November 2016
The Federation is pleased to provide livestreaming for those of you who are not attending today's People, Place and Possibility event! Connect to the livestream to watch our plenary sessions, Big Thinking lecture, Innovation workshop and more! You can also tune in to our Impacts workshop with the Federation's Facebook live video. Photos and videos of the conference events will be posted online in the coming days. #HSSCONF16
Federation news & events
Thoughts on STEAM from the Federation's Interim Executive Director
The Federation's Interim Executive Director, Christine Tausig Ford expresses her passion for the humanities and social sciences in a guest blog Full STEAM, ahead!. Discussing the importance of a liberal arts education and soft skills, Tausig Ford speaks to how Canada and its universities are seen as leaders in delivering innovative undergraduate programs.
Big Thinking on the Hill -       Oct 25

Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at the University of British Columbia spoke to Parliamentarians about "The 2016 US Election: How did it come to this, and where is it going?" Click here to see this video, photo album and timely op-ed in The Hill Times, "Donald Trump versus the party system."
Big Thinking on the road - Nov 19

Catherine Middleton, Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies will deliver a sold out Big Thinking lecture at the RSC Annual General Meeting, challenging assumptions about digital literacy in Canada and how to advance digital inclusion for all.
Big Thinking on the Hill -
Nov 29

Registration is open for the November 29 Big Thinking on the Hill lecture "Do we need to rethink sexual assault law?" by Elaine Craig, Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University and Carissima Mathen, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. Register now!
Big Thinking on the Road - Dec 1

Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in Democracy and Education, University of Ottawa, will deliver a lecture entitled "Building skills for citizenship: Educating our children for the common good" at the Conference Board of Canada's 4th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit. Westheimer's work is also featured in the Smart Ideas for a better tomorrow initiative and in a recent University Affairs story.
Chance to contribute to culture review

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly recently launched a national consultation called "Canadian Content in a Digital World." HSS scholars have an important role in producing, preserving and interpreting Canadian cultural products, and we encourage members to take part in the consultations, which close November 25. The Federation will be making a submission and we welcome member input.



RCAP 20th Anniversary

The Federation attended the 'Sharing the Land Sharing a Future' Forum in Winnipeg, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report. During the event, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launched a new digitization initiative including scholarly studies, written submissions, oral transcripts, photographs, audio and video recordings. Read more about this initiative in LAC's guest blog post.
#SmartIdeas featured in UA

#SmartIdeas researcher Yoko Yoshida was interviewed by University Affairs magazine about her research on immigration and multiculturalism. Also see University Affairs interviews with #SmartIdeas researchers, Joel Westheimer, Jo-ann Archibald and Louis Raymond to find out more about how the Smart Ideas initiative helps articulate the value and role of HSS.



Federal science review

In September, the Federation completed its submission to the federal Fundamental Science Review process, and while the Panel is expected to report its recommendation in January, we hope to count on continued member participation in defining our sector's engagement. The Federation's November 9 Annual Conference has a special session on why the federal science review is an opportunity to strengthen Canadian research.
Member news
CASWE-ACFTS Action Plan
The Canadian Association for Social Work Education has published their 2016-2017 Action Plan. This action plan includes the marking of the first year anniversary of the Call of Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. See more information here.
CPA Biennial Book Prize
The Canadian Philosophical Association will be awarding up to three prizes for the best books in philosophy published by members of the association, following the October 31 submission deadline. See more information here.
Dalhousie Professor a Senator
Congratulations to Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, Professor at Dalhousie's School of Social Work, who has been appointed to the Senate of Canada. Dr. Bernard says her academic work in the areas of anti-oppression and diversity will inform her approach as Senator. See more information here.
Federations webinar on membership recruitment
The Federation will be hosting its first webinar on membership issues in January 2017 focused on sharing best practices for associations regarding membership recruitment and retention. Sherry Fox from the Canadian Sociological Association will be sharing her association's membership strategies with the community and answering your questions during a Q&A. More details to follow in next month's Communiqué.
Highlights from the HSS community
Future of the PhD

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is looking for input from the scholarly community on the future of the PhD. CAGS recently launched a consultation exercise focused on the future of the doctoral dissertation. To contribute, see their consultation guide here.
Scholarly impacts "Beyond Citations"
The Conference Board of Canada recently published Beyond Citations, a free report that looks at knowledge mobilization, the assessment of research impacts and the future of scholarly work. The report features an analysis of the ambitious ResearchImpact network, which is doing important work in these areas.
Federation History Quiz
The Federation's 75th anniversary history quiz initiative is now over. Many participated, put their knowledge to the test, learned more about the Federation's history, and winners each received a special prize. The Federation hopes you have enjoyed the history quiz and thanks all who participated! See the interactive digital timeline to view highlights of our first 75 years, and visit the rest of the site to see how to engage with us now and into the future.
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is a national, member-based organization of universities and scholarly associations that promotes the value of research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. 
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