We are thrilled to announce that as part of our President’s Lecture Series, Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith will give a public talk at Quest University Canada on Monday, March 20th at 7pm in the Multipurpose Room.

Dr. Tuhiwai Smith, author of the bestselling book Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori, Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development, and Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is Chairperson of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) International Research Advisory Board and Principal Investigator on the NPM Project “In Pursuit of the Possible: Indigenous Well-being.”  

This event is a free event and open to the general public.

Please click here to listen to Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s podcast.

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President’s Lecture Series

“The West Beyond the West: Interdisciplinary Research on the Quest for Ancient Egypt’s Relations with Central Africa”

Dr. Thomas Schneider

Professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies

Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

University of British Columbia

Thursday, April 14th at 4:30PM

Thomas Schneider earned his degrees (Lizentiat, doctorate, and habilitation in Egyptology) from the University of Basel. He has published widely in his main areas of research—Egyptian interconnections with the Near East and North Africa, and Egyptian history and chronology—and is currently completing a monograph on the history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany. He is the founding editor and was editor-in-chief (2008–2014) of the “Journal of Egyptian History”. He was also the editor-in-chief of the series “Culture and History of the Ancient Near East” (2006–2013), and area editor of the “UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology”. He is currently editor of “Near Eastern Archaeology”. Dr. Schneider also serves as Special Advisor to the Dean and Vice-Provost, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC. In 2014 he was awarded a UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship from the “lzaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies,” Senior Category.


President’s Lecture Series

Confucian China in a Changing World Cultural Order
Dr. Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai’i
Editor, Philosophy East and West
Chinese Philosophy (Classical Confucianism and Daoism), Comparative Philosophy

Tuesday, March 22nd at 4:30PM

Quest University Library Building
Atrium Fireside
3200 University Boulevard
Squamish, BC
Canada V8B 0N8

Roger T. Ames received his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching (1990-91), Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research (2012-13), and many grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently serves as president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP), and as editor of both “Philosophy East and West” and “China Review International”. Comparative philosophy and Confucian philosophy are his primary areas of research and he has published widely in these areas. Professor Ames often works in collaboration with other scholars to produce explicitly philosophical translations of classical texts. These have included “Confucius’ Analects”, the “Daodejing”, and most recently, the “Classic of Family Reverence”. He is presently advocating Confucian role ethics as an attempt to take this philosophical tradition on its own terms.


President’s Lecture Series Presents:
Innovation in Education: From a Māori Perspective
Dr. Piri Sciascia
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori
at the Victoria University
of Wellington, New Zealand
Friday, February 26th at 8:00 AM

Dr Sciascia will be speaking from his extensive experience in the education, promotion, and conservation of Māori arts and culture through his role as Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori at the Victoria University of Wellington, where his office seeks to maintain Māori as a dynamic influential force within the University through learning and teaching that draw from indigenous research, knowledge and methodologies.

As assistant director of the QEII Arts Council and director of the Maori Pacific Arts Council, Professor Sciascia administered the successful Te Maori exhibition, which opened in New York in 1984 and toured the United States.

He has contributed to numerous national and iwi Boards including Toi Maori Aotearoa, Maori Arts New Zealand and Dance Aotearoa New Zealand.

He has been involved in Maori performing arts for more than 40 years as a performer, composer, tutor, advisor, and leader.

Professor Sciascia is regarded by his whanau, hapu and iwi as an authority of whakapapa and tikanga Maori, and has been a prominent orator for his hapu and iwi for more than 35 years.

President’s Lecture Series Presents:

Innovation in Education:
A Historical Look at the Why Behind Quest
David W. Strangway, Ph.D., FRSC, OC
Founding President of Quest University Canada
Tuesday, February 23th at 5:00 PM


As Chief of NASA’s Geophysics Branch, David Strangway designed lunar experiments for Apollo astronauts and also was involved in the examination of returned moon rocks that contributed to the further knowledge of the solar system.

A similar examination of David’s academic career reveals a man whose entire professional life has been dedicated to the public good through remarkable, selfless and far-sighted contributions to the betterment of our country’s post-secondary educational systems and, additionally, to a revitalization of national research capabilities that staunched an alarming Canadian “brain drain.”

He provided the direction and impetus that enabled the large, publicly funded University of British Columbia to achieve world-class status during his 12 years as President between 1985-1997. This was enhanced by leading what was at the time, Canada’s largest fund-raising campaign and by creating UBC Real Estate Corp. to develop market housing.

David and his team members positioned Quest University Canada to attain that same international stature as Canada’s first small, secular, and independent post-secondary institution.