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  • April 25, 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Presented by the Centre for Global Health…

The field of global health offers a cornucopia of contexts in which hope is difficult to imagine – much less to sustain. And yet, those who are vital in the efforts toward healthier communities – students, activists, educators, healthcare workers, community leaders, and others – need connection and fortitude now more than ever. In this talk, author and education scholar, Dr. Kari Grain, introduces the idea of “critical hope” (Freire, 1994; Grain, 2022) and asks how it might offer a nourishing, relational framework for those in the field of global health.


Dr. Kari Grain is the author of Critical Hope and teaches in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education, where she leads the Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC) Master’s Program. In her ongoing community engaged scholarship, Kari is a research consultant in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with Simon Fraser University’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). Her research in global education, experiential learning, adult education, and anti-racism has been featured in peer reviewed journals, books, and podcasts. In the realm of higher education and beyond, Dr. Grain believes that critical hope has the potential to be a vibrant pathway toward systemic and personal change; vital to that process of transformation is an attunement to relational, creative, and vulnerable ways of being in the world with others. Grain is the co-editor of a forthcoming (2025) volume on Community Engaged Research with University of Toronto Press. Kari lives on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories.