How academics can advance reconcilation, the role of women in peacebuilding, and challenges facing democracies - Congress 2018: May 30 highlights

Media Advisory Release Date: May 29, 2018 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Alaa Murabit, a UN Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and High-Level Commissioner, will speak tomorrow on the role of women in the peace process, 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

●    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 30, Riddell Centre – University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    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:, 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

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 gr aduate 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

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


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