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.