President’s Faculty Lectures highlights equity and justice research at SFU

August 23, 2021

Equity and justice are driving force in today’s society and Simon Fraser University researchers are at the forefront of the movement in the academic world.

From ensuring digital democracy and food security, to addressing racism, climate change, the opioid overdose crisis and gender discrimination, faculty at Canada’s engaged university are harnessing their knowledge toward these two ideals.

The President’s Faculty Lectures returns September to shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and researchers that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

“Providing a stage for our faculty to share their knowledge and being able to engage in thought-provoking conversations with them are always a highlight of our President’s Faculty Lectures and the themes of equity and justice this year are so timely,” says Johnson. “I invite anyone who is interested in hearing about some of the latest, most socially-important research coming out of SFU and seeing how it’s helping to build toward a better world to tune in.”

Approaching this theme from a variety of disciplines, each short lecture will be followed by a conversation with Joy Johnson and an audience Q&A session, livestreamed from the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

The President’s Faculty Lectures run from September 2021 to March 2022. For full event details, visit the event page here.


President’s Faculty Lecture line-up

Wendy Chun | Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media; Director, Digital Democracies Institute
Discriminating Data

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.
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Tammara Soma | Assistant Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management; Research Director, Food Systems Lab
Setting the Table for Food Justice: The Role of Community-Engaged Research

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Taco Niet | Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
Just Climate Policies: Modelling for Evidence-Based Decision Making

Tuesday, January 25, 2021 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Vaibhav Saria | Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Care and Crisis in India

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Kanna Hayashi | Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences; St. Paul's Hospital Chair in Substance Use Research
Harm Reduction in an Unprecedented Overdose Crisis

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

June Francis | Associate Professor of Marketing, Beedie School of Business; Chair, Hogan's Alley Society; Special Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.