How Syrian refugees adapt to new homes, why academics have a responsibility in public debate, and music from recycled materials - Congress 2018: May 31 highlights

Media Advisory Release Date: May 30, 2018 1:15 p.m.

Two guest speakers will deliver lectures in the Big Thinking series at Congress on Thursday, May 31. 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. 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.

                                    
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Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences            
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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 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 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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