Big Thinking

Fall 2022 line-up to be announced

Who’s speaking? 

The Federation’s Big Thinking lecture series challenges and inspires academics, students, policymakers, legislators, and community members with big ideas in the humanities and social sciences. Held several times a year, it features leading scholars and researchers showcasing their work and tackling the public policy issues that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Who’s listening? 

Big Thinking on the Hill addresses MPs, senators, policy professionals, and members of the public in regular forums on topics of urgent interest. 

Big Thinking on the Road builds partnerships with our academic community to bring this lecture series to cities across Canada. 

Big Thinking at Congress is the key opportunity at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for academics, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to share ideas and solutions for a more innovative, progressive, and inclusive society.

Big Thinking also happens virtually! 

Who’s next?

Do you have an idea for a future lecture or panel featuring scholars in the humanities or social sciences that you think is a great fit for Big Thinking? Are you interested in partnering with the Federation to bring Big Thinking to your city, institution, or organization?

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Rediscover all past Big Thinking lectures in the Resource hub.

The Big Thinking lecture series is made possible through the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 

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