Sep 17, 2011

Vancouver, BC, September 15, 2011 – Langara College’s Department of Philosophy is excited to launch Philosophers' Jam, a new dialogue series intended for people who want to share ideas, debate current issues, and add their voice to the larger conversation.

The inaugural Philosophers’ Jam takes place on Tuesday, September 20 at Langara College’s Main Campus (100 West 49th Avenue). All sessions are free and open to the public.

“Philosophers' Jam is a forum for the expression of provocative ideas,” says Dale Beyerstein, Philosophy Instructor at Langara College and coordinator of the new dialogue series. “For people whose busy lives prevent them from signing up for a credit course, Philosophers’ Jams are a great way to engage in meaningful discourse and hear or think about other points of view.”

The Philosophers’ Jam topic for September 20 explores “The Idea of ‘The Good City’: Ideology, Morality, and the Future of Cities.” Guest speaker Julie Longo, a cultural historian and Dean of Arts at Langara College, will kick off the evening with a short presentation followed by an open dialogue session.

The 2011 Philosophers’ Jam schedule offers four sessions, one each month on a Tuesday evening starting in September. Subsequent ‘Jams’ feature the following topics and speakers:

  • October 18 – Prostitution in Canada: The Challenges for Policy Makers and Legislators (Chris Atchison)
  • November 15 – Is Recycling the New Religion? (Lee Moller)
  • December 13 – Is It Possible to Be a Good Sport? (J. S. Russell)

All Philosophers’ Jams begin at 7:00 pm and light refreshments will be served. For more information, including full topic descriptions and speaker bios, visit:

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