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Holding Space for Community

SFU Public Square holds space for SFU and its communities to learn together and work towards equitable and sustainable solutions to our world's complex challenges.

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Upcoming Events

  • Eternity Martis: Meet SFU Library’s 2022 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

    2022

    Celebrate SFU Library’s 2022 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence, Eternity Martis, in an opening launch event! Join Eternity and fellow non-fiction author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee for an evening of readings and conversation, presented by SFU Library and SFU Public Square.

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  • Taco Niet | Just Climate Policies

    PFL 2021-2022, Equity + Justice, Climate + Environment, 2022, President's Faculty Lectures

    How do we address the climate crisis effectively and equitably? Taco Niet of SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering will discuss how evidence-based modelling tools are essential for making urgent climate policy decisions grounded in justice and equity.

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  • Vaibhav Saria | Care and Crisis in India

    PFL 2021-2022, Equity + Justice, 2022, Health, President's Faculty Lectures

    Vaibhav Saria, assistant professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at SFU, will explore how the complex history of health care in India has led to a valorization of care providers’ work during COVID-19, but also to increased violence against them.

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  • Kanna Hayashi | Harm Reduction in an Unprecedented Overdose Crisis

    PFL 2021-2022, Equity + Justice, 2022, Health, President's Faculty Lectures

    Kanna Hayashi, the St. Paul’s Hospital Chair in Substance Use Research, will explain how harm reduction interventions grounded in lived experiences, scientific evidence and health equity are desperately needed to address B.C.’s unprecedented drug toxicity crisis.

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Explore Topics

Cities

Urban planning and design. Housing and transportation. Parks and neighbourhoods. Politics and business. Arts and culture. The city as a living system.

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Economy

All about how we understand wealth and value, how we produce and distribute our resources, and the impacts of those decisions.

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Health

From addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and overdose crisis to examining healthcare systems, mental health and health misinformation.

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Climate + Environment

Addressing how to respond to climate change politically, economically, socially and culturally with a lens of equity and justice.

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Media + Information

Exploring the power of ideas. Engaging with the technologies, politics and economics of media and the people and practices of journalism.

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Indigenous Voices

Conversations led by Indigenous people about Indigenous histories, languages, arts, cultures, rights and resilience, reconciliation and decolonization.

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Equity + Justice

Look here for events and resources around issues of decolonization, reconciliation, anti-racism and dismantling systems of oppression.

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Arts + Culture

Supporting the arts with book launches, poetry readings, artist talks and conversations about the artistic process and arts funding.

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Democracy

We don’t take democracy for granted. Explore discussions ranging from party politics to voting systems to how people organize their political power.

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Future of Work

AI and automation. The pandemic. The gig economy and the precariat. Unions and labour power. Navigate the future of work with us.

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Community Building

How to weave connections, overcome isolation and build up our social infrastructure. Explore conversations on community organizing, social innovation and grassroots activism.

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Featured

  • 2021 — Towards Equity

    2021, Summit Towards Equity, Equity + Justice, Climate + Environment, Economy, Health

    What must we understand—and do—to recover equitably and reimagine our systems to confront the intersecting crises of inequality, systemic racism and climate change? Explore this question with our 2021 Community Summit Series.

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