Scholars seek solutions to issues of importance to Canadians
MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Foundation proudly announced the names of the 14 recipients of the 2013
Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, the most prestigious doctoral award of
its kind in Canada. The scholarship supports brilliant social sciences
and humanities doctoral students who are focused on researching and
sharing innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical
importance to Canadians.
In addition to a generous $60,000 annual grant for a three-year period,
the 14 Trudeau scholars will benefit from the expertise and knowledge
of Trudeau fellows and mentors. This outstanding intergenerational and
interdisciplinary group of recognized Canadian academic and
non-academic leaders interacts regularly with Trudeau scholars in
one-on-one meetings, through public policy networks, and at the public
forums hosted by the Foundation throughout the year.
"This cohort of scholars consists of the best minds in the best
institutions studying crucial and complex issues for Canadians and the
world," says Foundation President P.G. Forest. "The Trudeau scholarship
will provide them with the conditions necessary to generate innovative
solutions in their area of study."
The 2013 Trudeau scholars are:
Gerald Bareebe (political science, University of Toronto): Can democratic institutions
survive the personalization of power? Gerald Bareebe's research is
based on case studies of recent developments in Rwanda and Uganda.
Sylvie Bodineau (anthropology, Université Laval): Drawing on field research in Congo,
Sylvie Bodineau is looking at how the international consensus on
children's rights relate to the experience of child soldiers.
Chiara Camponeschi (geography, University of Guelph): Chiara Camponeschi is exploring how
new approaches to citizen engagement might inform planning and
environmental issues in Canadian cities.
Anna-Louise Crago (anthropology, University of Toronto): Among vulnerable groups
victimized by armed conflict, sex workers are the most easily
overlooked. Anna-Louise Crago asks whether they could be better
Kyle Kirkup (law, University of Toronto): The human rights and dignity of LGBT
individuals cannot be addressed by family law alone. Kyle Kirkup
wonders whether it is possible to achieve equality for LGBT community
members in the domain of criminal law.
Ryan Liss (international law, Yale University): Ryan Liss seeks to determine
whether a common set of fundamental justice principles can rally the
nations of the world, as was done in the case of international criminal
Logan Mardhani-Bayne (history, Yale University): Logan Mardhani-Bayne inquires as to the
extent to which the urban experience of Aboriginal communities has
shaped local and national governments' political recognition of these
Jean Frédéric Ménard (law, University College London): Legal and ethical dilemmas
proliferate in the context of neonatal intensive care. Jean Frédéric
Ménard is researching whether it is possible to reconcile ethics and
the law in the best interests of the child.
David Morgan (political science, Dalhousie University): David Morgan seeks to learn
how the experience of survivors of armed violence can inform and
improve civilian protection in conflict zones.
Sophia Murphy (resource management and environmental studies, University of British
Columbia): How do nations achieve food sovereignty? Sophia Murphy is
exploring international and local mechanisms to improve food security.
Sara Pavan (political studies, Queen's University): Sara Pavan is investigating
whether the participation of ethnic and social minorities in public
institutions is essential to social cohesion and trust in our political
Robyn Sneath (education, University of Oxford): Drawing on over a century of history
of Mennonite communities in Canada, Robyn Sneath is learning about how
government education policies may have conflicted with Mennonites'
vision of citizenship.
Leah Trueblood (law, University of Oxford): Leah Trueblood is seeking to determine
whether we can provide for a more just society by clarifying and
improving the legal obligations we face in our daily lives.
Emily White (legal theory and human rights, New York University): Traditionally,
courts have hesitated to give emotions a place in judicial decisions.
Emily White is looking into a way to use emotions in the service of
human rights and dignity.
The first meeting between the 2013 Trudeau scholars and the Trudeau
community will take place in Prince Edward Island from May 13 to 17 at
an event also attended by Trudeau mentors, fellows, and scholars from
other cohorts. The awardees will be available for brief phone
interviews. More information on each scholar is available on the Foundation's website.
About the Trudeau Scholarship
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation awards up to fifteen scholarships
each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research of
compelling present-day concern that touches on one or more of the
Foundation's four key themes: human rights and dignity, responsible
citizenship, Canada in the world, and people and their natural
environment. Trudeau scholars are highly gifted individuals who are
actively engaged in their field and are poised to become national and
international figures. Since 2003, the Foundation has awarded 157 Trudeau scholarships.
About the Trudeau Foundation
A Canadian institution with a national purpose, the Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity. It was
established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister
by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, with the unanimous
support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the
Foundation with a donation of $125 million. In addition, the Foundation
benefits from private sector donations in support of specific
initiatives. Through its Scholarship, Fellowship, Mentorship, and
Public Interaction Programs, the Foundation supports outstanding
individuals who are making meaningful contributions to critical public
issues. Learn more at www.trudeaufoundation.ca.
SOURCE: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
For further information:
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
514-938-0001, ext. 224 | 514-466-1575
Anik Le Marquand
NATIONAL Public Relations