Countdown to Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

By Dale Johnson Posted: January 29, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Traditional dance by Teddy Bison (left) and Dezi Tootoosis was part of the event to kick off the countdown to Congress 2018.
Traditional dance by Teddy Bison (left) and Dezi Tootoosis was part of the event to kick off the countdown to Congress 2018. Photo: U of R Photography.

A full house of students, faculty, staff, and community partners began the official countdown to Congress 2018 this morning. The crowd of close to 200 was treated to a sneak peek of the diverse programming and events that will make up Congress 2018 May 26 - June 1.

Planning for Congress began in 2014 and it's been quite the journey ever since.

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U of R President Vianne Timmons is looking for 500 volunteers to help make Congress 2018 a huge success.

"We knew we were the underdog going into the bid for Congress 2018. Without support from across our city and province, we would not be counting down the days to the start of Congress 2018 here on our campus," Vianne Timmons, U of R President and Vice-Chancellor, said at the Campus Countdown to Congress 2018 event.

"Our next challenge is to raise 500 volunteers to ensure our guests receive with the warmest of prairie welcomes. Am I worried? Not at all! This is Regina - the heart of western Canada - and we always pull together as a community. From this moment, with just 116 days to Congress 2018, it is truly GAME ON!"

Guests found out about Congress 2018 programming, including events that will be free and open to the community, such as Queering the Queen City audio walking tour, a creative writing exhibition, a tour of community-based research projects, and more.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 87th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase our campus and the life-changing work that goes on here,” said Congress 2018 Academic Convenor Dr. André Magnan.

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Mayor Michael Fourgere says Congress 2018 will mean an estimated $8 million in economic activity coming to Regina.

The theme, Gathering diversities, reflects the fact that we are all, together, treaty people. Researchers, policy makers, and graduate students will be attending.  Sixty-eight scholarly associations will hold their annual conference during Congress. Many U of R scholars and researchers will be attending and presenting. Congress will also features Canada’s largest academic expo and career corner.

In addition, U of R alumnus and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be a guest, and legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie – a recipient of an honorary degree from the U of R – will perform a special concert as part of Congress 2018.

“Congress 2018 is an incredible opportunity to showcase our growing and vibrant city to people from all over the country. The biggest convention in the city’s history, it also represents an estimated $8 million in economic activity coming to Regina,” said Mayor Michael Fougere, who was a guest speaker at the campus kickoff event.