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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 Fall 2018 term:

jennifer johnston

Jennifer Johnston

Mass Shootings and Media Contagion

Tues, Sept 18th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

North Campus, Seventh Semester (KB 111)

Dr. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of psychology at Western New Mexico University who specializes in the effects of media on the cognitive and behavioural development of children. Her current research identifies a "contagion" effect related to mass shootings in which the news media are implicated.

timothy caulfield

Timothy Caulfield

Science vs. Celebrity Culture: A Battle We Must Win!

Thurs, Nov 1st, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

North Campus, Seventh Semester (KB 111)

Prof Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Professor in the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Author of The Vaccination Picture and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, he debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector for the benefit of the public.

vince calderhead

Vince Calderhead

All (Reasonable) Roads Lead to the Elimination of Poverty

Thurs, Nov 22nd, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

Lakeshore Campus, Community Room (L1017)

After spending 31 years with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Mr. Calderhead joined the law firm Pink Larkin to pursue systemic litigation that presents law reform possibilities for the poor. Working on a pro bono basis, his work typically involves social assistance and housing cases, often with a human rights or Charter of Rights dimension.

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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