September 2019
Back to school 2019: As the rhythms of a new semester begin, the Federation's Communications Coordinator, Lily Polowin, has compiled a summary of the most important conversations about post-secondary education taking place in the media this fall. Stay informed and read our back to school news round-up!
Big Thinking  on the road Sep 18:   The next lecture in the Big Thinking series, presented in partnership with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, will take place on September 18 at the Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. Dr. James Orbinski will present a lecture entitled Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration. To know more, visit  the  event page !
Gear up for Congress 2020 : The wheels are in motion as we prepare for the first planning milestone: the Planning Meeting at Western University on September 25. Meanwhile, the Big Thinking lineup for Congress and plans for open programming are coming together. Stay tuned for more details as we collaborate around this year's theme:  Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism.
Canada Prizes nominations underway : The nomination process for the 2020 Canada Prizes is still open. Visit our  Call for Nominations  to learn more about eligibility. The nomination deadline is September 30, 2019. 
Addressing racial and social injustices: The Federation released a statement about the outcomes of an investigation into a racial profiling incident that occurred at Congress 2019. It outlined the investigator's findings and actions the Federation is committed to take moving forward. The statement was accompanied by an update from Federation President Patrizia Albanese.
NEW: Report on Lord Dalhousie's History on Slavery and Race: For the first time, a Canadian university has examined its historical entanglements with slavery and race, and the results of that examination have just been published. The Lord Dalhousie Panel was formed following meetings between the Dalhousie Black Faculty and Staff Caucus and Dalhousie's 11 th  President, Dr. Richard Florizone. The group identified a need to better understand the history of the university with regard to race and slavery. Their  report has been released this week, and  the university has responded. 
2019 Impact Award winners: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has  announced the five winners  of the 2019 Impact Awards in the categories of Gold Medal Winner, Talent Award, Insight Award, Connection award and Partnership. Each winner will receive a medal and cash prize to recognize their exceptional scholarship.
Agreement signed to create a French university in Ontario: The federal Liberal government has reached a deal with Ontario to work together on establishing a new French-language university in the province. According to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, "This is a major breakthrough for Franco-Ontarians and French-speaking Canadians across the country!" 
New Equity Matters blog post: The latest blog in our  Equity Matters series is a timely and passionate article by UBC Professor Handel Kashope Wright entitled   Positioning Blackness, Awkwardly, Necessarily in the Canadian Academy.  The article is based on a section of a forthcoming book called  The Nuances of Blackness and the Canadian Academy, co-edited by  Awad Ibrahim, Tamari Kittosa, Malinda Smith and Handel Kashope Wright. 
Archival research in the digital age:  In the age of digital archives, historians are in uncharted territory. They used to grapple with the task of constructing knowledge with a scarcity of information but are now faced with the opposite scenario:   digital abundance. This revolution changes both the fundamental questions historians ask themselves as well as the foundation of techniques they will need to employ, according to Ian Milligan, a member of the Canadian Historical Association and Associate Professor at University of Waterloo.   
Bringing a literary voice to incarcerated women: The Walls to Bridges program, based out of   Wilfrid Laurier University , brings together two types of students - incarcerated ones and university-enrolled ones - and has them study together for a term. Using the literary technique of erasure, the prisoners created their own Frankenstein by highlighting only certain words in poetry, thereby creating a new poem that speaks to their own experience as incarcerated bodies.

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