media release

Philosophers’ Café nets award

January 11, 2013

Helen Wussow, dean of Lifelong Learning, 778.782.5138

Michael Filimowicz, Philosophers’ Café, 778.782.9263,

For 15 years, Simon Fraser University’s Philosophers’ Café has demonstrated how new approaches to conversation and scholarship can invigorate inquiry into today’s most pressing questions. The two-day World Universities Forum, which winds up today, is recognizing that approach with its 2012 award for Best Practices in Higher Education.

Founded in 1998 by Yosef Wosk in an effort to create a cutting-edge, safe and stimulating environment for public conversation, more than 70,000 people have attended Philosophers’ Cafés at 90 different venues across B.C.

The program speaks directly to SFU’s strategic vision as “The Engaged University” by creating a forum that enables dialogue and the exchange of ideas without fear of judgment.

"This is wonderful recognition of our commitment to being an engaged university and fostering dialogue in the communities we serve," said SFU President Andrew Petter, upon receiving the award.

The Best Practices Award recognizes the most significant higher education practices of 2012, through criteria including innovative curricula, research projects and student services.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and 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.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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