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President’s Faculty Lectures returns to explore resilience and recovery

December 15, 2020

After an unprecedented 2020, we could all do with some resilience and recovery.

With the global COVID-19 pandemic still affecting every part of our lives, the President’s Faculty Lectures returns next year to highlight some of Simon Fraser University’s top minds with engaging and thought-provoking discussions that shed a light on our world today.

Hosted by SFU President Joy Johnson, these six free public lectures celebrate faculty that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

“These free, online lectures celebrate cutting-edge research from faculty whose work is making a difference in our communities,” says Johnson. “I hope that you’ll join us as we explore the themes of resilience and recovery from a variety of disciplines.”

The President’s Faculty Lectures are a part of SFU Public Square, a signature initiative of the engaged university. Each lecture will be hosted by Johnson and will be followed by a conversation with the speaker and audience.

The series will delve into topics such as social justice, the resilience of First Nations, community life, work-life balance, the impacts of international travel restrictions and advancements in plastics.

You won’t have to wait long for the series to kick off. The President’s Faculty Lectures resumes Jan. 19 with Jeremy Stone, the director of Community Economic Development Programs in the Faculty of Environment, presenting on economic resilience planning and the critical role that retail storefronts play in our lives.

For full event details, visit the event page here.


President’s Faculty Lecture line-up

Jeremy Stone | Director, Community Economic Development Programs, Faculty of Environment
The Hidden Gifts of Retail: Resilience and Planning for Community Life

Tuesday, January 19 | 6-7:30pm

Parin Dossa | Professor of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Envisioning Social Justice from the Margins
Tuesday, February 9 | 6-7:30pm

Lieke ten Brummelhuis | Associate Professor Management and Organization Studies, Beedie School of Business
Work Hard, Play Hard: The Role of Recovery after Work

Tuesday, March 9 | 6-7:30pm

Alanaise Goodwill | Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education
Stó:lo Shxweli and Resilience

Wednesday, April 7 | 6-7:30pm

Steven Holdcroft | Professor of Chemistry, Canada Research Chair in Electrochemical Materials
Plastics, basically
Tuesday, May 11 | 6-7:30pm

Kelley Lee | Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance, Faculty of Health Sciences
Pandemics and borders:  How might we manage the use of travel restrictions more effectively?

Tuesday, June 1 | 6-7:30pm