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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 2021 term:


Melina Laboucan-Massimo
The Climate Crisis: Root Causes and Solutions from an Indigenous Sovereignty Perspective

Thurs, Sept 23rd, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Online virtual event, accessible from this page.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta and Founder of Sacred Earth Solar, an Indigenous-led organization that works to bring renewable energy to Indigenous communities while promoting climate and energy literacy and opposing destructive fossil fuel projects. She is also the co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action where she serves as Just Transition Director and is a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation. Her TV series, Power to the People, profiles renewable energy in Indigenous communities across the country.

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J.B. MacKinnon
The Day the World Stops Shopping: What Deconsumer Culture Might Look Like

Thurs, Oct 14th, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Online virtual event, accessible from this page.

J.B. MacKinnon is the author or coauthor of five books of nonfiction (including the 100-Mile Diet with Alisa Smith) and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as the New YorkerNational Geographic and the Atlantic. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of British Columbia. His latest book, The Day the World Stops Shopping, is a thought experiment that imagines what would happen - to our economies, our products, our planet and ourselves - if we committed to consuming far fewer of the Earth’s resources.

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.