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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:

Sept 14

2015 Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar Lecture: “Grassroots Politics in Parliament”

6:00pm–8:00pm, Room 1420–1430 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre

Libby Davies, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East since 1997.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities and Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities and Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities and Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Sept 24

Public Lecture: “Taking Back Canada”

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

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

With introduction by Dr. Glen Coulthard, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, UBC.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, Vancity Office of Community Engagement and First Nations Studies, and UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Oct 1

2015 Gandhi Commemorative Lecture: “Individual Responsibility in a Rapidly Changed World”

7:00pm–9:00pm, 1900 Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre

Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M., Ph.D., LL.D., 2015 Thakore Visiting Scholar

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, The Thakore Charitable Foundation, and the India Club of Vancouver

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 5

Public Lecture: “The Rubicon Election of 2015″

7:00pm–9:00pm, 1410–1430 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre

Michael Harris, jounalist and author of Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities and Department of Political Science

Oct 27

Public Lecture: “Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies in North America”

7:00pm–9:00pm, 1400-1420 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre

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

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, Vancity Office of Community Engagement and First Nations Studies, and UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

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.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities

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.

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