University of Calgary

50 for 50

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 23:57.

50 for 50

In celebration of the University of Calgary’s 50th anniversary, Alumni is sharing 50 ways to connect, engage and be inspired. From art gallery hours to inciting fires of debate, here’s a handful of programs and events that might just change the way we look at and think about our world.
by Angela Tulio

Think Big

The size and scope, alone, of the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, is mind-melding: 70 associations, 2,000 events, 5,400 presentations and more than 8,000 attendees are what you’ll find at next month’s seven-day conference.

Held in Calgary from May 28 to June 3, 2016 — some of the nation’s sharpest minds, from scholars and academics to researchers and policy-makers, will share findings, refine ideas and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

UCalgary, in partnership with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, has created a rich roster of lectures that includes free, daily events open to the public such as the Big Thinking lecture series and the Interdisciplinary symposia. Happening daily over the lunch hour, some of this year’s Big Thinking speakers include journalist Chantal Hébert and The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin.

The Interdisciplinary symposia series allows UCalgary to showcase six presentations of novel interdisciplinary research activities being conducted on issues of national and global importance in the social sciences and humanities. Amongst this year’s highlights will be a spirited dialogue with writer Margaret Atwood, hosted by the Faculty of Nursing.