Shadbolt-GLS Big Idea Seminar Series

Join us for a new season of the SFU Shadbolt Graduate Liberal Studies Big Idea Seminar Series! These free seminar style classes provide participants with an opportunity to revisit, rethink, and reframe many of the most influential works of Western culture in light of current topics of social importance. Our two two-hour seminar/workshops which address a wide range of topics are facilitated by GLS students, alumni and PhD candidates and are designed to encourage community engagement and debate.

Canada 150 - What does it mean to be Canadian?

We often define ourselves as “not Americans,” but what does it really mean to be Canadian? As Canada approaches its 150th birthday, how do we acknowledge both the positive and negative aspects of the growth of our nation? Is there such thing as a Canadian identity? In this seminar, we will look at different aspects of Canada’s past as a nation in order to define what it means to be Canadian in the 21st century.

Facilitator: Jennifer Chutter
Thursday April 13th and 20th: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Century House,  620 Eighth St, New Westminster, BC
Registration: (604) 519-1066

Constructions of Disability and Aging in Popular Culture and the Media 

In this seminar we’ll explore the historical and contemporary constructions of disability from a variety of philosophical perspectives and highlight the various frameworks for interpreting the nature and meaning of disability. From there we will examine how these models influence and inform our understanding of how disability intersects with aging and institutionalization in popular media and culture.

Facilitator: Wendy Parry
Thursday April 27th and May 4th: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Century House,  620 Eighth St, New Westminster, BC
Registration: (604) 519-1066