media release

Institute for the Humanities celebrates 30 years

November 15, 2013

Sandra Zink, Institute for the Humanities, 778.782.5855,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Since 1983, Simon Fraser University’s Institute for the Humanities has been building audiences for the humanities while serving as a home for research, public programming and the development of ideas concerning social issues.

On Monday, Nov. 18, the Institute will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with a night of music, film, poetry, and refreshments at the Railway Club, beginning at 7 p.m. 

 “The goal for the institute is really to foster and deepen public discussion and debate, which in our current historical moment is becoming more and more difficult,” explains Samir Gandesha, director of the Institute.

In recent months, the Institute has hosted talks featuring such notable speakers as Rabbi Michael Lerner, Cary Nelson, and Han Dongfang. On the horizon, the Institute will host a major conference focusing on the role of extractive industries on Canadian public life in the fall of 2014.

The Institute produces a journal, Contours, while also supporting the Humanities Student Union Journal, inter/tidal, and offering traveling scholarships each term to students pursuing study abroad programs within the Humanities Department.

On Nov. 18, celebrations will include music from Shawn Mrazek, Movieland, Joe Keithley, as well as film clips by Hossein Fazeli.

RSVP to Sandra Zink at for this free event.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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