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#OurBicentennialReflections Video Challenge
In the lead up to the Singapore Bicentennial Conference, IPS and the Singapore Bicentennial Office invite Singaporean/PR students aged 12-25 years old to share their reflections on the Bicentennial on video.
The top 20 videos will be featured on official Singapore Bicentennial Office platforms. Creators of the top 10 winning videos will get a seat at the Singapore Bicentennial Conference and a $200 book voucher.
Commentary — “Beyond a Founders' Memorial, build a monument to the people”
(The Straits Times)
By Arun Mahizhnan• 4-min read
Writing after the Notre Dame fire, launch of Singapore’s bicentennial and news of the upcoming Founders’ Memorial, IPS Special Research Adviser Arun Mahizhnan reflects on the importance of documenting and celebrating the extraordinary contributions of ordinary Singaporeans to the development of Singapore.
Recent Releases on the IPS Website
Event Report — IPS Social Inclusion Policy Network (Second Meeting)
The IPS Social Inclusion Policy Network is part of the renewed impetus to tackle the problem of inequality in Singapore. The second meeting was held at the National Volunteer Philanthropy Centre, and featured plenary sessions on social assistance policies and senior volunteerism in Singapore, and breakout sessions that brought together experts, public intellectuals and social service practitioners.
IPS Working Papers No. 34 — Religion, Morality and Conservatism in Singapore
IPS' latest working paper looks at the evolving trends of Singaporeans’ perceptions and attitudes towards social, moral & political issues. It analyses responses to the 2018 IPS Race, Religion and Language (RRL) Survey, and compares it with the results of the 2013 RRL Survey.
Singaporeans remain fairly conservative. However, there have been distinct shifts on issues surrounding homosexual rights, especially among respondents aged 18-25, who were much more liberal about moral issues compared to respondents aged 65 and above.
Book Launch of Singapore Chronicles: Art
May 2019 marks the beginning of the 58th Venice Biennale, and it is timely that last month, the Singapore Chronicles volume on Art was officially launched at the National Gallery Singapore. It was written by two Senior Curators at the Gallery, Seng Yu Jin and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa. At the 2015 Biennale, Shabbir curated artist Charles Lim’s SEA STATE, one of the many artworks featured in this chronicle of Singapore’s art and artists. Photo: Veteran thespian Lim Kay Tong opened the book launch with a reading of “Is Art Necessary?”, written for a conference at The Substation in 1993 by Janadas Devan, now IPS Director.
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