November 2017
Standing Committee on Finance presentation
Federation Executive Director Gabriel Miller presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in St. John's, Newfoundland on October 16. Miller spoke to the value and contributions of the humanities and social sciences and advocated that HSS research receive an equal share of new injections alongside the physical and health sciences, to better balance Canada's overall research portfolio. Read his presentation, and see our pre-budget submission and messaging here.
Federation news & events
Webinar for members 

Assessing Impacts
The Federation's recent webinar for members, " Assessing impacts in the HSS ," discussed how scholars in the humanities and social sciences are approaching the challenge of measuring the impact of their work. See the slide presentation or watch the full video

Effective use of social media for associations
Registration is now open for our next webinar, "Effective use of social media for associations" on December 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET.  The session will feature Nicola Katz, Communications Manager, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Michel Duquet, Executive Director, Canadian Historical Association. 
See you in Regina
The Federation can't wait to #SeeYouInRegina at its 87th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Are you a student and are planning to present at Congress? Did you know Regina has a new Graduate Student Travel Award program?  There are three award categories and applications beginning in January. See the criteria and submission process here.  
ED op-ed on post-truth
Read Executive Director Gabriel Miller's thoughts on how Canada needs to confront the causes of a post-truth world in his Canadian Science Policy Centre op-ed . Discussing the future of higher education and research in a post-truth world, Miller indicates that " scholars in the humanities and social sciences, who create knowledge about the way human systems function, and the way that different people think, behave and interact, will have an essential role to play."

Big Thinking  
on the Hill  
 - Nov 21

Registration is open for the November 21 Big Thinking   on the Hill lecture on "The promise of reconciliation: Will this time be different?" by Katherine Graham,  School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University and David Newhouse, Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies, Trent University.  Join us on the Hill !

Big Thinking
on the road - Nov 25

On November 25,  Blair Stonechild, Professor of Indigenous Studies at First Nations University of Canada, will speak to " The importance of Indigenous knowledge and spirituality for the future of academia" at the Royal Society of Canada's 2017 Celebration of Excellence. This event is full, but the video will be posted shortly thereafter. 

Big Thinking  
on post-truth 
- Nov 2
On November 2, the Federation organized a Big Thinking  panel discussion at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, featuring Lisa Kimmel President and CEO, Edelman Canada, Mark Kingwell, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Rima Wilkes, President, Canadian Sociological Association and moderated by Federation ED Gabriel Miller. A video of the event " Expertise in a post-truth era: How to be a trusted advisor in a low-trust world  " will be available November 9. 

Big Thinking  
on the Hill - Oct 24
Patrick Turmel , Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Director of the social and economic ethics section of Université Laval's Applied Ethics Institute spoke to parliamentarians on October 24 on the topic of "Economic inequality: Should Canada bring back inheritance taxes." Click here to see the video and photo album
Bookmark it! Blog
Each month our Bookmark it! blog series profiles books that are significant to Canadian culture, society and research. Read the latest, On the Side of the Angels by Andrew S. Thompson, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, in which discusses Canada's contributions to the development of international human rights law. 
Member news
Bishop's offering experiential theatre 
Bishop's University offers its students a one-week experiential theatre course. Professor Jessica Riddell says that the Shakesperience Summer Institute theatre course immerses students in the full experience of theatre, combining the best parts of the page and the stage. Read the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English's (ACCUTE) blog for more information about this course. 
Canadian professor a leader in mental health
Congratulations to Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina, on being named one of 150 leading Canadians for mental health. Dr. Hadjistavropoulos founded the Online Therapy Unit at the University of Regina, helping many who might not otherwise have access to psychotherapy, such as those living in remote and rural locations. Read the full story here.
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Congress 2018 blog
Calling all Congress exhibitors, associations and institutional members! Do you have an event, paper or research that is well suited for a blog? If you want to be featured in the Congress 2018 blog, email Kayla MacIntosh at for submission details.

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