The Thakore Charitable Foundation, Institute for the Humanities and J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU), with support from W.A.C. Bennett Library, are honoured to announce Dr. David Suzuki famed Canadian scientist, broadcaster, author, activist and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, as the 2021 Thakore Visiting Scholar Award recipient.
Suzuki is one of Canada’s best-known public intellectuals, a world leader in sustainable ecology, and has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science and a United Nations Environment Program medal. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s award presentation will be hosted virtually, and in lieu of the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture, the Institute for the Humanities will showcase Suzuki and the 2020–21 J.S. Woodsworth Resident Scholar and former NDP MP Svend Robinson in a spirited and freewheeling online conversation covering a range of topics including climate change, Indigenous knowledge, civil disobedience and racial violence.
Please click below to watch this exchange between two of Canada’s most influential activists and public figures, as well as the presentation of the 2021 Thakore Visiting Scholar Award.