Big Thinking

Big Thinking

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

The 2019 Big Thinking series will feature the arts as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. It is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and The University of British Columbia, with the generous support of series sponsors. The full lineup is coming soon, and confirmed speakers will be announced in real time.

Confirmed speakers:

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan
Canadian novelist
June 2, 2019 - 12:15 to 13:15

Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. Her most recent novel, Washington Black, won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children. Photo credit © Tamara Poppitt

Simon Brault

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
Director/CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts
June 3, 2019 - 12:15 to 13:15

Simon Brault is the Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. He launched an ambitious transformation of the Council in 2014, with the implementation of a new funding model and a strategic plan that proposes a bold vision for the future of the arts in Canada. Brault has been a major player in culture for over 30 years, and he is a much sought-after speaker at national and international events. He has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of the arts and culture. Photo credit © M. Lipman/FPAC

Stan DouglasStan Douglas
Visual artist
June 6, 2019 time TBC

Stan Douglas is a visual artist who works in photography, video and theatre. Survey exhibitions of his work have been staged at major museums in North America and Europe and he is currently core faculty in the Graduate Fine Art Department of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.