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.

March 2015

There are no events scheduled at this time.

April 2015

  • Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:00 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Is the Earth Beyond Hope?
    With the litany of maladies on our planet—including Ebola, poison additives in food and global warming—do we have any hope for our grandchildren's lives? What steps might we take as individuals, families and communities to make a difference and demonstrate a model of constructive action?
  • Tue, 21 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Teen Café | Search for the Self
    Do you ever find yourself unable to see representations of your life or identity in literature, film, online media or other sources? Is the recent surge in dialogue about representation of people of colour, strong females and LGBT people important? And how can we work to make things better for future generations?
  • Thu, 23 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Baby Boomers vs. Generation X vs. Millennials
    Following "The Greatest Generation" have been a "Me Generation," an "MTV Generation" and a "Peter Pan Generation," Are these stereotypes at all accurate and/or what can be learned from their application? What future implications do they portend?

    Meet in the conference room.

  • Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Wisdom/Folly
    What need have we for sages? What need have we for fools? Do the wise or do only fools distinguish the two?
  • Fri, 24 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Role of Humanities in Contemporary Society
    Graduate education in humanities has been in crisis for more than 40 years now in North America. What are the career trajectories of graduate students in humanities? What is the purpose of training PhDs in humanities? What are the consequences of this crisis - for individuals and societies in general?
  • Mon, 27 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Beyond Sexual Identity: Are We Ready to Be Pomosexual?
    Does attraction still need to be understood through identity categories like gay/straight and male/female? How would we navigate intimacy in a social world that is beyond sexual identity? What does it mean to be pomosexual and are we ready to be so?
  • Tue, 28 Apr 2015 6:30 PM
    Teen Café | Religious Relevance
    What is the role of religion in our current Canadian context? Do churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions have a purpose in an increasingly secular world? Where does religious freedom begin and end when it comes to education?
  • Tue, 28 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Cloning: Promises and Perils
    It has been almost twenty years since Dolly the sheep became the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. Questions arise about the potential uses of cloning. For example, if it’s technically possible to clone a human, then the technique might also be applied to resurrect extinct species. Should such experiments ever be done?
  • Tue, 28 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Community: Lost and Found
    Community: where has it gone? How can we get it back? The loss of community or its lack in Vancouver is often mentioned. What can we do about it? Is the problem money, time, architecture or our political structure? How can we promote community?
  • Thu, 30 Apr 2015 2:00 PM
    FLASHPOINT: Living with Putin: Surviving in Today's Russia
  • Thu, 30 Apr 2015 6:00 PM
    Bike Café | Biking and Walking—How They Work Together to Make Our Cities More Wonderful
    People who bike and walk in a city tend to know it more intimately - we're moving at a pace conducive to connections and without a heavy metal barrier around us. Making cities better for people to bike in typically makes cities better to walk in and vice versa. Let's explore these connections.
  • Thu, 30 Apr 2015 7:30 PM
    Equity, Opportunity and Good Health: How Transportation Affects the Essential Qualities of Life In Metro Vancouver

May 2015

June 2015

  • Mon, 01 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Stop Making Sense
    One approach to understanding the world around us is through our rational faculty. However, what is the “quality” of the knowledge that we, as humans, are accumulating this way? Are we just talking heads, without any connection to our hearts? What is our relation to nature? These are difficult questions about what we can know of the world and how we may go about doing this.
  • Thu, 04 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Whose Music Is It?: Associating Styles of Music
    Music, like many human endeavours, feeds and evolves from the ideas, musical or otherwise, present at the time of its development. There is a common thread, at least in Western music, from, for example, classical, jazz, rock-and-roll and metal to hip-hop. Discussion of the links between music styles will be encouraged through listening to examples.
  • Sat, 06 Jun 2015 3:00 PM
    Art Salons | Julia Dault
    For more information about the exhibit, please visit the Contemporary Art Gallery website.
  • Mon, 08 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Food Security
    Industrial farming poses a threat to small scale farming, has reduced varieties of food grown and has produced new strains of fruits and vegetable that are resistant to drought, pesticides, and herbicides. Their long-term impact on human health is not fully known. All these pose a threat to food security.
  • Wed, 10 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Art and Science
    These two great domains of human activity seem very different from one another. How, if at all, are art and science related?
  • Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Love/Fear
    Can love and fear co-exist? Or does perfect love cast out all fear? Is there more in the world to be loved or to be feared? Is love scary?
  • Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:00 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Should Canada’s Foreign and Military Policy Stress Peace Keeping or Peace Making?
    As a middle power with a close relationship to the United States, and history with the United Nations, how can Canada best play a positive role and address its economic and international values and objectives?
  • Wed, 17 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Rethinking the Architecture of Choice
    Exploring ways the smart part of us nudges the not-so-smart part to automatically do what we ought to be doing.
  • Thu, 18 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Mysterious Woman of the Silver Age in Russia: Ida Rubinstein
    Guest Speaker: Lidia Muriel
  • Thu, 18 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Purpose of Art
    What does it mean for art to be “alive”? What is the spiritual in art? Let's discuss what art does for us or what it is supposed to do for us. Why does music affect us so deeply compared to other art forms? What role does rationality (logic) play in the creation of art? Why is art often ambiguous?
  • Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:30 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Catch of the Month: Top Stories in the Media Now!
    What event, story or media message since our May Café do you posit is most significant? What features make it so? What impact could it have on future events or messages?
  • Thu, 25 Jun 2015 6:00 PM
    Bike Café | Engaging Citizens in Cycling Safety: Bikemaps
    Currently only 30-40% of serious cycling incidents are reported, and there is no data on near-misses. BikeMaps.org is a crowd-sourced mapping website where cyclists log data on hazards, near-misses, thefts, and collisions. This may offer a more complete picture of cycling safety. What are some ways it can be used in cycling promotion and advocacy? What other forms and uses of social media would make cycling safer in our communities?
  • Thu, 25 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Future of Religion?
    Most religions (divinely inspired or not) explained natural phenomena and provided spiritual guidance. Yet (arguably) science and social networks now better address these concerns. As the Pope now acknowledges the Big Bang theory and "radical Islam" recruits disaffected westerners to jihad/sharia law (but two examples), what does "our" future hold?

    Meet in the lobby.

  • Tue, 30 Jun 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Thinking About Medical Tourism: What Are the Ethical and Equity Impacts?
    When Canadians travel abroad for surgery or other medical care, they are engaging in medical tourism. What impacts could this have in Canada and abroad? Who has responsibility for the impacts of medical tourism?

July 2015

There are no events scheduled at this time.

August 2015

There are no events scheduled at this time.