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Emma Donoghue: “We’re relying on the arts more than ever.”

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Tuesday, June 2, we’re very excited to be presenting, along with the Association for College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), the plenary Generation Gaps with renowned Irish novelist and scholar Emma Donoghue. This will be Donoghue’s very first digital lecture (apart from a Facebook Live with author Philip Pullman!) and I had the honour to interview her for the occasion.

Generation Gaps will be a talk (with short readings) about the challenges – technical, psychological, political and even ethical – raised by writing about both youth and age. It is a...

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Emma Donoghue: “We’re relying on the arts more than ever.”

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Tuesday, June 2, the Association for College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) will present the plenary Generation Gaps with renowned Irish novelist and scholar Emma Donoghue. This will be Donoghue’s very first digital lecture (apart from a Facebook Live with author Philip Pullman!) and I had the honour to interview her for the occasion.

Generation Gaps will be a talk (with short readings) about the challenges – technical, psychological, political and even ethical – raised by writing about both youth and age. It is a subject even more timely than usual...

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Boxes and trolleys and tape, oh my! The Federation moves offices.

Lily Polowin, Communications Coordinator, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The first time I experienced the joy of moving was when I packed up my teddy bear, band posters, my first laptop, and my dignity in many boxes and made the trek out to Lennoxville, QC to move into my residence at Bishop’s University where I was going to be studying music and philosophy. In second year, I recall living in a very cramped four-bedroom apartment on top of the local poutine restaurant, and in third year, a horrific day in which a roommate and I moved two apartments’ worth of contents into separate apartments. Watching my roommate haul his fridge up four flights of stairs is a sight I will never forget....

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Que signifie pour vous la Journée internationale des femmes?

Lily Polowin, Coordonnatrice des communications à la Fédération des sciences humaines

La Fédération compte actuellement 18 membres du personnel, dont 14 femmes. Faire partie d'une équipe de femmes fortes m'inspire chaque jour, et c'est pour cela qu'en cette Journée internationale des femmes, j'ai voulu interroger mes collègues afin de connaître les pensées valorisantes qui florissent en elles. J'ai demandé a mes collègues si elles souhaitaient répondre à la question suivante : Que signifie pour vous la Journée internationale des femmes? Voici les réponses que j'ai reçues. Bonne lecture, et bonne Journée internationale des femmes!

Lamis El-Zein, Executive Assistant:

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate girls and women all over the word, and to honour...

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What does International Women's Day mean to you? Federation staff perspectives.

Lily Polowin, Communications Coordinator at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation currently has 18 staff members, 14 of which are women. Being part of a team of strong women inspires me daily, and so this International Women’s Day, I wanted to probe my colleagues to see what empowering thoughts were blooming within. I asked staff if they’d be interested in answering this question: What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Here are the answers I received. Enjoy, and Happy International Women’s Day!

Lamis El-Zein, Executive Assistant:

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate girls and women all over the word, and to honour those who...

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Boxes and trolleys and tape, oh my! The Federation moves offices.

Lily Polowin, Communications Coordinator, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The first time I experienced the joy of moving was when I packed up my teddy bear, band posters, my first laptop, and my dignity in many boxes and made the trek out to Lennoxville, QC to move into my residence at Bishop’s University where I was going to be studying music and philosophy. In second year, I recall living in a very cramped four-bedroom apartment on top of the local poutine restaurant, and in third year, a horrific day in which a roommate and I moved two apartments’ worth of contents into separate apartments. Watching my roommate haul his fridge up four flights of stairs is a sight I will never forget....

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Faire valoir l'interdisciplinarité : Polytechnique Montréal se joint à la Fédération!

Lily Polowin, Coordonnatrice des communications, Fédération des sciences humaines

Veuillez vous joindre à la Fédération pour accueillir chaleureusement l’un de ses nouveaux membres : Polytechnique Montréal, la plus grande université d’ingénierie au Québec! L’adhésion de Polytechnique a été acceptée lors d’un vote officiel durant la toute première Réunion annuelle virtuelle de la Fédération, le 15 mai 2019, tout comme celle d’un autre établissement montréalais, HEC Montréal.

Oui, vous avez bien lu : une école d’ingénierie et une école de commerce se sont jointes à la Fédération des sciences humaines! Pour connaître les motifs qui ont incité ces établissements à collaborer avec nous, poursuivez votre lecture. J’ai moi-...

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Remembering Terry D’Angelo (1962-2018)

Nicola Katz, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Terry laughed easily, and with gusto. Her joie de vivre was sincere, and she had a knack for finding the upside even where others could not.

In fact, as it was recently pointed out by Terry’s brother-in-law, never once in the nearly year-long battle she had with cancer, did Terry ever ask “Why me?” Instead, in typical Terry style, she remained practical and got right down to the business of making the best of the situation at hand: caring for the needs of her loving family, organizing every last detail of their fundraising efforts, making time for farewells to friends and colleagues, and ultimately planning the details of one final event – her own celebration of life.

This engagement and dedication comes as no...

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Gabriel Miller addresses March for Science 2018

Speech made at the March for Science in Toronto on April 14, 2018

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Thank you. It’s wonderful to be here with you marching for knowledge, for evidence, and for science!

And I want to thank the organizers. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into today. And thank you for inviting me, someone who represents the humanities and social sciences to be part of today’s festivities.

You understand that there’s lots of space for everyone in this parade – everyone, that is, who cares about learning. Who cares about facts. Who cares about truth.

The tools and methods we use will differ depending on the subject, but beneath those differences is something much bigger and more important that unites us – a drive to better understand ourselves and the world we...

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Lyne Sauvageau nommée présidente de l’Acfas

Guy Laforest, président, Fédération des sciences humaines

La Fédération félicite chaleureusement Lyne Sauvageau pour sa nomination à titre de présidente de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).

Mme Sauvageau est vice-présidente à l’enseignement et à la recherche de l’Université du Québec depuis novembre 2011. À ce titre, elle a grandement contribué au développement et à l’essor de l’enseignement et de la recherche au sein du réseau de l’Université du Québec. Elle est également présidente de l’Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities et membre du conseil d’administration du Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO) ainsi que du Comité scientifique d’Érudit. Sa nomination à la présidence de l’Acfas lui permettra d’accroître encore...

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