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Arts Speaker Series

Arts Speaker Series 2022/2023

Join us and learn about the interesting research our faculty are doing. There are a wide range of topics, so we are sure that at least one of them will pique your interest. Hope to see you there!

All presentations will take place from 1-2 PM via Microsoft Teams. Please email artsevents@kpu.ca to RSVP to the virtual event. A Microsoft Teams link to the event will be sent to registrants two days prior to the event date.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022
1 - 2pm 

Keynote Presentation: 'It's Just Leadership' 

Dr. Deepak Gupta 
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
1 - 2pm 

What if Learning Logic Felt Like Playing Tetris Instead of Doing Algebra 
Dr. Marc Champagne, Dept. of Philosophy   
 
KPU’s Department of Philosophy routinely offers an introductory course in formal logic, but many who could benefit from this skill never get to do so. What if learning logic felt like playing Tetris instead of doing algebra? Drawing on my published work, I want to show how it is possible to capture all the relations of traditional symbolic logic using images that are diagrammatically manipulated.  
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
1 - 2pm 

A Qualitative and Quantitative Investigation of Tabletop Games in The Classroom. Should Instructors Use Tabletop Games? 
Brandon J. Justus (Psychology Lab Staff) & Daphnnie Robyn Flores (Student) 
 
At university, students must develop and create successful groups, but some students often find selecting adequate group members to be challenging or up to chance (Rusticus & Justus, 2019). By incorporating tabletop games in higher education, we can improve the overall groupwork for group projects, since tabletop games have various groupwork components to them.  
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
1 - 2pm 

A Cognitive Tool for Argumentative Writing
Dr. Azar Pakdaman Savoji, Dept. of Psychology 
 
The aim of the study is to introduce an argumentation/persuasion visualization tool called Dialectical Map (DMap) in which students develop and present arguments and evidence. Implementation of this tool in the process of learning not only helps students to learn how to write an argumentative essay, but also will help them to transfer the argumentative skills to real life and to be critical thinkers in their jobs and the society. 
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
1 - 2pm 

Future-Proofing Higher Education Internationalization in Times of Uncertainty  
Dr. Conrad King, Dept. of Political Science
 
According to UNESCO, there are over five million international students enrolled in tertiary education institutions around the globe. Destination countries in the educational Anglosphere such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, are among the more popular destinations for international students. The paper evaluates the factors that international students consider when they decide to study abroad and make choices about study destinations.   
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
1 - 2pm 

Canadian Corporations and the Brazilian Military Dictatorship 
Dr. Fabricio Telo, Dept. of Sociology, John MacKay, Dept. of History, and Sam Greeya Dept. of History
 
Did you know that a Canadian corporation was the largest foreign investor in Brazil for several years and that it supported the 1964 military coup and the subsequent dictatorship that lasted 21 years? In this presentation, we will tell you how it happened and why it is important to know about it. 
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
1 - 2pm 

The Experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ KPU students: Gaps & Recommendations 
Dr. Tara Lyons, Dept. of Criminology, Kayla Garvin and Sarah Schwagele
 
Of the KPU students who responded to the 2020 KPU Student Satisfaction Survey, 26% identify as a gender and/or sexual minority such as trans, Two-Spirit, queer (2SLGBTQ+). Gender minority students are less likely to agree that Instructors create a climate supportive of student diversity and only 67% of Queer/Indigiqueer respondents agreed KPU students were treated fairly regardless of gender, compared to 82% of all respondents. This study will investigate whether 2SLGBTQ+ students at KPU require additional and/or tailored supports, services, and classroom experiences that better support their needs.  
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
1 - 2pm 

Oral History, Collaborative Testimony, & Graphic Comics with Frontline Harm Reduction Workers   
Dr. Aaron Goodman, Dept. of Journalism and Communication Studies
 
In this presentation, Aaron Goodman, Ph.D., faculty member in Journalism and Communication Studies, along with student researchers and community partners will share highlights of their Chancellor's Chair research project which involves oral history, collaborative testimony, and graphic comic production in order to amplify the voices and experiences of frontline harm reduction workers in B.C.  
 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
1 - 2pm 

Voices of RAs across the Faculty of Arts 
Student Panel 
 
 
 
 
 The 2021-22 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2020-21 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2019-20 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2018-19 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2017-18 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.