President’s Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public

How is public policy shaped by research? How is the public already actively involved in science? How is research and scholarship taken up by the public?

In today’s climate, it is more important than ever for universities and researchers to assert themselves in the public sphere in more purposeful ways. The President’s Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public is part of that effort. 

A collaboration between SFU Graduate Studies, the Publishing Program, Public Knowledge Project, and the ScholCommLab, this colloquium seeks to create a conversation between the SFU community and the citizens of Metro Vancouver on the value of university-based research. Through public lectures, readings, and discussions, it will offer a broad overview of the ways in which research makes its way into society, providing a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a cross-disciplinary network of academics, citizen scholars and government officials.

Confirmed Speakers

Most lectures will take place at SFU’s Burnaby campus, a couple of lectures taking place at SFU Vancouver. There will be a networking session after each talk.

  • Jevin West, Co-creator of Calling Bullshit Course, University of Washington, Calling Bullshit on Fake News.
    Thursday, September 13, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Vancouver.
  • Mario Pinto, President of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Knowledge Sharing and Social Responsibility.
    October 1, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Burnaby.
  • John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, Collaborating with Indigenous Communities in Research.
    Wednesday, October 10, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Burnaby.
  • Shannon Dosemagen, Executive Director of the Public Lab, Citizen Science.
    Thursday, October 25, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Burnaby.
  • Hebe Vessuri, social anthropologist, Global Participation in Knowledge Production.
    Thursday, November 8, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Burnaby.
  • Robin DeRosa, Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, The Future of Public Mission of Universities.
    Thursday, November 22, 5:30–8:30 pm, SFU Burnaby.

Making Knowledge Public is both a public speaker series with leading thinkers and a graduate seminar course open to students from the across the university. For more information, or to register, visit the SFU website.