Open Minds: Celebrating UAlberta's Social Sciences and Humanities Research

Humanities and social science research opens minds and helps shape a better, brighter future by advancing our understanding of social, cultural, political, legal, technological, economic and environmental issues. The work of scholars in the humanities and social sciences help us understand the world we live in and give us tools to imagine the future.

Each year, the Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study co-host Open Minds in celebration of talented and innovative humanities and social sciences colleagues at the University of Alberta. The event features lightning talks from researchers funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Please join us!

This year's event will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, in room 2-115 Education North. Program of speakers begins at 4:00 pm, and a reception will follow. Registration for the event is not required but much appreciated. Please register here.

This year's roster of speakers will include:

Parking is available at the Education carpark, located on the corner of 114 Street and 87 Avenue. The University LRT Station is a two-minute walk away. This event is accessible, and we invite anyone with accessibility requirements to contact us in advance.

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Past Open Minds lightning talks included: Indigenous students and theatre arts, Syrian Refugee families' transition to Canada, children's language use, temporary foreign workers, perceptions of the environment among religious settlers, human rights in municipal planning, feminists' contributions to future energy options, school sport programs for low-income youth, and women premiers in Canada and Australia, growing resilience among sexual and gender minority youth, energy transition in Canada, using art and creative practices to commemorate and help the public in understanding difficult times in Aboriginal history from residential schools to post-war hospital programs in Canada, the impact of social concerns on business, culture and institutions, and the complexities of watershed governance.

You can browse our video archive by clicking on the images in the video archive boxes!

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