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SFU City Conversations

Urban design. Culture and art. Planning and architecture. The environment, agriculture and food. Health. The economy and what drives it. Housing, neighbourhoods and special places. Transportation. Social issues. These are some of the topics of City Conversations, a series of lunchtime meet-ups on the first and third Thursday of every month at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus.

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Investigating Paranormal Investigators: The Lived Spaces of UFO, Ghost, and Sasquatch Research Organizations

WHEN: March 15, 5:30PM, Reception & Refreshments. 6:00PM Lecture, followed by Q&A
WHERE: Rm. 2600, SFU Surrey Campus

Despite the formation of a secular society, researchers have observed a global surge in beliefs and practices associated with the paranormal. Central to these new paranormal cultures is the increase in popularity of investigation organizations that study anomalous phenomena such as UFOs, ghosts, and “cryptids” such as Sasquatch. Addressing the lack of theoretical and empirically grounded studies on paranormal investigation cultures, Dr. Kingsbury’s lecture will explore the lived spaces of paranormal investigations, conferences, and community events located in Greater Vancouver and the Western United States. 

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THE CLIMATE HORIZON: A Lecture by Gwynne Dyer

WHEN: March 22, 7:00PM
WHERE: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

When you talk to the people at the sharp end of the climate business, there is an air of suppressed panic in many of the conversations. We are not going to get through this without taking a lot of casualties, if we get through it at all.

Every country in the world has pledged never to allow the rise in the average global temperature to exceed two degrees Celsius, but we are probably going to pass right through the two-degree limit. 450 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will give us +2C, and we are already at 400 ppm.

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Martha Nussbaum: Anger and Revolutionary Justice

WHEN: March 25, 7:00PM
WHERE: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Anger is not just ubiquitous, it is also popular, even though its damages are so clear. Many people think it is impossible to care sufficiently for justice without anger at injustice. Many also believe 
that it is impossible for individuals to vindicate their own self-respect adequately without anger.

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Rendered Responsible by the Fragile

WHEN: April 5, 7: 00 PM
WHERE: Room 1400, SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus

Recent events, including the refugee crisis and a spike in acts of violence against racial, religious, and sexual minorities, have called us to rethink our sphere of moral obligation beyond the traditional ties of kith and kin. But what does it take for us to see a stranger’s suffering or well-being as our own moral concern? In contrast to the current emphasis on fostering empathy and the notion of a basic common humanity, I will draw on the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Judith Butler to explore the ways in which we are called to responsibility not by a perceived similarity between the other and ourselves, but by an encounter with the other’s fragility and weakness, regardless of whether we have anything in common. I will focus in particular on how such a conception of responsibility might inform life in BC’s increasingly diverse classrooms.

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