April 2017
Naylor report on fundamental science released
A landmark report on the state of federally supported research was released on April 10, authored by an advisory panel chaired by David Naylor. The report is a detailed and compelling assessment of the Canadian research system that includes unprecedented attention to the important contributions of the humanities and social sciences. The Federation will be releasing a detailed analysis of the report and its implications for the HSS community in the coming days. See our consultation submission and our April 10 media release . Stay tuned for more detailed analysis for members coming soon.
Federation news & events
Reconciliation programming at Congress 
Congress features an array of high-profile events on reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.  To see highlights of Federation, Ryerson University and member programming on this theme, visit the calendar of events and choose 'Reconciliation event' in the 'Series' drop-down menu. 
Don't wait to book your accommodations! Cut off dates for special Congress rates expire April 28. Toronto prices are rising and our room blocks are nearly sold out. Don't be disappointed... Book today. 
Canada Prizes announced
The Federation announced two winners of the 2017 Canada Prizes  for excellence in scholarly books. Congratulations! "Both of this year's winning authors examine difficult times in our history - one examining the extreme discord around litigation of Indigenous rights and treaty claims in this country, the other looking at bravery behind the written works of Lower Canadian "Patriotes" in the turbulent 1830-40s," said Federation President Stephen Toope.
Budget 2017 analysis

Federal Budget 2017 includes important announcements on innovation, skill development, access to education and research. To learn more about the Budget 2017 announcements that matter most to the humanities and social science community, check out the Federation's official response , a blog that summarizes key developments and a detailed briefing note
Is Canada exceptional?

On March 21, Keith Banting, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, gave his Big Thinking lecture "Immigration, multiculturalism and populist backlash: Is Canada exceptional?" before a large audience in the Parliamentary restaurant. See photos and video here .

Big Thinking with Stephen Toope
Join us on May 2 for our final spring Big Thinking lecture, "Canada: A 'nice hat for America?" featuring Stephen Toope, President of the Federation and Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. More  details and online registration are available here .   

Board election results

The electoral process for the Federation's Board of Directors concluded on March 15 with the results ratified by the Board of Directors at their meeting on March 24-25. A sincere thank you to all those who nominated and voted, and to those who put themselves forward in the electoral process. See our media release here .
Digging into Data

The Federation congratulates the winners of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Digging into Data Challenge that includes diverse projects representing many of the areas in which humanities and social science researchers are harnessing the power of big data. See the Federation media statement here .
Talking about impacts
 in HSS

How do scholars in the humanities and social sciences talk about the impacts of their work? What unique challenges and opportunities do they face? Guest blogger Tim Kenyon, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, shares insights from a recent event hosted by the University of Manitoba's Institute for the Humanities. 
Bookmark it! blog

Each month our Bookmark it! blog series profiles books that are significant to Canadian culture, society and research. Read the latest, on  Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow by Brian D. McInnes on the stories of Francis Pegahmagabow, a member of the Ojibwe nation who became the most decorated Canadian Indigenous soldier.
Member news
AGM: Attention members 
All Federation members or their General Assembly representatives are invited to participate in the Federation's 2017 Annual General Meeting , which will take place at Congress 2017 on Sunday, May 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Ryerson University. Stay tuned for information to come soon. 
Canada 150: Survey uncovers gaps
The University of Toronto and York University researchers surveyed historians and political scientists about how the 1867 Confederation is studied in Canada. The 500 survey responses from university faculty members revealed important gaps. See the key findings
Highlights from the HSS community
Senators speaking to Students
The Senate has a new outreach program that may be of interest to faculty. Senators can be booked to give students a first-hand account of what the Senate does and how its evolution is reshaping Parliament. Interested? Give it a sober second thought. Email kate.mccarthy@sen.parl.gc.ca to start planning for the fall.
Norwegian funding
The International partnerships for excellent education, research and innovation (INTPART) announced a funding opportunity for international partnerships under the Research Council of Norway (RCN). Submit your proposal by May 24, 2017 for the opportunity to develop world-class research and education in Norway through long-term international cooperation. Full application details available here.
Érudit : Call for applications

Érudit is launching a call for applications for scholarly journals wishing to be distributed on its platform as of January 2018. The journal must send its application before April 28, 2017. More detail on selection criteria and preparing an application here

C2U Expo Jam: May 1-2

The 2017 C2U Expo Community Jam, hosted by Simon Fraser University on May 1-2, is seeking delegates to help explore how innovative partnership between communities and campuses can create smart and caring communities. To register or to learn more about the event, visit C2U Expo Community Jam. C2UExpo 2019 hosting info here.
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