Program

Big Thinking

Big Thinking

The Big Thinking lecture series is held throughout Congress and brings together leading scholars and public figures who present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The 2017 Big Thinking lecture series is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Ryerson University, with the generous support of series sponsors.

This series is free and open to all Congress registered attendees and the general public. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

All Big Thinking lectures take place in TRSM 1-067 – Auditorium.

Please note the line-up is subject to change.
 

Saturday, May 27 - 12:15 - 13:15

Five hundred years of building diversity: Canadian citizenship at the future’s edge

  • John Ralston Saul, award winning essayist and novelist, President Emeritus, PEN International, co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University
  • Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University
  • Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba
     

Sunday, May 28 - 12:15 - 13:15

The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass

  • Wade Davis, Professor, BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia
     

Monday, May 29 - 12:15 - 13:15

Timeline 150: Québec, Canada, and the weight of history

  • Jocelyn Létourneau, Canada Research Chair in Quebec History at Laval University and 2006 Trudeau fellow
  • Andréanne LeBrun, doctoral candidate in history at the University of Sherbrooke, lecturer in education, and 2015 Trudeau scholar


Tuesday, May 30 - 12:15 - 13:15

Present and Powerful Indigenous Women

  • Tracey Lindberg, author of the novel Birdie, university teacher, academic writer
  • Maatali Okalik, President, National Inuit Youth Council
  • Maria Campbell, Elder in Residence, Athabasca University
     

Wednesday, May 31 - 12:15 - 13:15

Media in the Age of Terror

  • Mohamed Fahmy, award-winning journalist

 

Thursday, June 1 - 12:15 - 13:15

Black Joy: Resistance, Revolution, & Radical Love 

  • Aja Monet, Award-winning performance poet and human rights advocate
  • Interviewed by Desmond Cole, columnist, Toronto Star