Capilano Universe

      • 2018 SEASON

        These FREE presentations are co-sponsored by Capilano University in partnership with North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library, Burnaby Public Library, and Gibsons & District Public Library. The events run from 7 -  8:45 p.m. Early arrival is highly recommended.

        Organizer: Danielle Labossiere

        FRIDAY, JANUARY 12
        Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        6100 Willingdon Avenue, Bby
        This event is free, but space is limited. Register online, in person at any Burnaby Public Branch, or by calling 604.436.5400.

        The Brain on Drugs: An Inside Look at Opioid Addiction

        Many communities around the world are currently battling an opioid epidemic. Understanding the science behind addictions is one way to help you and your community mitigate harm. This talk will introduce biological and pharmacological concepts that are relevant to understanding addiction behaviour. Heroin and fentanyl will be highlighted in order to increase public awareness about the biology and psychology behind overdoses and prolonged cycles of substance abuse.

        Dr. Deyar Asmaro

        Presenter: Dr. Deyar Asmaro

        Dr. Deyar Asmaro (Honours BA, MA, PhD) is a psychology instructor at Capilano University, Langara College, Douglas College and Kwantlen University. He completed his PhD at Simon Fraser University and studied the neuroscience of addiction behaviour while working in the Laboratory for Affective and Developmental Neuroscience. He was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2011 for his research on addictions and has published a number of scientific papers that pertain to the topic.  


        WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24
        West Vancouver Memorial Library
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        1950 Marine Drive, WV

        Making a Mark! Drawing as a Form of Thinking for Non-Artists

        What causes most people to stop drawing after childhood? Visualizing your world and identity can include doodling, but it can also refer to drawing and recording events, memories and ideas. This is a valuable activity that is not just for artists. In general terms, drawing is markmaking, an ancient human activity. The skills acquired by regular visualization through mark-making include: enhanced observational capacity; extension of memory and understanding; a sharpened sense of curiosity, awe and wonder; improved hand-eye coordination; enriched self-awareness; a sense of slowing down and calming down; and the cultivation of problem-solving strategies. These benefits are not contingent on being good at drawing and obtaining a visually pleasing result; they derive from the unfolding process itself. This presentation will include two exercises that audience members can participate in (with necessary materials provided). 

        Sandra Seekins

        Presenter: SANDRA SEEKINS, BA, MA  

        Sandra Seekins has been teaching Art History at Capilano University since 2001. She did her graduate work at the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan. Her topic areas include art’s roles in activism, trauma, political upheaval and technological innovation. While she loves to draw, she does not consider herself an artist, but rather values the benefits that spring from the process of mark-making. In her free time Seekins likes to go on road trips and walk her two rescued greyhounds.


        WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
        North Vancouver District Public Library, Lynn Valley Main Library
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        1277 Lynn Valley Road, NV

        Bonfires, Ghosts, Libations: An Esoteric Quest in Mongolia, New York and Scotland

        Dr. Leonard George has always been drawn to the esoteric—to experiences that hint of something beyond. For the summer of 2017, he received a trio of invitations to speak about esoteric matters: at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in Ulaan Baatar; at the Lily Dale Assembly of Spiritualists in New York; and at a convention of esotericists in Lews Castle, Scotland. Along the way he witnessed tantric rituals and shamanic dances, talked with mediums and meditators, roamed fairy haunts and stone circles older than the pyramids, and enjoyed fine scotch whisky. In this presentation, he will share impressions and images from his summer’s quest.

        Leonard George 2018

        Presenter: Dr. Leonard George    

        Leonard George is the Chair of the School of Social Sciences and a faculty member of the Psychology department at Capilano University. He has written books and articles on a range of topics. George has worked as a bookseller, researcher, cook, assembly line worker, clinical psychologist, hotel handyman, journalist, grocery store clerk and national broadcaster, and has given lectures and seminars around the world on all sorts of things. He is attracted to anything that is vast, intricate or purrs.  


        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7
        Gibsons and District Public Library
        6 - 7:30 p.m.

        470 South fletcher Road, Gibsons

        KIZUNA: Bonding and the Transmission of Japanese Culture

        How does Japanese culture attract multicultural audiences? It is not only about ‘culture’ as tangible representations in forms such as a Kimono or well-loved Sushi but also ‘culture’ in the form it takes in the lives of Japanese people such as language, philosophy, ethics and social mannerism. This presentation includes several stories about how the Japanese are forming their communities in Canada and passing along a culture from one generation to the next. One such story is about Japanese Canadians during WWII. This presentation includes visual art, poetry and other Japanese cultural practices.

        Yoriko Gillard 125

        Presenter: Yoriko Gillard, BFA (Honours), MA

        Yoriko Gillard is a visual artist, poet, researcher and teacher. She teaches language courses at Capilano University and is also currently working on a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at UBC. She is a Landscapes of Injustice research assistant at Nikkei National Museum and conducts KIZUNA (Bond) sociocultural activities in Canada and Japan. She is a continuous supporter of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Her current research initiatives include the HEARTH Project: hear/heart/art/earth, for which Gillard has organized and directed many creative educational events in various communities.  


        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
        North Vancouver District Public Library, Capilano Branch
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        3045 Highland Boulevard, NV

        Peter and the Starcatcher: Creating Costumes for the Theatre

        Charlotte Burke will lead you through the process involved in creating theatrical costumes using images of the work in progress from Peter and the Starcatcher, a production recently mounted at the BlueShore at Cap. This delightful play tells the story of how a boy becomes Peter Pan and how Neverland is created. Pirates and mermaids abound. Burke will explain what goes into the decisions that underlie the final results you see on stage and share some tricks of the trade used to create certain effects. Actual costume pieces will be on hand.

        Charlotte Burke

        Presenter: Charlotte Burke, BFA, MFA

        Burke is a faculty member in CapU’s Costuming for Stage and Screen program where she teaches costume cutting and construction and costume history, as well as designing and assisting on production. She holds an MFA in Design for the Theatre from UBC and has designed costumes, sets and lighting for theatre, dance and opera. Burke has also worked in the local film industry.  


        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
        Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        4595 Albert Street, Burnaby

        Put. That. Phone. Down.

        Why can’t they—and you—ever stop texting/facebooking/ youtubing/emailing/gaming? Dr. Janet Waters will review current psychology research about when, where and why people are distracted by their smartphones—in class, while studying or working, while walking or driving, even on dates or coffee with friends. Research has revealed the serious consequences of mobile phone distraction and the myth of multitasking. Cognitive psychology can explain why tech distractions lead to failure and accidents. Janet will also talk about some solutions from psychological research that can help us put that phone down.

        Dr. Janet Waters 125

        Presenter: Dr. Janet Waters

        Dr. Waters has been teaching psychology at Capilano University since 1987 and has been a researcher and a therapist for 35 years. She is interested in what helps people heal, grow, create, imagine, thrive and truly achieve their potential. Currently Dr. Waters is researching the good, the bad and the ugly effects on students (and the rest of us) of our digital age with its 24/7 connectivity, tech dependence and multiple distractions. Questions she’s exploring include: Has there been an effect on learning and attention, reading and studying and, ultimately, academic achievement? What strategies do students (and the rest of us) use to cope with the compelling allure of tech distractions?  


        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
        North Vancouver District Public Library, Parkgate Branch
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        3675 Banff Court, NV

        Alien Worlds: The Physics of Finding Exoplanets

        Since a Canadian research group conclusively proved that they had observed the first exoplanet (planets orbiting stars other than our sun), thousands more have been found. In this presentation, Dr. Tomberli explains the background and history of these observations and the science behind the methods by which the exoplanets are found. He also presents his observations and discusses some of the exciting prospects in the field.

        Dr. Bruno Tomberli 125

        Presenter: Dr. Bruno Tomberli

        Dr. Bruno Tomberli is an instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Capilano University and a researcher in the field of soft condensed matter. Like many physicists, he has a long-standing and personal interest in Astronomy. In addition to teaching undergraduate Astronomy, he has participated in student research where he uses research grade telescopes to observe exoplanets.  


        WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
        North Vancouver City Library
        7 - 8:45 p.m.

        120 14th Street West, NV

        Divine! An Evening with Michelangelo

        Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is one of the most celebrated artists in history. This lecture traces the development of his personal style, turbulent life and relations with influential patrons. We will consider his unparalleled influence in the shaping of Western art by surveying some of his most magnificent works, including the famous David, the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Last Judgement.

        Dr. Efrat El-Hanany 125

        Presenter: Dr. Efrat El-Hanany  

        Dr. El-Hanany is an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance. She graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a BA in the History of Art and East Asian Studies and a BA in Education and went on to earn an MA and a PhD from Indiana University in Bloomington. Her PhD dissertation, Beating the Devil: Images of the Madonna del Soccorso in Italian Renaissance Art (2006), focuses on issues of iconography, gender, and social and religious history. Dr. El-Hanany’s engagement with art history has taken many forms: she has published on diverse topics and presented at numerous academic conferences, and has for many years taught continuing studies courses at various cultural institutions around Vancouver and elsewhere.