Public lectures and events

No Better Place: Utopias from the Republic to the Internet

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 1:30 PM

Utopian thought has a long political tradition, indicating a deep, abiding impulse to critique existing political and social structures and create new visions of collective life. We will explore the idea of utopia in political thought and examine utopian experiments from Plato’s Republic to the emergence of the internet. Through these varied expressions we see the characteristic elements of utopianism: they offer trenchant criticism of existing political, social and economic conditions; they present creative and often radical revisioning of the possibilities of collective life; and they reflect a determination to actualize the ideals of a better way of being in everyday experience. Utopian experiments thus offer perspective and hope in difficult times.

This free event is co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program and the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society.

Date(s): Sat, Sep 14, 1:30-3 p.m.

Location: Room 1900, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Admission: Seats for Free Forums are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the talk. While we cannot guarantee or reserve seats, there will be 200 available.

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Lealle Ruhl

    Lealle Ruhl received her graduate degree from York University's Program in Social and Political Thought. Her teaching reflects the heterogeneity of her graduate work: her interests include international relations, political theory and social philosophy, legal theory and criticism, and feminist theory.

    She has published articles on legal criticism and pregnancy, responsibilisation and risk in pregnancy, critiques of liberalism, and feminist theory. Teaching is a main priority for her, and she is a regular instructor in Langara's Department of Political Science and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.



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