Big Idea Seminar Series - Spring 2017

March 04, 2017

Registration is now open for a new season of our 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. Each seminar consists of two two-hour workshops on a wide range of topics and will be presented by GLS alumni and SAR/GLS PhD students.

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

Do you have a "Big Idea" that you'd like to present?  Contact Margaret Easton.