I was a fairly young student when I attended my first Congress, or as it was then known, the Learneds. I have attended almost every year since. In 1965, the meetings were much smaller. To cite an example, the Canadian Historical Association, one of the larger groups at the Congress, then only had two or three simultaneous sessions....

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MOOCs: The next generation of teaching and learning?

What are MOOCs? Are they good for teaching? Good for learning? On March 22, the Federation's Director of Teaching and Learning, Fernand Gervais, explored these questions and more. Looking at French MOOCs, the success of MOOCs across different institutions, and posing future challenges, Dr. Gervais made the case for what could be the next generation of teaching and learning as we move into an increasingly digital world. 

For his full powerpoint presentation, click here.

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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: Free classes, childcare and a video contest

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Waterloo will be offering a free humanities credit course to low-income individuals as part of a pilot program starting in spring 2013. The course will be offered to 25 people who qualify. The University of Victoria is pursuing a similar goal with its University 101 program, a free three-month humanities course for people living in poverty. Aside from offering education opportunities to people living in poverty, the courses allow those individuals to form supportive relationships with others in their position.


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