Research as a social enterprise: Are we asking the right questions?
Scientist and activist, scholar and humanitarian Ursula Franklin will speak at McGill.
November 5 talk at McGill
Scientist and activist, scholar and humanitarian Ursula Franklin will speak at McGill on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 at 5 p.m. in the Robert Vogel Council Room (#232) of the Leacock Building (downtown campus). Her talk will examine "Research as a Social Enterprise," and she will pose a challenge: Are we asking the right questions? Sponsored by the Women in Scholarship committee of the Royal Society of Canada, the lecture is open to the public. It is part of a series designed to draw attention to the work of women scholars within the Royal Society, so that they can provide role models to encourage students to pursue academic and scholarly careers. McGill Dean of Education Ratna Ghosh, a member of the Royal Society, is organizing Dr. Franklin's visit to McGill.
Born in 1921 in Germany, Ursula Franklin emigrated to Canada at the end of World War II, armed with a doctorate in experimental physics. Fascinated by archaeology and history, as well as by science, she has made significant contributions to education and the liberal arts, and to our understanding of how science and technology can improve the quality of our lives. In addition to numerous scholarly publications and awards, her community activites are legion, and she has been described as "someone who lives her convictions, who is not afraid to act on the basis of her beliefs, and whose presence among us helps to make this world a better place to live."
Ursula Franklin is a professor emerita at the University of Toronto, where she recently led a much-publicized and successful campaign to improve pension benefits for retired women faculty members.