Hear about higher education in prisons, learn why women are under-represented in politics, and find out about award-winning books - Congress 2018: May 29 highlights

Media Advisory Release Date: May 28, 2018 2:30 p.m.

The Canada Prizes will recognize the best in scholarly books Tuesday evening as Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers continues at the University of Regina until June 1.

Tuesday’s free public event highlights include:

●    Bringing higher education to prison:  The benefits, opportunities, and potential setbacks associated with the delivery of educational programming in prison will be discussed by Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative, Simone Davis, co-founder of Walls to Bridges Canada, and Denise Edwards, a fellow member of the Walls to Bridges collective, and Jason Demers, Sessional Instructor, Department of English, University of Regina.

May 29, Riddell Centre – Shu-Box Theatre, RC 174, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

●    Saskatchewan Medicinal Plants and Languages Traditional Knowledge Residency: Hosted by the First Nations University of Canada, this event features learning circles by First Nations Elders and other traditional knowledge keepers discussing medicinal plants of the southern Saskatchewan Prairie and their traditional uses.

May 29, First Nations University of Canada, FN 2008, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

●    Gender in Canada: Are we really making progress? Women remain under-represented in Canadian politics and public life. Join Antonia Maioni in an interview that will challenge your thinking when looking at how Canada fares when addressing ‘women’s issues’ and why that is the case. This is part of the week-long Big Thinking lecture series. Presented in French, with simultaneous interpretation available.

May 29, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    Canada Prizes 2018: The awards recognize books that make exceptional contributions to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural, and intellectual life of Canada. An elegant reception and awards ceremony will be followed by an armchair conversation with the 2018 winners about their remarkable books.

May 29, Riddell Centre – Multipurpose Room, RC 128.1, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

●    Indigenous Voices Awards Gala: The Indigenous Voices Awards were established in 2017 to support and nurture the work of emerging Indigenous writers in the lands claimed by Canada. This exciting event, hosted by Regina Hip‐Hop Artist Brad Bellegarde (aka InfoRed), will feature appearances by esteemed jurors Kateri Akiwenzie‐Damm, Gregory Scofield, and Richard Van Camp, as well as readings by the winners in a variety of categories.

May 29, O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub, 1947 Scarth Street, 7:00 pm.

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 the website, 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.         


- 30 -