Wednesday at Congress 2018: How academics can advance reconcilation, and challenges facing democracies

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 29, 2018 3:30 p.m.

 Jennifer Welsh, from Regina, is speaking on May 30 at the University Theatre in the Riddell Centre from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Jennifer Welsh, from Regina, is speaking on May 30 at the University Theatre in the Riddell Centre from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Daniel Kevorkian

Jennifer Welsh of the European University Institute and the University of Oxford will look at the challenges facing liberal democracy, including the U.S. retreat from multilateralism and the impact of these challenges on the “West” as an ideal and as a force within global politics, as Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers continues at the University of Regina until June 1.

Wednesday’s free public event highlights include:

●    The role of scholarly associations in advancing reconciliation: What can be done?  This workshop engages scholarly associations in a conversation on the role that humanities and social sciences can play in advancing reconciliation in post-secondary education and in society more broadly.

May 30, Centre for Kinesiology – CK 122 – Gym 1, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

●    Nation to Nation, City to City: Curating Communities, Gathering DiverS<>Cities:  Recent hires at Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg, and Ontario art galleries have doubled the number of professional Indigenous curators of contemporary art. The critical discourse around Indigenous curation and creative sovereignty is contributing to the decolonization of many institutional spaces, while Indigenous-led curatorial projects, writing, and the pursuit of advanced degrees proliferate.

May 30, Curatorial Roundtable – U of R (Riddell Centre – RC  175), Noon – 1:45 p.m.

May 30, Walking/pimohtewin - University of Regina to MacKenzie Art Gallery (meet outside the Riddell Centre – RC 175) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

May 30, Indigenous Curatorial Talking Circle – MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street, 3:15 – 7:00 p.m.

●    The Decline of the West: Jennifer Welsh of the European University Institute and the University of Oxford will examine the current challenges facing liberal democracy, including the U.S. retreat from multilateralism, and the impact of these challenges on the “West” as an ideal and as a force within global politics.

May 30, Riddell Centre – University Theatre, room 170, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes 5,000 academics from the social sciences and humanities. The “Gathering diversities” theme of the Queen City’s largest-ever conference, celebrates the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for numerous Plains cultures and explores education as a new buffalo.

These are just a few of the free public events taking place during Congress 2018. For more, visit the Congress 2018 website. More information about the Federation and Congress 2018 is available online at: Congress2018.ca, Twitter, and Facebook.