We’re pleased to release the 2019-2020 Annual Report of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. Our plans for year end, along with everyone else’s, were interrupted by the pandemic; we moved our 40th Annual Community Forum to 2021, shifted our plans for our new Applied Ethics program, and postponed our final Fellow’s lecture for the year. But, in the midst of great changes, we also leapt into an online series on morality and ethical issues arising from the pandemic and we welcomed Dr. Lillian Faderman to present our second annual LGBTQ2S+ lecture on Zoom to an enthusiastic international audience.
The CIH also continues to innovate with its public engagement initiatives. In the summer of 2021, we will place humanities PhD students with community and cultural organizations as part of a Public Humanities Pilot Program. With generous funding from the Calgary Foundation, we are also accelerating our Calgary Atlas Project, adding more titles to our series of local heritage maps of the city and hiring a project organizer to conduct community outreach and distribution initiatives.
While we are very much looking forward to a return to campus and to live, in-person events, we are also proud to be continuing the CIH core programs of supporting our annual fellows in their research and engaging with the community to share their work, and other important research, that provides insight into what it means to be human.