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Welcome to the Institute for the Humanities

Now in its 30th year, the Institute for the Humanities at SFU seeks to accomplish these basic objectives: stimulate student interest and faculty research in demonstrating the irreducibility of humanistic perspectives in understanding some of the most pressing social, economic, political and environmental problems we face and, above all, to engage the many publics beyond the academy in city, the province, the country and, indeed, the wider world. The Institute is perfectly placed, therefore, to play a key role in the idea of SFU as “student-centred, research-driven and community-engaged.”

Upcoming Events:

September 4

Public Lecture: “Taxonomy of Convergences: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Cultural Transmission”

7:00 p.m., Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Lawrence Weschler, Author of ” Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences”

Co-sponsored by SFU, School for the Contemporary arts.

October 2-4

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Annual Meeting

Keynote Speakers: Bruce Baugh, Kym Maclaren, Talia Welsh, Sean Kirkland and Howard Caygill

October 3

Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Keynote Address: “The Capacity to Resist”

Howard Caygill, Kingston University, London (Author of On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defence)

Co-sponsored by the Vancity Office of Community Engagement

October 23

Public Lecture: “Interactive World Disclosure or the Future of Sustainability Interactive Design”

Roy Bendor, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC

October 30

Public Lecture: Title TBA

Byron Sheldrick, University of Guelph. (Author of “Blocking Public Participation: The Use of Strategic Legislation to Silence Political Expression”)

November 5

Public Lecture: “The Cultural Embrace of Illusion and the Society of the Spectacle”

Chris Hedges, Author of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt and Death of the Liberal Class
Co-sponsored by the VanCity Office for Community Engagement

November 8

Symposium: “Theodor Adorno: Music, Language, Authenticity

Participants: Shierry Weber Nicholsen, JJ Shapiro, Jerry Zaslove, Samir Gandesha

November 18

Public Lecture: “Institutionalized Sound”

Frances Dyson, University of California, Davis

November 25

Public Lecture: “Database Documentaries, Voice and the Rhetoric of Listening”

Zoë Druick, School of Communications, Simon Fraser University

More to come. Check back soon.

Learn more about the Institute of Humanities.

Contours is the journal of the Institute for the Humanities

A dynamic, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of thought and ideas.

View our upcoming events and browse through past events.

CounterCulture is a monthly discussion and screening series.

Meet the Director, Steering Committee Members, Associates and Staff.

View the different awards offered to students yearly.

Keep up to date by signing up for our mailing list.

An entire archive of past Institute of Humanities activities.