Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) is set to launch its fourth annual FPA Research Month (#FPAResearch) on Feb. 24, 2017. The month features events that celebrate the faculty’s innovative research and discussions of topical issues.

  • When: February 24 until March 31, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Various
  • Note: Individual events may take place in different locations and require event registration/tickets. Please check website for full event details.

FPA faculty produce research that addresses challenges in society and enhances and informs public discussion. FPA Research Month celebrates that research and brings together Carleton scholars and academic researchers from across Canada to discuss achievements of the past year.

Featured events this year include:

2017 FPA Research Excellence Award Symposium – Feminist Sex Wars: Sexual Representation as Threat and Empowerment

When: February 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Where: Richcraft Hall, second floor conference rooms
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Carleton’s Ummni Khan, an associate professor in Carleton’s Department of Law and Legal Studies and the joint chair in Women’s Studies, Carleton and University of Ottawa, was the winner of the 2016 FPA Research Excellence Award.

As the Research Excellence Award winner, she is hosting a symposium exploring the relationship between law and sexuality that will engage with controversies relating to sexual representation. Experts in the feminist pornography debates of the ‘80s and ‘90s will provide historical, cultural and legal context and consider how those debates inform contemporary struggles over issues like sexting, revenge porn and rape culture.

The symposium also features artist-scholars who will perform and offer insight into the role of erotica as empowerment, pleasure and resistance. The day will conclude with a video and conversation with members of the Kiss & Tell collective, whose sexually explicit photographic exhibition, Drawing the Line, was central to Canadian sex wars.

Imagining a Future Canada: An Interdisciplinary Conference

When: March 2 to 4, 2017
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In an increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing recognition of our interdependence. The Visions for Canada 2042 conference explores how innovative collaboration among researchers and the community is the most effective response to Canada’s future challenges.

Attendees will discuss research and ideas that help imagine Canada’s future in 2042 and features:

  • Film screening and panel discussion, My Father’s Land, by award-winning Inuk filmmaker Zacharius Kunuk;
  • Keynote lecture by Kiera Ladner, associate professor of Political Science, University of Manitoba and Canada research chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance; and
  • Closing gala dinner, featuring Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The conference is founded on a commitment to the value of interdisciplinary research on Canada’s future. It provides an opportunity to take advantage of FPA expertise in Canada’s capital and to connect with those in Ottawa who are engaged in policy-making and governance.

18th Annual Kesterton Lecture presented by Peter Mansbridge

When: March 21, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Richcraft Hall, Second floor conference rooms and atrium
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The Kesterton Lecture, Carleton Journalism’s signature annual public event, honours Wilfred Kesterton’s pioneering contribution to journalism education in this country. Wilfred Kesterton was a Saskatchewan-born newspaperman and Second World War veteran when he became one of the earliest graduates of Carleton’s new Bachelor of Journalism program in 1949.

The 2017 Kesterton Lecture will be presented by CBC’s Peter Mansbridge.

FPA Connects — Announcement of CU75 POPS: Water Challenge Winners

When: March 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Richcraft Hall, Second floor conference rooms and atrium
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FPA believes undergraduates should be a part of the thriving research culture on campus.

FPA Connects is about the fantastic work being done by undergraduate students as they share their research.  Student researchers will be on hand to answer questions.

The day will start with the conclusion of the CU75 POPS: Water Challenge. Teams will present their policy solutions to a panel of judges—including representatives from the City of Ottawa and Environment and Climate Change Canada—who will declare the winners.

The Undergraduate Student Showcase highlights the best undergraduate research across FPA with poster and video display competitions. Applications for students to participate are now open.

The 180 HRE competition will also take place. Students will have three minutes to encapsulate the main points in their honours research essay for a panel of Carleton judges. Applications for students to participate are now open.

2017 Dick, Ruth and Judy Bell Lecture with Rosemary Barton: Why Journalism Matters (now more than ever before)

When: March 28, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Richcraft Hall, second floor conference rooms and atrium
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The past 12 months have seen not just a new administration south of the border, but a new threat to journalism. Margaret Sullivan, from the Washington Post, suggests the future for journalists will be “hellish.” How much could this extend to Canadian journalists? With the increasing proliferation of “fake news,” how should journalists respond? How do you hold political figures to account when they are more present on Twitter than in a press conference? These are the questions journalists are grappling with right now, but could there be a silver lining in the changing media landscape?

This year’s speaker is Rosemary Barton, host of CBC’s Power & Politics and one of FPA’s 75 for the 75th most inspiring alumni. Barton graduated from Carleton with a Master of Journalism in 2001. She joined the CBC’s Ottawa parliamentary bureau in 2007 and became the full-time host of Power & Politics in 2015.

The Dick, Ruth and Judy Bell Lecture honours the contributions of individuals to the political and public life of Canada.  Speakers include those who have been active in politics or public service or distinguished scholars in political science.  The lectures are devoted to discussions of political subjects, either in a present-day or historical context.

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