Lectures and Events
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:00 PM
Pop-up Café | What are the characteristics of a great leader? Do great leaders have to be outgoing?
Wed, 25 Oct 2017 9:30 AM
Writing an Essay for the Liberal Arts Certificate (55+)
Thu, 26 Oct 2017 2:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What is something that needs to be said? Why?
Mon, 30 Oct 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What purpose does marriage serve today?
Marriage has been a crucial tradition for political, religious, economic and social reasons for many centuries. Today, many people choose to get married as an expression of love. Has marriage become a measure of love, or are we blindly following an outdated tradition? How does society view adults who are married versus those who are not?
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What is permaculture and what is its role in urban farming?
How can the principles of permaculture be applied to urban farms and the creation of green spaces in Metro Vancouver? What are the pros and cons of monoculture farming and GMOs?
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:30 AM
Philosophers' Café | How do celebrities influence public opinion and policy decisions?
Can you name some celebrities who have attached their names to a cause, product or organization? Is there a condition when endorsements by celebrities are inappropriate? Where do they get their authority from?
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 6:30 PM
Teen Café | The media: how does it affect the way we speak, act, treat ourselves and each other?
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Self-esteem: where does it come from?
How do we know we have a strong sense of identity and self-worth?
Sat, 04 Nov 2017 9:45 AM
End of Life Expo 2017
Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:00 AM
TWS Community Workshops: Exposition - A Better Way to Tell
Sat, 04 Nov 2017 3:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Why do we teach children mathematics? Would it be better to teach them more about art?
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What makes a place a home?
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 6:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | Do we need a Canadian grandparents film festival?
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | How would you describe your fundamental role as a parent?
Do you share this role with anyone else in your community?
Thu, 09 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Where is the line between free speech and hate speech?
Who defines what is hateful speech and what rights do victims of hate have? What responsibility do institutions have to those who have been affected by hate and discrimination to create a safe space, even if it curbs the right to free speech for others?
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 6:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | There are no external authorities on life’s deepest issues— only yourself.
This authority lies within each of us waiting to be heard. What do you think?
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 6:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | Do paintings themselves reflect, reorient, or resist the economies at play in the painter’s practice in Vancouver?
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 6:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | Do animals have the right to life?
The animal rights movement has changed both our attitudes towards and treatment of animals. But do animals have the right to life? (i.e. is it wrong to kill and eat animals?) In what ways are animals like humans and in what ways are they different? Are they similar enough to have the same right to life as humans?
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:30 AM
Philosophers' Café | Statue of limitations? If a celebrated hero seriously loses public favour, should their honour(s) be withdrawn?
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What needs to happen to achieve world peace?
Are there crucial conditions that would contribute to the realization of peace in our time?
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Russian Café | Christianity and atheism: discussion in letters from the exile of a physicist and a priest
«Христианство и атеизм: дискуссия священника и физика (письма из лагеря)». Др. Михаил Белецкий.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Morally good. Ethically right. What is the difference?
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | Mental illness and creativity
Why did so many of the great composers and artists struggle with mental illness? Guest musicians: C. Ridley, D. Marcinek, A. Khvatova and T. Khvatova
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 1:00 PM
Small Is Big: Jump-Starting Small-City Downtowns for the New Economy
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Water: is it a human right?
Does government owe safe drinking water to its residents? What can we rightfully expect from our government as population increases and densifies and infrastructure ages? What can we, as residents, do to conserve water?
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 1:30 PM
The Making of a Dictator: Putin’s Rise to Power
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?
What is a religion of no religion? Have religion and spirituality become commodified in our contemporary culture of capitalism?
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 2:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Rigged: How is the universe, the “system” and your life, rigged or not?
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 6:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | Is our public education system promoting assimilation?
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | The moral problems of charity
Is charity an appropriate method of delivering social services? How do we choose what is worthy of funding and what isn’t? Knowing that not all desired services can be paid for through taxes, is it feasible for charitable organizations to fill the gaps? If so, which services? If not, how do we ensure the government can afford to pay for all necessary services? How do we choose?
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Has information technology made the world a better place?
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:30 AM
Philosophers' Café | Consider the Russian proverb, “trust, but verify”. In international relations, when should a nation trust another and how can it verify this needed evidence?
Are there nations who may be more inclined to doubt each other? Can they overcome history? Does verifying through intense negotiation loosen or strengthen relationships?
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 6:30 PM
Teen Café | High school: confronting the issues of heavy workloads, difficult relationships with school staff, and coping with stress and bullying.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | The symphony orchestra in the 21st century: relevant, or a dead, lumbering dinosaur?
Guest musicians: C. Ridley, D. Marcinek, A. Khvatova and T. Khvatova
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 3:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | If we all became vegetariam tomorrow, should we care what happens to meat industry workers?
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Jobs in the pipeline: who are the winners and losers in the battles over pipelines?
What is the connection between jobs and oil pipelines? Are there job losses to match the job gains? What are the broader social priorities when jobs and land are at stake?
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 6:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What does it mean to “hold space” for others?
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 6:30 PM
Philosophers' Café | Giving away your powers: what you lose and when the loss takes effect.
People are routinely asked to sign Power of Attorney when they have their will drawn. Is that wise? What powers are they giving away and when do those powers take effect? In regards to other instruments of divestment of personal power, are you wise to sign?
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What stories do we tell each other? Are they important? Does it matter if they are true or fabrication?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | What can reason do for you?
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:30 AM
Philosophers' Café | What evidence supports the contention that humans are basically good?
Who defines and determines what is good in people? Is it possible for someone to be “good” and also consistently serve their own self-interest?
Thu, 21 Dec 2017 7:00 PM
Russian Café | Modern notions about human genesis
«Современные представления о происхождении человека». Др. Нелля Шварёва.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017 2:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | SFU Philosophers' Cafe': where next? How? Why?
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:00 AM
TWS Community Workshops: Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:00 AM
TWS Community Workshops: Chapbooks