SFU Vancouver Events: May 26 – June 2

The following is a look ahead at select upcoming events held at SFU Vancouver. For the full calendar of events, click here

Woodward's Community Singers 2016 Workshops

Date: Thursday, March 24 – July 28 
Time: 6 p.m. 
Place: 131 West Hastings St. at PHS Woodward's, 10th floor

This is a free, drop-in, non-auditioned weekly community choir. All voices are invited to join us in song. Together we sing music from gospel, folk, popular, and contemporary traditions. It's informal, fun, playful and profound. We're a friendly gang of welcoming people who live or work in the area, go to school at SFU or come from around the city to gather here and enjoy the community we build through music. There are usually 25 to 35 singers each week and always a handful of new singers joining us for the first time. Participants are also welcome to come, drink a cup of tea and just listen. We sing in the beautiful Sky Room of the PHS Community Services Residences at the Woodward's complex. LEARN MORE → 

Public Lecture On Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si: “On Care For Our Common Home”

Date: Thursday, May 26 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 1900, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Sí is a groundbreaking document. Although Francis is not the first pope to address environmental issues in a robust way, the fact that he has dedicated a major letter to Catholics and “all people of good will” sends a message to the world about the significance the Catholic Church attributes to environmental concerns. John Zucchi delivers a word of warning to Catholics, non-Catholics or non-Christian believers or to those of no particular faith adherence: we mustn’t assume we have understood the Pope’s message. Zucchi’s address, which will allude to literature and cinema will introduce us to Francis’s concerns and will help us understand why Pope Francis offers men and women the path he does for a new approach to the environment. LEARN MORE → 

Reel Causes: Start With 1 Thing

Date: Thursday, May 26 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Reel Causes’ next event, Start With 1 Thing, may well change the way you see the world around us and will certainly move you to action. To celebrate Canada signing the Paris Climate Treaty, join us for a special presentation of Racing Extinction in support of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society. The screening will be followed by an exclusive Skype interview with producer Gina Papabeis. LEARN MORE → 

Psychoanalysis And The Trump Phenomenon

Date: Friday, May 27 
Time: 5 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

This panel seeks to shed light on the Trump phenomenon by drawing upon the rich resources of psychoanalysis and social psychology. Among the questions it poses are the following: 1. What premises underlie Trump’s rhetorical uses of love and hate? 2. Does Trump offer his supporters narcissistic satisfaction via participation in a renewed sense of American "greatness" in exchange for their abjection, continuing subordination and powerlessness? 3. Social media highlights some of Trump’s personality traits, such as aggressiveness and narcissism. What elements of identification and fantasy are at play in the relation of Trump and his supporters? 4. What are the libidinal roots of Trump's apparent charismatic hold over his supporters? 5. Can Trump's histrionics be compared with those of other authoritarian leaders such as Barry Goldwater, Mussolini, Hitler or Berlusconi? LEARN MORE → 

Information Session: SFU's Chinese/English Interpretation and Translation Diploma

Date: Friday, May 27 
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to facilitate cross-cultural communication in a variety of professional settings such as a company boardroom, a hospital emergency waiting room or even a courtroom? This FREE session is a great opportunity for you to learn how to use your bilingual language skills and cultural understanding. We will answer questions or concerns you may have to help you to get you on your way! LEARN MORE → 

Joshua Clover: Riot. Strike. Riot.

Date:Friday, May 27 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Award-winning poet and scholar Joshua Clover will be discussing his new book, Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings. Clover identifies our time as an “age of riots,” where the struggle of people versus state and capital has taken to the streets, and theorizes the riot as the form of the coming insurrection. Following his talk, Clover will be in conversation with Stan Douglas, a Vancouver-based artist whose work has addressed Vancouver's riot history and current social issues. The discussion will be moderated by Melanie O'Brian, director of SFU Galleries. LEARN MORE → 


Date: Saturday, May 28 
Time: 9 a.m. 
Place: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

This is an ideal opportunity to see our facilities, learn about our programs, and find out how the application process works. The tour will show behind-the-scenes at the school, including rehearsal halls, studios, and performance spaces. The info-session will discuss our programs and also give us the chance to chat a bit about the admission process to both SFU and SCA. LEARN MORE → 

Thesis defence: Graham Winterbottom

Date: Monday, May 30 
Time: 1 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 1500, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

Master's candidate: Graham Winterbottom Thesis title: Creative Industry in the Mt. Pleasant Slopes LEARN MORE → 

CPA Innovation Centre - Games, Marketing and Open Innovation: Registration

Date: Tuesday, May 31 
Time: 10 a.m. 
Place: Rm. 2800, Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville St.

This talk deals with the identification of market segments for the electronic games business in Brazil. Surveys reveal the identification of five market segments based on a set of motivational behaviors put forward by the literature as relevant to electronic games playing. The majority of variables were significant both to explain the first dependent variable (intention to play) as to act as mediator for the second dependent variable (intention to pay). The event will also include a second talk discussing open innovation and their impacts and challenges. The talk will shed light on the gap by proposing an analytical framework for future empirical studies that span marketing and open innovation. The framework outlines the role of marketing in the processes of knowledge flow between firms and their exterior environment in an open innovation perspective. LEARN MORE → 

SFU Philosopher’s Café: Are Artists Historians? Journalists? Thieves?

Date: Wednesday, Jun 1 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 2250, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

What is performing? Is the news a stage? Moderators: Jennifer Mascall Jennifer Mascall is choreographer and artistic director ofwww.mascalldance.ca. She is interested in the intersection of movement and other forms, and performance and other mediums. Dr. Steven Hill Steven Hill has held the position of assistant professor in the SFU theatre performance area since 2007, where he teaches acting, directing, devising and clowning. His research includes directing approaches, devising practices and emergent performance in contemporary theatre. Between 2001 and 2014 he was artistic director of Leaky Heaven Performance, an award-winning, independent, experimental theatre company that created original devised works. He is currently co-artistic director of Fight With a Stick Performance, which premiered its first work Steppenwolf at the 2015 PuSh Festival. He is currently working on a new piece with co-artistic director Alex Ferguson and an ensemble of artists exploring performance installation and non-human expressivity. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University, and has worked as a performer and director in theatres across the country. LEARN MORE → 

The Fraud that Goes Under the Name of Love Opening Reception

Date: Wednesday, Jun 1 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Audain Gallery, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings St.

Exhibition runs from June 2 to August 1, 2016 This group exhibition, co-curated by Amy Kazymerchyk and cheyanne turions, explores how singular and social bodies are affected by the entwinement of love and work. It focuses on under-acknowledged forms of physical, intellectual and emotional work, such as domestic care, cultural production and social activism, which are often referred to as "labours of love." In querying the complexity of the title's commonly used phrase, the exhibition exposes how this love is valued on global, communal and personal scales. Artists use material and conceptual strategies to express the physical, emotional and psychological effects of enduring or refusing the conditions of these social roles. Using figurative language, abstraction and poetics, their works express how the conditions and affects of labouring are absorbed in the body and enfolded into life. LEARN MORE → 

City Conversations

Date: Thursday, Jun 2 
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Place: Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

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. LEARN MORE → 

Information Session: SFU's Chinese/English Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate

Date: Thursday, Jun 2 
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 2200, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to facilitate cross-cultural communication in legal setting? Skilled legal interpreters and translators are in demand in today's global society. This FREE information session is designed to give you an opportunity to learn more about our Legal Interpretation and Translation Program. We will answer questions or concerns you may have to help you to get you on your way! LEARN MORE → 

SFU Philosophers' Café: What Is Mentoring To YOU?

Date: Thursday, Jun 2 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Rm. 2250, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

What is mentoring to you? What are your experiences with mentoring or being mentored? Moderator Sam Thiara Sam Thiara is a speaker, mentor, writer and blogger. His passion is to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional journeys. In 2011 he delivered a TEDxSFU talk about ‘Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary’ and seeks to appreciate life. Presently, Sam is a lecturer at the SFU Beedie School of Business and co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that helps youth navigate life and career. Having mentored hundreds and engaged with thousands of people, in 2012 Sam received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2006 the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for leadership and community involvement.LEARN MORE → 

Creative Mornings Barrie Mowatt on ‘broken’

Date: Friday, Jun 3 
Time: 8:30 a.m. 
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Barrie Mowatt has a long and accomplished history as an educator, philanthropist, and entrepreneur opening the Buschlen Mowatt Fine Art gallery in 1979. Barrie is the visionary behind the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum, where he combines his passion for art, education and community service in exhibitions that bring great art to public spaces where people live, work, play and transit, free for all to enjoy, explore and be inspired by. Barrie is also the founder of the Celebration of Hope Foundation, co-founder of Taste the Nation, and the Buschlen Mowatt Scholarship Program at Arts Umbrella. Barrie received the Vancouver Business in Arts Award from the Vancouver Board of Trade, and the Ethics in Action Award, presented by Vancouver City Savings and the BC Work Ministry. He has twice been nominated for Western Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of socially responsible businesses. LEARN MORE → 


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