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October 17, 2018

Open Access Week -- October 22-26, 2018


Join Western Libraries in celebration of Open Access Week. Everyone is welcome and all events are free!

Monday, Oct. 22 – Open Access Week Kickoff Reception
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., D.B. Weldon Library Atrium

Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Before you Sign: Know your Academic Publishing Rights
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, TSC Room 121, D.B. Weldon Library
Register for this workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Equitable Open Systems: A Panel Discussion
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, D.B. Weldon Library Atrium

Thursday, Oct. 25 – Before you Sign: Know your Academic Publishing Rights
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., TSC Room 120, D.B. Weldon Library
Register for this workshop

Friday – Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (Film Screening)
3:00 p.m., McKellar Room Theatre, UCC
Free popcorn!

Questions? Erin Johnson

The History and Future of the Book -- October 24, 2018


The book is dead. Or is it? Explore the history of the book and the future of literacy in this fascinating academic panel.

  • Catherine Steeves, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian – Moderator
  • Loryl MacDonald – Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections and Director (Interim), Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
  • Mike Ridley – Librarian at the University of Guelph and PhD student Library and Information Science program
  • Scott Schofield – professor of English, Huron University College

This is a free event and all are welcome.

What: Academic Panel
When: October 24, 2018 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: The D.B. Weldon Library, first floor atrium

Questions: Deborah Meert-Williston

October 16, 2018

Where does the gender revolution stand?


DATE: Monday, October, 22, 2018
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Conron Hall (UC 3110)

Paula England is a Silver Professor of Sociology at NYU New York and an affiliated faculty member at NYUAD. England’s research has focused on gender inequality at work and at home; she has written on the sex gap in pay, occupational segregation, how couples divide housework, factors leading to divorce, and the wage penalty for motherhood. She has also examined social class differences in family and childbearing patterns. Dr. England was elected in 2018 to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. England will examine trends in a number of key indicators of gender inequality — including employment, earnings, and segregation of fields of study. She considers which aspects of gender inequality have changed more and which are more resistant to change. She also points out the asymmetry of change in gender — with more change in women’s than men’s roles.

We would love to see you all there! Everyone welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

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October 11, 2018

Figuring out figures in R with ggplot!

R-LadiesGlobal_300This month’s workshop, led by Thea Knowles, will focus on learning to make lovely graphics using the ggplot package. We will cover the basics as well as delve into more advanced options for customizing your figures.

We will also touch on:

  • using RProjects for a reproducible workflow
  • reading in and manipulating data
  • saving plots to certain specifications

If you can, come with R and RStudio already installed, but if you have trouble or are unable to, don't let that hold you back. The workshop will be a mix of presentation and hands-on exercises. You are welcome to follow along actively or passively.

What is R-Ladies?: A low-key get together for people interested in using and learning more about R, a powerful statistical software program. We meet about once a month to feature different topics and speakers. 
When: Thursday, October 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: London Public Library, Central Branch (251 Dundas, right downtown). We will be in the Creativity Lab on the 2nd floor. 
Cost: All our meet ups are free, and always will be!
Sounds good, where do I sign up?  RSVP at our MeetUp page

Find us: Website | Twitter | Facebook | MeetUp | Email


Do I need to be an R expert? No! While some familiarity helps, all levels are welcome! If you want to follow along, come with your laptop and have R and RStudio installed.

I already know R, what's in it for me? Awesome! Come join a community of individuals interested in STEM research, meet new pals, learn new skills or sharpen old ones, or talk to us about leading a workshop on a topic you're passionate about!

I don't identify as a lady, but I still want to learn R - can I join? Yes! While we prioritize underrepresented genders in leadership positions (including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, agender) leadership, our general membership is fully inclusive.  Read more about the global initiative at

I'm interested in leading a workshop! How to I get in touch? Great! You don't even need to be a full fledged "expert" to lead a workshop... this is a group for skill swapping. If you're interested, send us an email at

October 02, 2018

APPLY NOW! Winter School in International Relations


Applications are now being accepted for the winter school GLOBE - International relations that will be held in February in the Swiss Alps, in Leysin.

The GLOBE Winter School in International Relations provides a unique environment for PhD students intending to situate themselves within the IR discipline. Our focus on recent epistemological advances in non-positivist scholarship delivers expertise through tailor-made roundtables, PhD presentations, walk & talk sessions and collective readings.

WHEN? February 11 - 15, 2019
FOR WHOM?  Early and advanced PhD students, Postdoctoral Scholars
HOW MUCH? PhD students: CHF 400. | Postdoctoral students: CHF 450.

Registration is open until December 15, 2018. 

More information on the program as well as the link to the registration platform can be found HERE.

We would be very thankful if you could share this message with faculties and students who might be interested. 

Should you have any question regarding the UNIL Summer Schools, do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

We look forward to welcoming you this winter!

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