Our conference program is shaping up well. Here is a taste of what will be presented this year.

  • Diversity – No Question. Inclusion – Substantial Doubt Merridee Bujaki (Sprott)

Drawing on her own research and experiences in academia and the accounting profession, Merridee Bujaki, Director of Carleton’s Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work, argues that universities and other large Canadian organizations have done a very good job so far in reflecting diversity, but still have a long way to go to achieve meaningful inclusion.

  • Trans-Script Tom Sherwood (Sociology-Anthropology/Religion) & Rosemary Nolan (Teacher, Playwright, Actor, Director)

Questioning the comfortable assumptions our society makes about loving relationships, Tom and Rosemary will discuss the development and production of Trans-Script, a theatre piece that deals with the challenges faced by friends, lovers, parents, and adult children as they navigate the stormy waters of sexuality, gender, and identity.

  • From Buckets to Rainbarrels  Troy Anderson (Sprott) & Onita Basu (Environmental Engineering)

Faculty members and students from three Carleton departments (Business, Environmental Engineering, and Industrial Design) teamed up with an  NGO in Tanzania in a project to address water quality and access issues.

  • The READ Initiative: Fostering a ‘Culture of Accessibility’ at Carleton University Dean Mellway (PMC)

An overview of the Research, Education, Accessibility and Design Initiative (READ), its structure and purpose, and its many complete projects, current programs and future directions.

  • Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change Tim Patterson & Nawaf Nasser (Earth Sciences)

We are collaborating with northern indigenous communities as a way to calibrate and cross validate western scientific reconstructions of past climate against their oral histories and experiences. The results of this cooperation will permit policy makers and planners to more broadly and respectfully include indigenous traditional knowledge into decision making, including in environmental assessments, resource management, and advancing our understanding of climate change in the north and how best to manage its effects.

  • Scholars at Risk and related issues: Angelo Mingarelli (Mathematics and Statistics and CUASA) 

Scholars at Risk is a new joint venture between Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and CUASA with the purpose of providing sanctuary for threatened scholars around the world. We’ll review its history and our hopes for the futureand  also address another recent initiative, the Scholars Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), another NGO that deals with finding placements for scholars in a precarious state due to their beliefs, the nature of their work, or simply breaches of academic freedom.

More details to come: Watch the program page for updates.

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