The Big Thinking lecture series is held throughout Congress and is open to all attendees and members of the public. This series brings together leading scholars and public figures who present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The 2015 Big Thinking lecture series is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Ottawa.
The 2015 Big Thinking lecture series will feature the following sessions:
Saturday, May 30 12:15 – 13:15
What do we do about the legacy of Indian residential schools?
Join the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), as he discusses the legacy of residential schools and offers a call for action towards reconciliation in Canada, including the role of universities in this process. In English, with simultaneous interpretation, followed by a panel discussion. More information
Sunday, May 31 12:15 – 13:15
Whither francophone cultures in America?
What challenges do Quebec and minority Francophone communities face today? Joseph Yvon Thériault, Canada Research Chair in Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Royal Society of Canada Fellow, will discuss current realities for Francophones in the Americas. The event will be hosted by Ici Radio-Canada’s Daniel Mathieu. In French, with simultaneous interpretation, and followed by a panel discussion. More information
Monday, June 1 12:15 – 13:15
Extremely vast and incredibly near: The inner world of Montreal
Monique Proulx, author, Quebec screenwriter, and a literature and theatre graduate of Université Laval, will describe how her investigations of Montreal’s historic roots inspired the writing of her new novel, Ce qu’il reste de moi. In French, with simultaneous interpretation. More information
Monday, June 1 14:00 – 15:00
Innovation in learning
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will speak on innovation in learning. His talk will be followed by a panel of discussants on this theme. More information
Tuesday, June 2 12:15 – 13:15
Humanities and the Future of Democracies
Iranian-American author Azar Nafisi will address why we need humanities at times of crisis, the extent to which the imagination opens the spaces that totalitarian regimes close, and whether democracies can thrive without a democratic imagination. In English, with simultaneous interpretation. More information
Wednesday, June 3 12:15 – 13:15
Integration and Citizenship in North America and Europe: Different Paths, Similar Outcomes?
Join Irene Bloemraad, Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Scholar with CIFAR, and Thomas Faist, Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Professor of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Germany for an armchair conversation on immigration and belonging in North America and Europe. In English, with simultaneous interpretation. More information
Thursday, June 4 12:15 – 13:15
Imagining Canada in a disenchanted world
How can we build an inclusive national political community that is ready to make the compromises necessary to meet the demands of individuals and groups and improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples? Jean Leclair, Trudeau Fellow and Professor of Constitutional Law at the Université de Montréal, will discuss how a renewed understanding of federalism could offer a solution. In French, with simultaneous interpretation. More information
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