Jean Charest will deliver the Bell Lecture on February 27, 2018.

Well-known Quebec politician Jean Charest will deliver the annual Bell Lecture on February 27, which honours the contributions of individuals to the political and public life of Canada. In a speech entitled “Change, Trends and Canada,” Mr. Charest will share his unique perspective on current international trends, including international trade agreements, technological change, international politics and other related topics essential for the understanding of national and international relations.

Additionally, Mr. Charest will discuss the future of NAFTA and its impact on the Canadian business landscape. He will also address the topic of Canada’s commitment to strengthening its place in the world and addressing global challenges. For more information, and to register, visit

It’s one of many events open to the public during the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Research Month, starting February 24th at Carleton University.

FPA Research Month highlights

Imagining a world that challenges inequality and celebrates diversity — That’s the theme of a one-day interdisciplinary conference entitled Visions for Equality, which will bring together scholars and the public on March 8 for wide-ranging discussions on the many facets of equality — including gender, legal and international equality.

The Visions for Equality conference is one of the highlights of FPA Research Month, an annual event series hosted by Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) that drew more than 3,000 attendees in 2017.

“Our researchers are bringing their insight to society’s greatest challenges, whether local, national or international,” says André Plourde, Dean of Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs. “In sharing these discussions with the public, we hope to improve governance and public policy as well as foster informed citizenship in the community at large.”

Now in its fifth year, FPA Research Month will feature panel discussions and graduate student symposiums on a broad range of societal issues, including women in politics, trauma-informed journalism, anti-apartheid movements, transportation policy, European Union trade policy, economic austerity, extractive industries in Latin America, and more.

Research Excellence Symposium

The event series will kick off on February 26 with the FPA Research Excellence Symposium, hosted by Professor Kamari Maxine Clarke of the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program. Professor Clarke was the recipient of the FPA Research Excellence Award in 2017.

Entitled “Liberal International Institutionalism on the Decline? Rethinking African Treaty Withdrawals,” it will focus on the state and future of international law and the International Criminal Court, in particular.

Focus on Undergraduate Research

On March 21, the focus will turn to the Faculty’s outstanding undergraduate students for FPA Connects. Students will present the Undergraduate Research Showcase, a display of research posters and video projects presented by the students themselves. This is followed by the 180HRE, a competition in which undergraduates summarize their fourth-year Honours Research Essays in a three-minute presentation. This day is a great opportunity for current high school students to learn more about the research opportunities available to undergraduates in our academic programs.

Last year’s Undergraduate Showcase was won by Political Science student Rumya Nithiananthan, who examined the effectiveness of gender quotas in increasing the policy involvement of female politicians in national legislatures in Brazil and Costa Rica. She also placed second in the 180HRE competition. She graduated in 2017 and now works as a policy analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is also enrolled as a Master’s student in Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).

Bringing Public Affairs to the Public

In addition to Research Month, the Faculty of Public Affairs also hosts Author Meets Readers, an informal discussion on new books published by researchers at the Faculty of Public Affairs. The events take place at Irene’s Pub in the Glebe on a monthly basis during the academic year.

Upcoming Author Meets Readers events include:

“Curating Community: Museums, Constitutionalism, and the Taming of the Political” with Professor Stacy Douglas, Law and Legal Studies (February 15)

“We Interrupt this Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture” with Professors Miranda Brady and John Kelly, Journalism and Communication (March 22)

“Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Subnational Structures, Institutions, and Clientelistic Networks” with Professor Laura Macdonald, Political Economy and Political Science

“The Limits of Trust: the Millennium Development Goals, Maternal Health, and Health Policy in Mexico” with Professor Lisa Mills, Public Policy and Administration (April 19)

The Faculty of Public Affairs is comprised of a diverse group of academic units, including African Studies; Arthur Kroeger College; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Economics; European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; International Affairs; Journalism and Communication; Law and Legal Studies; Political Science; Political Economy; Public Policy and Administration; and Social Work.

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