Annual Community Forum

Each year the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) at the University of Calgary identifies a theme of pressing concern to our city and invites three distinguished researchers to offer their perspectives on it. We recently concluded a series on the Environmental Humanities, exploring environmental concerns from a humanities perspective:

The Annual Community Forum was established "to bring together scholars and community participants for the discussion of problems important to society." The first seminar was on "Calgary's Growth: Bane or Boon?" (1981). In later years, the seminar would continue to address topical issues, often well ahead of their time: "Evolution of Multiculturalism" (1988); "Dilemmas of Reconciliation" (1999); "Speed Limits, Stop Lights, and Driver Training for the Information Highway" (1996).

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2019

The Cultural Politics of DNA

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2018

Living with Plants

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2017

Water in the West: Rights of/to Water

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2016

Calgary: City of Animals

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Past forums

  • Calgary’s Growth: Bane or Boon? (1981)
  • Ethical Issues in the Allocation of Health Care Resources * (1982)
  • The Use and Abuse of language * (1983)
  • Quality of Life vs Economic Growth: Can Less Mean More? (1984)
  • The Role of the Modern Union (1985)
  • The Future of Work (1986)
  • The Administration of Criminal Justice: Aspirations and Reality * (1987)
  • Evolution of Multiculturalism * (1988)
  • Privacy * (1989)
  • Civil Disobedience * (1990)
  • Health Care for the Elderly * (1991)
  • Arts the Soul of the Community * (1992)
  • Education in an Uncertain Age * (1993)
  • Family Structures and Social Change * (1994)
  • Violence Against Women * 1995
  • Speed Limits, Stop Lights & Driver Training for the Information Highway * (1996)
  • Alberta in 2010 * (1997)
  • Navigating the Information Rich Society * (1998)
  • Dilemmas of Reconciliation * (1999)
  • Designing Humans: Planning the Perfect Gene Pool ** (2000)
  • Private Lives, Public Knowledge? ** (2001)
  • Protest and Power ** (2002)
  • Changing Philosophies of Work and Leisure - The Canadian Dream ** (2003)
  • What does it mean to be Green? ** (2004)
  • What is the Canadian Military? Rethinking it from the Ground Up ** (2005)
  • The Canadian Judicial System. The Role of Canadian Judges as Makers or Interpreters of the Law ** (2006)
  • Identity on Line. Views of the Community and Self ** (2007)
  • Homelessness. Private and Public Responses ** (2008)
  • Why People Apologize: Public Apologies and Their Consequences ** (2009)
  • Great Expectations: Citizens’ Expectations and Entitlements ** (2010)
  • Untangling Complexity ** (2011)
  • The Question of Optimism ** (2012)
  • Do It Yourself Health. Self-Care Health (2013)
  • Why are we all talking about food? (2014)
  • Humanities for the Environment: Creativity not Catastrophe in a World of Change (2015)
  • Calgary: City of Animals (2016)***
  • Water in the West: Rights of/to Water (2017)***
  • Living with Plants (2018)***
  • The Cultural Politics of DNA (2019)

* Published Proceedings
** Broadcast on CBC, Ideas
*** Edited Anthologies

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