A resounding success, after nine days and more than 8,500 delegates - 78th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences concluded yesterday at Carleton University

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Discussions covered a wide range of topics
from mapping the risk of homelessness in Canadian cities to emerging
behaviours among youth, and from the impact of climate change on the northern
population and the quality of our school system. Congress 2009 explored all of
today's most pressing issues.
    Four thousand informative sessions provided a forum for public
intellectuals, authors, artists, researchers and students gathered to share
ideas and discuss critical questions for the 78th consecutive year.
    "The innovative programming truly made Ottawa the destination for
knowledge in our country," said Professor Nathalie Des Rosiers, president of
the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the
conference's annual organizer. "Most importantly, we've achieved our goals to
share the importance and relevance of social science and humanities research
for all Canadians. Holding Congress at Carleton University was the unique
opportunity to convey our message to the Federal government and policy makers
in the nation's capital."
    "During these last nine days at Carleton, thousands of academics from all
over North America and beyond have engaged in deep explorations of fundamental
questions in our lives," said Carleton President Roseann O'Reilly Runte.
"Research in the humanities and social sciences helps us solve critical social
and moral problems and deepens our understanding of our nation and the world
while contributing to the success of the economy. Congress brings the power
and depth of knowledge in Canada to the fore."
    The next Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences will take place
at Concordia University in Montreal, from May 28 to June 4, 2010.


    Leading Canadian speakers:

       - Rosalie Abella
       - Siila Watt-Cloutier
       - John Ralston Saul
       - David Foot
       - Susan Ormiston
       - Drew Hayden Taylor
       - Douglas Cardinal

    Worldwide media coverage, three most requested stories:

       - Peter Cumming, York University, "Sexting no worse than spin the
       - Matthew Smith, University of Exter, "History of hyperactivity off-
         base: Educators do children and parents a disservice by claiming
         Mozart and others had ADHD"
       - Joyce Slater, University of Manitoba, "Working Moms starved for meal

    Congress by number

       - Over 8,500 delegates
       - 1,350 residence rooms
       - 1,500 coffee breaks
       - More than 4,000 sessions
       - 30,000 cups of coffee
       - 90 exhibitors at the Book Fair
       - 75 associations

For further information:

For further information: Caitlin Kealey, Manager of Communications,
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, (613) 513-9756,
ckealey@fedcan.ca; Lin Moody, Media Relations Officer, Carleton University,
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8705, lin_moody@carleton.ca

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