The 42nd Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) Annual Community Forum will be hosted in Spring 2023 on the theme The Insect Apocalypse.
Each year the CIH at the University of Calgary identifies a theme of interest to Calgarians and invites three distinguished researchers to offer their perspectives on it. Our most recent events were on The Final Frontier: Mythologies of Outer Space (2022), The End of Expertise (2021) and The Cultural Politics of DNA (2019). Prior to these, we 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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