Public lectures and events

SFU After 50 Years: Its Past and Present

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 1:30 PM

SFU was born in a period of ferment and flux, when ideas about education were changing rapidly and the Western world was starting to feel the impact of student activism, the Civil Rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War. Promoted as an open, innovative university, SFU attracted more mature students and a far younger and more idealistic faculty than other schools. The stage was set for educational and political fireworks.

This lecture traces the history of the university, from those first exhilarating, confusing and profoundly educational years to the university of today—now one of Canada's most respected universities—youthful, energetic, rigorous, and still growing and learning.

This free event is co-sponsored by the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learning Society.

Date(s): Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 1:30–3 p.m.

Location: Room 1800, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Admission: Free and open to all adults, but please register

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Hugh Johnston

    Hugh Johnston is a professor emeritus of history at SFU, where he taught for 36 years. For 11 of those years, he was the department chair. Since retirement, he has enjoyed teaching in the Adults 55+ Program at SFU.

    He attended the University of Toronto, the Ontario College of Education, the University of Western Ontario, and King’s College at the University of London. Between degrees, he taught high school for three years.

    From 1992 to 2001, he served on the board of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a bi-national organization promoting scholarly exchange; from 1995 to 1996 he was resident director of the institute’s office in Delhi; and in 2001, he was the institute’s president.

    He has written about British and South Asian migration and settlement, 18th-century exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the history of British Columbia, and higher education in Canada. His books include British Emigration Policy 1815–1830: Shovelling out Paupers (1972); The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar (1979); The Four Quarters of the Night: the Life Story of an Emigrant Sikh (1995); and Radical Campus: Making Simon Fraser University (2005). He is working on a biography of Kapoor Singh, a Sikh pioneer, mill owner and philanthropist.



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