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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


EMMA Talks with Jackie Wong and Astra Taylor

May 09, 2017



When: Info here

Where: Venue Name, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

Please join us for the seventh EMMA Talks with journalist and facilitator Jackie Wong and writer, documentarian, and organizer Astra Taylor!

The core purpose of EMMA Talks is to bring important stories by women identified* writers, activists, thinkers, storytellers, makers and doers, from the periphery to the public. Together their stories will build a powerful and engaging collection of talks, celebrating and building on the conversations, imaginings, and hard work of so many individuals, communities and movements, which will lead to a creative cross-pollination of ideas.

The evening starts at 7:00 PM with a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks and a cash bar. The Talks will begin at 8:00 PM sharp, and will be followed by a 30 minute social gathering. Both social gatherings will be in place of a Q&A and will allow for folks to meet one another, to converse and share thoughts from the talks.

including two spirited, trans and gender non-conforming folks.

Speaker Bios

Jackie Wong is a journalist in Vancouver writing about race, addiction, mental health, and equality, publishing in magazines online and in print. She facilitates workshops on writing and media for young adults, is a workshop facilitator for a long-running low-barrier journalism program for inner-city adults at SFU Woodward’s, and facilitates a weekly creative writing workshop at Onsite, a detox and transitional housing program above Vancouver’s supervised injection facility. She loves watching comedy and reading fiction, and she’s so glad it’s spring.

Astra Taylor is a writer, documentarian, and organizer. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world's most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Peter Singer and others. Both movies premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Taylor's writing has appeared in The Nation, the London Review of Books, n+1, The Baffler, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Examined Life, a companion volume to the film, and coeditor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America. She helped launch the Rolling Jubilee and co-founded the Debt Collective. Most recently she is the author of the book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, winner of a 2015 American Book Award. She is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow.


We strive to create (with you!) a social, financial, environmental and physically accessible space.
We recognize that a complex and nuance access is always emergent and fluid, and we welcome your feedback.

  • The route to the World Art Centre and other Cinemas are accessible, elevators, wide corridors.
  • World Art Centre has unfixed seating.
  • Most events will provide free food (see event details)
  • Bathrooms on the second floor are gender neutral.
  • These events are for all ages. We are unable to host a childcare option on these premises
  • We will have our own hospitality ushers meeting folks on Hastings.
  • There will be a sign language interpreter on stage.
  • Scent-reduction* please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented-body products.
  • EMMA Talks (both the live and the digital formats) will be professionally produced, accessible monologues.
  • Read all the ways to “get here” on SFU’s website

Please contact us with any access needs at

*we acknowledge that this is not straight forward and that generally it can cost a lot more money to be scent free… so, we are happy to talk further about how to combat this together.


This EMMA Talk will be videotaped* and shared on the EMMA Talks website. If you do not wish to be filmed and/or recorded, please sit in the designated "no-filming" areas in the space. Otherwise, look for your smiling face on in a couple weeks! Please take a moment to read the filming disclaimer.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!



When: Tue, May 9, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and EMMA Talks

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