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Robert A. Daum

Fellow, Diversity & Innovation, SFU Centre for Dialogue

Dr. Robert A. Daum (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a Fellow in Diversity & Innovation at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. He is an active research collaborator and practitioner in community and university-based initiatives focused on intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. As an Advisor in the Office of Vice President, Students at UBC, he has been the Project Lead for a series of dialogue-based, interdisciplinary and intercultural student development initiatives. At UBC he is also Honorary Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Faculty Associate of UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and a Faculty Member of the Common Room at UBC’s Green College. In the community, he is a Director of The Laurier Institution. A Director on the inaugural Board of Reconciliation Canada, he moderated the inaugural National Reconciliation Gathering in its six-city national series. For the City of Vancouver, Robert co-convenes (with BCIT’s Kory Wilson) the Intercultural & Civic Engagement Strategy Group for the Vancouver Immigration Partnership. For the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, he is a guest editor and member of the editorial advisory of Directions, its research and policy journal. He co-leads (with UBC’s Prof. Francisco Peña) the Cultural Symbioses Project, an interdisciplinary consortium of nine teams of 40+ researchers at 23 leading universities and colleges in nine countries. He also co-leads the theory and translation research team within that Project, and is also a Collaborator within its Medieval Iberia research team. As well, he is a Collaborator in an interdisciplinary SSHRC Partnership Development Project, “Evolving the Botanic Garden: Digital Environmental and Cultural Interpretation at the Edmonton Devonian Botanic Garden’s New Islamic Garden,” led by UBC’s Prof. Hussein Keshani with support from the Devonian Botanic Garden and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. In 2015 he was appointed to an initial three-year term as one of 12 national delegates to the first formal, bilateral national Dialogue between the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus. A moderator, facilitator and public speaker, he has published his research in leading refereed journals, and has been a presenter and keynote speaker at academic conferences in Canada, the United States, China, France, Spain, and Sweden.