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

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.

Stay tuned for more details about our Spring 2021 program line up.

Past Capilano Universe lectures

DateSpeaker (s)Location Presentation
Jan. 9 Donna Perry, M.Sc Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch Building Resiliency: Practices behind optimal performance, health and wellness
Jan. 23 Janet Waters, PhD North Vancouver District Public Library – Parkgate Branch  Hope: A path to a sustainable future
Feb. 6 Gabriella Minnes Brandes, PhD
Mark Vasak, B.Mus 
West Vancouver Memorial Library  Actor, Observer, Critic: How acting with the Alexander Technique encourages well-being 
Feb. 14 Michael Thoma, PhD  North Vancouver District Public Library – Lynn Valley Branch What is Canadian cinema? 
March 5 Bruno Tomberli, PhD  North Vancouver City Library  Superbugs: How a dose of computational biophysics can help stop them  
March 19 Jai (Phillip) Djwa, MFA  North Vancouver District Public Library – Capilano Branch  Almost Human: Artificial Intelligence and the public's access to justice 
April 1 Dominique Walker  Gibsons & District Public Library  Sneak Attack Teaching: How to educate students and break down social barriers without anyone knowing
April 16 Tom Flower, PhD  Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch  Can life adapt: How will climate change affect biodiversity in B.C. and beyond?  
April 30 V. Victoria Shroff, LL.B  Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch  Animal law: What is it and why does it matter?  
May 14 Bob Muckle, MA  Capilano University – Bosa Theatre  Twenty years of archaeology in the Seymour Valley