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Posted June 5, 2012

Congress 2012

Congress 2012 was a “true tour de force”, federation president says

Waterloo - The 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences wrapped up June 2 following eight days of stimulating talks, presentations and networking.

More than 7,400 academics, students and policy-makers from across Canada and abroad participated in Congress 2012, which was co-hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada and the largest academic conference ever hosted in Waterloo. The eight-day event generated approximately $7 million for the local economy, according to the Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corp.

“This year’s Congress was a true tour de force,” said Graham Carr, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, organizers of Congress. “We couldn’t have done it without the phenomenal hospitality of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, and the people of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, who welcomed Congress delegates for the week.”

In addition to more than 1,000 academic lectures and presentations, Congress included a number of “Big Thinking” public talks featuring the likes of writer Margaret Atwood, Governor General David Johnston and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Most of these public talks were captured on video and are available for viewing at:

A gallery of still photographs taken over the eight-day event can be seen at:

Nearly three years of intensive planning went into Congress 2012. Wilfrid Laurier University would like to thank the many staff, faculty, students and volunteers who made the event such a tremendous success.

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