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Getting it right from the start - Big Thinker Margaret McCain speaks at Congress 2013

Andrina Fawcett http://twitter.com/thecardigangirl

Honorable Margaret McCain, chair of the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation, spoke this morning at Congress 2013 on the importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and childhood development. Her follow up Early Years Study 3, which was produced in partnership with J. Fraser Mustard and Kerry McCuaig, continues the notable findings from the first and second installments of the study. The previous two Early Years studies shaped the idea that early learning experiences form the architecture of the brain by building a blueprint for future health, academic success, and general well being. McCain stressed that building...

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Retro Rerun: The Evolution of Canadian Nursing Uniforms

Randip Bakshi http://www.twitter.com/randipbakshi

Nursing Costume Parade

There is an often repeated (bad) joke about a male nurse being asked whether he wears skirts just like his female counterparts. If only the jokers knew that the skirt is a recent inclusion in the the history of nursing fashion! To familiarize the public about nursing outfits the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the Canadian Association for the History of Medicine joined hands to hold a live fashion show at McPherson Library to showcase Canadian nursing outfits since the late nineteenth-century. Shiela Rankin-Zerr and Glennis Zilm, both professors at UBC's School of Nursing, organized the show to illustrate the diversity of nursing uniforms and their impact on women's fashion. As Glennis Zilm correctly stated: "Nurses have been at the forefront of revolutionizing women's clothing." The Maltwood...

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Louise Arbour on International Conflict Earns Standing Ovation at First Big Thinking Lecture

Vanessa Hawk

Image: Mélanie Béchard

 

In the first lecture of the Big Thinking speaker series, Farquhar Auditorium filled to hear Louise Arbour speak about global conflicts and international security. Arbour was met with a standing ovation at the end of her speech and several audience members jumped to the provided microphones asking further questions about violent conflicts and the role of international actors in an engaging Q&A period.

Arbour is the President and CEO of International Crisis Group and has earned a globally renowned legal career as the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008 and Chief Prosecutor before the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The International...

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Sophie Marcotte conçoit une communauté virtuelle autour de l'oeuvre de Gabrielle Roy


Au cours des dernières années, des changements majeurs ont bouleversé la Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Les manuscrits d’écrivains ne sont notamment plus conservés dans le même édifice où ils doivent être consultés par les chercheurs, ce qui entraîne des conséquences importantes sur le travail de ceux-ci. L’attente pour les documents dure environ une semaine.


Dans un monde d’information instantanée, ceci semble être un système désuet. Professeure de littérature au Département d...
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"Why do I keep coming to Congress?"

This week will be Patricia Roy’s 46th year attending the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her speech at our media kick-off event on Friday – which included remarks from UVic president David Turpin, Federation president Antonia Maioni, Academic Convenor Andrew Rippin, and Congress Chair Catherine Mateer – offers a wonderful glimpse into the opportunities and excitement surrounding Congress that have continued to grow over the years:

I hasten to point out that I was a fairly young student when I attended my first Congress, or as it was then known, the Learneds. I have attended almost every year since. In 1965, the meetings were much smaller. To cite an example, the Canadian Historical Association, one of the larger groups at the Congress, then only had two or three...

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