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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - November 5 - 12, 2015

posted on 3:19 PM, November 5, 2015

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:


Thursday, November 5: City Conversations: Would Cities Be Different If The Were Designed By Women?
Time: 12:30pm   Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

While there are many inspirational female architects, planners and municipal politicians in cities around the world, the biggest decisions about urban development are often made by men. 

This provocative issue will be explored by Ellen Woodsworth, Chairperson of Women Transforming CitiesCarla Guerrera, Vice-President, Planning & Community Development atDarwin Properties, and Iglika Ivanova, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sandy Garossino, Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Observer will be moderating the conversation.


Thursday, November 5: The Refugee-Migrant Crisis in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
Time: 6pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

The current refugee-migrant crisis has created the largest displacement of people in the Mediterranean Sea region since the Second World War. An estimated 650,000 have arrived in Europe in 2015 and over 3000 have died making the journey. Two million Syrians are currently displaced in Turkey alone. This crisis is another example of how the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe – usually regarded as distinct places – share densely interwoven histories and fates.


Thursday, November 5: One Book, One SFU with author Teju Cole & Eleanor Wachtel 
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street   Cost: Free

Teju Cole’s original and superbly subtle first novel, Open City, is the inaugural chosen book. Join us during the 2015 Community Summit for a special event during which Teju Cole and Eleanor Wachtel, host and co-founder of CBC Radio's Writers & Company, will explore Cole’s work, the power of cities, and the lure of literature.


Friday, November 6: Creative Mornings – Ola Volo
Time: 8:30am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration.

Ola Volo (BFA, Emily Carr University) is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms. 


Friday, November 6: Interesting Vancouver 2015
Time: 6pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Tickets $25.

Catalyzing creativity, community and capacity. More than another "sage on the stage" lecture series, Interesting Vancouver is an event that celebrates the uncelebrated, expands the collective vision of what is uniquely possible, and gives people an opportunity to discover interesting new creative pursuits they can apply in their own lives.


Saturday, November 7: Business and Legal Affairs for Producing Content for Broadcasters
Time: 9:30am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: $60, $100

This workshop will focus on: Building your team and putting your systems in place Putting together agreements Maximizing and applying for tax credits Financing plans Licenses CMF funding


November 7: Women In Film + Television Workshop
Time: 9:30am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: $60/100

Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven not-for-profit society. Their main objectives are to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.


November 7: Students For Liberty Regional Conference
Time: 10am   Place: 800 Granville St.    Cost: Free

Five individuals from across the country will share how they are promoting freedom in Canada through mining, feminism, religion, drug policy, and the law. At this event, you will gain a deeper understanding of the ideas of liberty, opportunities for professional advancement, and a network of like-minded people to support you in your future endeavors. Registration is free and includes two free meals and drinks at our evening social.


November 7: Media Democracy Days
Time: 11am   Place: VPL Central Branch   Cost: Free

We're in our 15th year of bringing together our community with leading media makers, activists, and scholars to discuss the relationship between media and democracy. This year MDD is focusing on the Federal Election, and includes speakers who have been active in the campaign, sharing their experiences, dismantling election narratives, and analyzing the media's role in Election 42.


November 7: Fakes, Fortunes and Fraudsters: Unsolved Cases
Time: 2pm   Place: Rm. 1800, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free

“A true work of art is but a shadow of the divine” (Michelangelo). If this lofty maxim is true, then a fake work of art must surely come from the netherworld. Born to deceive, the fake takes on a life of its own, especially after it is welcomed into museum collections and then admired and studied. And as art prices soar so do the dexterity and cunning employed by craftsmen and vendors, compounding a global problem. That the notorious case of the Greek kouros at the Getty Museum remains still unresolved, a marble sculpture purchased for nearly seven million in 1985, amply demonstrates the challenges that fakes pose to both art historians and scientists. This illustrated presentation examines a handful of unresolved cases, from India, Burma, and Cambodia, and suggests ways to spot fakes and practical steps to form a collection. 


November 7: Indigenous City Gathering
Time: 6:30pm   Place: SFU Woodward's,149 W Hastings St   Cost: Free

Join us for an stirring evening featuring extraodinary Indigenous leaders, artists and community members exploring the theme of city building. From storytelling to live painting, traditional foods and memorable performances, the first Indigenous City Gathering will spark conversation and connection.


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

Lief Hall's lecture performance will interweave storytelling, video collage, live performance and the artists own musical compositions to explore how mythology, science fiction and virtual embodiment affect the creation of gender identity within popular culture. Pulling from Judith Butler's notion of 'gender performativity' and Donna Haraway's 'Cyborg Manifesto', the lecture will explore how performative space is re-shaped through technology, and the integration of cyber-virtual identities. Looking at the work of contemporary female pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Hatsune Miku and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lief Hall explores how the narratives created in pop music play an important role in the creation of contemporary mythology.


Tuesday, November 10: Latin American Studies Celebrates SFU's 50th Anniversary
Time: 5:30   Place: Rm. 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free

SFU's LAS program invites all • LAS associated faculty, visiting, sessional instructors, and staff • Current LAS undergraduate and graduate students • Former participants in the LAS Field Schools to Guatemala, Perú, Cuba, México, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Chile • LAS graduates: Minor, Major, Joint-Major, and Master students.


November 10: Speaking of Dance: Vanessa Goodman
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free

Dance artist Vanessa Goodman presents on Hofesh Shechter Company from the UK. Speaking of Dance is is a free public lecture series designed to help attendees develop a deeper understanding of the world of dance. Join us!


Wednesday, November 11: WPF Remembrance Day Film Screening of "Z" (1969)
Time: 1pm   Place: 1882 Adanac St.   Cost: Free.

See website for details.


Thursday, November 12: Jody Wilson Raybould: Newest MP and BC's First Aboriginal Woman in Parliament
Time: 5:30pm   Place: Rm. 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.    Cost: Free

The School of Public Policy is pleased to present the 2nd speaker in our series, Being the Change: Women, Policy and Making a Difference. Jody will speak about her experiences as a prominent First Nations leader in BC and more recently as a federal election candidate in the riding of Vancouver-Granville. SFU School of Public Policy presents the second feature event in our speaker series Being the Change: Women, Policy and Making a Difference.


November 12: Information Session: SFU's Applied Business Analysis Certificate @ SFU Vancouver
Time: 6pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free

SFU's Applied Business Analysis Certificate presented by SFU Continuing Studies. If you're pursuing or wish to pursue a career in business analysis, this program will provide a solid foundation. Likewise, it will appeal to experienced business analysts requiring formal recognition through certification. The program is also suitable for professionals from many other fields.


November 12: Woodward's Community Singers 2015 Workshops
Time: 6pm   Place: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.    Cost: Free

This is a free, drop-in, non-auditioned weekly 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.


November 12: An Evening with Dionne Brand and David Chariandy
Time: 7pm   Place: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St.    Cost: Free

David Chariandy, novelist and critic interviews Dionne Brand, award winning poet, novelist and essayist. Brand's writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice. She has won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Poetry, the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. From 2009-2012 she was The Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto. Brand is Professor and University Research Chair in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.


November 12: The State of Canada’s Humanitarian Program and the Refugee Experience
Time: 7pm   Place: Contact event organizer:   Cost: Free

A presentation by Chris Friesen and real life stories from a refugee and refugee sponsor.


Friday, November 13: In the Land of the Head Hunters | Film Screening and Panel
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free

Join us for a screening and panel discussion on In the Land of the Head Hunters, the first feature film made in B.C. and the oldest surviving feature made in Canada. It is also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast and arguably the first ever documentary feature. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life. The film mixes documentary and dramatic elements, recording authentic traditions and rituals, including the potlatch ceremony, but also offering an epic tale of love, war, and adventure set in pre-European times.


November 13: Psychoanalysis Behind Iron Curtains
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free

The term “iron curtain” refers to the long lasting division of Europe, the political, military, economic, ideological and cultural divisions between “East” and “West”, started after the second world war, and lasted until the demolition of the Berlin wall in 1989. Iron curtains had been often erected between psychoanalysis and the external world, leaving only very narrow “Checkpoint Sigmunds”, where ideas and experiences could have been nevertheless exchanged. 


October 30 - November 5: We The City – SFU Public Square 2015 Community Summit
Time: 8am Place: Various locations. Cost: Some events are free while others are ticketed.

From October 30th to November 7th, SFU Public Square will host its fourth annual Community Summit. This year, through a series of imaginative and interactive events, we will explore the theme of city-building. We will reflect on the important role of creativity, arts and culture in building and sustaining our cities and our neighbourhoods. By profiling the increasing pressure facing municipalities by surging urbanization and considering what attracts and holds people to our urban centres, we will remind residents of the power they hold to shape their city. Together, we will deliberate on possible futures where everyone can not only survive, but also thrive. We will invigorate the public conversation on how people can connect with their cities, find their voice, and enjoy increased participation in civic life.


November 6-11: air india [redacted]
Time: 8pm   Place: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Tickets $39. $19 for students.

On the occasion of SFU’s 50th Anniversary and Turning Point Ensemble’s 10th anniversary, Turning Point Ensemble and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs are proud to present this world premiere of music, theatre, poetry and projections. Five years in the making, air india [redacted] showcases the skilled musicianship of the Ensemble with the incredible vocal talents of  soprano Zorana Sadiq, and award winning Canadian singers, Daniel Cabena, countertenor and Alexander Dobson, baritone.


October 28 – November 7: Spring Came to St. Petersburg
Time: 8pm   Place: Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.   Cost: Tickets $15. $5 for students.

The revolution starts now... 

Join a cast of pop stars, celebrities and icons as they get together to usher in a new era. See the world through the lens of the likes of Margaret Atwood, Beyonce, Leonard Cohen, Ellen, Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis, and more. Based on a revolutionary painting and a revolutionary play, Spring Came to St. Petersburg, asks the questions that matter.... Who really are the children of the revolution? Is it us or them? 


October 22 – December 12:Lili Reynaud-Dewar - My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class) Free. No registration required.

My Epidemic is an iteration of artworks, texts, seminars and exhibitions in which she quotes and edits numerous authors influenced by AIDS and its impact on bodies and culture, including Kathy Acker, Leo Bersani, Douglas Crimp and Guillaume Dustan. This body of work performs the virality of artistic, intellectual and social life, by circulating between discourses of epidemiology, collective action, artistic production and identity formation.


Philosopher’s Cafes


Thursday, October 29: Bike Café: From E-bikes to Cargo Trikes: Which Rides Are Right For You?

Monday, November 2: Inequality: What to Do?

Thursday, November 5: The Writer’s Studio Reading Series