Women empowerment – the struggle continues

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #EachforEqual. It highlights the strength that comes when individuals with different lived experiences come together for a greater purpose. When we all work together, we can achieve anything. As senators, we are particularly privileged because we hold some power. As women, we draw on our own…

Rosio Godomar, woman extraordinaire

According to various news media, social media and other sources, women in some parts of the world are denied basic rights. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), there is an average difference of at least $170 between the pay of women and men of all races. These differences exist in most industries,…

Kıvanç Tatar: crossing the boundaries of science and the arts

Kıvanç Tatar, a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, has developed an innovative interactive AI music agent named MASOM for live performances during his Ph.D. research. Trained with musical styles from famed electroacoustic composers of the past, MASOM has been jamming alongside human performers in an audio-visual performance…

A philosopher’s unusual take: mathematical representations of diversity

Sina Fazelpour, a Ph.D. candidate of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), spoke about his research and his unusual path to philosophy. Before coming to UBC’s Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Fazelpour studied biomedical modeling and medical biophysics. Currently a philosopher, he works on philosophy of science where his previous training in engineering has carved…

Srijana Sunuwar (a.k.a Jana)

Srijana (a.k.a. Jana) Sunuwar was born in Janakpur, Nepal. She spent her early childhood in Japan but immigrated with her parents to Vancouver in grade 9. The move from the East to the West changed her life in multiple ways, but Sunuwar believes that it was a positive transition and that she changed for the…

Vivian Kayeg El Jamal, international student

With strong family ties, a mixed ethnic and cultural background, and an extremely  protective father, Vivan Kayeg El Jamal never really dreamt of moving abroad for  education. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a Lebanese and Italian immigrant family, El Jamal experienced all the challenges of a kid living among three different cultures. She was intensely…

Education with a touch of empathy and compassion

In Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, Alim Fakirani met with a local teacher during his work at the Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development. Although from different cultural backgrounds, a sense of understanding gradually sparked between them. “Even though we came from different contexts, we were still able to relate to one another’s…

Sami people: a blueprint for other cultures

The Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC) will be having their 38th annual conference at the University of British Columbia (UBC) from June 3–6. One of the speakers who will be giving sessions this year is Matthew Etherington, PhD, professor and director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives at…

Global peace, local information

Crises and movement are changing the lives of people, both locally and internationally. There is now a need for simple and easy access to pertinent information, and a Vancouver-based, non-profit organization seeks to answer this need. Founded in 2011, PeaceGeeks has sought to connect and inform diverse people globally over the years and will now…

Philosophy of Fake News and the diffusion of disinformation

A trio of philosophers, all members of The American Philosophical Association (APA), will be discussing The Philosophy of Fake News, at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Public Square as part of the 2019 Community Summit. Endre Begby, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at SFU, will hold a discussion with Regina Rini, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Moral…

Towards a utopian vision

The Institute for Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and its affiliated publication Contours Journal will be hosting Utopian Spaces, a free conference organized and led by SFU graduate students and open to the general public. The two days of presentations and discussions, on Nov. 23 and 24, will aim to open up dialogue about the concept of…

Mother languages: a key role in identity and connection

A worldwide observance, International Mother Language Day (IMLD) has been held annually held on Feb. 21 since 2000. According to the United Nations, languages have complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development. This year’s theme IMLD is Linguistic diversity and multilingualism: keystones of sustainable and peace. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will hold…

Ancient routes and new directions: The 21st century Silk Road

Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Global Communications at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Yuezhi Zhao will speak at the next SFU Presidential Lecture Series on January 31. Her talk, entitled China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’: A Critical Communication Perspective, examines the project’s challenges and possibilities.…