Shared histories of University of Regina and its Federated Colleges topic of annual Forward Together Lecture

News Release Release Date: March 24, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The shared histories of the University of Regina and its three Federated Colleges will be the topic of this year's Forward Together Lecture, co-sponsored by Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, Luther College and the University of Regina.

University of Regina history professor and author Dr. James Pitsula will deliver the third annual Forward Together Lecture - entitled "‘A House With Many Mansions': The Shared Centennial Legacy of the University of Regina and the Federated Colleges" - on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rex Schneider Auditorium at Luther College at the University of Regina.

In his lecture, Pitsula will look at the origins of Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, Luther College and the University of Regina. Through photos and other archival material, he will bring to life the formative events that have shaped the institutions' development, arguing that there is a core storyline to the past 100 years that has resulted in linked and shared destinies for the University and the Federated Colleges.

"As paradoxical as it might sound, historical commemoration is about the future as much as it is about the past," says Pitsula. "It is time to reflect on past accomplishments, which are then projected forward with a renewed sense of mission and purpose. As individuals, we tell stories about ourselves and then live out the narratives we have constructed. The same is true of institutions. Our stories are us."

The Forward Together Lecture was established in 2009 by the presidents of the University of Regina, Campion College, First Nations University of Canada and Luther College. The lecture is designed to highlight the four institutions' joint commitment to inclusiveness, understanding, social justice, and human rights.

"This year marks a number of milestones at the University of Regina. We are celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in Education, the 40th anniversary of the cornerstone-laying for Luther College at the University campus, and the 35th anniversary of SIFC, the predecessor of the First Nations University of Canada," says Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. "At a time when we are celebrating these milestones and looking to the future, I can think of no better person to deliver the Forward Together Lecture than Dr. Pitsula. His knowledge of and enthusiasm for the University of Regina's history will make this a fantastic lecture."

All are welcome to attend. Free parking is available in lots 3 and 19. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture. Visit www2.uregina.ca/yourblog/ for more information.

For further information, contact:


Stephen King
University of Regina President's Office
306-585-4086
Stephen.King@uregina.ca