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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - May 28 - June 4, 2015

posted on 12:40 PM, May 28, 2015

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:


Thursday, May 28: FLASHPOINT: The Middle East Today: A (very) Rough Guide
Time: 3pm   Place: Rm. 1800, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Please register beforehand. A $10 donation will be welcomed at the door.

Viewed through the lens of contemporary news media, the Middle East today appears to many Canadians as a region of incomprehensible and endemic crisis and conflict. This brief lecture aims to provide listeners with a framework for understanding the region today—its recent history, the key players in its contemporary politics, and some of the prospects for the region.


Thursday, May 28: Warren Gill Lecture - Beyond Architecture as a Commodity: Adding Value through Urban Design
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

As half the world’s population urbanizes by 2050, new cities spring up instantly, often indistinguishable from each other. Buildings are designed as mere commodities, containers for habitation, or icons for vanity. As technology allows almost any form of buildings to dizzying heights, starchitects are sought to create iconic statements or tourist attractions — stand-alone objects without regard for their context or relationships to each other.

Architect James Cheng looks back in order to look forward — and adds his perspective to this urgent dialog.


Friday, May 29: Artist Round Table (A.Rt) On New Economies
Time: 9am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

The Artist Round Table (A.RT) on New Economies brings together a diverse group of panellists who have provocative ideas about art, economy, and transformative change. The A.RT will kick off with a presentation by artist Marilou Lemmens about her collaborative, multidisciplinary practice with Richard Ibghy. Lemmens will present artistic projects that explore the ways in which the economic system pervades nearly every facet of our daily lives. In response, panellists from various fields will engage in a lively discussion, digging deeply into the issues at the heart of the duo’s practice.


Sunday, May 31: Information Session - Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials
Time: 11am   Place: Rm. 1700, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Craft brewing has come a long way since Canada's first microbrewery opened in the Lower Mainland in the 1980s. It’s exploded into a multi-million dollar industry as national beers decline in popularity and craft brews expand.

This program is for early and mid-career adults interested in the craft beer industry and the theory and practice of beer production.

It’s ideal for anyone who would like to switch careers and work in the craft beer industry, and for current industry professionals who would like to add to their expertise.


Monday, June 1: Beyond the Headlines: Learning from the Historic Alberta Election
Time: 3pm   Place: Rm. , Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: General tickets $10. Students and Seniors $5.

Alberta's historic election results call for analysis and discussion. The panel discussion of politicos and campaigners will discuss what happened in the election that ended 44 years of Progressive Conservative Party rule of Alberta -- and how that shift led to an NDP majority.


Tuesday, June 2: Bozzini Lab Concert
Time: 6pm   Place: Studio D, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

The Bozzini Lab is an intensive workshop on composing for strings intended for young composers in the early to middle stages of their studies or artistic development. The goals of the workshop are to improve technical skills for contemporary writing for strings and string quartet, and to provide a supportive environment for visionary compositional ideas. The concert is the culmination of the 2015 Bozzini Lab workshop for young composers. The concert will feature performances of works by the participants in the workshop.


Thursday, June 4: City Conversations – The Future of Our Downtown Waterfront
Time: 12:30pm   Place: Rm. 1700, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Vancouver’s downtown waterfront suddenly is in play, and many projects and opportunities are on independent tracks. Do landowners and developers make independent decisions, or does the city act as a coordinator, facilitator and advocate for the public? Our presenters are Graham McGarva, principal of Via Architecture; Anita Molaro, Assistant Director of Planning at the City of Vancouver; and Frank Ducote, representing the citizens’ Downtown Waterfront Working Group. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Because of the number of presenters and interests involved, this conversation will be extended to 2 p.m.


Thursday, June 4: The Writer’s Studio Reading Series in Vancouver
Time: 12:30pm   Place: Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St.   Cost: By donation. No registration required.

The Writer’s Studio, hosts a popular monthly reading series featuring local and out-of-town writers and authors. These mixed-genre readings are open to the public. This month’s speakers are: Malcolm van Delst, Surya Govender, Brad Teeter, Leah Ranada, Joan B. Flood, Jano Klimas, and Calder Cheverie.


Thursday, June 4: Dr. Carl Hart: Rethink Drug Policy
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Dr. Carl Hart has been on a tear these past two years, provoking a rethink in the world of drug policy and addiction research. Dr. Hart is a neuropsychopharmacologist at Columbia University, where he conducts research and teaches in neuroscience, psychology, and pharmacology. Join us for an invigorating discussion from one of today's new voices in the age old debate on how best to address drugs in society. 


Friday, June 5: Creative Mornings – Paul Tinari
Time: 8:30am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration. Please register for the wait list.

Dr. Future (aka Dr. Paul Tinari) is a professional creative thinker and problem solver who has worked for the private sector, NGOs and government clients around the globe. He has been called a visionary and “Renaissance Man” for the 21st century. In addition to having taught Physics and Future Studies, he is currently working to set a 3D Printing Department at Simon Fraser University. He designs and leads seminars for executives of Fortune 500 corporations in many areas including Creative Thinking, Systems Thinking and on how future technological trends will impact business operations.


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.


Philosopher’s Cafes


Friday, May 29: Paradox of Fiction

Monday, June 1: Stop Making Sense

Thursday, June 4: Whose Music Is It? Associating Styles of Music