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News from the social sciences and humanities: Free classes, childcare and a video contest

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Waterloo will be offering a free humanities credit course to low-income individuals as part of a pilot program starting in spring 2013. The course will be offered to 25 people who qualify. The University of Victoria is pursuing a similar goal with its University 101 program, a free three-month humanities course for people living in poverty. Aside from offering education opportunities to people living in poverty, the courses allow those individuals to form supportive relationships with others in their position.

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Einstein, international education and the federal budget

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

 

The Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy released its report this week, calling for Canada to double the number of international students and for 50,000 Canadian students to be sent to study abroad. CFHSS’s submission to the panel is available here and our reaction to the report is available here.

CFHSS also posted its 2013 Pre-budget submission to the federal government...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: International education, global health and mini-courses

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In a paper published yesterday by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia, argues that Canada must do more to position itself as a leading education destination for Asian students and encourage Canadian students to pursue research and education opportunities in Asia. In particular, he suggests the creating of high-profile scholarships for international students and an expantion of the Vanier...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Philosophy, knowledge economy and Indigenous education

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschic wrote about the reasons behind a proposed boycott of philosophy conferences that don’t feature female speakers. While some academics in the philosophy community applaud the proposed boycott, others argue that it’s “unworkable or unfair.”

AUCC President Paul Davidson published an op-ed in this week’s Re$earch Money arguing that the skills humanities and social sciences disciplines develop in students are a crucial part of the knowledge economy. The article quotes CFHSS’s president, Graham Carr, on the skills fostered...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Humanities, political science and graphic novels

 

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Liu, founder of 4Humanities, argues that the humanities are essential for a culture that values discovery, innovation and technological advancement as much as we do. He argues that we need to understand the social, ethical and cultural shifts surrounding advancement in technology and science in order to truly be innovative and responsive to a shifting world.

An editorial published in Nature counters the United...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Census, open access and university graduates

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Vass Bednar and Mark Stabile wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun on the effects that cuts to Statistics Canada will have on policy-making. They argue that making sound policy decisions for the future is impossible without accurate measures of present challenges and national well-being.

The United Kingdom announced that it will make government-funded research completely open access by 2014. The research will be available from anywhere in the world at no charge. While some British...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Death of Evidence, copyright and funding cuts

 

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Tuesday, thousands of scientists descended on Parliament Hill to hold a mock funeral for the death of evidence. They were protesting funding cuts to important research programs, as well as the Harper government’s limitations on the ability of government-funded scientists to speak to the public. You can read our summary of the protest here, as well as Léo Charbonneau’s analysis of the event over at Margin Notes.

Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in...

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No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy: Canada’s science community speaks out

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Around a thousand members of Canada’s science community held a memorial service today for evidence-based decision-making on Parliament Hill.  Supported by the Council of Canadians, the “Death of Evidence” protest, which included a procession through downtown Ottawa and “eulogies” delivered by scientists from across the country, was in response to cuts to important research programs, like the Experimental Lakes Area, the end of the mandatory long-form census, as well as the Harper government’s policy of limiting government-funded researchers’ ability to speak publicly about their research.

Many of the speakers emphasized the importance of scientific research to sound policy-making and...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Mr. Congress, smoking and funding announcements

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

It has been a week of good news for students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Inside Higher Ed reported that arts graduates in the United States are generally employed (only 4% of the graduates surveyed reported being unemployed and looking for work) and satisfied with their education and their career path. The original report is available here.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology,...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: OECD, copyright and comic book heroes

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In its latest Economic Survey of Canada, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) outlined several recommendations for Canada to boost innovation and improve the quality and accessibility of higher education. Margin Notes has a brief summary of the OECD’s recommendations, including reducing financial barriers for low-income students and encouraging differentiation between institutions focusing on teaching and those that engage in research.

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