Welcome to SFU.ca.
You have reached this page because we have detected you have a browser that is not supported by our web site and its stylesheets. We are happy to bring you here a text version of the SFU site. It offers you all the site's links and info, but without the graphics.
You may be able to update your browser and take advantage of the full graphical website. This could be done FREE at one of the following links, depending on your computer and operating system.
Or you may simply continue with the text version.

FireFox (Recommended) http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Netscape http://browser.netscape.com
Opera http://www.opera.com/

*Macintosh OSX:*
FireFox (Recommended) http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Netscape http://browser.netscape.com
Opera http://www.opera.com/

*Macintosh OS 8.5-9.22:*
The only currently supported browser that we know of is iCAB. This is a free browser to download and try, but there is a cost to purchase it.

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:

November 7–8

Public Conference: Media Democracy Days 2014

SFU Harbour Centre & Vancouver Public Library

Keynote Speakers: Michael Geist, Reilly Yao, & Kai Nagata

November 8

Symposium: “Theodor Adorno: Music, Language, Authenticity”

8:30am–4:30pm, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre

Participants: Shierry Weber Nicholsen, Jeremy J. Shapiro, Jerry Zaslove, & Samir Gandesha

November 12

Public Lecture: “Interactive World Disclosure (or, an Interface is not a Hammer)”

7:00pm–9:00pm, Room 1600, SFU Harbour Centre.

Roy Bendor, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC

November 18

Public Lecture: “Institutionalized Sound”

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

Frances Dyson, University of California, Davis

Co-sponsored by School for Contemporary Arts, SFU

November 19

Film Screening & Panel Discussion of Lisa Jackson’s film: “Hidden Legacies”

6:30pm, Dr. Ambedkar Room (fourth floor), 10350 University Drive, Surrey

Panel moderated by Amal Rana, featuring Char Linklater, Rupert Richardson, and others

Co-sponsored by the Village Surrey Transition Initiative, the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, the Dr Ambedkar Federation, and the Surrey Libraries

November 25

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

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

Zoë Druick, School of Communications, Simon Fraser University

December 02

Panel discussion of Naomi Klein’s new book: “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

7:00pm, Room B, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

Panelists: Anjali Appadurai, Stephen Collis, Brad Hornick, & Lynne Quarmby

Co-sponsored by rabble.ca and Climate Convergence

January 12, 2015

Public Lecture: “On Energy and Philosophy”

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

Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair, English, Film Studies and Sociology, University of Alberta

January 29, 2015

Public Lecture: “Diverting Dissent in the Black Power Era: Tracing the Historical Roots of the Obama Presidency”

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

Karen Furguson, Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University

February 17, 2015

Public Lecture: “Neo-Liberal Forms of Dispossession and Democracy”

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

Davina Bhandar, Trent University

March 17, 2015

Public Lecture: “Mapping Critical Theories Today”

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

Razmig Keucheyan, University of Paris, Sorbonne

March 27–29, 2015

Public Conference on Mining, Fossil Fuels and Common Resources: “The State of Extraction: Corporate Imperatives, Public Knowledge and Global Struggles for Alternatives”

Time TBA/Location TBA

Keynote Speaker: Chris Hedges

Co-hosted by Vancity Office for Community Engagement

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.