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Are you presenting at the Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences? We want to know!

Are you a scholar, fellow, or mentor who will make a presentation at the Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto (27 May to 2 June)? Please email us at with your first and last name, the date of your presentation, the title of your presentation, and a hyperlink for more details. We are working on an article on the subject and can help you plan a get-together!

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation will have an information booth at Congress from 27 to 30 May where we will promote our doctoral scholarship and research fellowship programs. We'd love you to join us for a few hours to share your experience with scholarship and fellowship candidates. Please get in touch.

Recent events


The Diversity Dividend: Canada's Global Advantage

On 24 April 2017 in Ottawa, the Global Centre for Pluralism announced the Foundation-supported Pluralism Project’s research findings in a room of one hundred people with more watching live. Drawing on statistical research, consultations with the business community and stakeholders, and a review of the academic literature, 2015 fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk showed that every 1% increase in diversity in Canadian workplaces produced an average 2.4% increase in revenue. Their report also offered a series of recommendations for government, businesses, and organizations wishing to reap the "diversity dividend."

Canada's Drug Futures Forum

On 4 and 5 April 2017, some 120 researchers, policymakers, public health officials, law enforcement professionals, drug users, and community organizers met in Ottawa to discuss the future of Canada’s domestic and international drug policies. Organized by scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb, the forum was a targeted-area-of-inquiry project supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and partners. The day's presentations are available online; a report will follow.


Populism is bad for business

Bessma Momani, 2015 fellow and Jillian Stirk, 2015 mentor, The Globe and Mail

When children see war as better than peace

Myriam Denov, 2014 fellow, Child Abuse & Neglect 

Framing the mishandling of sexual assault claims as a rights violation

Kent Roach, 2013 fellow and Elaine Craig, 2007 scholar, The Globe and Mail + 

Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity

Jeremy J. Schmidt, 2009 scholar, NYU Press + 

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Summer school on the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

From 29 May to 3 June of this year, 2015 visiting fellow Cleo Paskal will teach a summer school at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales at the Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). The course will explore the factors and major players shaping geopolitics and geoeconomics in the region. 

Tammara Soma is finalist in SSHRC's 2017 Storytellers Challenge

2014 scholar Tammara Soma was named one of 25 finalists in the 2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers Challenge for her video “Closing the Loop: Food Waste and Consumption in Indonesia.” The contest challenges researchers to tell the story of how their SSHRC-funded research is changing Canadian lives in 3 minutes.

$20 million Arrell Food Institute is established with Evan Fraser at its helm

The University of Guelph has announced the establishment of the Arrell Food Institute, whose mission is to transform the global food economy. 2014 fellow Evan Fraser, who currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, will direct the Institute. 

Statement on cultural rights at the UN Human Rights Council

2015 scholar Erin Aylward recently delivered a statement in response to the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights at a meeting of the Human Rights Council. She spoke on behalf of Allied Rainbow Communities International, an LGBTI NGO. + 

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Mark your calendars!

> Indigenous peoples’ land rights and the roles of ethnoecology and ethnobotany
2-5 May | Victoria, British Columbia

> Summer Institute: Optional media training (Foundation community only)
6-7 May | Winnipeg, Manitoba

> Summer Institute (Foundation community only)
7-12 May | Winnipeg, Manitoba

> Aaron Mills speaks at Walrus Talks: We desire a better country
15 May | Surrey, British Columbia

> Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto
27 May to 2 June | Toronto, Ontario

> Timeline 150: Québec, Canada, and the weight of history
29 May | Toronto, Ontario

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