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. Registration is not required. See more information about the registration access levels in About the fees.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. 

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

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

Five hundred years of building diversity: Canadian citizenship at the future’s edge (video available!)

  • 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 Professor, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University
  • Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis); 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 (video available!)

  • 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 (video available!)

  • Jocelyn Létourneau, Canada Research Chair in Québec 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
  • Maatalii 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 (video available!)

  • Mohamed Fahmy, award-winning journalist


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

Black Joy: Resistance, Revolution, & Radical Love (video available!)

  • Aja Monet, Award-winning performance poet and human rights advocate
  • Interviewed by Desmond Cole, Activist and freelance journalist

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