Social sciences and humanities researchers at Western have received a $3-million boost in funding, as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council distributed its annual grant.
Funded by the federal government, SSHRC provides help to researchers who strive to understand cultural, social and economic issues around the world.
“These grants are generally given to individuals who wouldn’t really get grants from anywhere else,” said Michael Groden, professor of English and recipient of a grant to pursue studying James Joyce.
“This isn’t the kind of research that makes money. It focuses more on culture and the development of intellectual thought,” he said.
“The grant allots a certain amount of prestige to the faculty and to our research,” Groden noted, adding he is now able to hire a graduate assistant to help him with his research.
Panel to discuss U.S. elections
The Centre for American Studies at Western will be hosting a roundtable discussion today to examine the implications of the upcoming United States presidential election.
The event is being held in University College’s Conron Hall from 5 to 7 p.m., confirmed Donald Abelson, co-director of the Centre for American Studies.
“[We hope to foster] free-wheeling discussion on the elections,” he said, adding spectators will be able to ask the panelists questions.
American and Canadian political scholars will be sitting on the panel, which will be moderated by CBC Radio’s Anthony Germaine.
The discussion will include — but not be limited to — foreign policy in Canada and the U.S., the problems statisticians have been facing in current poll counts and general commentary on the nature of the election, Abelson said.
“[Anyone] remotely interested in the election should attend,” suggested CAS co-director Andrew Johnston.