SFU Philosophers' Café

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in  libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. Join us for lively discussions with Moderator Reema Faris! 

  • Monday, January 28
    “Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault” asks, what are the processes and the technologies, by which we gain knowledge to determine the way we want to be in the world?
  • Monday, February 25
    In a gender binary world, we construct, support and perpetuate ideals of masculinity and femininity. What are these ideals today and how do we conform or challenge them?
  • Monday, March 25
    Living in an image-saturated world, gaps emerge between our own sense of self and media representations of an ideal self. How do such representations influence our sense of identity and affect our lives?
  • Monday, April 29
    In today's consumer capitalist spectacle, celebrities are held up as role models and spokespeople. Why? What are the promises and pitfalls of our obsession with celebrities?

Reema Faris is a Ph.D student with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her research focuses on popular culture and feminism. An MA in Graduate Liberal Studies (SFU 2015), she holds a BA in History and Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia (1983) and MBA from the University of Toronto (1990). 

No registration required. Drop in! 


Lynn Valley


Repeats every month on January, February, March, April on the last Monday 4 times.
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


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