Program

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 - time TBC

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.