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.

November 2015

  • Mon, 30 Nov 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Outrage Culture
    Many say we are living in an outrage culture, where social media facilitates instant mob justice at the expense of open dialogues and debates. Others say social media provides us with an unprecedented opportunity for collective monitoring of responsible public discourse. We will discuss the ethics of public engagement, the impact of public shaming and the role of compassion in the age of social media.

December 2015

  • Tue, 01 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Social Life of Water
    With at least 50 percent of the human body and 70 percent of the planet composed of water, this vital element plays a key role in our private and social worlds. Is water a space that connects or divides us? Is access to clean water a human right? Who owns water and who is allowed to use it?
  • Wed, 02 Dec 2015 1:15 PM
    Gentle Yoga
  • Thu, 03 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | We Landed on a Comet: So What
    Last year the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission landed a probe on a comet for the first time in history. What does this extraordinary achievement in space mean for our world here on Earth? What can we learn from it?
  • Thu, 03 Dec 2015 8:00 PM
    The Writer's Studio Reading Series in Vancouver
  • Mon, 07 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Fortuna
    Are we all subject to a grand plan? Do we underrate the extent to which our success or failure is a product of events beyond our control? To what extent are our lives a product of accident and luck?
  • Wed, 09 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Loving and Hating Democracy
    We'll discuss "the worst form of government except for all the others."
  • Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Fear of God
    Is there wisdom in it?
  • Mon, 14 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Can Society Afford the Costs of Medical Advances?
    With the advances in preventive medicine, diagnostics and new treatment regimens, we are living longer and longer. But these advances come at a cost. Sophisticated drugs can cost tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands per patient per year. Death rates from many diseases are decreasing but conditions of the elderly, such as dementia, are on the rise. The longer we live, the greater the financial burden to society and ourselves. How do we get the balance right?
  • Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:00 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Biomimicry: Solutions in Nature
    Biomimicry is the process of solving human challenges by imitating nature. What patterns and processes in nature could provide insight into human problems? What current examples illustrate how human enterprise appears to imitate nature?
  • Wed, 16 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Inclusive City Café | Surrey Immigrant Youth: Challenges and Opportunities
    The City of Surrey is growing by around 1,000 people per month, and one-third of the population is under 19. Our schools are overflowing and the strain on support staff is intense. How does this affect our newcomer youth? What are some opportunities to engage youth in the city?
  • Thu, 17 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Water Issues in an Era of Climate Change
    Some of us work hard to conserve water in our households and communities, while others continue to be quite wasteful. How do we become as water-efficient as possible?
  • Thu, 17 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | The Structure of the Universe
    How is our universe is structured and what is the anthropic principle?
  • Thu, 17 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Holidays: An Opportunity for Wild and Drunken Revelry?
    Staff Christmas parties, the May long weekend, Saturday Night Live’s “drunk uncle” at Thanksgiving…Rather than stewing over political correctness and commercialism, perhaps a better approach is to recall how ancient holidays were, ahhh, rather spirited affairs. How do you think holidays should be marked?
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:30 AM
    Philosophers' Café | Ethics and Socio-Technological Change
    Rapid change presents us with new and complex ethical questions and challenges. How can ethics keep up with and remain relevant in an environment of ever faster change? What ethics or principles stand the test of time?
  • Fri, 18 Dec 2015 7:00 PM
    Philosophers' Café | Officers of Parliament
    Canada has a number of parliamentary officers who are appointed by and provide independent analysis to all the members of parliament, not just the prime minister and cabinet. What, if any, additional parliamentary officers could further enhance democracy and our legislative process?
  • Sat, 19 Dec 2015 4:00 PM
    Art Salons | Kim Beom
    For Kim Beom’s first solo exhibition in Canada, the CAG will present a selection of artwork spanning 20 years of the artist’s practice. The exhibition will function as a survey, tracing shifts in Beom’s materials and forms, and following a tangential line through his work, which humorously pokes at the way we come to see and know things. <p> For more information about the exhibit, please visit the <a href= "http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca">Contemporary Art Gallery website.</a></p>

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

There are no events scheduled at this time.