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Category Archives: Humanities and Social Sciences

Artists and Interdisciplinary Research

Earlier this month I presented a new paper, “Making Interdisciplinary Inquiry Visible: The Role of Artist-Researchers in a Ten-Year Community-University Research Alliance,” at The Sixth International Conference on the Arts in Society (May 9 – 11, 2011, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities). In the paper Rachel Nash and I reported on ten years of […]

Employment Prospects for Arts Grads

According to an article by Patricia Cohen, a recent survey suggests employment prospects for Arts graduates are about the same as for students in business or science. Cohen reports, “Prospective students who are wondering whether to major in business or art in this harsh economic climate might want to take a look at a survey […]

Arts Student Shadowing Pilot Project

During the high school Spring Break period, Arts (in collaboration with the Welcome Centre) introduced a Student Shadowing initiative. The feedback gathered below—from visiting students, the TRU Student volunteers, TRU faculty and staff—indicates excellent support for the initiative and argues for its gradual integration into Arts’ array of student engagement strategies. Student Comments Recorded: “It […]

Digital Humanities

Ann McCarthy and I were asked to present at a recent “CURA Start-Up Meeting,” a series of panel and workshop sessions held annually by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Every year new recipients of Community-University Research Alliance grants gather in Ottawa for an orientation; our’s was a mentorship role, sharing information, […]

So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities?

There’s an animated video making the rounds. Posted only one week ago, it’s already been viewed nearly 400, 000 times–which says something about either our thirst for irony or, more likely, our collective sense that there’s something here both funny and true. The video’s caption reads, “A bright motivated undergrad decides to ask her professor […]

Why Start a Blog? Recent Reflections on the Humanities & Social Sciences.

Posted October 24 2010 I‘ve started this blog, not coincidentally, on the weekend when Britain’s Lib Dem government announced 40% cuts to its universities. Especially hard hit have been the humanities and social sciences: where the so-called STEM subjects (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) find themselves comparatively insulated from the full force of the budget […]