KPU Shows its Colours for Pink Shirt Day

If you saw more people than usual wearing pink on Feb. 28, it wasn’t a new fashion trend or an elaborate reference to Mean Girls, but rather an awareness campaign that aims to address bullying in everyday life. Pink Shirt Day has been occurring every February for the past 10 years. Its founders created the... Continue Reading

Could Trump Happen Here?

KPU criminology instructor Dr. Jeff Shantz recently published an article on Rabble, an online progressive magazine, concerning the possibility of a Trump-like figure ascending to power in Canada. In the article, Shantz describes the presence of two Canadas: the superficial Canada which celebrates its multiculturalism, and the “other” Canada, which has had a long history... Continue Reading

Summoning (No Words) is an Interactive Soundscape that Reflects Violence Committed Against Women

KPU creative writing professor Nicola Harwood has created a safe space to feel and interact with artwork based on violence against women. Her project, Summoning (No Words), is an interactive and immersive installation created by recordings of the female voice. Summoning (No Words) premiered last August at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, B.C. The... Continue Reading

Indigenous Dance Festival Comes to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology

For the many distinct Indigenous groups of the Pacific Northwest, dance is more than just an art form. It is a medium through which history has been passed down over generations. It preserves the stories, both past and present, of Indigenous people. From Feb. 27 to March 4, the 11th annual Coastal First Nations Dance... Continue Reading

Surrey’s Interfaith Pilgrimage Brings Different Believers Together

A small congregation of pilgrims walked 16 kilometres through Surrey on Feb. 4, visiting Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh places of worship as part of the KPU Multi-Faith Centre’s celebration of 2018 UN World Interfaith and Harmony Week. The Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage, made up of about 20 people of various ages, stopped at six... Continue Reading

Activists, Artists, and Attendees Gather at KPU in Solidarity with One Billion Rising

One in three women will be beaten or raped within their lifetime. This frightening statistic is what motivates the organizers of the One Billion Rising campaign, an initiative that has been calling for awareness and prevention of violence against women since it was launched in 2012. The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR), a... Continue Reading

For Black History Month, a KPU Lecture Series is Examining Issues in the Black Community

KPU philosophy professor Leland Harper hopes to encourage discourse and collaboration through his new speaker series for Black History Month. The first event was held on the first day of February. Throughout the rest of the month, the series will feature discussions of issues relating to the Black community in the Lower Mainland and beyond.... Continue Reading

Surrey Author Makes Her Debut with Historical Fiction

Once a full-time small business owner in Surrey, Tanya E. Williams is now a published author, marking her fiction debut with a period piece called Becoming Mrs Smith. The novella follows the life of a woman growing up in smalltown America before the second World War, beginning with her fight to survive scarlet fever as... Continue Reading

KPU Music Department Offers Course in Music Video Production

For the first time, a course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is giving students the tools they need to express their music visually. Music Video Production (MUSI 4602) is the only video production course in Canada aimed at music students, and is being taught through KPU’s music department this semester. “What the music video does for... Continue Reading

Bhangra Music and Dance Brings Rhythm to KPU Classes

Aspects of Punjabi culture are all around us at KPU Surrey, from restaurants serving delicious food to events like the annual Vaisakhi parade. A central part of this culture is Bhangra, a type of dance and music characterized by exuberance, high-energy movements, and hard work. Within the Punjabi community, Bhangra is an opportunity to connect... Continue Reading

Bigger and Better: A Sneak Peek at the KDocs 2018 Festival

KDocs is back again with more documentaries and more speakers than ever before. Starting on Feb. 15, documentary film lovers will be able to attend the festival at Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street in Vancouver. Those who go will be able to check out a the latest documentaries and listen to panel discussions featuring directors... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor Examines Lies and Paranoia in New Novel

Kwantlen Polytechnic University business and criminology professor Ari Goelman’s second novel, The Innocence Treatment, is the latest to be featured as part of the annual KPU Reads series. The book, which hit shelves in October, is a work of young adult dystopian science fiction that explores themes of paranoia, lies, and critical thought. In an... Continue Reading

Coffee & Islam Challenges Misconceptions from Canadian Cafes

British Columbians who have found themselves with unanswered questions about Islam can now pursue a greater understanding of the religion by having a personal conversation, and a hot drink, with a local Muslim. As part of the Coffee & Islam campaign, Canadian Muslims are making themselves available to anybody with an inquisitive mind to sit... Continue Reading

KDocs Talks Wants to Talk About Docs, K?

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s yearly documentary film festival, KDocs, has introduced its own small-scale take on the TED Talks format. The videos in the series, titled KDocs Talks, are presented in a similar format as the festival’s existing footage of past keynote speeches, but will feature a higher production value. “I think viewers will get the... Continue Reading

A Radical Tradition: KPU Prof. Explores Vancouver’s History of Anarchism and Punk Rock

In his upcoming book, Kwantlen Polytechnic University history professor Dr. Eryk Martin explores Vancouver’s history of radicalism through the lenses of anarchism and punk rock. Martin was inspired to write Black Flags Rising: Anarchism, Activism, and the Vancouver Five, 1967-1984 because of his own experiences growing up amidst the Vancouver-area counterculture. He says that the... Continue Reading