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Welcome to the Institute for the Humanities

Now in its 32nd 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:

May 15 & 16

LaConference 2015

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Co-sponsored by the Lacan Salon and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Jun 8

Book Launch and Panel: “Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene”

7:00pm, Or Gallery, 555 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Am Johal, Community Engagement Coordinator, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Institute for Social Research

Jun 12

Public Lecture: “Runaway Climate Change: Can We Stop It? A Discussion with Guy McPherson

12:00pm–2:00pm, Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre

Guy McPherson, conservation biologist, social critic, thought leader, and expert witness

Jun 12

Public Lecture: “Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre

Roger Annis, editor and writer at the website, The New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond.

Jun 17

Interfaith Institute Event

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 2245, SFU Harbour Centre

Sept 17

Public Lecture: “Bill C-51: The Insecurity of Human Rights

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada.

Sept 21

Public Lecture: “Harperism: How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Donald Gutstein, adjunct professor in SFU’s School of Communication and co-director of NewsWatch Canada, a media-monitoring project.

Sept 24

Public Lecture: “Taking Back Canada”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Pamela D. Palmater, Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor, author and activist, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

Oct 2–4

Public Conference: “Death, Ideologies and Cultures – The Legacy of Ernest Becker

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Keynote Speaker:  Sheldon Solomon, author of “Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life”

Co-sponsored by SFU’s FASSJ.S. Woodsworth Chair in the HumanitiesVancity Office of Community Engagement, Department of Psychology, & Ernest Becker Foundation

Oct 27

Public Lecture: “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Emerita, Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward.

Nov 4

Public Lecture: “Comparative Xenophobia. South Africa, Europe, North America”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Heribert Adam, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, SFU.

Nov 15

World Peace Forum Teach-in 2015

9:00am–6:00pm, Rooms 1700, 1500, 1505, & 1510, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by the World Peace Forum Society

More to come. Please 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.