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The President's Lecture Series (PLS) is a faculty initiative of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences that is sponsored by the Office of the President. The lecture series is planned, organized, and administered by a committee of faculty volunteers who are guided by the PLS Mission Statement.

Mission Statement

PLS Mission Statement: By welcoming public intellectuals to a dynamic educational environment, The President's Lecture Series strives to provide a forum for critical discourse that is responsive to the interests of the Humber community. In fulfilling this goal, we commit to the values of free speech, diversity, and academic and social engagement. 

Get involved! 

Come to one of our upcoming talks. Here are the speakers for the Winter 2019 term:

zehanat khan

Dr. Ausma Zehanat Khan

How Literature Can Promote Intercultural Understanding: Marginalized Voices Speak Back

Thurs, Jan 24th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

North Campus, Seventh Semester (KB 111)

Dr. Khan is a critically-acclaimed novelist and holds a Ph.D in international human rights law. She is the former Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women.

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Dr. Temple Grandin

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems

Thurs, Feb 7th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

Lakeshore Campus, Auditorium (A128)

Dr. Grandin is regularly referred to as the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. A professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, she has authored numerous books and spoken around the world on the subjects of both autism and animal behaviour.

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Dr. Taylor Owen

Why is Everyone Mad at Tech?

Thurs, March 14th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

North campus, Seventh Semester (KB 111)

Dr. Owen is an Associate Professor and the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications at McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy. He is the founder and publisher of, a publication that explores the increasingly complex and rapidly shifting world of foreign policy and international affairs.

Explore our archive!

We have a video archive of speakers going back to 2006 available as a resource to faculty, staff and students.

Suggest a Speaker

The PLS Committee strives to be responsive to the entire college community. To generate as much interest as possible, the committee looks for speakers who will have broad appeal among the great diversity of students who attend the college. We actively seek feedback and suggestions from faculty, staff, and students.

PLS speakers are chosen on the basis of five criteria. PLS speakers must be 1) high profile 2) intellectually accessible 3) thought-provoking 4) Canadian- and/or internationally-focused, and 5) must not be sitting or campaigning elected politicians nor have already appeared at the college within the past three years. Do you know of a suitable speaker? If so, please forward your suggestion(s) to Be sure to let us know what topics the speaker could address, their areas of academic specialization, their publications, and especially send us any links to interviews or talks available online.

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