Lectures and Events
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Consumption and Accumulation
Do we consume only what is needed for sustenance? Are our contemporary consumptive practices driven by a need for accumulation? How compatible is our need for accumulation with the notions of the greatest freedom, religion or even science?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Being Smart Is Stupid?
B.C.’s Premier dropped out of three universities but is (consequently?) “able to communicate with people.” If millennials actually do face reduced career opportunities, are the costs of further education perhaps a “bad” idea? If we chose not to concern ourselves with esoteric distraction couldn’t we make more income and thus have more fun?
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 1:30 PM
Surrey Previews | Berlin, 1914: A City at War
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Science and Science Fiction
How do the disciplines of science and the genres of science fiction inform one another? In what ways might science fiction play a role in science education?
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Electronic Cigarettes—A Safe Substitute to Smoking?
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are becoming more and more popular, not just among smokers, but non-smokers alike. Proponents of e-cigarettes claim that they are a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. But where is the evidence to back this claim? How do e-cigarettes work and what are the risks involved in this activity?
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 8:00 PM
The Writer's Studio Reading Series in Vancouver
Sat, 06 Dec 2014 3:00 PM
Art Salons | Shimabuku
Join us as we explore the major survey of acclaimed Japanese artist Shimabuku. The exhibition will include installation, video, drawings and performance never before seen in Canada. Shimabuku holds a fascination with the natural world and the countless manifestations of human culture within it. Incongruity characterizes much of his work, inventing the way things are usually seen to encourage us to break with established habits and to enjoy experiences as if happening for the first time.
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | The War on Terror
Osama may be dead but is America/the West safer since 9/11? How about “better,” given the perceived loss of civil liberties and worldwide prestige? Can this “war” ever end, much less be “won”?
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Euroscepticism: Causes and Consequences
In the recent elections for the European Parliament, parties that question the desirability of European unification made significant gains, especially in the U.K. and France. What are the possible causes of this change and what are the consequences for Europe and the rest of the world?
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Pantheism
Is the entire universe divine? Do the eco-philosophies of our time lead us back to this ancient worldview?
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 AM
Philosophers' Café | Gifts That Keep Giving?
In this season of caring and sharing, what is a gift that can last and truly keep on giving?
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Teen Café | Immortality
What is immortality? If you had a chance to be immortal would you? Why or why not?
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Making Sense of Spin
What strategies and filters do we need to withstand onslaughts of misinformation?
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Phoenicia and Her Role in the History of Antic Countries of the Mediterranean
Guest moderator: Ari Belenkiy
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30 AM
Philosophers' Café | Philanthropy—Our Best Way to Give?
What are the pros and cons of philanthropy providing wide and significant benefits to society? Could additional taxation or some other solution serve us better?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Mindfulness
What can mindfulness teach us? What are the factors of mindfulness? What are the misuses and misnomers of mindfulness?
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:00 PM
Liberal Arts Program Info Session
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 1:30 PM
Saturday Forum | All Shook Up: British Columbia’s Earthquakes
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 1:30 PM
Saturday Forum | Making Values Matter: Popular Culture to the Rescue!