President's Dream Colloquium

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. 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.

Current President Dream's Colloquium

Upcoming Free Public Lectures

Public lectures are free and open to everyone including the general public. Please RSVP to the event as space is limited. A recording of each lecture will be made available after the event.

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

ḥačatakma c̓awaak (everything is interconnected). Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Health, Resilience, and Sustainability

Speaker: Charlotte Coté
Nuu-chah-nulth community of Tseshaht and Professor, Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington

Location: SFU Harbour Centre  

Watch the Recording

Thursday, November 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Honouring Cultural Teachings in the Context of Industrial Colonialism and Climate Change: Inuvialuit and Ts'msyen perspectives

Speaker: Panikpak Letitia Pokiak
Tuktuuyaqtuuq located in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
MA Anthropology, University of Victoria

Speaker: Spencer Greening (La'goot)
Ts'msyen community of the Gitga’at First Nation
PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University

Location: SFU Harbour Centre

Watch The Recording

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Honouring Ancestral Teachings and Environmental Knowledge in a Time of Urgency: Lessons from the Ninogaad

Speaker: Kim Recalma-Clutesi

Award-winning activist and cross-cultural interpreter from the Qualicum First Nation on eastern Vancouver Island.

Speaker: Douglas Deur

Groundbreaking researcher, author and cultural anthropologist.

Location: SFU Harbour Centre


Thursday, October 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Creating Resilient Futures by Leading with a Light Heart

Speaker: Monique Gray Smith
Award-winning, best-selling author and consultant of Cree, Lakota and Scottish heritage.

Location: SFU Harbour Centre

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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2022 Fall - Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Perspectives on Sustainability and Resilience

This colloquium will explore how some Indigenous peoples and local communities understand sustainability and resilience and how their traditional worldviews might provide models for more sustainable futures for their communities and others. 

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Past President's Dream Colloquia

Spring 2021

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.

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Fall 2019

Creative Ecologies

We must challenge ourselves to face the environmental bad news and imagine human and nonhuman life in strikingly new and different ways.

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Spring 2019


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.

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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.

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If you have any questions about the Colloquium administration, please email Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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