Speaker Series

The Public Humanities Hub hosts (or co-hosts) a number of speakers each year who are actively engaged in public-facing research and community-engaged scholarship. These events include both lectures and panels and are designed to showcase exemplary forms of public scholarship. The Hub is particularly interested and open to co-sponsoring events with
departments and units on campus with advance humanities research.

Speaker Series: Video Playlist


March 2, 2021: “A Fireside Chat with Margaret Price,” Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Health Research Cluster.

November 3, 2020: “Working in Public: Generosity and the Knowledge Commons” by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University

Co-sponsored with the UBC Library as part of the “Open Scholarship in Practice” series

November 2, 2020: “Screening of The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel and Q & A with Co-Director Joel Bakan,” Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC

Co-sponsored with Allard School of Law’s International Justice & Human Rights Clinic and Centre for Business Law.

October 27, 2020: “Religion and the U.S. Presidential Election,” a UBC panel moderated by Paul Quirk, Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at UBC

  • Leslie Paris, History: “Young Adult Voters, Religion, and the Culture Wars”
  • Richard Menkis, History: “Antisemitism in the Age of Trump”
  • Sunera Thobani, Asian Studies: “Islamophobia: The Politics of Hate in the U.S. Elections”
  • Tony Keddie, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies: “Trumpvangelicals, the Bible, and Christian Nationalism”
  • Sabina Magliocco, Anthropology, Director of Program in the Study of Religion: “Magic and Politics in the 2020 Election”

Co-sponsored with the Program in the Study of Religion, and Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs


May 14, 2020: “CityLife: A Community Storytelling Project” by Tessa McWatt, Author of Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging and Professor of Creative Writing, University of East Anglia

Co-sponsored with UBC Creative Writing and the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning

January 28, 2020: “Exploring Environmental Humanities Through Media-Rich Visualizations” by Aleksandra Dulic, Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology and Associate Professor of the Department of Creative Studies, UBC-Okanagan

Co-sponsored with the Department of Language and Literacy Education

January 8, 2020: “George Luks, Mark Twain, and the Comic Grotesque” by Jean Lee Cole, Professor and Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, Loyola University Maryland

Co-sponsored with the SFU Department of English and the UBC Department of English Language and Literatures and History 

November 14-15, 2019 : Lightning Talks on Public Scholarship

  • Jason Groves, Assistant Professor of Germanics, “Exposed: Public Environmental Humanities”
  • Leigh Mercer, Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media, “Hispanic Film Programming and the Film Festival Phenomenon
  • Chelsea Grimmer, Lecturer, English, “Poetry as Public Scholarship: Activist Poetics in the Time of Social Media”
  • Isaac Rivera, PhD student, Geography, “Digitizing the Sacred: Water, Struggle, and the Digital Geographies of the Ocetia Sakowin”

Co-sponsored with the UW-Simpson Center for the Humanities

October 24, 2019: “Why Humanity Needs the Humanities Now: Five Ways to Move the Humanities Into Public Space and Public Action” by Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, McGill University

Co-sponsored with the Department of English Language and Literatures