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SFU Vancouver Events: April 11-18, 2014

posted on 11:38 AM, April 10, 2014

The following is a look ahead at select upcoming events held at SFU Vancouver, for the week of April 11-18, 2014. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Friday, April 11

Creative City Singapore and the Illiberal Pragmatics of Sexuality

Time: 7pm
Place: Rm. 1420, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free, register

Recent anti-gay persecutions in Russia and Uganda have turned the world’s attention to the plight of LGBTs living in countries where homosexuality continues to be illegal. Singapore is amongst these remaining few countries that retains its draconian anti-sodomy laws. However, Singapore is also celebrated globally as one of the new exciting cities of gay Asia. In this lecture, Professor Yue examines this paradoxical phenomenon, where homosexuality remains criminalized yet is at the same time promoted through a cultural liberalization brought about by the country’s transition to a creative economy. Surveying examples in film, theatre, nighttime economy and new media, she introduces new queer spaces and practices that are produced in and through a milieu she calls “the illiberal pragmatics of sexuality.” Key to this paradox and central to the city’s creative futures is the question of sustainability. How can creative industries better harness resource and build local capacity in such a small city and in a way that is sustainable? How can LGBT communities continue to carve out queer spaces of survival in a country that persists to actively prosecute homosexuality?

Wednesday, April 16

Lunch Poems at SFU with Reg Johanson and Susan McCaslin

Time: 12-1pm
Place: Teck Gallery, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free

Join us in the Teck Gallery for an hour of great poetry. Each session features two different, often local, poets. Bring your lunch and enjoy!

Spaces of Contestation: Art, Activism, and the City with Kirsty Robertson

Time: 7pm
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts ,149 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free

This talk asks: what happens when protest crosses the threshold of the large-scale museum or gallery? Using a number of examples, among them a major museum fundraiser that parodied anti-capitalist protest; an international exhibition organized to take place in the same streets where activists gathered against G8 meetings; and the accession of artifacts from protest actions into museum collections, this talk questions the role of authoritative museums under late capitalism, ultimately recognizing such institutions as contested spaces.

Thursday, April 17

E-Merge 2014! A Summer Intensive in Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship Registration

Time: 9am, registration opens
Place: Conference will be held at the Beedie School of Business, 500 Granville St.
Cost: From $1,800, register

Join Ian McCarthy, Kate Dilworth and Jan Simon from the Beedie School of Business at SFU’s Executive Education June 9 – 12 for a unique learning experience that has been designed to prepare you to think and act entrepreneurially and create value by making people and communities better. If you're looking to learn how to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in your teams and organizations, as well as learn how to start and launch new ventures to advance ideas for improving health and healthcare, this intensive is for you! The actual program runs June 9-12.

SCA 2nd Year Film Screening

Time: 7pm
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free

Featuring new films 16 second year film students:

Devin Ariyaratne
Nick Balaz
Meredith Darsey
Daniel Dornbierer
Jessica Johnson
Jae Woo Kang
Bogdan Kondriuk
Dylan Maranda
Gloria Mercer
Emily Parker
Aileen Poli
Alysha Seriani
Carly Southern
Katrina Tadros
Aidan West
Andy Wong