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By Dale Johnson Posted: May 28, 2018 4:00 p.m.

Antonia Maioni will speak at 12:15 p.m. as part of the Big Thinking lecture series in the University Theatre at the Riddell Centre at the U of R.
Antonia Maioni will speak at 12:15 p.m. as part of the Big Thinking lecture series in the University Theatre at the Riddell Centre at the U of R. Photo courtesy of McGill University.

At the halfway point of Congress 2018 – Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers – the Canada Prizes will recognize the best in scholarly books Tuesday evening.

Tuesday’s free public event highlights include:

●    Bringing higher education to prison: The benefits, opportunities, and potential setbacks associated with the delivery of educational programming in prison will be discussed by Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative, Simone Davis, co-founder of Walls to Bridges Canada, and Denise Edwards, a fellow member of the Walls to Bridges collective, and Jason Demers, Sessional Instructor, Department of English, University of Regina.

May 29, Riddell Centre – Shu-Box Theatre, RC 174, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

●    Saskatchewan Medicinal Plants and Languages Traditional Knowledge Residency: Hosted by the First Nations University of Canada, this event features learning circles by First Nations Elders and other traditional knowledge keepers discussing medicinal plants of the southern Saskatchewan Prairie and their traditional uses.

May 29, First Nations University of Canada, FN 2008, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

●    Gender in Canada: Are we really making progress? Women remain under-represented in Canadian politics and public life. Join Antonia Maioni in an interview that will challenge your thinking when looking at how Canada fares when addressing ‘women’s issues’ and why that is the case. This is part of the week-long Big Thinking lecture series. Presented in French, with simultaneous interpretation available.

May 29, Riddell Centre-University Theatre, room 170, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

●    Canada Prizes 2018: The awards recognize books that make exceptional contributions to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural, and intellectual life of Canada. An elegant reception and awards ceremony will be followed by an armchair conversation with the 2018 winners about their remarkable books.

May 29, Riddell Centre – Multipurpose Room, RC 128.1, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

●    Indigenous Voices Awards Gala: The Indigenous Voices Awards were established in 2017 to support and nurture the work of emerging Indigenous writers in the lands claimed by Canada. This exciting event, hosted by Regina Hip‐Hop Artist Brad Bellegarde (aka InfoRed), will feature appearances by esteemed jurors Kateri Akiwenzie‐Damm, Gregory Scofield, and Richard Van Camp, as well as readings by the winners in a variety of categories.

May 29, O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub, 1947 Scarth Street, 7:00 pm.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes 5,000 academics from the social sciences and humanities. The “Gathering diversities” theme of the Queen City’s largest-ever conference, celebrates the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for numerous Plains cultures and explores education as a new buffalo.

These are just a few of the free public events taking place during Congress 2018. For more, visit the Congress 2018 website. More information about the Federation and Congress 2018 is available online at:  website, Twitter, and Facebook.