Liberal Arts and 55+ Program

SFU’s Liberal Arts and 55+ Program has been offering intellectually challenging non-credit courses to older adult learners since the 1970s. Offered year-round, our courses provide you with an opportunity to learn for the joy of learning, enhance your creativity and sharpen your critical thinking skills. Topics covered range from art and literature to history, science, philosophy and more.

Currently delivered online, our courses allow you to learn from the comfort of home while engaging with classmates from across the province and beyond. The online format may vary from course to course, with audio or video lectures, videoconferencing, online and offline activities, and discussions (see course descriptions for details).

Classes are open to learners of all ages, with a tuition discount for those 55+.

Courses and Events

Upcoming event(s)

Lunch and learn

Watch recordings of recent lectures in the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program 

Identity and Citizenship

Watch recordings of our 2020-21 Conversation Series on Identity and Citzenship.

  • Here and There: The Pilgrim’s Progress: Canadian-Iranian novelist Nazanine Hozar engages with how the unfolding of Iran’s 1979 revolution, as experienced in Aria, uncovers an urgent universal tale.
  • Where Are You (Really) From?: Award-winning novelist and SFU English professor David Chariandy explores how belonging shifts across lands and time—and how fiction illuminates that journey.
  • Why Can’t I Be Where I Want?: Political scientist Antje Ellermann explores the question of whether citizenship is ultimately about the right of each State to determine who belongs. 
  • Why Can’t I Say What I Want?Legal scholar Richard Moon delves into timely questions surrounding how we balance freedom of expression and hate speech. 
  • Here and There: In-Between Worlds: In this wide-ranging conversation, novelist Anar Ali explores questions of identity and citizenship, and how migration places us between worlds: here and there.

Videos from our archives

Watch recordings of our past Saturday Forum lectures and other events to spark your curiosity and learn something new.


All of our offerings are online and so is our registration. Review our step-by-step online registration guide if you have questions. Registering online is simple, secure and convenient.

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