Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

David Suzuki and Ian Mauro: Beyond Climate: Science, Storytelling and Solutions

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

All of this year’s Big Thinking events consider how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out?

Activist David Suzuki and filmmaker Ian Mauro came to Congress to screen their latest film, Beyond Climate. The film, which was made over the course of several years, focuses on the increasing impacts of climate change across British Columbia, what Suzuki and Mauro refer to as “a sentinel province” for the crisis. The filmmakers toured the province to find those on the front lines of climate change—cherry farmers, firefighters, local...

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Simon Brault: The role of arts in protecting democracy

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

At Congress 2019, the Big Thinking lecture series considers how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out? 

Monday’s Big Thinking event featured a talk from Simon Brault, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Brault spoke about the Council’s efforts to protect artistic freedoms while maintaining an ethic of civic responsibility. “Citizens,” he argued, “must be able to relate to and see themselves in the actions of organizations.” After his talk, Brault was interviewed by by Mirelle Langlois,...

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Simon Brault: The role of arts in protecting democracy

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

At Congress 2019, the Big Thinking lecture series considers how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out? 

Monday’s Big Thinking event featured a talk from Simon Brault, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Brault spoke about the Council’s efforts to protect artistic freedoms while maintaining an ethic of civic responsibility. “Citizens,” he argued, “must be able to relate to and see themselves in the actions of organizations.” After his talk, Brault was interviewed by by Mirelle Langlois,...

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Esi Edugyan: Making space for convergences of disparate ideas or unlikely connections

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

At Congress 2019, the Big Thinking lecture series considers how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out?

In the first of what will be five events at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre, writer Esi Edugyan sat down with Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor in UBC’s Institute for Social Justice. After reading an excerpt from her Giller Prize winning third novel, Washington Black, Edugyan spoke about her process as a writer, but also about the many ways the act of crafting a novel can speak to larger personal and political questions....

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Esi Edugyan: Making space for convergences of disparate ideas or unlikely connections

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

At Congress 2019, the Big Thinking lecture series considers how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out?

In the first of what will be five events at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre, writer Esi Edugyan sat down with Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor in UBC’s Institute for Social Justice. After reading an excerpt from her Giller Prize winning third novel, Washington Black, Edugyan spoke about her process as a writer, but also about the many ways the act of crafting a novel can speak to larger personal and political questions....

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L'éducation antidrogue devient philosophique : Une chercheuse postdoctorale de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique souhaite ouvrir le dialogue avec les jeunes sur l'utilisation de la drogue

Blogueuse invitée du Congrès 2019 : Mitacs

Comment les jeunes gens d'aujourd'hui peuvent-ils être éduqués par rapport aux périls de l'utilisation des drogues sans utiliser la peur? Comment pouvons-nous les aider à explorer leurs questions sur les drogues et à développer leur capacité à survivre dans une société où les gens utilisent des drogues?

Mahboubeh Asgari, une chercheuse postdoctorale qui étudie à la faculté de psychologie de l'éducation et du counseling et de l'éducation spécialisée de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique souhaite aborder ces questions pendant son stage Mitacs Élévation de deux ans auprès d'ARC Programs, un organisme communautaire à Kelowna, C.-B...

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Drug education takes a philosophical route: UBC postdoctoral fellow aims to open dialogue with youth about drug use

Congress 2019 guest blog from Mitacs

How can today’s young people be educated about the perils of drug use beyond scaring the heck out of them? How can we help them explore their questions about drugs and develop their capacity to survive in a society where people use drugs?

Mahboubeh Asgari, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, hopes to address these questions during her two-year Mitacs Elevate fellowship with ARC Programs, a community agency based in Kelowna, BC, and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).

Mahboubeh believes traditional education...

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Being a Graduate Student at Congress 2019

Guest blog by Sharon Engbrecht, Program Assistant for Congress 2019
 
As a graduate student and the UBC Programming Assistant for Congress 2019, I’m excited to share my experiences of Congress. Congress can be an overwhelming experience: many new faces and events can be disorientating and might leave you feeling a bit isolated. Maybe you are presenting your first paper, or are interested in networking but don’t know where to start, or haven’t quite figured out that elevator pitch. It’s not uncommon, especially as a graduate student, to have a sense of imposter syndrome when listening to papers presented by early-career researchers, faculty, or keynotes. But, in the words of Adam Douglas, Don’t Panic. Although Congress might seem insanely complicated and...

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Inclure les médias sociaux dans la conversation sur la conservation : Une biologiste emploie une nouvelle stratégie afin de sensibiliser davantage le public aux habitats du chêne de Garry en danger

Blogueur invité du Congrès 2019 : Mitacs

Enfant, Alina Fisher rapportait à la maison des oiseaux blessés et d’autres bestioles. Ainsi, elle a développé une passion pour aider la faune, et c'est une passion qui l’a finalement menée à devenir biologiste. Toutefois, pendant ses études, Alina a ressenti l’urgente nécessité que des chercheurs motivent le public.

Elle a donc fait une maîtrise en communications professionnelles à l’Université Royal Roads. Maintenant, grâce à un stage de Mitacs, Alina aide la Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) à obtenir le soutien du public pour sauver les terrains boisés en danger.

« Je savais que de nombreux chercheurs et organismes disaient que quelque chose doit être fait, mais personne ne semblait écouter, » affirme-t-elle. Elle s'est demandé pourquoi...

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Making social media part of the conservation conversation: Biologist spreads awareness of endangered Garry Oak habitats

Congress 2019 guest blog from Mitacs

As a child bringing home wounded birds and other critters, Alina Fisher developed a passion for helping wildlife – a love that eventually drove her to become a biologist. But during her studies, Alina realized there was a pressing need for researchers to engage the public.

So she began a Master of Professional Communications at Royal Roads University. Now, thanks to a Mitacs internship, Alina is helping the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) enlist the public’s support to save endangered woodland areas.

“I […] knew lots of scientists and organizations saying things need to be done, but no one seemed to be listening,” she says. She wondered why some social media messages get picked up while others languished. “I was also concerned about...

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