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.

February 2015

There are no events scheduled at this time.

March 2015

April 2015

  • Thu, 02 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Drinking Water for Sale
    It is common to see people on the streets carrying water bottles sold under various marketing schemes, including oxygenated water, vitamin water, etc. All of these products are expensive while municipal drinking water is free. Why is this phenomenon so popular? Why do people pay money for drinking water?
  • Tue, 07 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Western Front, WWI and WMDs
    One hundred years ago, key colonial troops commanded by French and British officers marched towards a date with destiny on Germany's Western Front. On April 22, 1915, members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, among others, were exposed to the first-ever “gas attack” of WWI. We'll contemplate the events of this time that live on in a strange admixture of fame and infamy. Was this one of history's most important lessons?
  • Tue, 07 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Value of Philosophical Intuitions
    Philosophical methodology seems to place a great amount of weight on philosophical intuitions. Thought experiments are centered on eliciting intuitions in order to evaluate various philosophical positions. What is the value of such intuition (if any) and can they help us progress in philosophy?
  • Wed, 08 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Enlightened Organization
    Can a company be run successfully without a chain of command? Can workers be trusted unconditionally? What philosophy would be needed to guide such an organization?
  • Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Existence/Essence
    Existence precedes essence. So what? What does this mean? What is essence? What does it add to your existence? Is there an essential human nature? Are you your own essence?
  • Sat, 11 Apr 2015 2:00 PM
    Boys Will be Boys: Fighting Sexism in Media and Journalism
  • Sat, 11 Apr 2015 3:00 PM
    Art Salons | Jeremy Shaw: Medium-Based Time
    For more information about the exhibit, please visit the Contemporary Art Gallery website.
  • Mon, 13 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | To Be or Not to Be—Is This Really the Question?
    What are the challenges of current economic dynamics from the perspective of social expectations, gender roles and stereotypes, and normativity of financial independence?
  • Tue, 14 Apr 2015 6:00 PM
    Bike Café | Car Free Streets in Vancouver
    Many cities around the world have car-free streets or even whole areas with limited motor vehicle access. What streets in Vancouver are good candidates? What measures are needed to ensure that car-free streets are successful?
  • Wed, 15 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Untangling the Ethics of Incentives
    How do incentives affect character and institutional culture? In what ways are incentives manipulative or exploitative, even if people are free to refuse them?
  • Thu, 16 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Late Joseph Brodsky’s 75th Birthday
    Guest Speaker: Raissa Volkonitskaya
  • Thu, 16 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | What Is Your Name? Are We Our Names?
    Who am I? Who are you? "My name is...." Is the name enough to identify the identity of a person? Why is a name so important?
  • Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:30 AM
    Philosophers' Café | What, if Anything, Are the Limits of Growth?
    Is there a point at which "progress" ceases to be progressive? If so, when?
  • Fri, 17 Apr 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | What Is “Story”? What Are Some of Your Stories? Why Do We Tell Stories?
    "Why does anybody tell a story?" asks Madeleine L’Engle. "It does indeed have something to do with faith. Faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically."
  • 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 | 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?
  • 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?
  • 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.

May 2015

June 2015

July 2015

There are no events scheduled at this time.