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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.
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. Designed around a series of public lectures given by internationally renowned speakers from varying art practices and scholarly disciplines, Creative Ecologies focuses on the intersection of art, culture, and environment to critically address and creatively negotiate environmental concerns including anthropogenic climate change, habitat destruction, drought, species extinction, and toxic waste
The speakers—whose expertise spans the fields of visual art, literature, film, anthropology, women’s studies, and Indigenous politics and aesthetics—provide the framework and launching point for the cross-disciplinary discussion between the academy and the public.
This public lecture series is curated by Dr. Denise Oleksijczuk (Contemporary Arts) in collaboration of Dr. Zoë Druick (Communication) and Dr. Michelle Levy (English).
Seminars for Graduates & Undergraduates
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.
September 19, 2019
Speaker: Elizabeth Povinelli
Frans Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University
November 21 at 7:00 pm
Speaker: Candice Hopkins
Tlingit art curator and writer
Location: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
SFU Vancouver Campus
November 28 at 3:30 pm
Speaker: Claire Colebrook
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University
Location: Applied Sciences Building,
SFU Burnaby Campus
The President's Dream Colloquium on Creative Ecologies is generously funded by: