media release

Media Advisory: Author and activist Naomi Klein Discusses Climate Change at SFU

March 07, 2016

Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director, SFU Public Square. 778.782.7895,
Derek Bedry, University Communications, 604.360.5890,

Renowned Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein will present at SFU’s Vancouver Speakers Series on Friday, March 11.

Klein, a provocative activist and leading thinker  on controversial topics including climate change, globalization and corporate capitalism, will present current commentary and content from her latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate and participate in a moderated Q&A.

“Naomi Klein is one of Canada’s foremost public intellectuals,” says philosophy professor Sam Black. “She has one of the highest public profiles as a commentator on policy issues of anyone in Canada. She was an obvious choice to invite to SFU as a way of engaging the broader community.”

The series is presented by SFU Public Square in partnership with the Department of Philosophy, SFU Vancouver and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Past speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning poverty activist Chris Hedges, comedian and Upright Citizens Brigade founder Matt Besser, and renowned journalist Gwynne Dyer.

Friday, March 11

The Vogue Theatre
918 Granville St.


The SFU Vancouver Speaker Series brings global experts to a local audience. Launched in 2012, the series builds on SFU’s rich history of community engagement by exploring critical issues to contribute to better understanding among Vancouver’s citizens through an intellectually enriching experience.

The series traditionally follows a three-part format; the speaker will present their opening remarks, followed by a conversation with a moderator from the local media, and before closing with a question and answer period with the audience.

The SFU Vancouver Speaker Series is presented by SFU Public Square, in partnership with SFU Vancouver and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.


As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 135,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.


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