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Documenting Occupy

Wednesday, October 03 2012

mdp_counterculture_oct3_poster_ver6Our inaugural event was introduced by longtime Canadian activist, founding publisher of, and author of Occupy This!, Judy Rebick. Attendees were then treated to a presentation of shorts by filmmakers Velcrow Ripper, Ian MacKenzie, and Nova Ami from their feature-length documentary Occupy Love, which premiered the following evening at the Vancouver International Film Festival. This presentation was titled, ‘The Evolution is Love’.

Following the presentation there was a panel discussion featuring indie journalist David P. Ball,’s Derrick O’Keefe, and Dr. Kathleen Cross from SFU’s School of Communication talking about the challenges of documenting the Occupy movement.

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Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Segal Conference Rooms (1420-1430), SFU Harbour Centre Campus
Cost: Free

Occupy the Economy

Friday, November 30 2012

occupy-the-economy-nov-301Our second event featured renowned author, activist, and director of Alternative Radio, David Barsamian. David’s talk drew from his book Occupy The Economy: Challenging Capitalism co-authored with Richard Wolff, followed by questions from the audience.

The debate took place Friday, November 30, 2012 at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus (room #1900) and saw an attendance of approximately 125. It was moderated by Professor Robert Hackett (SFU Communication) and was organized as a part of the CounterCulture Speaker Series run by the Media Democracy Project, SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, and the SFU School of Communication.

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Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre Campus, Terasen Cinema (1800)
Cost: Free

Revolutionary Horizons? Debating the Democratic Potential of the Internet

Friday, April 12 2013

revolutionary_featimgThe effect of the Internet and social media tools upon recent global uprisings has received much attention. Popular claims that such digital environments are revolutionary tools for social change have been countered by charges of ‘slacktivism’ and critiques that draw attention to the entanglement between the Internet and neoliberal capital. Critical theorists Jodi Dean and Andrew Feenberg have developing highly compelling but distinct perspectives on this question of the relationships between networked technology, political life, and social movements. The event brought these two esteemed scholars together to debate how we can best understand the role of the internet in shaping the possibilities and limitations of collective action today.

The debate took place Friday, April 12th, 2013 at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus (room #1900) and saw an attendance of nearly 300. It was moderated by Professor Stuart Poyntz (SFU Communication).

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Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre 515 W. Hastings St. Vancouver
Cost: Free

2013 BC Election: The Missing News

Friday, May 03 2013

With the mainstream press increasingly preoccupied with the election horserace, it’s often left up to independent and alternative media organizations to tell the real stories and cover the real issues. This is especially true in BC, where our corporate media landscape is one of the most highly concentrated in the country. Leading up to the provincial election in May 2013, our panelists were asked, “What can our province’s independent media outlets offer and what role will they play before the vote on May 14th?”


Gwen Barlee (Wilderness Committee)
Bob Hackett (SFU, Newswatch Canada)
Jarrah Hodge (
Andrew MacLeod (The Tyee)
Derrick O’Keefe (

This event was co-presented with and CJSF 90.1FM

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Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Labatt Hall (Room #1700) 515 W. Hastings St. Vancouver
Cost: Free Attendance | First Come, First Served