President's Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public

How is public policy shaped by research? How is the public already actively involved in science? How is research and scholarship taken up by the public?

Canadian researchers managed to emerge from the frying pan that was the government-led "war on science" only to find themselves in the fire of the post-truth era. It is tempting, for those whose job is to formally create knowledge, to turn away from a society that is hostile to their identity as researchers, scholars, or scientists.

In today's climate, it is more important than ever for universities and researchers to assert themselves in the public sphere in more purposeful ways. This colloquium is part of that effort.

It seeks to speak a conversation between the SFU community and the citizens of Metro Vancouver on the value of university-based research, while itself demonstrating that value.

We invite you to join us in "Making Knowledge Public" to better understand the relationships that lie at the heart of the community-engaged university, both at SFU and around the world, and also join in the conversations.

Confirmed Speakers

Most lectures will take place at SFU's Burnaby campus, a couple of lectures taking place at SFU Vancouver.

There will be a networking session after each lecture. 

Reservations for the lectures are coming soon as more speakers are confirmed.

  • Jevin West, Co-creator of Calling Bullshit Course, University of Washington. Calling Bullshit on Fake News.
    Thursday, September 13, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Vancouver.
    Watch the LIVE STREAM on our Facebook page.
  • B. Mario Pinto, Knowledge Sharing and Social Responsibility.
    Monday, October 1, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Burnaby.
    Watch the LIVE STREAM of this event.
  • John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, Collaborating with Indigenous Communities in Research.
    Wednesday, October 10, 5:30–8:30 pm,  SFU Burnaby.
    Watch the LIVE STREAM of this event.
  • Shannon Dosemagen, Citizen Science.
    Thursday, October 25,  5:30 to 7 PM, reception to follow, SFU Burnaby.
    Watch the LIVE STREAM of this event, starting at 5:30pm.
  • Hebe Vessuri, Social anthropologist. Global participation in Knowledge Production.
    Thursday, November 8, 5:30 to 7 PM, reception to follow, SFU Burnaby.
    This talk is dedicated to Brian Owen, Associate Dean of Libraries at SFU Library and an Associate of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), for his years of service. 
  • Robin DeRosa, Professor and Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, The Future of Public Mission of Universities.
    Thursday, November 22, 5:30 to 7 PM, reception to follow, SFU Vancouver.

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