October 2020
Care is on the ballot: Why COVID-19 should push American voters to pay greater attention to the care economy: You may have seen our call for Big Thinking submissions a few months ago. Well, we're excited to officially announce the results of that call! On October 27, we will present a Big Thinking lecture about the American election and the care economy by political scientist Rachel Brickner of Acadia University. Read more and register.
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Rethinking capacity: Preserving the dignity of risk: Disability scholar Elizabeth Mohler shares her experience that people with disabilities often live in fear of having their decision-making ability taken away by paternalistic systems of capacity assessment. The author argues that in order to give people with disabilities the power to maintain agency over their lives, these systems need to incorporate the concept of the dignity of risk. Read more.
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Saying "yes" to women experts: Informed Opinions advances women's expertise during a time of increased inequality: In honour of Equal Pay Day and Gender Equality Week, our Digital Communications Officer, Lily Polowin, had a chat with some of the amazing women at Informed Opinions and Femmes Expertes about how their organization helps women subject matter experts have their voices heard in the media. Read the blog.
Role of the HSS during COVID-19: A big thank you to all who took the time to submit your research stories for this initiative that will demonstrate the vital role that the humanities and social sciences can play in the pandemic response. We'll soon be beginning our digital content series and media campaign, so stay tuned!  
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Impact of the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference with AESIS: The Federation is proud to be partnering with the Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) in the Impact of HSS Conference, taking place this week. Our Vice-Chair (Chair-elect) Mike DeGagné, our Board member Sandra Lapointe, and the chair of our Congress EDID Committee, Malinda S. Smith are participating, and members of our network can get access to a discounted admission rate. There is still today and tomorrow to go! Message us for the discount code.
Thank you for tuning in! We thank our partners, speakers, sponsors and everyone who tuned in to watch our Big Thinking lecture with Will Kymlicka on October 6. We had a record attendance of over 500 viewers, not to mention lively discussions on Twitter. If you missed the talk, watch the video here.
Governor General Innovation Awards: The Federation is a nominating partner for the Governor General's Innovation Awards. We are currently evaluating the recommended candidates submitted to us by our members ahead of the November 20 award deadline. 
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Congress 2021 update: Three weeks ago, we held our first-ever Virtual Planning Meeting. It was heartwarming to experience such positive energy in the virtual room and to hear feedback from across so many disciplines on the work of the Congress Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) and the Task Force on Congress Contingency Planning. Next up, the Federation and the University of Alberta will make an announcement on the format and scope of Congress 2021 by November 1.
It's that time of year: Interested in presenting your research at Congress 2021? Our member associations participating in Congress have or soon will be issuing their Call for Papers. If you work in any of the disciplines represented by our scholarly associations, now is the time to check out their announcements for 2021 Call for Papers. Please keep in mind that presentation formats this year may vary from what's been done in the past. Stay tuned for information on the presentation formats for Congress 2021 to be released by November 1.
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Symposium: Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Access: This November, Carleton University hosts an online symposium for researchers, practitioners, musicians, performers, and activists to come together and discuss the critical role mediation technologies play in the social construction of disability. Read more.
The Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics announced at Mount Allison University: The university's Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program received a significant boost from one of New Brunswick's most accomplished political and business leaders. Read more.
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PostScript online series about accessibility: This series about accessibility, disability and digital publishing goes on throughout the month of October! It is hosted by the not-for-profit Public Access, with programming support from Tangled Art + Disability and York University. Registration is free and open to the public. Read more.
St. F.X. professor named to national digital research council: Dr. Laura Estill, a professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, has been named one of the inaugural members of a new national research council for the National Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO). Read more.
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Eavesdropping on Arthurians: Conversations with scholars about Arthurian Literature: New podcast hosted by Kathy Cawsey, Associate Professor in the department of English at Dalhousie University and past President of the Canadian Society of Medievalists. Read more and listen. 
Will Covid-19 become the 21st century's forgotten pandemic? It is essential that we act now to preserve the way most people are actually experiencing this pandemic daily, and ensure that the voices of the poor, racialized, and least powerful are heard. Read more.
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Université de l'Ontario français formalizes its first four academic programs: October 7 was an important day for the UOF as Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ross Romano, officially signed the documents that formalize the first four bachelor's degree programs at the university. Read more (in French only).
Stop telling students to study STEM instead of humanities for the post-coronavirus world: Does anyone really believe that in the midst of vigorous public debates about what it means to build a just society, the world needs more people without the educational background to understand where their societies came from and how they developed? Read more. 
DemocracyXChange Summit and Festival underway in OctoberDemocracyXChange is the annual summit for Canada's emerging democracy sector to connect, learn and share. This year's event will feature leading Canadian thinkers in their program - policy experts, academics, elected officials and civic leaders. Pay what you can to access both the Summit and Festival. Register now.
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Canadian post-secondary institutions unite to take action on anti-Black racism, Black inclusion: A one-of-its-kind national dialogue focused on taking action to address anti-Black racism and to advance Black inclusion within Canadian post-secondary education is gathering momentum. Read more.
Canada Comeback Challenge open for applications: The Business + Higher Education Roundtable's (BHER) Canada Comeback Challenge is a new program that creates opportunities for students to contribute to Canada's COVID-19 recovery while gaining valuable work-integrated learning (WIL) experience. Read more.
A harm reduction approach to the ethical management of the COVID-19 pandemic: The post-confinement phase of the COVID-19 pandemic will require that governments navigate more complex ethical questions than had occurred in the initial, 'curve-flattening' phase. Read more.
Meeting the instructional challenge of distance education: Findings from research on undergraduate education point to several considerations that might be useful in guiding the design of an effective online education experience. Read more.
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Gender studies scholar recognized nationally for influential research contributions: Dr. Sonja Boon, professor and graduate co-ordinator, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the Ursula Franklin Award in Gender Studies from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Read more.
Pay gap between male and female professors continues to plague Canadian universities: Structural issues are preventing women from reaching the higher ranks, some say. Read more.
Canada is starting to answer the call on UN Sustainable Development Goals: Trudeau's speech to the United Nations was bold in tone and content. He highlighted several of the UN's Global Goals - tackling climate change, inequality and health and women's rights. Read more.
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