April 2019
Considering Congress 2019?
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It's time to firm up your plans! Check out amazing programming The University of British Columbia has in store this year - six different series, including exhibitions, performances, workshops, Indigenous programs. Congress 2019 will foster and encourage "Circles of Conversation" among scholars, educators, students, political leaders, activists, and the public at large so that people can speak with one another, listen and learn together. Join us.
Already registered? Book your stay! 
Don't wait to book your Congress accommodations. Cut-off dates for  special Congress rates   expire as early as May 1 for some hotels and residences. Vancouver hotel prices will rise after the cut off date and some of our hotel partners are already sold out for certain nights. Don't be disappointed... Book today! 
Big Thinking focus on the arts   
This year's Big Thinking lineup at Congress will feature the arts as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Brought to you by the Federation and UBC, 2019 speakers include Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan, Simon Brault of the Canada Council for the Arts, filmmakers David Suzuki and Ian Mauro, visual artist Stan Douglas, as well as a dynamic panel on Indigenous theatre. Click here to add these sessions to your June calendar .
Canada Prizes winners announced
Congratulations are in order for Allan Downey, Denys Delâge
and Jean-Philippe Warren, winners of the 2019 Canada Prizes and recipients of two prizes valued at $10,000 each. "It is striking that both books this year are focused on Indigenous identity and reconciliation. It is a testimony to the growing space that these complex themes are taking and to the contributions that humanities and social sciences scholars make to our understanding of them," said Guy Laforest, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Knowledge dissemination in a digital age 
Big Thinking - Public policy and knowledge dissemination in the digital age
Scholarly publications are at the core of the research process. They allow for the dissemination of knowledge and contribute to the visibility of researchers, but how is digital technology changing the knowledge ecosystem? See our March 21 Big Thinking video featuring Vincent Larivière, Associate Professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal, speaking about Public policy and knowledge dissemination in the digital age .
New EDI blog : #BlackProfessorsMatter
Read our new guest blog, #BlackProfessorsMatter: Intellectual survival and public love, about experiences of African Black Canadian scholars in the Canadian academy, by Wesley Crichlow, Associate Dean of Equity and Diversity at Ontario Tech University and Federation Board Director of Equity and Diversity. This blog is part of the Federation's Equity Matters series, an important platform for teaching and scholarly debate on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues in Canada.
Budget 2019 & what it means
On March 19, the Federation applauded the federal government's Budget 2019 commitment to increase learning opportunities for Canadians in a complex and rapidly changing world. "This budget announcement makes skill development a priority and opens up new opportunities for persons studying in the humanities and social sciences," said Federation President Guy Laforest. See our media release and briefing note for members .
Members' Corner 
Annual Meeting goes virtual
The Federation's  2019 Annual Meeting will take place on May 15 at 2-3 pm ET, and for the first time ever, this meeting will be entirely virtual. The Federation is sharing participation details with Presidents of member associations and member institutions by email. Stay tuned for announcements after the Annual Meeting about election results and new members welcomed to the Federation.
Concordia announces Indigenous Directions plan
Concordia announced the launch of a 39-point Indigenous Directions action plan, called Concordia's Path Towards Decolonizing and Indigenizing the University . "It is envisioned as a guide and tool to enable all Concordians to embrace meaningful reconciliation with confidence," said  Graham Carr , Concordia's Provost and VP, Academic.
Ryerson launches unique training program
Ryerson's Faculty of Arts has launched the Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson. Running over 3 weekends this spring, former parliamentarians, scholars and political journalists will share their industry expertise with participants - from learning the process of passing a law to participating in a simulated parliamentary session. Learn more and register here.
Upcoming events
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