Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:
Sunday, February 15: Geometry of Knowing – Event with Derya Akay and Julia Feyrer
Time: 12pm Place: Audain Gallery, 149 West Hastings St – shuttle to Burnaby. Cost: Free, RSVP
Walking, talking, sowing, drinking and waiting... will explore cycles of spatial, social and horticultural cultivation with Derya Akay and Julia Feyrer in relationship to their works in the exhibition. Explore, navigate, narrate, observe, move, chat, experience, loop, mull, sprinkle. Rain or shine. Free shuttle will leave from the Audain Gallery at 11:15am on Sunday, February 15 for this event.
Tuesday, February 17: Making Space for the Unexpected Guests of Climate Change
Time: 7pm Place: Rm. 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free with registration
The talk will explore current findings about climate change and human migration and displacement, look at lessons learned from rural-urban migration, and explore directions for the future in policy and practice. It will explore who is on the move related to climate change, where are they coming from and where are they headed, how are cities affected, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead, and reflect on maintaining a safe operating space for humanity.
Tuesday, February 17: Neo-Liberal Forms of Dispossession and Democracy
Time: 7pm Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free
It is becoming clearer that the culture of dispossession have entered a steadily renewed phase in contemporary capitalism where there exists the continued new extensive expansion of capital’s frontiers. Simultaneously, there is a virulent rise of global racism that is evidenced by the growing incidences of anti-immigration, Islamaphobia, anti-Semitism, racially motivated hate crimes, incarceration practices, racial profiling and policing. The question that emerges then is: precisely how do we understand the relationship between the expansion of these frontiers of capital and the (re) production of the intersecting social relations of race, gender and class?
Wednesday, February 18: Mindful Consumption?
Time: 10:30am Place: Rm. 2300, Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville St. Cost: Free with registration
Faced with mounting evidence of climate change and eco-system destruction, the sustainability of our consumption practices is being questioned. One purported antidote is to be more “mindful” about consumption, wherein consumers are urged to reduce the amount and frequency of what they consume and eschew luxury goods in favor of the quotidian. In this talk Dr. Pierre Berthon explores the origins and nature of modern consumption, consider and reframe whom it is who consumes and revise the notion of mindful consumption for a post-consumption age.
Wednesday, February 18: Lunch Poems at SFU | Alex Leslie and Roy Miki
Time: 12pm Place: Teck Gallery, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free
Alex Leslie is a cross-genre writer born in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territories. Alex has published People Who Disappear, which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award for debut fiction.
Roy Miki grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s. He is a poet, critic, editor, and cultural activist who taught in the English Department of Simon Fraser University from the late 70s until his retirement.
Wednesday, February 18: Information Session - SFU's Aboriginal Bridge Programs
Time: 5pm Place: Rm. 1500, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free with registration
SFU's Aboriginal Pre-Health and Aboriginal University Prep programs are for people of Aboriginal heritage (First Nation, Métis, and Inuit) who want to pursue a post-secondary education, who are looking for new challenges and career paths, and who are motivated to explore what university has to offer.
We encourage recent high school graduates as well as students who have been away from school for some time to attend the session and consider applying.
Wednesday, February 18: Spell To Bring Lost Creatures Home
Time: 8pm Place: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue Cost: $10
Visual artist Shary Boyle and songwriter Christine Fellows present their new interdisciplinary performance Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home.
Conceived as a series of vignettes seen through a window, Boyle’s magical drawings and collages are projected live via an overhead projector, accompanied by Fellows’ songs incorporating vocals, piano and ukulele. This handcrafted spectacle bravely explores distance and alienation, childhood and aging, imagination and resilience, in the face of a changing, challenging landscape.
Thursday, February 19: Free Writing Fundamentals Workshop
Time: 2:30pm Place: Rm. 1500, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free with registration
This free workshop is for students enrolled in courses in SFU Continuing Studies' Adults 55+ Program who are pursuing (or thinking of pursuing) our liberal arts certificate.
The workshop is designed to help you learn techniques for writing an essay as a thoughtful personal response to materials covered in one of our courses.
Thursday, February 19: Canada and the Security Council: Good Times and Bad
Time: 5pm Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free
What is the real nature of the Security Council and how does it function as the UN's most powerful body? Why does the Security Council (and the UN generally) still matter? What has been Canada's relationship with the Security Council and what has distinguished Canada's past tenure as a Council member or explained its failure to win a seat more recently? Insights into these and other questions will be furnished by Paul Heinbecker, one of Canada's most accomplished diplomats and commentators on foreign policy.
Thursday, February 19: SFU Vancouver Speakers Series Presents Chris Hedges
Time: 7pm Place: St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, 100 - 1012 Nelson St. Cost: Free with registration
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Chris Hedges—a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans—writes and speaks extensively on war, religion, American culture, empire, and the conflict in the Middle East.
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.
February 6-15: The 21st Rendez-Vous French Film Festival
Time: Various screening times. Check website for specific times. Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: $10. Student tickets $5.50 with valid student ID.
Visions Ouest Productions presents The 21st Rendez-vous French Film Festival (Les 21e Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone de Vancouver). From Feb. 6-15th, 2015, Visions Ouest will screen 50 short, medium and feature-length films, including fiction, documentaries, and a special program to mark Black History Month.
February 19-20: The Nymph
Time: 7pm Place: Studio T, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free
Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts. Directed by Kassandra Tomczyk. Assistant director: Madisen Steele. Actors: Gabriel Orrego, Madisen Steele, Catherine Saul, Lily Cryan, Danielle Lavallée, Dominique Samuels and Meghan Trevor.
January 21-February 27: Pulling Through – Office Exhibit
Time: SCA Office hours Place: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Lobby, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free
Pulling Through is a series of paintings inspired by a summer spent road tripping and camping in BC.
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.
Friday, February 13: Power/Vulnerability
Thursday, February 19: Which Environment Should We Preserve?
Friday, February 20: Are You Spiritual? Religious? Both? Neither? One But Not The Other?