Congress 2018 has two Big Thinking lectures on Thursday, on academic responsibility and women’s leadership

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 30, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Françoise Baylis, member of the Order of Canada and renowned bioethicist, will argue that academics have a fundamental responsibility to share their knowledge, at a lecture on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the University Theatre in the Riddell Centre.
Françoise Baylis, member of the Order of Canada and renowned bioethicist, will argue that academics have a fundamental responsibility to share their knowledge, at a lecture on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the University Theatre in the Riddell Centre. Photo courtesy of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Two guest speakers will deliver lectures in the Big Thinking series at Congress on Thursday. Françoise Baylis, member of the Order of Canada and renowned bioethicist, will argue that academics have a fundamental responsibility to share their knowledge, and Alaa Murabit, M.D., will focus on emerging security issues and on women’s local leadership that drives sustainable change. Congress 2018, Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers, continues at the University of Regina until June 1.

Thursday’s free public event highlights include:

●    Prairie Beginnings: Newcomer Settlement Program: This panel discussion will demonstrate the diverse ways in which international crisis situations impact the lives of local communities. The event will explore the community’s response to the sudden arrival of large numbers of Syrian refugee families, and the key issues they continue to face.

May 31, Research Innovation RI 101.6 Atrium, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

●    Colonialism Skateboards: Michael Langan, an Indigenous artist from Cote First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory, combines skateboard art with a history lesson on Indigenous culture and colonialism in Canada. His innovative approach is leading a conversation about how Canadians, especially youth, can move forward together through reconciliation.

May 31, Administration Humanities AH 527, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

●    The Responsibilities of Scholars in Public Debate: Françoise Baylis is an internationally renowned bioethics expert who believes that all academics are fundamentally public servants with a duty to share their knowledge. She will discuss this thesis with insight from her academic and advocacy work, which focuses on reproductive health and genetic technologies. This is part of the week-long Big Thinking lecture series.

May 31, Riddell Centre – University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura: This dynamic youth orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, plays on instruments made entirely of recycled materials. By telling their story and sharing their music around the world, they have raised awareness about environmental issues, poverty, and the power of music to change lives.

May 31, Administration Humanites Pit – AH 122, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

●    Leadership and Sustainable Peacebuilding:  Alaa Murabit, M.D., will focus on emerging security issues and on women’s local leadership that drives sustainable change. She will reflect on how strengthening the participation of women in peace and political processes has yielded results in her and other local and international activists’ work organizing for change. This is part of the week-long Big Thinking lecture series.

May 31, Riddell Centre – University Theatre, room 170, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes more than 5,150 academics with 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.