Lectures and Events

Engage with the community through one of SFU Continuing Studies’ public lectures, events, or forums. Most are free, and admission is open to anyone. Some events require reservations.

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

  • Sat, 01 Nov 2014 1:30 PM
    Saturday Forum | Snap, Crackle and Pop!: A Short History of Noise
  • Sat, 01 Nov 2014 3:00 PM
    Art Salons | Gunilla Klingberg
    Join us for a tour and discussion of the first Canadian solo presentation of work by Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg, a series of inter-related projects on the gallery façade and off-site. Klingberg’s practice can be located at the point of intersection between common knowledge, folk beliefs and popular culture. At the gallery and the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, two murals of seemingly quasi-oriental pattern are presented. Evoking cosmic mandalas, transforming the space, her work surrounds and visually seduces viewers, this interest in using patterns to manipulate our seeing, links with Op Art and the psychedelic movement of the late sixties, appropriate touchstones in the recent history of this part of the world.
  • Mon, 03 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Future of Privacy
    In the “post-Snowden” digital age we have learned a good deal about two topics previously thought of as unrelated: privacy from corporate interests and surveillance by government. What’s next and what can we do about it?
  • Thu, 06 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Are Wars Catalysts for Scientific and Technological Innovation?
    A significant number of scientific discoveries and technological advances of which we are accustomed today were the result of research carried out under the stresses imposed on Western society during the two world wars. Was this a coincidence? Is threat to the human species a key catalyst for innovation or can peacetime be a better choice?
  • Mon, 10 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | What Are History’s Most Important Lessons
    WW1 was the “war to end all wars”; WW2 “saved democracy”; the Cold War “saved capitalism”; the Gulf War (and WTO) era “ensured prosperity”; the War on Terror?
  • Wed, 12 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Privacy in the Digital Age
    Governments wish to gain access to our personal information for the sake of security. Companies wish to do the same to make money. How private should we expect our personal information to be when we make it accessible online?
  • Wed, 12 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | No Place to Hide
    Is privacy vanishing in the age of total surveillance? Do we care?
  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:00 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Reasons Reasoning
    Some people say that everything happens for a reason. What is the reason?
  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 6:30 PM
    Teen Café | What Does the Future of Education Look Like?
    What do you want to be taught in schools? If you had a chance to shape your own education what would you like to learn about?
  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Research in Exercise and Nutrition: What do we really know?
    Research into the human response to exercise and nutritional regimes is very difficult. We search for correlations between variables and logical explanations of why these correlations exist. What do we really know? What is universally accepted by experts in these fields and what areas are still uncertain?
  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Nursing Homes: Warehousing or Safe Keeping?
    Over a quarter of a million older adults in Canada live in nursing homes. Most of these individuals have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The population is aging and this topic is becoming increasingly pertinent within the context of our health care system. What is the current state of nursing homes and is institutional care needed?
  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Book Is Dead. Long Live the eBook: The Future of the Book in a Digital Age
    Will our kids grow up with a favourite app, instead of a favourite book? Print book sales are decreasing each year and app and eBook sales are on the rise. Is there a place for print books in the digital era? Could this be the end of ink and paper? Join the conversation and let us know if the book can, or even should, be saved?
  • Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Is Inequality a Problem?
    In the “rich” world, inequality of incomes and wealth has been rising steadily since the mid 1970s. The “top 1%” are receiving ever-bigger pieces of the economic pie, and opportunities for upward mobility are diminishing. In the “poor” world, inequality is also increasing. Yet average incomes in most “poor” countries are rising rapidly. What explains these trends? And is this a problem that requires government intervention, or should we let the market take its course?
  • Wed, 19 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Self-Forgiveness
    We will examine the nature, role and limit of self-forgiveness in the context of moral self-repair.
  • Thu, 20 Nov 2014 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Religion and Human Rights: How Are the Biblical Canons Compatible with the Idea of a Human Free Will?
  • Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:30 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Organ “Donation” or “Confiscation”?
    What could some Canadians stand to gain and what could some stand to lose if organ donation/confiscation were compulsory in Canada?
  • Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Meaning
    What is the meaning of “meaning”? How does meaning arise? Is meaning a social practice or subjective and private? Can meaning be oppressive?
  • 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

December 2014