Our university is a kind of universe. It has such breadth of interests and activities.

The logo and word mark for Capilano Universe.

With the Fall 2020 term now launched, planning is underway in preparation to roll out the Spring 2021 season of the Capilano Universe Lecture Series.

About the Capilano Universe Lecture Series

The series was initiated by retired faculty member Leonard George over 10 years ago. The idea was that through volunteer faculty connecting with the community over topics of interest, the vast universe of knowledge housed by the University could be expanded beyond the boundaries of campus.

To that end, every spring, from January to April, a series of six or seven talks is put together in collaboration with nearby public libraries—this year includes branches from across North Vancouver District, North Vancouver City, West Vancouver and Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.

Typically, these talks are held on Thursday evenings at the library branches, and draw attendees who come to hear talks on topics that pique their interests and connect them with faculty who have expertise in those topics.

Capilano Universe Lecture Series amid COVID-19

In the spirit of staying connected while staying apart, and our newfound dependence on technologies that have risen to the occasion, our lecture series will go virtual this year!

Presentations will be held live via Zoom, thus maintaining spontaneous and interactive engagement and allowing the talks to easily integrate into the programming of our valued host libraries.

2021 Capilano Universe lectures

DateSpeaker (s)Location Presentation
Jan. 21 Deyar Asmaro, BA (Hons), MA, PhD North Vancouver District Public Library – Parkgate Branch The Biology of Emotion Regulation: Insights from Research
Feb. 11 V. Victoria Shroff, BA (Hons), LLB  North Vancouver City Library  Animal law: What is it and why does it matter? 
Feb. 25 Tom Flower, PhD Gibsons & District Public Library  Can life adapt: How will climate change affect biodiversity in B.C. and beyond? 
March 11 Nazmi Kamal, BBA, MBA, M.Sc., PIDP  North Vancouver District Public Library – Lynn Valley Branch Travelling to save the world's gastronomical traditions
March 25 Graham Cook, PhD West Vancouver Memorial Library Fake News and the death (and rebirth?) of journalism
April 8 Bridget McClarty, B.Sc (Hons.), B. Ed, M.Ed candidate  North Vancouver District Public Library – Capilano Branch What does it mean to have a meaningful or spiritual connection with nature?
April 29 David Geary, MFA North Vancouver District Public Library – Parkgate Branch Rise and rise of Indigenous cinema around the world

Capilano Universe is presented by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Capilano University in partnership with North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library and Gibsons & District Public Library.

For general inquiries please contact the organizer at capilanouniverse@capilanou.ca.