Posts Tagged: public lecture

Reno or Rebuild? Making change and forging connections in an evolving Canadian literary culture

Event Details

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Room 1400 SFU Harbour Centre
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Event begins at 7:00 pm

This public event is part of the Emerging Leaders in Publishing Summit

Diversity panels and half-hearted efforts at inclusivity haven’t brought the change our industry needs. If Canadian publishing truly wants to excel and uplift, we have to ask some difficult questions about who we publish, what we publish, and how we publish—and we must ensure that both writers and the industry professionals working to publish them represent the change we seek.

Cherie will talk about the need for ‘diverse’ voices in decision-making roles in publishing. Sharing her own experiences and challenges she will examine how publishers can provide readers with what they want while giving them an opportunity to fall in love with what they don’t yet know they want.

Cherie’s talk will be followed by a conversation with CBC journalist, Angela Sterritt. 

About Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline‘s young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017, and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honours, was a fan favourite in the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. It was also a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, and became the first Indigenous writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Vancouver. Her most recent novel for adults, Empire of Wild, published by Penguin Random House Canada in 2019, was named Indigo’s #1 Fiction Pick of the Year, and is forthcoming in April in the US through HarperCollins.

About Angela Sterritt

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and keynote speaker from British Columbia. In 2018, Sterritt won multiple awards for her CBC column, Reconcile This which explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in British Columbia. Sterritt’s feature on missing and murdered Indigenous, women, girls and two-spirit people was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists Award. She is now writing a book on the topic.

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Type in Multiple Dimensions: A Lecture and Films by Judith Poirier

Alcuin event with Judith PoirierThe Alcuin Society is pleased to present a free public lecture on March 16, 2017 with Judith Poirier. Judith will discuss the book as a space for design experimentation, and show her experimental films using type and historic printing elements.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7:00 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.
Fletcher Challenge Room

Admission free and open to the public. No registration required.

Judith Poirier is a professor of typography & editorial design at École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal, Québec. She is also a filmmaker, and a multiple Alcuin award winner for her own books.

This is a unique opportunity to hear her in Vancouver, for anyone interested in type or book making. Judith is one of three judges for the Society’s 35th upcoming competition, the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

See the Alcuin Society’s post, and more information about Judith here | Visit Judith’s website and her Vimeo page.

Fall 2016 President’s Dream Colloquium: Education for Reconciliation

The President’s Dream Colloquium, started in 2011, is an initiative to bring leading thinkers to SFU and provide an annual forum for intensive interdisciplinary exchange amongst faculty and students in the form of a graduate course and public lectures.

We are witnessing dramatic shifts in the landscape of Indigenous relations in Canada. The recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) created challenging and inspiring opportunities for all of us.

The TRC issued 94 Calls to Action, with a number of the recommendations specific to institutions of higher education. The call is to work with Indigenous peoples to incorporate Indigenous knowledges and ways of learning through the eyes of local traditional knowledge keepers and elders, to inform intercultural learning and social healing.

This semester, the President’s Dream Colloquium will explore justice, identity and belonging in the context of Education for Reconciliation.

Some of the confirmed speakers include authors, such as award-winning visual contemporary Haida artist and author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas; author, musiciain and broadcaster Wab Kinew; ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Wade Davis; Hawaiian author and scholar-activist Manulani Aluli-Meyer; award-winning author of Indigenous Law books, John Borrows; and more.

While most lectures are free to attend (with some exceptions) you are required to reserve a seat.

Visit the Dream Colloquium website for full speaker bios and event details.

Research is Also for Non-Scholars—Public Lecture by Juan Alperin

The Publishing Program at SFU is pleased to present the following public lecture, by Dr. Juan Alperin. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at 3:00pm at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre campus in room 1530.

Research is Also for Non-Scholars: Capturing Impact Outside the Academy

It is commonly understood that scholarly research is created as a public good to facilitate inquiry and knowledge creation. Traditionally, to fulfill this mission, scholarly communication has been focused on making research available and discoverable among scholars, or among a specialized subsection of the population who has been charged with such duties. However, the extensive adoption of open access models of publishing, which provide free access to the peer-reviewed literature, creates an enormous opportunity for increased public engagement with the primary research literature. This presentation uses the unique circumstance in the Latin American context, along with an equally unique set of data, to explore the nature and extent of the of the public impact of research and scholarship. In doing so, it will discuss the new era of audience analysis that is made possible by increasingly digital and open scholarly publishing landscape.

Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program and a Research Associate with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Alperin is best known as a leading voice on issues of developing regions to the scholarly community through a combination of published research, presentations, and membership in the scientific advisory board of major Latin American open access initiatives. In his most recent work, Dr. Alperin has focused on studying the public reach and impact of Latin American research, having shown the diverse non-academic public that reads and engages with open access resources.

Twitter: @juancommander