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Conceived by President Andrew Petter, the President’s Dream Colloquium bringa leading thinkers to SFU and providea 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
Fall 2019 - Creative Ecologies
The aim of the colloquium is to challenge all of us to face the environmental bad news and to imagine human and nonhuman life in strikingly new and different ways.Learn more →
Free Public Lectures
President Andrew Petter 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 on Creative Ecologies
Since the industrial revolution, human activity has profoundly and relentlessly damaged the earth and how to change this trajectory is the direst problem humankind is currently facing. Though many disciplines and organizations offer their own methodologies and solutions, this colloquium recognizes that relying on one system or culture of knowledge will not save the world.
The public lecture series is curated by Dr. Denise Oleksijczuk (Contemporary Arts) in collaboration of Dr. Zoë Druick (Communication) and Dr. Michelle Levy (English). Dr. Oleksijczuk is the instructor of INS897, President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies,
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 2020 colloquium. SFU faculty members who would like to put together a colloquium proposal for a future series, please contact us to learn more.