Kel Morin-Parsons, Manager of ASPP One of the many wonderful things about Congress is the awarding of a number of book prizes. With such a critical mass of scholars present, what better place to recognise scholarly accomplishment? The University of Toronto Press blogs here about a number of its authors who won or received honourable mentions for prizes at Congress 2010. I’m pleased to say that virtually all of the titles mentioned were supported by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). Candida Rifkind, Sheryl Hamilton, Beatrice Craig (a double winner), Becki Ross, Royden Loewen and Gerald Friesen, Kristen Good, Eric Mills, Bryan Palmer and Lara Campbell all received ASPP grants in...
The team here at the Federation was gushing a bit with pride this week when the Ottawa Citizen listed our Big Thinking lecture series as one of the top five places for MP-spotting in the capital. We're in pretty good company with Hy's Steakhouse, D'Arcy McGee's pub and Mamma Teresa Ristorante. Perhaps if we could find a way to combine New York Strip steak, pints of Guinness, fresh pasta and an engaging lecture on social sciences and humanities research we'd have a truly un-stoppable formula.
Cressida Heyes, University of Alberta
On May 17, Industry Minister Tony Clement announced the appointment of 19 Canada Excellence Research Chairs to Canadian universities. This new program aims to recruit the elite of the international research elite in those areas the federal government thinks are important to our “economic growth” and “future prosperity.” These areas are, predictably, environmental sciences and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and...
Felix Fraser, Athabasca University
In 1988 I created and chaired a national forum on Multiculturalism in Broadcasting. Held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel, the opening keynote address was given by the Hon. Lincoln Alexander, then Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. All of the major broadcasters, both radio and television, were invited to discuss the lack of presence of Aboriginal people and racialized minorities both before and behind the cameras and microphones. Lincoln...
Carol Schick, University of Regina
How do you teach anti-oppressive education? In this blog I want to share my experiences teaching in the justice-oriented Summer Institute. I want to elaborate on the processes and rationale of the project, and discuss some of the difficulties and ongoing weaknesses, with the aim of contributing to a broader discussion about the opportunities and challenges of teaching equity matters in the academy.
In my experience, the Institute is a dynamic time for exploring the tenets of...