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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
10:35am to 11:25am

Watch Your Language! (Session 2)

Have you ever wondered how your brain figures out the language around you? How do you know to say fan-freakin'-tastic and notfantas-freakin'-tic? This course will show you some of the weird ways linguists study language -- like brain imaging, vision tracking, and unusual photography techniques.

Taught by Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Linguistics

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
10:35am to 11:25am

What is Time? Philosophical Thoughts Experiments in Science Fiction (Session 2)

Humans experience time as passing at a certain rate, unchangeable and universal. But is this how time *really* is? We'll look at contradictions between our experiences of time and what physics says about time, and how these could be resolved. We'll explore this using examples of time travel from science fiction.

Taught by Dr. Holly Andersen, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Philosophy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
10:35am to 11:25am

Dear Idiots and Romantics: Stop Trying to Film Moby-Dick (Session 2)

Yes, you can make movies out of books, just not this one. Not now. Not ever. Why? Come and see. No knowledge of Moby-Dick necessary. Heck, I don’t even care if you’ve ever read an entire book. But a willingness to think big, think weird, think art is a must.

Taught by Dr. Michael Everton, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, English

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
9:30am to 10:20am

The Amazing Race: Education Edition (Session 1)

Calling all potential teachers! Test your Elementary school knowledge in a series of fun and interactive challenges relating to elementary school subjects while exploring the Simon Fraser’s Burnaby campus.

SFU Faculty of Education

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
9:30am to 10:20am

Causal Conundrums for Criminal Culpability (Session 1)

Whether and how much one is punished often depends on whether and how much harm one causes.  Seems plausible enough. But a number of perplexing puzzles arise in trying to apply this principle to real-world cases without violating our fundamental beliefs about fairness.

Taught by Dr. Evan Tiffany, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Philosophy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
9:30am to 10:20am

Fifty Shades of ... Snow? (Session 1)

A question that's been asked for a long time is "How much does our native language affect the way that we think?" If I, a native English speaker, say that something is coloured blue, does that mean that you, let's say a native Japanese speaker, will see it the same way and call it by the Japanese word for blue? And what about that ancient claim that speakers of languages in the north have many more words for snow than speakers of other languages. Is that true? This little course will point out ways to think about these and similar questions. Let your inner nerd guide you to this talk!

Monday, May 7, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Mental Wellness + You

Join us in a conversation about student mental health. We all know how stressed and anxious students can feel. At Empower The Future, we frequently receive questions like: "How do I manage working a part-time job and going to school full-time?" or "Is post-secondary school THAT stressful?" So we decided to help them.

Students are welcome to engage in a conversation with individuals about mental health. Learn about different mental illnesses, symptoms, and treatments.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

PechaKucha Night

A fun community event where presenters share creative ideas PechaKucha style: 20 slides x 20 seconds each. We are beyond thrilled to announce Burnaby's first PechaKucha Night. It is launching during the Burnaby Festival of Learning. On Sunday, May 6, we invite presenters to share their stories and creative ideas in the PechaKucha 20x20 format in a theme that represents health and wellness. Come join us! 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

This is Your Community: Personal experiences of living as a Muslim youth

Hear directly from local Muslim youth about how they work to prevent racism and discrimination. Connect with others through personal stories and videos.

Hosted by Burnaby Together: Organizing Against Racism and Community Table.

This event is FREE to attend. Seats are limiited, so register now to ensure you have a spot. 


Sunday, May 6, 2018 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Arts Alive Exhibition Tour

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Arts Alive and David Ostrem exhibitions, as well as a brief video about the history of Ceperley House. Tours start on the hour and half-hour mark, beginning at 1PM. 

Tour times: 1:00PM, 1:30PM. 2:00PM, 2:30PM

Hosted by Burnaby Art Gallery

This event is FREE to attend. Spots are limited, be sure to arrive early to get a spot!