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Upcoming Events at SFU - Sept 26 - Oct 3

posted on 3:16 PM, September 25, 2014


The following is a look ahead at select upcoming events held at SFU Vancouver, for the week of September 26-October 3, 2014. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Thursday, September 25: From Syria to Crimea, is global governance at a loss?

Time: 6pm Place: Asia Pacific Hall, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, RSVP

The last 20 years have seen the birth of international criminal justice, a rapid expansion of the international human rights system, a focus on protection of civilians at the heart of humanitarian concerns, the growth of ambitious peacekeeping missions and the articulation of the new doctrine of responsibility to protect. Yet all this seems to have ground to a halt. Have we just reached the high-water mark of international interventions? Or are the doctrines and institutions of global conflict management in need of self-examination and reform?

Organized by the School for International Studies, join this free public lecture with the Honourable Louise Arbour, President & CEO of the International Crisis Group.


Thursday, September 25: Coast Salish Singing & Drumming Workshops Fall 2014

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

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU's Office of Aboriginal Peoples present three free workshops in fall of 2014.

Join us on September 25 and learn social songs, drumming and dance. This is a monthly workshop - watch for this workshop again in October and November!


Friday, September 26: Divest: Smart Strategy or Selling Out?

Time: 12:30pm Place: Rm. 1700, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register online

Recent divest campaigns have attracted widespread attention as a number of prominent cities, foundations, religious institutions, and universities have pledged to sell off their fossil fuel assets. Currently, the City of Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, and other groups are considering divestment, but is it a smart investment strategy or an effective climate action? Join Carbon Talks for a free public dialogue.


Saturday, September 27: Power, Leadership and Money – Can We Talk? 

Time: 9:30am Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: $79, online, scholarships available

The Minerva Foundation for BC Women is announcing an upcoming workshop with renowned financial advisor, Tracy Theemes, called Power, Leadership and Money – Can We Talk?

On September 27th, this provocative conversation will tackle the psychology of money and its connection to leadership, power and gender. How can we conquer misunderstandings, overcome fear and learn strategies for moving our financial lives forward? The goal of the workshop is to illuminate, inspire and motivate, while bringing lots of women’s minds together in a fun and stirring dialogue. Saturday, September 27: Hard Rubber Orchestra Plays Mahavishnu Orchestra Time: 8pm Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: $25 general, $15 students/seniors, online Back by popular demand! Hard Rubber Orchestra, John Korsrud’s 18-piece jazz powerhouse, will reprise the music of the famed Mahavishnu Orchestra.  In the early 70’s, this five-piece unit, lead by guitarist John McLaughlin, blew minds and drew a cult following with their ground-breaking fusion of jazz, Indian ragas and high volume rock. Hard Rubber will perform original arrangements by John Korsrud, Fred Stride, Bill Runge and others, with guests; drummer Randall Stoll, and Chris Gestrin on keyboards, along with the 18-piece orchestra. HRO presented this popular tribute in 2012, and is excited to once again give audiences a chance to see the Mahavishnu Orchestra re-visited and re-imagined by Vancouver’s one and only Hard Rubber Orchestra. Saturday, September 27: Information Session: SFU's Business-to-Business Communications Certificate Time: 10am Place: Rm. 1325, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register Find out more about this new part-time, online program that focuses on communications between companies and their corporate partners and customers—the end goal being to positively impact a business’ bottom line.


Monday, September 29: Joanne Franko, Thesis Defence, MA in Gerontology 

Time: 1pm Place: Rm. 1425, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, contact 

Thesis defence: Exploring the Role of Environments of Adult Day Programs on Well Being of Older Adults with Dementia.


Monday, September 29: Public Lecture: "The War in Eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War" 

Time: 7pm Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free,

In February of this year, a new government came into power in Ukraine proposing a sharp turn in the country’s economic and political orientation, in favour of an austerity-based economic association with Europe. That turn was sharply opposed by the people in the east of the country. They responded by demanding political autonomy for their region. In April, the government launched what it terms an “anti-terrorist operation” against the pro-autonomy movement. That political conflict, NATO’s backing of Kyiv against Russia, and the large-scale humanitarian crisis created by the “anti-terrorist” war are shaking the political foundations of Europe. What are the origins of this conflict? A ceasefire is now in place but what does the future hold?

Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based writer and antiwar activist who has written extensively on Ukraine. He attended an antiwar conference in Yalta, Crimea on July 6, 7 that included antiwar activists from Ukraine, Russia, Europe and North America.


Tuesday, September 30: CKNW CEO Series - Shahrzad Rafati, BroadbandTV Corp. 

Time: 7am Place: Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville St. Cost: $25, online 

As the Location Sponsor, SFU’s Beedie School of Business is excited to announce the new season of the CKNW Chief Executive series featuring Simi Sara. This is an exclusive opportunity to connect with a local Top CEO and participate in the Q&A period. Join us for the September 30th interview with Shahrzad Rafati, CEO, BroadbandTV Corp.


Tuesday, September 30: Performing Home: Enacting A New Choreography of Belonging, A Lecture by Carrie MacLeod

Time: 7pm Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, no RSVP required

Is there an art to reinventing home in the upheaval of displacement? This evening will offer a feast of poetic narratives on how communities in transition are creating new spaces of belonging – against all odds.

In considering the multiple meanings of home in this contemporary global culture, we will ask who is making room for whom when frictions from forced migration play out in Vancouver neighbourhoods and across international borders.


Wednesday, October 1: Andreas Bunte, Audain Visual Artist in Residence: Talk and Roundtable Discussion

Time: 6pm Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence program of the School for Contemporary Arts is pleased to welcome Andreas Bunte as an artist in residence this fall.

Bunte will carry on his own research while in Vancouver as well as interact with the students and faculty and members of the community. All are welcome free of charge to these events.


Thursday, October 2: Graduate Diploma in Business Administration Information Session 

Time: 5:30pm Place: Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville St. Cost: Free, register online 

Interested in graduate business school or know a colleague or friend who might be? Build a solid business foundation with our Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, an online program that provides core business skills for working professionals without a business degree.


Thursday, October 2: Information Session: The Writer's Studio (SFU's Creative Writing Certificate) 

Time: 6:30pm Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register 

The Writer’s Studio is a one-year, part-time creative writing program with an emphasis on learning in community. Striking a balance between a formal, full-time MFA creative writing program and individual writing courses, we offer training in writing theory, craft, and the business of writing. Join us at our info session, to meet the Mentors, Director, Alumni and Staff of The Writer's Studio. We will discuss the program, and answer any of your questions.


Thursday, October 2: City Conversations - Young Politicians: Meet Vancouver's New Generation of Leaders

Time: 12:30-1:30 pm Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free 

A generational change of leadership is beginning in the Lower Mainland, as candidates-- mostly 30 and under-- seek public office. City Conversations has invited some running in Vancouver, to tell us about their backgrounds, why they decided to enter politics, what they’ve learned about being a candidate, about the political game, about who they represent, and what they want to accomplish. Most important is what you want to learn about them so, as always, we will reserve lots of time for your questions. observations and comments. 

Joining us will be Coree Tull, Vision Vancouver candidate for Park Board. We’ve invited other youthful candidates from across the political spectrum. Feel free to bring your lunch.


October 2-4: Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Keynote: Dr. Howard Caygill 

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

The Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy will hold its Annual Conference at SFU, October 2-4, 2014. Dr. Howard Caygill will give a keynote address on Friday, October 3, 7:30 pm at Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Keynote speakers will be Bruce Baugh, Kym Maclaren, Talia Welsh, Sean Kirkland (winner of the 2013 Symposium book prize), and Howard Caygill, author of “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance,” whose appearance is co-sponsored by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU's Institute for the Humanities.

Registration will take place on-site. There is no advance registration for the conference.


September 24-27: 20.20.20 

Time: Doors 7:30, 8pm nightly Place: Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: $25 general/$20 student/senior, online

A collaborative effort and co-presentation with Dancers Dancing and SFU Woodward’s, "20.20.20" captures the vibrant atmosphere of urban Vancouver in all of its complexities, from a uniquely authentic lens.

Celebrating 20 years of working in Vancouver, choreographer Judith Garay looks at 20 intersections in the city to set 20 dancers in motion inspired by interactions of  architecture, pigeons, overpasses, green spaces, mountain views, skateboards and especially the people - old and young. Contrast and contradiction drive the work to be physically exhilarating and thoughtful, pedestrian and emotionally charged.

September 25-October 10: Vancouver International Film Festival

Time: Various times Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. (Select screenings will also take place at SFU Burnaby and SFU Surrey) Cost: Tickets online. Student pricing available

The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. For 16 days, almost 350 films from over 70 countries will delight Vancouver film lovers. Plus, dozens of directors, writers and actors will be in attendance for insightful and provocative post-screening discussions. The organizers of VIFF are excited to return to SFU’s Goldcorp Centre For The Arts’ state-of-the-art cinema.

The full program will be online at September 4th, if you want to see what great films will be screening at SFU, you can go to and search by venue. 

Students attending the festival can get discounted tickets and passes: Single Tickets: $11, Student 5-Ticket Pack: $50 and the all inclusive Student Pass: $325 (Admission to all festival and media screenings, excluding gala screenings).

September 4-27: Lossless – SFU MFA Graduating Exhibition

Time: Various times, see gallery hours Place: Audain Gallery, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

Lossless is an exhibition featuring graduating projects by the 2014 MFA candidates at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Video, sculpture, performance and installation projects by this year’s graduates share a number of related concerns, while formulating distinct frameworks for individual investigation.