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Conceived by former President Andrew Petter, current President Joy Johnson continues the tradition of the President’s Dream Colloquium: bringing leading thinkers to SFU and provide an annual forum for intensive interdisciplinary exchange amongst faculty and students.
Each colloquium provides an opportunity for approved SFU students to gain graduate course credits towards their degree for attending colloquium seminars, participating in pre-seminars and completing supervised research papers or projects relating to the colloquium’s subject or theme.
The choice of each term’s colloquium, and associated responsibilities for its oversight and co-ordination, is determined through an application process. Applications must propose a graduate course and a six-speaker lecture series that is of interest to, and supported by, at least three university departments.
Most public lectures must take place at the Burnaby campus. One large talk should be held at the Vancouver campus. A talk may also take place at the Surrey campus, depending on the speaker.
Current President's Dream Colloquium
Spring 2021 - From Conversations to Action: Creating from Social Justice Research
In celebration of SFU's 50th anniversary of Canada's first program in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies (GSWS), we've designed an innovative course that draws from and interacts with distinguished scholars such as Susan Stryker, Afua Cooper, Dana Claxton, and Thea Cacchioni!Learn More →
Free Public Lectures / Public Engagement
President Joy Johnson brings leading thinkers to SFU and invites the community to an annual forum for intensive interdisciplinary exchange amongst faculty, students and the general public.
Seminars for Undergrads & Graduates
SFU students gain course credits towards their degree for attending and participating in colloquium seminars and completing supervised research papers relating to the colloquium’s subject or theme.
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President's Dream Colloquium From Conversations to Action: Creating from Social Justice Research
Connect your passion for social justice through creative academic conversation. Take innovative interdisciplinary research from distinguished scholars and experiment with your peers to communicate it in engaging ways to a public audience. This peer-led webinar series draws from a pool of influential scholars who helped shape and grow the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies (GSWS) at SFU.
Past President's Dream Colloquiums
Inspire and mobilize as the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists, and advocates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Making Knowledge Public
Explore how public policy is shaped by research, How actively the public is already involved in science, and how research and scholarship are taken up by the public.
Calls for Colloquium Proposals
We are currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2021 colloquium. SFU faculty members who would like to put together a colloquium proposal for a future series, please contact us to learn more.