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Rawi Hage: SFU English Department Writer in Residence Opening Reception and Reading

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Date created: 
2014-11-05
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SFU English Department Writer-In-Residence opening reception and reading of Rawi Hage's work.

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Shaping Vancouver Series 2015: What is Vancouver's Heritage?

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Date created: 
2015-04-16
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The evening’s discussion is around what Vancouver’s heritage is and what heritage values ought to be recognized. We then tie these values to a discussion of the Heritage Register, an inventory that identifies approximately 2,200 heritage sites and resources. The register is and has been a fundamental component of heritage conservation in our city but it needs to be updated. The panellists will discuss how our existing register can be improved so that it reflects and recognizes a broad range of heritage values, beyond just the architectural.

A general discussion with the audience follows and at the end, everyone will be invited to submit feedback on the evening’s topic to the consultants leading the Heritage Action Plan.

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The "Unlaunch" of Al Etmanski's New Book: IMPACT – Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation

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2015-04-27
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British Columbia has a rich heritage of sustainable social, environmental, financial and cultural change. This isn’t easy to do. The sharp, disruptive edges of our solutions are often forgotten, eroded or marginalized. Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation unpacks the mystery of social change that lasts.

Stories of lasting impact by: Tamara Vrooman, Mike Harcourt, Claudia Li, Jason Mogus & Donald MacPherson

Music: Claire Mortifee

Spoken word poetry: Meharoona Ghani

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Toxic Oil Spill in English Bay - The Truth About Oil Recovery & Long-Term Effects on the Ecosystems

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Date created: 
2015-04-29
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In response to the oil spill in English Bay on April 8, 2015, we assembled a panel of experts from various fields, who have studied oil spills first hand. We will discuss the health, environmental and social impacts of this oil spill and how we can try to mitigate the risks.

Since oil spills occur all over the world as a by-product of the extraction of resources by huge corporations. Many vulnerable people face substantial risks to their water and land that they rely on for existence. This event was a continuation of the conversation we started at the State of Extraction conference. The aim is to continue the dialogue with the community, indigenous front line land defenders and those with experience with oil spills. We hope to create a space that we can share information, ask and answer important questions and create workable solutions.

Participants:

• Samir Gandesha, Professor and Director of the Institute of Humanities at SFU

• Shirley Samples, We Love This Coast Group and SFU Associate

• Audrey Siegel, Musqueam First Nation

• Taylor George-Hollis, Squamish First Nation

• Doug McArthur, Director of School of Public Policy at SFU

• Riki Ott, Author, PhD, School of Fisheries, U. of Wash. Oil Expert Response Expert

• Anita Burke, BSc in Environmental Science/Physics, Oil Spill Response Expert

• Karen G.Wristen, Executive Director,Living Oceans Society

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Arrival: A Special Public Lecture by Rawi Hage and Madeleine Thien

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Date created: 
2015-05-08
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If the world is in a constant state of motion, expansion and collapse, then all arrivals are a moving rest, a hesitation in motion. Arrival is never passive. It is not neutral and it is never innocent for those who arrive or those who are preceded.

Arrival could be imagined as the continuous evolution of the self, a form of renewal or reinvention. We seek it out, anticipating an ending. But what of those who never intended to arrive? As Italo Calvino writes, “But how have I managed to arrive, when I have not yet left?”

In this special public lecture, Rawi Hage and Madeleine Thien explore the nature of arrival through essay, film, and fiction, and the malleable borders between these forms.

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A Better Place on Earth: Reducing Inequality in British Columbia

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Date created: 
2015-05-11
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This event featured a book launch of Andrew MacLeod's A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia and a panel discussion. The award-winning journalist Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee Founder David Beers, and Senior Economist with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Iglika Ivanova discuss tangible solutions for reducing inequality in BC and increasing political will to create a fairer society.

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Narci-Capitalism - LaConference 2015 - Hilda Fernandez

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Date created: 
2015-05-15
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This performance-lecture is an unconventional treatise that explores the lineage of the narcissistic-capitalist subject as the dominant neurotic way of being in the present world and its relation to the chronic discontent in society.

Is it narcissism that drives capitalism, or is it capitalism that drives narcissism? Hilda Fernandez, a practitioner of Lacanian psychoanalysis in Vancouver, delves into psychoanalytic and social theory to ponder how the phallic self-image intertwines with the Freudian drive to arrive at the hegemonic capitalist discourse. She will consider the implications of this new human animal we have designed today and will relate it to its shadow side, the pervert.

Hilda transforms into the narci-capitalist and in her reading, she tenses what possible relations between the individual and the collective, the private and the political, the conscious and unconscious.

The Narci-capitalist is you - come and see your reflection.

Panelists:

Samir Gandesha who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities.

Clint Burnham is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Simon Fraser University.

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#FierceVoices: Ignite! Young Women Making Media

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Date created: 
2015-05-23
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#FierceVoices: Ignite! Young Women Making Media, an event organized by Women Transforming Cities and Rabble.ca to inspire, amplify and celebrate young women’s voices through media.

#FierceVoices: Ignite! Young Women Making Media claims space for young women in media. It focuses on both analyzing representation in media and building capacity for young women to create their own voices and media platforms. The event aimed to especially highlight marginalized voices, voices that are silenced in mainstream media.

Keynote Speakers: 

Romila Barryman, creator of Textbook & Anne Theriault, blogger at The Belle Jar, with an opening by Musqueam First Nation activist, Audrey Siegl.

Panelists include Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, poet and spoken word artist, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, filmmaker, writer, and actor, Kim Villagante (K!mmortal), multi-dimensional artist: visual arts, singing, emceeing, poetry, and acting.

Performances by K!mmortal, Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon and Youth for a Change.

This is a lesbian, queer, and trans* inclusive event. We acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded Coast Salish lands.

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Shaping Vancouver Series 2015: What is Neighbourhood Character?

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Date created: 
2015-05-27
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In this panel, speakers explore the hot topic of neighbourhood character in Vancouver.

•What features give areas their distinctive character?

•How can we balance heritage conservation with other community and financial interests?

•How can we ensure new development is responsive to the neighbourhood context? 

 

PANELISTS

Caroline Adderson | Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels, two collections of short stories, as well as books for young readers. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.  She is the creator of the Facebook page Vancouver Vanishes, which currently has 5,773 members. A book based on the page will by published in fall 2015 with Anvil Press.

Ian McDonald | Ian is a registered architect and partner with Bruce Carscadden Architect. The firm's work includes significant heritage projects including the 33 and 55 Water Street, the Burns Block Microlofts, and the recent onfill project 564 Beatty Street.  In addition to practice, Ian was adjunct faculty at the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture from 2005 until 2013 in both the graduate vertical studio stream as well as the core undergraduate and graduate design media courses. He has held positions as Board Member for Vancouver’s Centre A Gallery and committee member with the Vancouver Urbanarium.

Mike Harcourt | As a former Premier of British Columbia, mayor of Vancouver and city councillor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn the reputation as one of the most livable places in the world.  Mike is a passionate believer in the power of cities and communities to improve the human condition. His focus on conservation and sustainable development has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.  Mike Harcourt is a speaker and advisor internationally on sustainable cities, always providing tangible solutions aimed at improving the creativity, innovative capacity, and environmental sustainability of communities.

Donald Luxton | Donald Luxton is the principal of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., a leading heritage and museum consulting firm as well as the principal consultant for the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan. Involved in the field of heritage resource management since 1983, he is a well known consultant, advocate, educator and author, and has worked on numerous projects throughout Western Canada, including municipal planning projects, museum development and the restoration of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. In 1983, he was a founding Director of the Victoria Heritage Foundation. In 2009, he was the recipient of the British Columbia Heritage Award.

 

MODERATOR

Ian Waddell is a lawyer, former M.P. and Provincial cabinet minister, writer and now filmmaker. He served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament for over 14 years representing the Vancouver-Kingsway riding then Port Moody-Coquitlam. He has enjoyed teaching a Criminology course at Simon Fraser and Canadian History at UBC as well as being a visiting scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto several times.  A longtime member of the Board of Governors for the Arts Club of Vancouver and the Heritage Vancouver Society, Ian is actively involved in the cultural aspects of Vancouver.  Ian is a published author and filmmaker of the documentary "Why Young People Don’t Vote".

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Disruptive Imaginings - Artist Roundtable (A.RT): New Economies

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Date created: 
2015-05-29
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Can art challenge us to shift our economy to one that embraces sustainability, equality, and justice? Can we create local and global economies that are not only resilient and thriving but inclusive of everyone?

The Artist Round Table (A.RT) on New Economies brought together a diverse group of panellists who have provocative ideas about art, economy, and transformative change. Set within a staged 1983 corporate boardroom, the A.RT kickoff with a presentation by artist Marilou Lemmens about her collaborative, multidisciplinary practice with Richard Ibghy. Lemmens presented 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 engaged in a lively discussion, digging deeply into the issues at the heart of the duo’s practice. The panelists draw on their experiences in the realms of art and culture, activism and citizenship, and sustainability and radical urbanism as they tell stories, debate ideas, and challenge each other and the audience with thought-provoking questions. The audience was invited into a discourse on the emergence of a new economy and how art can be a driving force for social change.

FEATURING:

Marilou Lemmens is a visual artist based in Durham-Sud and Montreal, Quebec where she works in collaboration with Richard Ibghy. Spanning various media, including video, performance, and installation, their work explores the material, affective, and sensory dimensions of experience that cannot be fully translated into signs or systems. For several years, they have examined the rationale upon which economic actions are described and represented, and how the logic of economy has come to infiltrate the most intimate aspects of life. Their work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at La Biennale de Montréal (Montreal, 2014), 27th Images Festival (Toronto, 2014), La Filature, Scène Nationale (Mulhouse, France, 2013-14), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow, 2012), and the 10th Sharjah Biennial (Sharjah, UAE, 2011), among others.

WITH PANELISTS:

Community organizer, writer, and activist Matt Hern teaches at UBC and is known for his work in radical urbanism, community development, and alternative forms of education. He is founder of the Purple Thistle Centre, Car-Free Vancouver Day, and Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives.

Cédric Jamet is a Project Manager at the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre and a Curator at Cities for People. His work explores the relationship between the urban imaginary, active citizenship, and the co-creation of sustainable cities.

Artist and cultural producer Todd Lester has dedicated his career to supporting and enabling socially engaged artists around the world. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and founder of both freeDimensional and Lanchonete.org.

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