Congress 2012 promises Big Thinking

Friday, November 11, 2011

From the Daily Bulletin, Nov. 11, 2011

Seven Canadian and American luminaries are coming to Waterloo in May to join the Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Big Thinking lecture series. Wilfrid Laurier University president Max Blouw and Douglas Peers, Congress Co-chair and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, made the announcement at last night's event at the Tannery.

The speakers include Margaret Atwood, Thomas Homer-Dixon, holder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Alberta professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance Janine Brodie, Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author Jane Urquhart, Mary Eberts, co-founder of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and University of Michigan professor Sidonie Smith.

"The Big Thinking lecture series will open one of Canada's largest multi-disciplinary conferences to the host community of Waterloo, giving attendees and organizers a forum to connect with community members," said Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) president Graham Carr. "The stellar line-up of thinkers and their varied perspectives and disciplines are emblematic of the 2012 conference theme of 'Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World'."

Big Thinking lectures are open to both Congress delegates and community members. They are the cornerstone of Congress, highlighting the importance of humanities and social sciences scholarship on issues that affect all Canadians and giving community members a chance to experience the conference.

Read about Congress coming to Waterloo next spring.

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