Events & Conferences

Book + Speaker Series

Each year the School of Communication Book + Speaker series highlights recent published books by School faculty members.

Watch the 2021 The School of Communication Book + Speaker Series presents: Sun-ha Hong

Faculty: Svitlana Matviyenko


The Dallas Smythe Memorial Lecture

The Dallas Smythe Memorial Lecture has honoured critical scholars in the field of political economy of communication since 1993. Organized by SFU’s School of Communication, the lecture brings together faculty, students, and the broader community to honour the work and research of Dallas Smythe, who taught at SFU from 1976 until he passed away in 1992.

Watch the 2020 Dallas Smythe Memorial Lecture

Faculty: Enda Brophy


Media Democracy Day

Since 2001, The Media Democracy Project works hard to create a significant presence for noncommercial media in Canada. Our small team brings diverse communities together with leading media makers, activists, and scholars to discuss the relationship between media and democracy.

Faculty: Stuart Poyntz, Bob Hackett


The Spry Memorial Lecture

The Graham Spry Memorial lecture is designed to stimulate debates about the crucial linkages between Canadian media policy and practice and questions of public service and public interest on the other. Graham Spry was one of Canada’s most vocal advocates for public broadcasting who never hesitated to speak out whenever he observed government or broadcasters failing to live up to their responsibilities. As one of the founders of the Canadian Radio League in 1930, he played a key role in the development of public broadcasting in Canada. The Spry Memorial lecture series launched in 1996 as a way to honour his dedication to Canadian public media.

The English-language Graham Spry Memorial Lecture is a biennial event taking place in Vancouver (the French-language version takes place in Montreal every other year).

Faculty: Frederik Lesage