Amitav Ghosh is the speaker at this year's SFU Vancouver Speaker Series.

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Renowned author Amitav Ghosh headlines SFU Vancouver Speaker series

July 04, 2019

Ian Bryce, University Communications and Marketing, 604-773-8134,

Simon Fraser University and Indian Summer Festival will host renowned author Amitav Ghosh for the SFU Vancouver 30th Anniversary Speaker Series on Tuesday, July 9 at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Ghosh will speak on his latest book, The Great Derangement, which speculates on how future generations will reflect on contemporary society’s failure to address climate change.

Ghosh holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates. In 2019, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade. A year earlier, he was recognized with the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor—the first English-language writer to receive the award.

Ghosh was awarded the Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis festival in Montreal in 2011, and in 2010, was a joint winner, along with Margaret Atwood, of a Dan David prize. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest honors, by India’s president.

Presented by SFU’s Vancouver campus, SFU Public Square and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the event will be moderated by Am Johal, executive director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.  

This event is part of SFU Vancouver Campus’ 30th anniversary and the Indian Summer Festival, which runs from July 4 – 14. Tickets are available from the Indian Summer Festival website.



Sirish Rao, co-founder, Indian Summer Festival:

“Among the many awards Amitav Ghosh has won is the Grinzane Cavour Prize for a life dedicated to literature. It is popularly held that anyone who wins this prize goes on to the win the Nobel Prize for Literature (think Nadine Gordimer, JM Coetzee, Wole Soyinka, Jose Saramago, Orhan Pamuk, Gunter Grass, Doris Lessing and VS Naipaul and a pattern starts to emerge). Could there be a Nobel in the horizon for Ghosh? Come meet a giant of world literature right here in Vancouver at this special event.”

Laurie Anderson, executive director, SFU’s Vancouver Campus:

"We are excited to have Amitav Ghosh as our featured presenter as the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series celebrates the campus' 30 years downtown. In partnership with Indian Summer and SFU's Public Square, it is an honour to bring such a renowned author to Vancouver."



Launched in 2012, the Vancouver Speaker Series builds on SFU’s rich history of community engagement, by exploring critical issues that contribute to better understanding among Vancouver’s citizens through an intellectually enriching experience.

The event follows a three-part format: the speaker’s opening remarks, followed by a conversation with a moderator and a question-and-answer period with the audience.



  • Tuesday, July 9
  • 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



  • Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
  • 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver



Amitav Ghosh is available for interviews before the event. Please contact Ian Bryce for media inquiries.



Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival ‘where worlds meet’ in Vancouver. The festival fosters true curatorial risk-taking by bringing unexpected genres together, and focusing on artistic collaboration between the finest artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. It is produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Its mission is to offer daring, multi-arts events that bring together diverse artists, audiences and artists in a spirit of global dialogue and citizenship.



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 more than 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 150,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.


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