September 2020
Big Thinking is back!  Our first Big Thinking event of the 2020/2021 season, presented in partnership with CIFAR, will feature political philosopher Will Kymlicka with response by Yasmeen Abu-Laban. The lecture is entitled Perceptions of humanity and of membership: Two challenges of inclusion and exclusion in Canada and will take place online on October 6 starting at 12:30 pm ET. Read more and register now!
Launch of the Congress Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID): As announced on July 30, this committee of experts, chaired by Dr. Malinda S. Smith, will help the Federation identify and address barriers to equitable, diversely and inclusive participation in Congress and other events. Read more.
Launch of the Task Force on Congress Contingency Planning: Also announced on July 30, the Task Force will provide recommendations to the Federation following an assessment of risks for Congress 2021 and future Congresses. The Task Force has since met four times and one clear outcome from the preliminary discussions is that we need to plan in advance for a Congress during which people can participate virtually. Read the update.
Submit a nominee for the Governor General Innovation awards! The Federation is a nominating partner for the 2021 Governor General Innovation awards. The objectives of the awards are to celebrate excellence in innovation across all sectors of Canadian society and inspire Canadians, particularly Canadian youth, to be entrepreneurial innovators. Deadline to submit your nomination: September 25. Fill out the recommendation form.
Planning Congress from home:
The Congress 2021 Planning Meeting is taking place virtually this year, on September 22 and 24. Are you a PC or LAC, helping us plan Congress from the comfort of your home? Send us a selfie from your home workspace (pets welcome) along with a short bio and we will feature you on our social channels! And don't forget to check out the new Congress 2021 website.
Apply for Congress 2021 funding: Are you interested in organizing an interdisciplinary session or bringing in an international keynote speaker to your scholarly association's conference at Congress 2021? There are funds for that, and applications open on September 28! Read more.
U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health launches Institute for Pandemics: The new institute will help the world prepare better, fight smarter, and recover faster from crises caused by communicable diseases. Read more.
Professor Santa J. Ono reappointed as president and vice-chancellor of UBC: Professor Ono has been appointed to a second five-year term as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia, the university announced recently. Read more. 
UBCO researcher looks at food security during COVID-19Joanne Taylor is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the department of economics, philosophy, and political science at UBC's Okanagan campus. Read more.
UQAM School of languages receives donation of more than 800 Spanish-language books: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ecuadorian Consulate General in Montréal had to close its doors permanently, but they decided to donate their library of more than 800 literature, history and sociology books in Spanish to UQAM. Read more (in French only).
SSHRC announces the 2019-20 Insight Development Grants recipients: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded over $32 million to more than 1,045 researchers from 69 Canadian institutions, resulting from the 2019-20 Insight Development Grants competition. Read more.
Canada Council Molson award competition for 2021: The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons - one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. Deadline: November 1. Read more.
'How to live in a pandemic' is the type of university class we need during COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that health is a deeply interdisciplinary issue, demanding expert responses from a cross-section of fields: the arts, public health, social work and K-12 education among them. Read more.
Corporate diversity targets could help dismantle systemic racism: Most Canadians would object to being labelled racist. Yet Canadian society continues to suffer from institutional racism that some rarely acknowledge. Read more.
'When did aging become a problem?' Why this 82-year-old took up the fight against ageism: A new CBC documentary follows Olive Bryanton through her PhD studies, in which she is researching 10 women over the age of 85 who live in rural areas of the province - "pioneers in aging" as she calls them, since they're living past Canada's life expectancy. Read more.
Chrystia Freeland and the merit myth that won't go away: Chrystia Freeland made history by becoming Canada's first woman finance minister. The next day, she experienced what many high-achieving women do: her qualifications for the job were immediately challenged. Read more.
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