Big Think Podcast Series Launched by Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences has launched the Big Thinking Podcast, a show series that features leading researchers in the humanities and social sciences in conversation about the most important and interesting issues of our time.

For decades, our Big Thinking talks on Parliament Hill and at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences have challenged and inspired scholars, students, policymakers, and community members. But when COVID-19 forced us to move the series online in 2020, we embraced the opportunity to engage our community in a new way. 

That’s how the Big Thinking Podcast was born.

Our first series will include six episodes, each featuring researchers in conversations with federation President and CEO Gabriel Miller about their work on language, race, decolonization, the post-pandemic classroom, and much more. Each podcast is presented along with a full written transcript.

For the first episode, the federation welcomed Madeleine Mant, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto, in trying to answer the question “Are pandemic times really unprecedented?” Since then, the series has welcomed Carl E. james of York Univeristy, François Larocque of the University of Ottawa, Terence Day of Simon Fraser University and Thi Kim Thu Lu of the University of Windsor.

The federation offers its special thanks to the Canadian government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and to CitedMedia for making the Big Thinking Podcast possible.

Episodes to date

Are pandemic times really unprecedented? | Madeleine Mant, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto

How does race shape the experiences, education, and achievements of Black youth? | Carl E. James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora in the Faculty of Education at York University

Is bilingualism in peril in Canada? | François Larocque, lawyer and full professor of common law at the University of Ottawa and research chair in language rights and issues

What will hybrid or online learning look like going forward? | Terence Day, adjunct professor of geography at Simon Fraser University and Thi Kim Thu Le, PhD candidate in educational studies at the University of Windsor

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Representing more than 85,000 researchers in 80 scholarly associations, 79 universities and colleges, and 6 affiliates, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is the national voice for the university research and learning community in these disciplines.

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