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‘Hope for the future’: Top TRU professors to tackle essential issues at free event

Are you passionate about the pressing human rights and social justice issues that we face as a society today?

Do you want to hear from the experts themselves about what is happening around us and why it's important?

We have an exciting opportunity for you.

<who>Photo Credit: iStock </who>On the evening of May 5, some of the top academics from Thompson Rivers University’s Faculty of Arts are speaking at an inspiring, in-person event called “Little Lectures, Big Ideas,” which is completely free for anyone interested in attending.

These engaging experts will cover compelling topics that affect the world, Canada and directly relate to our community in their short, but impactful lecture-style talks.

Ultimately, the knowledge that will be shared at this event will open the door to agents of social change and activism.

<who>Photo Credit: iStock </who>The TRU Faculty of Arts created this event as an opportunity to connect with the community, share their knowledge and highlight the fact that solutions are being developed.

“I hope that people will take away hope for the future and find inspiration to keep going because there is a way forward,” says the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at TRU, Dr. Richard McCutcheon.

“We’re eager to share with the community and alumni all of the exciting work that we’re doing,” says the Dean, who is the MC and initiator of the event alongside the TRU Alumni.

"We think it is important to partner with our incredible faculty to give them an opportunity to present and connect with our community and alumni. Events like this showcase how TRU can help address and solve our most pressing human rights and social justice issues in our society” explains Dustin McIntyre, TRU Alumni Manager.

<who>Photo Credit: iStock </who>During the event, guests will hear from Dr. David Hill, who will discuss how countries struggle to access clean water due to challenges of regulations, climate change, urbanization and more, even though it's a basic human right.

Dr. Jennifer E. Shaw will explore the injustices of Canadian labour, education and immigration systems through the lens of migrant youth as they deal with intersections of work, education and family.

You can learn about the importance of stories and how it affects our perception of issues such as the environmental crisis and social justice topics from Dr. George Johnson.

Dr. Ji Young Lee-An will explore the Asian model minority myth and the invisibility of anti-Asian racism to learn how it intersects with gender and sexuality in the context of Canadian nation-building.

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‘It will all come back to the community. How can we be better citizens together? How can we lead better and be at our best to solve these issues?” says the Dean.

The timely and important subjects are coming from the best of the Faculty of Arts and professors in the brand new graduate program that is anticipated to launch next year at TRU, the Masters of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice.

Geared towards passionate students who want to learn more about their role in society as we navigate complex issues in the world, the Masters of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice is interdisciplinary and can apply to any area of study or industry. Plus, the topics covered in "Little Lectures, Big Ideas" give a sneak peek into the course material that students will learn about in the program.

If you are an undergraduate interested in this area of study, a graduate looking to further their education or a curious community member, join the TRU Faculty of Arts and TRU Alumni at the “Little Lectures, Big Ideas.”

The event is free to everyone interested in attending. It will go from 6:30-9:00 pm on Thursday, May 5 at the Paramount Theatre in Kamloops.

To secure your spot at the exciting event, click here and get your free tickets today.

If you're curious to learn more about the Masters of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice program, click here.

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