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!

    How have our mediums of communication—print, radio, television, film, and social media—shaped the social, cultural, and political discourses around the notion of identity?
  • Monday, February 10
    Is identity merely a collection of symbols? How is the concept of identity used to create the notion of the Other?
  • Monday, March 9
    If language is a key component of identity, how do we negotiate the tension between a global language of communication such as English and one’s own language of origin if it differs?
  • Monday, April 6
    Identity is often viewed as integral to a sense of belonging. It is also a source of conflict. In today’s modern world, what can societies do to honour separate identities and build a sense of citizenship?

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). 

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Repeats every month on January, February, March on the second Monday until Mon Apr 06 2020 except Mon Apr 13 2020. Also includes Mon Apr 06 2020.
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


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