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President's Lecture Series

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. 

Explore our archive!

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

Get Involved!

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

Frank Pasquale

Dr. Frank Pasquale

Machines Judging Humans: The Promise and Perils of AI Governance

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

North Campus, Seventh Semester (KB 111)

Dr. Frank Pasquale is Piper & Marbury Professor of Law at the University of Maryland's Francis King Carey School of Law. As an expert on law pertaining to artificial intelligence, algorithms, and machine learning, he has been recognized as one of the leaders of a global movement for "algorithmic accountability".

Armine Yalnizyan

Armine Yalnizyan

Your Work, Our Future

Wed, Oct 9th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

North Campus, Seventh Semester (KB 111)

Armine Yalnizyan is the Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers. She just completed a term as Senior Economic Advisor for the Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada. Armine was Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and known for her commentary on CBC’s Metro Morning, The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, Maclean’s Magazine, and the Globe and Mail.

Christina Hoicka

Dr. Christina Hoicka

The Green New Deal: How is a 100% Renewable Energy Transition Possible?

Wed, Nov 6th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Q&A + Reception to Follow

Lakeshore Campus, Community Room (L1017)

Dr. Christina Hoicka is an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy Economics and Senior Faculty Associate at the Robarts' Centre for Canadian Studies at York University. Combining her knowledge of human geography, ecological economics and engineering, her research is focused on developing a better understanding of how communities adopt low carbon technologies and energy transitions.

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.