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. 

All Big Thinking events will be in Frederic Wood Theatre on campus. 

Meet this year's speakers:

Esi Edugyan

Esi Eduygan
Canadian novelist, two-time Giller prize winner
In Conversation with Esi Eduygan
June 2, 2019 - 12:15 to 13:15
Photo credit © Tamara Poppitt

(Video available!)


Simon Brault

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
Director and CEO of the Canada Council of the Arts
What is the price of reconciling freedom and responsibility in a changing democracy?
June 3, 2019 - 12:15 to 13:15 

Photo credit © M. Lipman/FPAC

(Video available!)


David Suzuki and Ian Mauro
David Suzuki: Scientist, broadcaster, author, activist and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation |
Ian Mauro: Principal of the Richardson College for the Environment, Co-Director of the Prairie Climate, the University of Winnipeg

Beyond Climate: Science, storytelling and solutions
June 4, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00

(Video available!)

Sylvia Cloutier, Margo Kane, Lindsay Lachance and Corey Payette
Award-winning performers, writers, and directors
Storytelling and strength: Voices from Indigenous theatre in Canada
June 5, 2019 - 12:15 to 13:15

(Video available!)





Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas
Visual artist
Impossible Pictures
June 6, 2019 - 16:30 to 17:30

(Video available!)





Big Thinking series sponsors:


Date & time Event Speaker(s)
Jun 2
12:15 - 13:15
Esi Edugyan, Dr. Minelle Mahtani
Jun 3
12:15 - 13:15
Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q., Mireille Langlois
Jun 4
19:00 - 21:00
David Suzuki, Ian Mauro
Jun 5
12:15 - 13:15
Jun 6
16:30 - 17:30
Stan Douglas