Philosophers’ Café

Teen cafés (Burnaby and Surrey)

Young thinkers! Come discuss contemporary and controversial issues around teen rights, social issues, schooling and more.
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  • January 20, 2015
    What’s the Big Deal With Gender? (Teen Café)
    Moderator: Robert Bittner
    In contemporary North American culture, we seem very pre-occupied with regulating gender, especially when it comes to things like bathrooms and regulated private spaces. But why do we get so anxious about gender and gender roles? Does a gender binary make things more or less complicated, and for whom? Why does gender matter?

  • January 27, 2015
    Play vs. Work: Do We Play Enough? (Teen Café)
    Moderator: Jennesia Pedri
    Often called “child's work,” play has long been accepted as what kids do. When kids play it's called development. When adults play it's the opposite of work and given names like leisure, gambling, or gaming. Is play the opposite of work? Why is play less valuable as we age? Is play just for kids or is it something we all need as we grow up?

  • February 17, 2015
    Digital Culture (Teen Café)
    Moderator: Robert Bittner
    Is technology making us smarter? Or is it just making us more reliant on even more technology? Are digital books and online media making people duller? What about video games and YouTube? What is the function of physical media in a digital age?

  • February 24, 2015
    “True News”: Where Do You Get Your News? (Teen Café)
    Moderator: Jennesia Pedri
    What does the popularity of comedy news shows like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report or Russell Brand's YouTube channel, The Trews: True News, tell us about the public's skepticism toward mainstream news? Should we be concerned about the state of national news media? What can we do to become smarter, more critical consumers of news?

  • April 21, 2015
    Search for the Self (Teen Café)
    Moderator: Robert Bittner
    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?

  • April 28, 2015
    Religious Relevance (Teen Café)
    Moderator: Robert Bittner
    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?