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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - Week of February 27 - March 6, 2015

posted on 9:37 AM, February 27, 2015

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Thursday, February 26: Bike Café – Cycling and Automated Vehicles
Time: 6pm   Place: Tandem Bike Café, 3195 Heather St.   Cost: Free

By most accounts, automated vehicles will be on our streets sooner or later. Will people use automated vehicles instead of active transportation? What policies are needed to ensure that automated vehicles will enable and encourage more walking and cycling?

Thursday, February 26: Building a Low Carbon Economy – the Role of Investors
Time: 6:30pm   Place: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St.   Cost: Free with registration

This public event features Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), alongside Pat Hibbitts, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Simon Fraser University, Andrea Reimer, Deputy Mayor of the City of Vancouver and Sagarika Chatterjee, Associate Director of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), who will all share their perspectives on the challenge of climate change and the role trade unions, pension plans, city government, business and multilateral institutions can play in building and sustaining a green economy.

Thursday, February 26: Jim Green Memorial
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free

Jim Green's personal legacy of nearly 1,000 social and affordable housing units in the city's Downtown Eastside stands as an enduring challenge to today's housing advocates. How does Green's record look from the perspective of those who live in the buildings he was involved in developing? How important was his philosophy of affordable housing, with planning led and directed by future residents?

Friday, February 27: Geometry of Knowing Exhibition Tour
Time: 5pm   Place: Audain Gallery, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost:

Join Denise Ryner for a tour of Geometry of Knowing, Part 2.

Friday, February 27: Shaping Vancouver | Are Heritage Conservation Areas Right For Vancouver?
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free with registration

A panel of experts address what Heritage Conservation Areas are, how they are established and work in other cities, and the consequences of forming such areas. Panel members will discuss areas in Vancouver which retain distinctive heritage character, consider whether such areas should be considered for Heritage Conservation Area status by the City, and debate how sensitive to heritage character new developments should be.

Saturday, February 28: SCA Film Production Info-session
Time: 10am   Place: Rm. 4390, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free. RSVP.

Come and see the amazing facilities at the School for the Contemporary Arts including sound stage, cinema, screening room and editing suites. Senior Film student Aerlan Barrett will share his work and talk about his experience as a student at SFU. Film faculty will also be available to answer any questions about the program. Also find out about the application process for entry into SFU's Film Program.

Monday, March 2: Writing Against the Grain – A Conversation with Sonallah Ibrahim
Time: 6:30pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Sonallah Ibrahim is one of the most iconic of Egypt's dissident novelists. Now aged 78, Ibrahim is known for his confrontation of the various regimes that ruled his country over the past five decades. The author of such celebrated and acclaimed works as Stealth, The Committee, and Zaat, Ibrahim has been harassed by authorities for his unrepentant critique of power. He was jailed for 5 years under Egyptian President Nasser for his journalistic writings and Marxist affiliations. Upon his release in 1964, he wrote his first novel That Smell which was banned in Egypt for twenty years. In a public ceremony in 2003, Ibrahim refused to accept a lifetime award--his country's highest cultural accolade--in protest against the Mubarak regime. In recent years, Ibrahim has been vocal in his support of the January 25 revolution against the Mubarak regime and endorsed the protests that led to the removal of former president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tuesday, March 3: Privatization of Reserve Land. Can we expect a de Soto effect from the First Nation Private Property Ownership Act?
Time: 7pm   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Dr. Anke Kessler, Professor of Economics (SFU), discusses Reserve land and economics at the next lecture series on aboriginal issues. This series is co-hosted by the Indigenous Research Institute, the Office for Aboriginal Peoples, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Wednesday, March 4: Philanthropy and Corporate Financial Performance: An Institutional Comparison between China and the United States
Time: 10:30am   Place: Rm. 2800, Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville St.   Cost: Free with registration

Building on theories of institutions, stakeholders, and information economics, we argue that due to differences in stakeholder perception and information availability, the relationship between corporate philanthropy (CP) and corporate financial performance (CFP) varies across different institutions (US vs. China). Moreover, the moderating effects of stakeholder perception (as indicated by sin stocks) and information availability (as indicated by advertising intensity) on the CP-CFP relationship are also expected to differ in different institutions. Comparing and contrasting two samples of US and Chinese firms, we find support for these arguments.

Wednesday, March 4: Policy Spotlight Seminar
Time: 12pm   Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

The School of Public Policy's Policy Spotlight Seminar Series includes talks by leading researchers and organizations on current policy issues facing BC and Canada. This seminar features Denise Mullen, BC Business Council's Director of Environment and Sustainability.

Wednesday, March 4: Information Session: SFU's Chinese/English Interpretation and Translation Diploma
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 a variety of professional settings such as a company boardroom, a hospital emergency waiting room or even a courtroom?

This FREE session is a great opportunity for you to learn how to use your bilingual language skills and cultural understanding.

Wednesday, March 4: The State of Exception Theory by Carl Schmitt and the Ambivalent Criticism of Liberalism
Time: 7pm   Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.   Cost: Free. No registration required.

Carl Schmitt’s theory of the state of exception is linked with a broader critique: that of liberalism. But liberalism doesn’t mean only institutions or theories structured around the defense of individual rights, which would explain why liberal institutions were structurally weak and unable to react adequately to a situation of crisis. At a deeper level, liberalism or the liberal mentality is a general idea of order based on strategies of de-politicization of the state. This general idea of order is intrinsically depoliticized: its rationality, its neutrality, and its valorization of non-political orders (economy, culture, ethic, technology) have produced an order in which political action is closely limited; and not only for the state, as Schmitt pointed out, but also for the society, which has to react to crisis as the state loses functions.

Thursday, March 5: The Writer’s Studio Reading Series
Time: 8pm   Place: Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St.   Cost: By donation.

Our creative writing program, The Writer’s Studio, hosts a popular monthly reading series featuring local and out-of-town writers and authors. This month’s featured writers are: Deborah Patton, Roger Blenman, Meaghan Rondeau, Karen Faryna, Meharoona Ghani, Katherine McManus, Tamara Letkeman, and, Jane Eaton Hamilton.

Friday, March 6: Creative Mornings – Martin Jackson
Time: 8:30am   Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: Tickets through lottery system. Sign up for the waitlist.

Martin Jackson was born in Sheffield, England, and emigrated to Canada in 1966. He has almost 60 years of experience as a graphic designer and calligrapher, and for over 46 years has run his own design studio in Vancouver. As one of Canada’s foremost calligraphers he has lectured and taught across Canada, the US, Japan and Europe.

Among his many commissions are pieces for their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, and for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1984. He also produced the calligraphy for the wedding reception of Bill Gates. When not working on his calligraphy he is an avid nordic skier, and he collects and rears moths and butterflies.

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.

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."

February 26 – 28: Twelve – Student Choreography Showcase
Time: 8pm   Place: Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.   Cost: $15

Presented by School for the Contemporary Arts, this show highlights 12 unique performances, utilizing dynamics and space.

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 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.

Philosopher’s Cafes

Friday, February 27: Vancouver Never Plays Itself: Our City’s Role in Film
Monday, March 2: Does Literature Need a Passport to Be Called World Literature
Thursday, March 5: Botanicals and Drugs