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Big Thinking

Big Thinking

The Big Thinking lecture 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 2018 Big Thinking lecture series is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Regina, with the generous support of series sponsors.

This series is free and open to all Congress registered attendees and the general public. Registration is not required. See more information about the registration access levels in About the fees.

All Big Thinking lectures take place in Riddell Centre - RC 170 University TheatreSimultaneous interpretation will be provided.



Saturday, May 26 - 12:15 - 1:15

Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Lubicon Cree, Indigenous Knowledge & Climate Change Fellow, David Suzuki Foundation

On the front lines: Indigenous women and climate change 

Sunday, May 27 - 12:15 - 1:15

Margaret MacMillan
Professor of History at the University of Toronto, former Warden of St. Antony’s College and Professor of International History, University of Oxford

Thinking about war

Monday, May 28 - 12:15 - 1:15

Marie Wilson, C.M., O,NWT.
Commissioner, 2009-2015, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Diversity and reconciliation




Françoise Baylis

Wednesday, May 30 - 12:15 - 1:15

Alaa Murabit
CEO, Omnis Institute, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health and Economic Growth, and UN Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate

Leadership and sustainable peacebuilding

Alaa Murabit

Thursday, May 31 - 12:15 - 1:15

Françoise Baylis
Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University

The responsibilities of scholars in public debate: Challenging intuitive ethical considerations


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