e-Library

An invaluable archive for you

We created the FASS e-Sampler to help you feel connected to us. From the moment you are accepted to Simon Fraser University, we're here for you. 

What we offer

What we've recorded for you

Since we're offering such valuable information, we're saving it all here for you to reference anytime you like or need. This page will grow as we add recordings from upcoming FASS e-Sampler sessions. Stay tuned! 

Have a look at all the great content below. As always, if you have any questions, you can connect with Kaitlan Davis, FASS's Recruitment, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, at fass_rec@sfu.ca.

Recordings

Parents and Supporters Q&A - Danielle Murdoch

University is different from highschool. In this Q&A, incoming students and their parents/supporters can ask questions about the remote learning and understand better by talking with two Criminology professors how they can succeed in their first year in university.

Presented on June 11, 2020 by SFU's Department of Criminology

Parents and Supporters Q&A - Sheri Fabian

University is different from highschool. In this Q&A, incoming students and their parents/supporters can ask questions about the remote learning and understand better by talking with two Criminology professors how they can succeed in their first year in university.

Presented on June 11, 2020 by SFU's Department of Criminology

COVID-19 and International Conflict - Alex Moens

Is a highly-infectious and deadly virus an opportunity for countries to cooperate or to gain national advantage? Has the pandemic shown states and nationalism to be stronger than globalization? Why is there not more trust in international politics? Are states still the strongest players? How do we explain and understand what causes and drives international politics?

Presented on June 11, 2020 by SFU's Department of Political Science

Writing in World Literature: The Short Story and the Self - Ken Seigneurie

How many times do you hear, “Just be yourself!”?… Drives me crazy. How am I supposed to know who I am when I can’t see myself from the outside as others see me? In this lecture we’ll see how human beings have always learned to become themselves: by seeing versions of themselves through stories. Good stories help us to try on, or avoid, different characters and situations. In this lecture, we’ll try on a story of vigilante justice gone bad and we’ll try on a nervous couple’s wedding night story. Being oneself is a work in progress and, thankfully, we’ve got models.

Presented on June 16, 2020 by SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures

Solving Linguistic Puzzles - Panos Pappas

Ever wonder how linguists analyze languages? This brief lecture will showcase the most fundamental analytic technique of linguistic science. I will also demonstrate how the syllabus for such a course can be adapted to a remote learning environment without losing any of the advantages of face-to-face learning.

Presented on June 16, 2020 by SFU's Department of Linguistics

Peers, Groups, and Learning Theories - Zachary Rowan

The social nature of crime is one of the most well documented features of criminal behavior. Crime is often learned through interactions with peers and many criminal acts are committed with other offenders. This lecture introduces the theoretical perspectives used to help understand the learning processes involved in crime and explore the powerful role of groups and deviant peers.

Presented on June 17, 2020 by SFU's Department of Criminology

Harnessing history: How the Black Death can help us navigate our COVID-19 world - Emily O'Brien

What does the Black Death, a disease that swept through Asia and Europe almost 700 years ago, have to do with the pandemic we’re living through today? Plenty! This lecture will illuminate some of those connections by exploring works of literature, history, and art. It’s a chance to see in new and startling ways how much the past has to say to the present and how vital the humanities are in our COVID-19 world.

Presented on June 17, 2020 by SFU's Department of History

Is Donald Trump a Fascist? - Samir Gandesha

Since his election in 2016, there has been growing commentary suggesting that Donald J. Trump, and other leaders like him such as Viktor Orban in Hungary, Narendra Modi in India, is a “fascist.” But is this really the case? In my short lecture, I will discuss definitions of the twentieth century fascism before analyzing authoritarian leaders today. While there are important family resemblances between the fascism of the 1920s and 1930s, it is far from clear that what we see today is fascism in this “classical” sense.

Presented on June 18, 2020 by SFU's Department of Humanities

Introduction to Italian Phonetic Rules and Alphabet - Elena Caselli

How many Italian words do you already know? Some of them are part of our everyday life like pizza or latte. Do you know that musical notation like Piano (slow) and Forte (loud) was invented in Italy during the Renaissance? That's how Italian became the standard language used in music.

The Italian language is over a thousand years old, is spoken by more than 85 million people and is the fourth most studied language in the world. It's a flexible and inclusive language, and its sound is beautiful, romantic and surprisingly easy to learn. Join us and learn how to order properly a bruschetta next time at your favourite Italian restaurant!

Presented on June 23, 2020 by SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures

The Logics of Gender Justice: Why Women’s Rights Are So Different Around the World - Laurel Weldon

In this lecture I will provide brief overview of the range of women’s rights around the world, from violence against women and family law to parental leave and reproductive rights. We will then turn to trying to understand why women’s rights vary around the world: Why have women’s rights been overhauled and expanded in some countries, on some issues, at some times, while they have been rolled back, undermined or mired in conflict in others? The research I present covers 70 countries from every region of the world over many decades, and has implications for contemporary struggles for gender justice in Canada and around the world.

Presented on June 30, 2020 by SFU's Department of Political Science

Categorizing People By Race: An Exercise in Confusion (& Power) - Suzanna Crage

Has anybody ever asked you what your race is? Have you ever wondered yourself? Maybe the answer is no. Or, maybe you remember when you realized there was an answer. In this lecture, we’ll talk about how we know — or how we decide — who belongs to what race. And along the way, we’ll challenge the idea that “races" exist at all.

Presented on June 30, 2020 by SFU's Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Elephant in the Bedroom: Talking about Sex - Rebecca Cobb

Talking about sex is one of the hardest conversations that couples have. Learn about how couples resolve sexual issues and how the quality of their conversations predicts changes in sexual satisfaction over time.

Presented on July 2, 2020 by SFU's Department of Psychology

Historicizing Jordan's Principle - Leah Wiener

Many Canadians learn about the history of Indigenous children only in the context of residential schools and Truth and Reconciliation. However, not all Indigenous children attended residential schools, and they experienced mistreatment from the government even in their home communities. In this lecture, we will explore the history and current implications of Jordan's Principle, a goal by the Canadian government to help Indigenous children access medical services more easily. We will examine documents from the past to see how the government's relationship with Indigenous children changed over time.

Presented on July 7, 2020 by SFU's Department of Indigenous Studies, Department of History, and Faculty of Health Sciences.

Forensic Psychology: It’s Not What You See on TV - Madison Harvey

This presentation will give an overview of the topic of forensic psychology (the intersection of psychology and the law). A major focus of the presentation will be on current research happening at Simon Fraser University, particularly in the areas of witness credibility, voice identification, and memory. Examples involving real cases will help to illustrate the ideas to students. Possible education and career paths will also be discussed.

Presented on July 7, 2020 by SFU's Forensic Psychology program.

Careers in FASS - Penny Freno

Want to learn about what options there are for you once you finish your degree? Want to discover how you can leverage amazing opportunities within our Co-operative education program and gain workplace experience and networks. Meet professional staff from the Co-operative Education and Career and Volunteer Services offices who specialize in helping FASS students meet their career goals and aspirations.

Presented on July 9, 2020 by SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Co-op in FASS - Greig Baird

Want to learn about what options there are for you once you finish your degree? Want to discover how you can leverage amazing opportunities within our Co-operative education program and gain workplace experience and networks. Meet professional staff from the Co-operative Education and Career and Volunteer Services offices who specialize in helping FASS students meet their career goals and aspirations.

Presented on July 9, 2020 by SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Cemeteries: Life in the City - Kate Elliot

Can anybody visit a cemetery? Are you allowed to play sports in a cemetery? Do people live in cemeteries? -- Your presenter (who was once invited to live in a cemetery) will answer these questions, and will ask students to consider cemeteries as more than mere places of death. Students will be invited to consider the multiple roles cemeteries could play as community green space.

Presented on July 10, 2020 by SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Criminology & Forensic Investigations - Vienna Lam

In this presentation, Vienna will share highlights of her research on aquatic body decomposition and discuss the applications of entomological research in medicolegal investigations. This talk will include brief stories about past field work and how the audience can re-envision what it means to be a student through SFU's many academic exchange opportunities.

Presented on July 10, 2020 by SFU's School of Criminology & Forensics Studies

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