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Welcome to the Institute for the Humanities

Now in its 31st 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:

April 23

Panel Discussion: “A David and Goliath Story: Do Canada’s Environmental Laws Have the Stones?”

6:30pm–8:30pm, Room 1410–1430, SFU Harbour Centre

Speakers: Stewart Elgie, Dr. Kathryn Harrison, Dr. David Boyd, Karen Campbell, & Margot Venton.

Co-sponsored by Ecojustice

April 29

Panel Discussion: “Toxic Oil Spill in English Bay: The Truth About Oil Recovery & Long-Term Effects on the Ecosystems”

7:00pm–9:00pm, ICBC Concourse, SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street

Co-sponsored by We Love This Coast and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

May 4

Public Lecture: “Psychoanalyzing Authoritarianism: Trauma and the Difficult Question of Freedom”

6:45pm–9:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Speakers: Jonathan Sklar & Jay Frankel. Chair: Christopher Fortune.

Co-sponsored by the Western Branch Psychoanalytic Society

May 7

Public Lecture: “Popular Media and Cultural Public Sphere in Contemporary China”

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

Shuyu Kong, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University

Co-sponsored by SFU’s David Lam Centre, School of Communication’s M.A Double Degree Program in Global Communication, and International Studies

May 12

Book Launch & Panel Discussion: “Nothing to Lose but Our Fear: Resistance in Dangerous Times”

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

Speakers: Fiona Jeffries, Mike Ma, & Davina Bhandar. Moderated by Samir Gandesha.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s CPCC, Kwanlten’s Social Justice Centre, and Between the Lines Books.

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.