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Federation's annual conference will bring together Wab Kinew, PSE leaders and Federation alumni
Big Thinking keynote speaker Wab Kinew, Canadian postsecondary (PSE) leaders and Federation alumni will be among those present at the Federation's 2015 annual conference to kick off a packed program addressing Reconciliation and the Academy, the impact of the humanities and social sciences, the Federation's 75-year legacy, and more. The event is set for November 16-17 in Ottawa. Read more and register here.
Federation launches consultations for Strategic Plan 2016-2020
The Federation's consultations will ensure its continued relevance to members and stakeholders as it builds on the successes of its current strategic plan and looks forward to the next five years of leadership in the HSS community. Read the draft strategic plan and provide your input before the consultation period end date of October 23.
Federation partners with DHSI to offer discounted DH courses to Congress attendees
The Federation will be partnering with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) to offer opportunities for members to participate in a series of Digital Humanities courses at the University of Victoria, June 6-10 and June 13-17, 2016, including discounts for Congress attendees and tuition scholarships for students. 
November 27 Big Thinking lecture at Royal Society AGM
The Federation and the University of Calgary are jointly hosting a Big Thinking Lunch and Learn on November 27 as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of Canada at the University of Victoria. Kathleen Mahoney, Professor of Law at the University of Calgary, will speak to issues of reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples. For more information, click here.
Joan Sangster and Stephen Toope discuss role of research during elections 
Joan Sangster, President of the Canadian Historical Association and Federation President Stephen Toope weigh in on the critical, but often overlooked, role of expert research and reliable evidence in shaping our understanding of urgent political issues during elections. Read their article on the Federation blog
Stephen Toope stresses policy impacts of census elimination in Toronto Star interview
Highlighting the examples of immigration, social services, children's health and Aboriginal education, Federation President Stephen Toope expressed concern over the absence of data to inform public and social policy following the elimination of the long-from census in a Toronto Star article featuring two researchers with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 
Planning Meeting in Calgary gives a taste of Congress 2016
About 100 Program Chairs and Local Arrangement Coordinators gathered at the University of Calgary in September for the Congress 2016 Planning Meeting. They met with Federation and host university officials to begin the complex but exciting process of bringing the next Congress to fruitionbuilding, booking, delivering and promoting the myriad elements of each of the 70+ associations' programs. 
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