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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - Week of November 14 - 21, 2014

posted on 12:42 PM, November 14, 2014

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Friday, November 14: Beyond the Global Development Crisis: Possibilities of Labour-Centred Development
Time: 6pm  Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

In this talk Benjamin Selwyn challenges this way of thinking and provides a new way of thinking about development. In contrast to much development thinking, which portrays ‘the poor’ as reliant upon benign assistance, Selwyn advocates the concept of labour-centred development. Here ‘the poor’ are the global labouring classes, and their own collective actions and struggles constitute the basis of an alternative form of non-elitist, bottom-up human development.

Friday, November 14: Conversation with the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell
Time: 6:30pm  Place: Rm. 1900, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register

Women make up 61% of university grads, hold leadership posts in most arenas, and sometimes have a markedly different take on the world. But the experts who are quoted or featured in dominant news media remain overwhelmingly male. Given the complex social, economic and environmental challenges we face, does it make sense for the public discourse to feature the intelligence of only half its population? Shari Graydon in conversation with the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, discussing women’s voices and the differences they make.

Monday, November 17: Karen Armstrong Lecture and Book Launch: Fields of Blood
Time: 7pm  Place: The Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.  Cost: $19.50/$11.50 Youth/Students/Seniors. Online Contact  if you’re unable to afford a ticket.

The world-renowned author, founder of the international Charter for Compassion, TED Prize winner and recipient of SFU's 2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue returns to Vancouver to launch her latest book, Fields of Blood. With moderator Douglas Todd.

Tuesday, November 18: Institutionalized Sound
Time: 7pm  Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

Reflecting on the broader relationships between place, space, sound and artistic culture, the talk places sound in a dialogue with the sonic signature of place, culture, institution and discipline. Frances Dyson is Emeritus Professor of Cinema and Technocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales.

Tuesday, November 18: Philosophers' Café - South Hill Library, Vancouver
Time: 7pm  Place: Vancouver Public Library (South Hill branch), 6076 Fraser St.  Cost: Free

In the “rich” world, inequality of incomes and wealth has been rising steadily since the mid 1970s. The “top 1%” are receiving ever-bigger pieces of the economic pie, and opportunities for upward mobility are diminishing. In the “poor” world, inequality is also increasing. Yet average incomes in most “poor” countries are rising rapidly. What explains these trends? And is this a problem that requires government intervention, or should we let the market take its course? Moderated by Dr. James Dean.

Wednesday, November 19: Lunch Poems at SFU featuring Heidi Greco and Mariner Janes
Time: 12pm  Place: Teck Gallery, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

SFU Public Square presents Heidi Greco and Mariner Janes at Lunch Poems at SFU on November 19, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre's Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required. Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August.

Wednesday, November 19: Information Session: SFU's Management Certificates @ SFU Vancouver
Time: 6pm  Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register

SFU's Management Certificates presented by Management and Professional Programs, Continuing Studies. Master the management concepts and techniques you need to excel in business. Certification from SFU will prepare you for management positions, validate your qualifications, and position you for promotion. This certificate is ideal for anyone who wants to become a better manager. Whether you’re a recent graduate or mid-career, you’ll benefit from this program.

Wednesday, November 19: Barnett Rubin: What will happen to Afghanistan after the NATO forces leave?
Time: 7pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register

What will happen to Afghanistan after the NATO forces leave? Canada played a leading role in the NATO deployment in southern Afghanistan for over ten years. With the end of that operation in December 2014, what will become of that country, in which Canada and its NATO allies have invested so much? New York University scholar Barnett R. Rubin, who has worked on Afghanistan for both the United Nations and the United States government, presents his analysis, based on decades of first-hand experience.

Moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight.

Wednesday, November 19: Canada’s Border Security: Still Full of Holes? Or Are We Getting it Right?
Time: 3:30pm  Place: Rm. 1520, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: $10 minimum donation, register

This is offered as part of a new current issues discussion series—Flashpoints—co-sponsored by the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society and the Adults 55+ Program. Join Joshua Labove from SFU's geography department as we discuss border security, examine the real and serious threats to ourselves and our communities and consider Canada's preparation for changes in today's world.

Thursday, November 20: Corporate Responsibility in the East Asia Region
Time: 2pm  Place: Rm. 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register online
In an era of globalization and international trade integration, what is the potential for cross-cultural convergence of corporate responsibility? Corporate responsibility involves responding to the expectations and demands of a diversity of stakeholders — customers, employees, investors, suppliers, local communities, and the natural environment. Which stakeholder groups are given higher priority in corporate responsibility programs, and why?

The forum will conclude with managerial implications for engendering corporate responsibility within and across societal contexts. Speaker Dr. Carolyn Egri is the William J.A. Rowe EMBA Alumni Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

Thursday, November 20: Coast Salish Singing & Drumming Workshops Fall 2014
Time: 7pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, no RSVP required

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU's Office of Aboriginal Peoples present three free workshops in fall of 2014. Join us on November 20 and learn social songs, drumming and dance.

Friday, November 21: The Changing Profile of Aging Families in Canada: Why Demographic Shifts in Immigration and Ethnic Diversity Matter – 12th Annual Ellen M Gee Memorial Lecture
Time: 4pm  Place: Rm. 1425, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register with

Paying tribute to Ellen’s innovative research on aging, health, ethnicity, and the family, this presentation will explore the changing profile of aging families in Canada and its implications for social and health care policy and practice in the second decade of the new millennium. With a focus on the increasing ethno-cultural diversity of the older adult population, we will address issues related to immigration, generation, gender, class, and power, as they have emerged in the context of recent research discussions on social support and family relations in later life.

November 19-22: EPIC – Fall 2014 Dance Mainstage
Time: 8pm, (2pm Nov. 22)  Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: $15/$5, online

New works by Crystal Pite + Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Wang and Katie DeVries. Performed by SFU Repertory Dancers, Arts Umbrella Graduate Program Dancers, Modus Operandi Dancers. Over 60 dancers perform in three premieres!

See Vancouver's next generation of contemporary dancers as they emerge on the scene - a bold ensemble combining raw physicality and passion - not to be missed!

November 15-December 6: SFU SCA Info Sessions + Tours
Time: Various times  Place: 1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, RSVP to

This info-session will go over how to apply for the School for the Contemporary Arts including an overview of admission to SFU. Our School is interdisciplinary and each area has its own audition, interview or portfolio. We'll cover all areas, and answer general questions about the programs. With tour of the facility and some info-sessions include performances.

October 30-November 21: Directing Projects Fall 2014
Time: 7 & 9pm  Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

Directing projects by students from FPA 453. Including:

Two Iphigenia Plays
by Ellen McLaughlin
directed by Ashley Aron
October 30 & 31, 7 & 9 PM

The Governor of the Dew
by Floyd Favel
directed by Deneh Thompson
November 6 & 7, 7 & 9 PM

by Erik Ehn
directed by Dan O’Shea

by Molière
directed by Cathy Falkner
November 13 & 14, 7 & 9 PM

The Love Talker
by Deborah Pryor
directed by Keely O’Brien
November 20 & 21, 7 & 9 PM

October 15-December 13: Ricardo Basbaum: The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation
Time: Gallery hours  Place: Audain Gallery, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

Since the early 1990s, Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum has incited artistic encounters by inviting people to engage with and respond to systems of symbols and rules embedded in objects, scripts, diagrams, maps and games. In his projects, Basbaum quotes artistic and graphic communication tactics that are both vernacular and abstract, thereby easy to learn, interpret and memorize. Through interaction with these fluid sets of visual and linguistic terms for the production of an artwork, Basbaum seeks to collectively consider the material, social and spatial membrane between artist, contemporary art system, art object and participant. The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation is an emerging exhibition that frames the gallery as a critical site of pedagogical and artistic production.