October 2018
A Big Thinking panel will take place, again this year, as part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa on November 7 from 10:30 to noon to discuss " The social implications of emerging technologies: Are the most important questions the least studied? " This panel will feature Jaigris Hodson (Royal Roads University), Eric Meslin (Council of Canadian Academies), Dominic Martin (Université du Québec à Montréal) and the Federation's own Sonia Vani. Register for the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference.
Opportunities to contribute to public policy
There are several great opportunities for humanities and social sciences scholars to contribute to the development of government policy. These ongoing consultations are seeking expert advice:
Big Thinking on the road - 
Nov 14
The Federation, in collaboration with Dalhousie University, presents a Big Thinking event on November 14 entitled " The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence ." This discussion will explore the potential social impacts of AI and the role the humanities and social sciences play in identifying the legal, ethical and policy issues. This panel will feature Ian Kerr (University of Ottawa), Teresa Heffernan (Saint Mary's University), Duncan MacIntosh (Dalhousie University), Fuyuki Kurasawa (York University) and the Federation's own Gabriel Miller
Big Thinking on the Hill - Connecting the Workforce to Climate Change
Carla Lipsig-Mummé , Professor, Work and Labour Studies, York University and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Award winner spoke to parliamentarians on the topic of Canadian labour and its relationship to climate change. Read Mummé's op-ed in The Hill Times and watch her lecture,  "Work in a warming world . "

Bookmark it! blog: 
The Trans Generation
Each month our Bookmark it! blog series profiles books that are significant to Canadian culture, society and research. Read the latest, on  The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution  by Ann Travers, about the lives of trans and gender nonconforming children and their families .
David Sylvester's appointment at University of St. Michael's College
The Federation celebrates David Sylvester, Federation Board member and Director, Institutions, on his recent appointment as the 8th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto.

Governor General's Literary Awards
The Canada Council for the Arts announced the finalists of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards. The Federation extends its congratulations to all 70 finalists and is proud to highlight that of these, three titles were published with the support of the Federation's Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP).
SSHRC Impact Awards
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the five  2018 Impact Award winners , celebrating Canada's top leaders and researchers in the social sciences and humanities. This year's ceremony was at Rideau Hall - with Governor General Julie Payette and Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan attending - and was part of SSHRC's 40th anniversary celebrations.  
CAUT Report: Out of the Shadows
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) recently published its findings from a national survey of contract academic staff. Out of the Shadows: Experiences of Contract Academic Staff documents the working conditions, feelings and life goals of these Post-Secondary Education workers.
Members' Corner 
Greening academic conferences
Federation member Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) has prepared a draft document on greening conferences, springing from their work at Congress 2018. The piece is timely, as the Federation is also reflecting on ways of reducing the environmental impact of our events. Members can read the draft report, reflect on their own approaches to events and submit their best practices for greening academic conferences to ESAC. 
UVic launches the world's first Indigenous law degree
The University of Victoria is excited to have launched the world's first Indigenous law degree . This fall, 26 students entered the degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders. The joint degree program is a direct response to a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to establish Indigenous law institutes for the development, use and understanding of Indigenous law.
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