Integrating the humanities and social sciences

Kel Morin-Parson
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

We are all aware of the problem of “silos”—that is, the tendency, in Western thought and culture in particular, to separate and isolate everything: body from mind, work from play, and, in the case of the academy, disciplines from one another. We know, at some level, that integration has tremendous benefits, but it can be surprisingly hard to put into practice.

This week, Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, writes an interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about higher-ed policy and the people who might most fruitfully be invited to the table when it is discussed. In particular, he reflects upon the complexity around how space is allocated at universities and to whom, arguing that philosophers would be well-equipped...

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Coming Out: Re-engaging the Radical

Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University
Guest Contributor This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Today (October 11th) is National Coming Out Day. First celebrated in 1988 to mark the one-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day has grown into a major human rights campaign for lesbian, gay, and lately, transgender equality. The nation referred to is the...

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Will history repeat itself? For the sake of food security, let’s hope not

Alison Hebbs, Director, Policy and Communications
Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social sciences

Drawing from history, economics and political science and speaking with an infectious style, Dr Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security at the University of Guelph captivated audiences all over Ottawa with his assessment of the current global food crisis. And, by all over Ottawa, we mean just that. In less than 24 hours, Dr Fraser gave generously of his time and expertise to students and the general public at the Lieutenant’s Pump, to officials, senior civil servants and heads of NGOs and NPOs on Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning (early) and to City of Ottawa representatives also on Wednesday morning (later).

And just what was the impression he left on these audiences?

That history—the dust bowl era, previous...

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Wangari Maathai – living the life of an engaged scholar (1940-2011)

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, CFHSS I first met Dr. Maathai face to face in September 2009 for a working breakfast in New York. Later that day, she was scheduled to address the UN General Assembly summit on climate change as the lone voice from civil society. The problem was that her speech (developed with the help of several umbrella NGOs and some UN officials) was an incoherent mess that attempted to please everyone. She knew it and I knew it and this last minute breakfast was our only chance to fix it. Nonetheless, she was smiling and laughing (and, unknown to me, already fighting her cancer). In the course of a couple of hours of mad but fun re-drafting, her unique voice re-emerged in the speech. These were the only sections that received spontaneous applause later that day. I worked again with Dr. Maathai when she attended the Copenhagen climate conference – she brought rare hope and can-do optimism to an international conference laden with...

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The 2011 Vanier scholarships highlight excellence in Canadian research and graduate studies

Canadian Federation for the humanities and social sciences

As the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program enters its third year, we are pleased to congratulate the latest round of Vanier scholars.

The Vanier Scholarship Program provides funding to exceptional graduate students from Canada and around the world who choose to pursue doctoral studies in Canada. It provides valuable support to Canada’s research community, highlighting outstanding contributions to our understanding of complex global issues and bolstering Canada’s reputation as a world-class education centre for graduate students and researchers.

“On this exceptional roster of emerging scholars are some of the best and brightest from around the world” said Graham Carr, President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “Supporting this next cohort of researchers is critical to ensuring that we have the talent to foster creativity, deepen knowledge,...

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Les bourses Vanier 2011 soulignent l’excellence dans la recherche et les études aux cycles supérieures

Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines

Alors que le prestigieux programme de bourses d’études supérieures du Canada Vanier entame sa troisième année, nous tenons à féliciter la dernière cuvée des boursiers Vanier.

Le programme de bourses Vanier fournit des bourses à d’exceptionnels étudiants des cycles supérieurs, d’ici et d’ailleurs, qui choisissent le Canada pour compléter leur doctorat. Il fournit un soutien important au milieu de la recherche canadien, en soulignant des apports considérables à notre compréhension d’enjeux mondiaux complexes, et en entretenant la réputation du Canada comme environnement de calibre international pour les étudiants des cycles supérieurs et des chercheurs.

« On trouve dans cette liste d’universitaires de la relève quelques-uns des meilleurs et des plus brillants de par le monde », souligne Graham Carr, président de la Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines. Soutenir cette nouvelle cohorte de chercheurs est...

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(Some of) What I learned at Worldviews

Ryan Saxby Hill
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Our good friends at the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations organized a great series of discussions at the first annual Worldviews Conference on the Media and Higher Education. There were some great conversations about how the media and higher education interact, and how perhaps we could do more to improve that relationship. There was far too much going on over the three days for a one-post blog summary, but here are a few links and things that I found particularly interesting.

There is a (somewhat) vibrant specialist media concerned with higher education – Although it’s less likely that your city’s daily paper has a higher education reporter these days (or a beat reporter for anything for that matter), there is a niche media that covers topics of...

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Live from Worldviews in Toronto

I am attending the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education in Toronto this week and the team here is running a live blog from the event. If you are interesting in following along with the proceedings, I've embedded the live blog here. Fedcan isn't moderating this blog, so it goes without saying that the content here is the opinion of the author and not necessarily the opinion of the Federation. For more on Worldviews, visit the conference website here. I'll also have posts here on some of the highlights over the next few days.

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Just in time for the end of the world - it's the Big Thinking Podcast Apocalypse Now! edition

If you're sitting around waiting for the end of days this weekend, you might like to have a listen the Big Thinking podcast. We have interviewed Lorenzo DiTommaso from Concordia University to get his take on Apocalypism. Basically, Lorenzo looks at all the ways that the world might end and what that means for our culture. Have a listen!


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Congrats to the 2011 Trudeau Scholarship winners

Some of our community's best and brightest were recognized today by Trudeau Foundation. Fourteen scholars in the humanities and social sciences will receive a total of $2.5 M in research funding. Tackling issues from social media to religious tolerance, these scholars will have a generous new set of resources available to them to help them complete their important work. In the press release from the Foundation, P.G Forest said "The Trudeau Foundation rewards excellence and provides young researchers with the best conditions to ground their work in the real world." We can't agree more with the importance of this type of funding and thank the Trudeau Foundation for their continued support for our community.

The full list of scholarship winners is available online here.

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