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.

Some time in February; date being finalized
Speaker: Ms. Lindsay Shepherd
Title: Free Speech: Legacies & Mobilization
Location: Room 7000, Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Note: 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. 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.

Some time in March; date being finalized
Speaker: Dr. Lee Mellor
Title: TBA
Location: Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Note: 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, her handle is @profmellor.