Video Series

Mathematising Social Issues to Imagine a Different World

Can mathematics be used to imagine alternative approaches to problematic social issues? Dr. Sean Chorney propose that mathematising aspects of our social world can help us not only identify hidden problems, but also formulate alternative conceptions of their causes and possible solutions. This talk will report on my study of teaching high school mathematics classes on the topic of gerrymandering, as a demonstration of how mathematics can raise awareness and imagination.

Walking Alongside my Relations: A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Interconnectedness

At this critical juncture in time, difficult conversations are inevitable. How may educators and students courageously participate in dialogues with authenticity and vulnerability? Drawing from contemplative inquiry and traditional wisdom, Sandeep Kaur Glover's five-minute art film offers wholistic pathways for personal and collective engagement through the examination of society’s most pervasive question, “How are you?”

Glover, S. K. (2019). Walking Alongside my Relations: A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Interconnectedness. SFU Educational Review12(1), 83-95.

Community in the Making: Weaving Places of Learning, Cultural Production, and Community Building within a Community Festival Space in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

In this video, Dr. Jing Li talks about her doctoral research: an ethnographic study on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and how community residents and artists mobilized cultural/art resources and multimodal communications to construct a sense of place and create transforming pedagogies in a community festival space.

Li, J. (2020). Community in the making: Weaving places of learning, cultural production, and community building within a community festival space in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.

Bringing Biology Back to Life

How can science education be transformative? Connect us with the land? Address the climate crisis? Through original footage, from paddling the Ama­zon River to exploring melting glaciers in Norway, Lee Beavington's video tells a concise and compelling story of the importance of experiential, nature-based learning that builds empathy and ecoliteracy.

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BC School Trustees' & Information Seeking

This episode spotlights Dr. Dan Laitsch and his publication (with Dr. Christine Younghusband) "British Columbia School Trustees' Use of Research and Information Seeking in Decision Making," which examines the information seeking activities of British Columbia (BC) school trustees in an effort to understand the transmission of research.

What is Social Justice?

This episode spotlights Drs. Erin Thrift and Jeff Sugarman and their publication "What Is Social Justice? Implications for Psychology". Given widespread interest and commitment among psychologists to promote social justice, their article takes up the question “What is social justice?” and critically examines the efforts of psychologists in its pursuit.

Cyberbullying in university communities

This episode spotlights Dr. Wanda Cassidy and her publication Cyberbullying at University in International Contexts, which investigates cyberbullying at the post-secondary level and explores the role that educators can play in fostering more caring and respectful online communities.

Embodied Inquiry: Writing, Living and Being Through the Body

The third episode focuses on Dr. Celeste Snowber and her book Embodied Inquiry: Writing, Living and Being Through the Body, inspired by two decades of teaching and writing on embodied ways of inquiry in the academy.

Disrupting Boundaries in Education and Research

The second episode spotlights Disrupting Boundaries in Education and Research and the unique collaboration between six members of the Faculty, including: Drs. Suzanne Smythe, Cher Hill, Margaret MacDonald, Diane Dagenais, Nathalie Sinclair and Kelleen Toohey

Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust

The first episode spotlights Dr. Roger Frie and his publication, Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust, which has received the 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, 2018 Western Canada Jewish Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2018 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature in the History Category.