Something to TALK about at KPU

Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – If you want something to TALK about, look no further than Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) has just released its fall program of courses as well as topics for its Philosophers’ Corners, which run the gamut from climate refugees and obesity, to the future of libraries and the zombie apocalypse.

“We strive for variety and we have really accomplished it this year; where else can you learn about the history of Islam one week, and what it means to be a zombie the next?” notes TALK chairperson Dr. Robin Heath.

Heath stresses that there are no quizzes, grades or prerequisites – just the joy of learning something new and meeting interesting people. Although attendees are encouraged to share their own perspectives on topics, the sessions will also appeal to anyone interested in listening to new and often controversial ideas and learning new things.

“It’s all very civilized, but that isn’t code for ‘boring,’ Heath emphasizes. “In fact, the opposite is true.”

For example, KPU anthropology instructor Dr. Sam Migliore will give a presentation at KPU Surrey on Oct. 29 about zombies in folklore and popular culture. He will discuss what it means to be a zombie and what zombies can teach us about ourselves.

As compelling, retired pilot Gordon Wilson will bring his experiences flying secret missions for the North American Aerospace Defence system (NORAD) to a TALK session on Nov. 29 at KPU Surrey. Wilson’s presentation, NORAD and the Russian Threat, will explore the various diminishing and increasing forms of Russian threats.

For a full schedule of TALK events, including session overviews, times and locations, and presenter bios, visit

TALK events are aimed at those who are 50 or older.  Most courses are $15, in addition to the $10 annual membership fee. There is a suggested minimum donation of $2 for each Philosophers’ Corner.

About Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at

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