Hear an Oxford historian’s thoughts on war, take a Queer tour of the Queen City, and listen in on a Dirt Road Confessional - Congress 2018: May 27 highlights

Media Advisory Release Date: May 26, 2018 2:30 p.m.

On Sunday, May 27, as part of Congress 2018’s free public Big Thinking lecture series at the University of Regina, historian and author Margaret MacMillan will deliver a lecture on war and its impact on society. And that’s not all! Sunday’s free public event highlights include:

●    Queering the Queen City: An audio walking tour:  Take an audio walking tour of queer history and contemporary issues in downtown Regina. You’ll learn about the city's pride parade, the role of gay bars, gender policing at barbershops, and more. This tour can be taken anytime. Download the izi.TRAVEL app onto your smartphone (available in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play), open the app, search for Queering the Queen City, put on headphones and press play.

May 27-June 1

●    Talkin' about school and society: How do we support gender and sexually diverse kids in a homophobic world? This informal discussion series features knowledgeable presenters and audience participation. This session explores Gay Straight Alliances in view of recent policy shifts, laws and attitudes across school systems.

May 27, Research Innovation - RI 101.6 Atrium, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

●    Thinking About War: Join Margaret MacMillan, Big Thinking lecturer, as she analyzes the tangled history of war and society and our complicated feelings towards it and towards those who fight. MacMillan is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and former Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History at the University of Oxford.

May 27, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    Jeffery Straker: The acclaimed Saskatchewan singer-songwriter-pianist will perform a solo concert from his Dirt Road Confessional project. Jeffery Straker has recorded for CBC Radio’s ‘Canada Live,’ had a music video in the top 10 nationwide, and has toured internationally playing as far away as Mexico, Chile, and Peru.

May 27 & 30, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes 5,000 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. Check out Congress 2018 social media: Twitter, and Facebook.

For interview requests:

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Nicola Katz

Manager of Communications


Cell: 613-282-3489

University of Regina

Dale Johnson

Communications Strategist


Cell: 306-531-5995

About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 87th year, Congress brings together academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. Congress 2018 is hosted by the University of Regina. For more information, visit www.congress2018.ca.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina is constantly pushing the bounds of knowledge and pioneering new ways of thinking about the world. It’s no surprise that the University is ranked in the Top 200 by Times Higher Education in the Best Young Universities category. At the heart of its success is the institution’s commitment to growing diversity. Since 2009, it has increased its international student population by 122 percent and its Indigenous student population by 84 percent. The University of Regina is home to the country’s highest percentage of graduate students from outside Canada, and has received the top ranking in Canada for its number of international research collaborations. For more information about the University of Regina, visit www.uregina.ca.



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