November 7, 2022

Free Event: The Gill Lecture: Rethinking Community Engagement & Universities

The annual Warren Gill Lecture for 2022 focuses on community engagement and universities.

Beyond the teaching, learning and research mission of the contemporary university is the desire for a more engaged university that enhances its societal impacts in an increasingly polarized world and deepens democratic practices.


Schedule: Wednesday November 30, 

Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodward’s) 149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

  • Doors open: 6 p.m.
  • Lecture: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Reception: 7:30 p.m.

You can register for a seat to attend by clicking this link.

While the expansion of community engagement in universities has built new partnerships and created new opportunities for institutions, faculty members, students and community partners to work together in more intentional ways, the institutionalization of community engagement in post-secondary education has also landed in complex and problematic ways, and not without criticism.

In a time of climate emergencies, racial injustice, social and economic inequality and multiple crises, what is possible in community engagement today? What can a tangible and relevant agenda for university-community engagement look like today?

Speaker and Panellists:

  • Am Johal, Director, SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement (speaker)
  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue
  • Julia Aoki, Executive Director, Megaphone Magazine
  • Steve Dooley, Executive Director, SFU Surrey Campus
  • Sean Condon, Executive Director, 312 Main
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About Am Johal

Am Johal has been director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement since December 2010 and co-director of SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative since 2019. He is an associate with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and SFU’s Institute for the Humanities. He has taught courses in the Semester in Dialogue, School for Contemporary Arts, Graduate Liberal Studies and Urban Studies. He is the author of Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene (Atropos Press, 2015) and co-author with Matt Hern, with contributions from Joe Sacco, of Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale (The MIT Press, 2018).

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