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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Vancouver Never Plays Itself: Our City’s Role in Film
Vancouver serves as the setting for many famous films but usually it is "passing" as other cities, whether as a mid-western town in Juno, Washington state in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, or New York in Rumble in the Bronx. Does it matter that Vancouver never plays itself? Does the city need its own cinematic history?
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Does Literature Need a Passport to Be Called World Literature?
Homer, Mahabharata, The Arabian Nights, Shakespeare and Rita Dove are all considered paragons of world literature. Why? Is it just because they travel around the world or is world literature just another term for great books? Let's talk about what makes a text "worldly"!
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 7:00 PM
Philosophers' Café | Botanicals and Drugs
Back during the peak of the AIDS epidemic the use of drug cocktails saved many people’s lives. Many also supplemented their treatments with natural remedies, such as garlic pills, St. John’s wort, etc. Some of these natural supplements interacted with ill effects. What should our expectations be for educating the public on these matters?