50th Anniversary Event

By Michelle Curran

In 2015 Instagram reached 400 million monthly users, 75% of them coming from outside the U.S. And with smartphone ownership continuing to rise in Canada, we can anticipate more image capturing capabilities being incorporated into these smart devices and providing access to places and things we don't normally get to see.

Join us on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to celebrate 50 years of community diversity and connection at SFU while taking part in fun and interactive activities hosted at our Surrey campus.

Come find out why SFU is one of Canada's most engaged universities.  Visit us to see a showcase of student projects and experiential learning, engaged research and community partnerships.  View interactive exhibits, tour the award-winning campus, learn about SFU's programs and services, enjoy live music and activities for all ages!


The talk will present the background to, formation and aftermath of Nostra aetate, the Catholic Church's Declaration on its relationship with non-Christian religions, issued at the Second Vatican Council in 1965. The focus will be on the Church's relationship with Jews and Judaism.


We're excited to bring you the next lecture in the SFU Department of History's 2015/16 lecture series 1965: Reflections on 50 Years of History. For this third lecture, our department's professor Sarah Walshaw will deliver PostColonial Possibilities: Why it matters that SFU emerged during African independence. Professor Walshaw will present this talk at 6:30pm on January 21 at the Fletcher Challenge Theatre, located at SFU's Harbour Centre campus, 515 W. Hastings Street. To RSVP for the lecture, please click this link: http://bit.ly/1WPLyHh

Turning Invention into Innovation: Strategies for Scientist-Entrepreneurs

Canada has an excellent record in invention, but struggles with innovation.  In particular, scientific inventions of a radical, generic nature, with high potential economic and social value, can languish in the lab because of prolonged uncertainty and high commercialization costs.  Drawing on her research in the advanced materials, nanotech, biotech, and clean tech sectors, Professor Maine will offer commercialization strategies for scientist-entrepreneurs.

Medical tourism — travel by patients who are citizens and residents of one country to receive medical treatment in another country — is a growing multi-billion dollar industry involving hundreds of thousands of patients each year.

This talk focuses on individuals who use medical tourism to get access to services which are illegal in their home countries and will discuss the legal and ethical issues raised by two kinds of medical tourism:

You participate in many more markets than you may realize. From school admissions to kidney exchanges, markets are all around us - even when no money exchanges hands. Alvin Roth, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics, explains the economics of hidden markets and how market design can help fix broken markets, and create new ones. Professor Roth will explore how we can make better decisions by matching our desires in a marketplace. He is the author of Who Gets What – and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design.

British Columbia’s indigenous languages represent one of the “hotbeds” of linguistic diversity on the continent. However, the survival of these languages is hanging by a thread. Dr. Ignace will discuss the causes and implications of indigenous language loss from a variety of perspectives, based on over thirty years of research with First Nations communities. She’ll reveal how First Nations’ language is connected to intricate ways of perceiving and reflecting on the natural and social world, and what is at stake for the future of linguistic and biocultural diversity.