Hot Topic Talks

Hot Topic Talks is an occasional series of non-technical presentations featuring speakers who are carrying out cutting-edge research and/or participating in important social and political debates.

I decided to create the series because it seems to me that universities are currently failing pretty badly in relation to two of their main responsibilities—passing on to the public the new knowledge that their researchers are generating, and facilitating public discussion about controversial issues. Organizing a series of plain-language presentations seemed like one way in which I could help improve the situation, at least at the local level.

I don’t have any dedicated funds to support the series at the moment, so I will organize the events as and when I can. (Needless to say, if you are interested in financially supporting one or more of the talks, please email me.) I will try to hold most of the events at SFU’s campus in downtown Vancouver so that they are more accessible.


18th MARCH 2019

Speaker: Lee Mellor
Title: DirtySpeak for Dark Business: Talking Sexual Homicide in 21st Century ‘Safe Space’ Culture?
Location: Room 1530, Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Lee is a true-crime writer and alternative country musician. He recently completed a PhD in criminology at Concordia University. If you would like to follow Lee on Twitter, his handle is @profmellor.


13th FEBRUARY 2019

Speaker: Lindsay Shepherd (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms)
Title: Free Speech: Legacies & Mobilization
Location: 1315 Scotiabank Lecture Room, Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Lindsay recently completed an MA at Wilfrid Laurier University. She rose to international prominence when she exposed WLU’s unethical conduct in relation to her. She is now a Campus Free Speech Fellow at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

Lindsay’s talk was originally due to take place on 23-Jan-19 but had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies if you were expecting to attend then.

If you would like to follow Lindsay on Twitter, her handle is @NewWorldHominin.