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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - Week of March 6 - March 13, 2015

posted on 8:48 AM, March 9, 2015

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Friday, March 6: SCA Info-Session + Tour - Theatre
Time: 4pm   Place: 1st floor lobby, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Join us for a series of info-sessions and tours in preparation for applying to SFU and SCA. Tour the facilities to see the behind-the-scenes of our School, including performance spaces, rehearsal studios, film editing suites, composing suites and student areas. Find out what the next steps are after application to our School's BFA programs.

Friday, March 6: Bottomhood is Powerful
Time: 4:30pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

This presentation examines the ways that anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in Asian/American visual culture. I argue that "bottomhood" simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Conceived as a sexual position, a social alliance, and an aesthetic form, bottomhood affirms a politics that embraces risk, receptivity, and vulnerability.  

Nguyen Tan Hoang is a filmmaker and academic who writes about queer cinema, experimental video, and Asian American visual culture.

Friday, March 6: Graduate Liberal Studies Open House
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 2400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

The Graduate Liberal Studies Program offered by Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. It addresses some of the great works of our intellectual and artistic heritage, studies the perennial concerns that have shaped our culture, and explores contemporary perspectives on traditional ideas and values.

Saturday, March 7: Information Session: SFU's New Media Journalism Certificate
Time: 10am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

As newspapers across the continent shut down, it’s obvious that the old media communication channels aren’t working anymore. We still want to know what’s happening around us and why it matters but instead of opening the paper or watching the news, we turn to the tools of the new media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, online photos, and blogs.

Join us to learn how our New Media Journalism Certificate can help you succeed in this challenging, evolving landscape.

Sunday, March 8: Rise Up For Sierra Leone: Girl Rising Screening
Time: 4pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: $10 donation online or at the door.

An educational film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education when used to change the world. The film focuses on ordinary girls confronting enormously difficult circumstances and overcoming impossible challenges to achieve their dreams. This is an educational event that will be seeking to raise awareness about the current state of affairs of the education system in Sierra Leone, West Africa, while at the same time raising funds for deserving young women in Sierra Leone to attend university, through the Canadian registered charity, The People’s Foundation of Sierra Leone.

Tuesday, March 10: Civil Society, Public Policy, and the Quality of Democracy in Latin America
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Does the expansion of civil society promote democracy? Many academics, leaders, and public officials around the world assume it does. Since the transition to democracy in the 1980s, there has been a significant growth and diversification of civil society organizations (and movements) in most countries of Latin America. However, at the same time, democratic political institutions are fragile, economic development uneven, and the reduction of social inequality still in the making. In short, citizenship remains “low intensity.”

Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of politics at Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de San Martín, where she previously directed the Center for the Study of Civil Society and Public Life (CESC).

Tuesday, March 10: Bike Café - What Are the Links Between Transportation Choice, Affordability and Happiness?
Time: 6pm   Place: Musette Caffè Chinatown, 75 E. Pender St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Studies show us that transportation mode makes a difference in how people feel and where they live. Are there links between how you get around, how it makes you feel, and how it impacts costs of living? We'll discuss the broader social conversation and public awareness of options and implications, as well as possible improvements.

Wednesday, March 11: Getting Beneath a Country-Level Understanding of Chinese Work Values: Regions and Generations within China
Time: 2pm   Place: Rm. 1415, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

This presentation focuses on the differences and similarities of two types of country sub-cultures—regions and generations. Our region analysis takes a longitudinal perspective (1994-2005) to examine global, country-level and region-specific influences on the values orientations of businesspersons in three regional clusters in China.  Next, we investigate how socio-economic and political events in China have defined generational sub-cultures to have different sets of values and attitudes.

Wednesday, March 11: SCA Info-Session + Tour - Music
Time: 5:30pm   Place: 1st floor lobby, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Join us for a series of info-sessions and tours in preparation for applying to SFU and SCA. Tour the facilities to see the behind-the-scenes of our School, including performance spaces, rehearsal studios, film editing suites, composing suites and student areas. Find out what the next steps are after application to our School's BFA programs.

Wednesday, March 11: 35 Letters
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.  Cost: Free. No registration required.

This innovative and moving documentary follows Angelique Flowers, a young woman in the last phases of a terminal illness, as she struggles to find grace in an inflexible healthcare system and explores the issue of death with dignity. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring Michelle Flowers.

This film is the winner of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award at the Sydney Film Festival 2014 as well as the Best Documentary - Biography by ATOM Awards.

Thursday, March 12: Information Session: SFU NOW (Nights or Weekends)
Time: 5:30pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Learn more about how to complete your degree without disrupting your career. SFU NOW: Nights or Weekends is a pathway for you as a working adult to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the evenings and on weekends in Vancouver or Surrey.

Thursday, March 12: Information Session: SFU's Chinese/English Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate
Time: 6:30pm   Place: Rm. 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to facilitate cross-cultural communication in legal setting? Skilled legal interpreters and translators are in demand in today's global society.  Learn more about this program as well as the admission requirements and the application process.

Thursday, March 12: Screening and Talk by Chris Vargas—Filmmaker and Founder of the Museum of Transgender History and Art
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

A presentation of the Margaret Lowe Benston Endowment Lecture Series

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker & interdisciplinary artist. With Eric Stanley, he co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its sequel Criminal Queers (2014). He is the founder of MOTHA–Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art.

Thursday, March 12: A Century of Olympic Urbanisms: Building for the Olympic Games, 1924 to 2020
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 1700, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration

As the cost and complexity of delivering the Olympic Games appears to arc ever upward, the global urban policy community and the International Olympic Committee are searching for ways to rethink their scale. Olympic host cities are also under pressure to better balance the costs and benefits associated with building the event infrastructure. In this talk, Judith Grant Long argues that host city outcomes have been both better and worse than commonly understood. Calling for more responsible leadership on urban impacts from both host cities and the International Olympic Committee, Long makes recommendations to recalibrate the scale of Olympic infrastructures, and to guide host cities planning for the Olympic Games and other sports mega-events.

Thursday, March 12: Dr. Leslie Peirce, Writing Popular Biography: Hurrem Sultan, the Slave Who Became Ottoman Queen
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Dr Leslie Peirce is the Silver Professor in History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She has published extensively on questions of gender, law, and society in the Ottoman Empire including two award winning books, The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, 1993 and Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab, University of California Press, 2003.

Thursday, March 12: Noh Dance and Chant Public Presentation
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

A number of Yamai Tsunao’s students from Japan will join workshop participants. Workshop participants will share what they have learned throughout their workshop experience, and the Japanese students will also perform sections of noh music and dances learned during their studies.

Participants are asked to wear non-restrictive clothing and white tabi (Japanese split-toed socks) or white socks.

Friday, March 13: 50 Shades of Grey Matter – A History of What We Know About the Brain
Time: 3pm   Place: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Please join us for the inaugural lecture in our “Di Lollo Distinguished Lectureship in Psychology.” This lecture series honours the intellectual and collegial contributions of Dr. Vincent Di Lollo to the Department of Psychology at SFU.

Friday, March 13: Acts of Liberation – A Phenomenology of Violence and Nonviolence
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Peyman Vahabzadeh offers a quick radical phenomenology of the concept of violence and show the relationship between my tripartite concept of violence and human action. Vahabzadeh will use close readings of the works of select number of European thinkers of the twentieth century on the issue of violence as it pertains to action, liberation, or emancipation. Vahabzadeh will conclude by arguing in favour of an expanded concept of nonviolence that is related to dignity and justice.

Peyman Vahabzadeh was born and raised in Iran. He immigrated to Canada in 1989 and feels at home in coastal British Columbia.

March 13 - 14: Turning Point Ensemble - Carnival
Time: 8pm   Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Adult $38, Senior $35, Student $12
Co-presented by SFU Woodward's cultural programs and turning point ensemble

A chamber arrangement of Saint-Saëns’ playful carnival of the animals with narration by George Zukerman is the centre piece of this program which includes a continuation of our feature on the innovative Kammermusik series of Paul Hindemith with the performance of his Kammermusik nr. 3 for solo cello and ten instruments featuring Ariel Barnes.

March 8 - 12: Noh Dance and Chant Workshop
Time: 6pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: $150+GST with a 24 participant limit.

TomoeArts is organizing an intensive workshop in Japanese noh theatre led by visiting master noh performer YAMAI Tsunao. This 15-hour, four day workshop will introduce the art of noh performance to a maximum of 24 participants.

Noh is a highly stylized form of dance-drama that has been practiced continuously in Japan for over 600 years. It tells stories of ghosts, angels, demons, warriors and noblewomen through dance, chant, drumming, stunning costumes and beautiful masks.

March 5 – 6: Don’t Look Back
Time: 7 & 9pm   Place: Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free.

Co-directed by Danielle Lavallée & Lily Cryan
Performers: Dominique Wakeland, Madisen Steele, Catherine Saul, Meghan Trevor, Kassandra Tomczyk and Gabriel Orrego.
 
"Oh but me, I thought I was immortal. All the faces I’ve loved, There wasn’t darkness, There wasn’t nothingness. Love, of course. That is why humans regret and why they grieve."
The U
February 26 – March 7: The Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements
Time: 8pm   Place: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Tickets $15

Presented by SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, with special thanks to SFU First Nations Studies, SFU English Department, UBC First Nations Studies, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and those involved throughout the encountering process.

February 5 – July 23: Woodward's Community Singers 2015 Workshops
Time: 6pm, every Thursday evening   Place: 131 West Hastings St. at PHS Woodward's, 10th floor, entrance is two doors east; Goldcorp Centre for the Arts entrance at 149 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free. No experience or auditions required, no cost, no obligation, drop-ins welcomed.

This is a free, drop-in, non-auditioned community choir.  All voices are invited to join us in song. Together we sing music from gospel, folk, popular, and contemporary traditions. It's informal, fun, playful and profound. We're a friendly gang of welcoming people who live or work in the area, go to school at SFU or come from around the city to gather here and enjoy the community we build through music. There are usually 25 to 35 singers each week and always a handful of new singers joining us for the first time. Participants are also welcome to come, drink a cup of tea and just listen.

January 15 – May 15: Geometry of Knowing
Time: Audain Gallery hours   Place: Audain Gallery, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free

Geometry of Knowing is a group exhibition that investigates approaches to the acquisition of knowledge in the full mind-body-spirit sense of intelligence. Organized in four parts and presented across two galleries located in a post-secondary pedagogical institution, the objective of the project is to investigate the way in which artists engage tactics of fieldwork, embodiment and materiality in a manner that reveals or instigates a process of knowing.

Philosopher’s Cafes

Thursday, March 5: Botanicals and Drugs

Friday, March 13: Individual/Collective