Colloquium Series:

Why are Some STEM Fields More Gender-Balanced than Others?
Dr. Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Monday, January 18th at 4:30 PM
3200 University Boulevard

Squamish, BC Canada V8B 0N8

Despite having made significant inroads into a variety of traditionally male-dominated fields such as biology, chemistry, and mathematics, women continue to be underrepresented in computer science, engineering, and physics at the undergraduate level. Many theories have been put forth to explain this phenomenon, ranging from innate female inferiority in quantitative skills to an unwillingness by women to put in late hours. Dr. Cheryan’s research shifts the explanation for this underrepresentation away from women’s deficiencies and instead examines why some STEM fields have been more successful in attracting women than others. Her research reveals a model with two factors to explain the larger gender gaps in computer science, engineering, and physics than biology, chemistry, and mathematics: (a) a culture in these fields that signals a lower sense of belonging to women than men, and (b) a lack of early hands-on experiences in these fields. Changing the masculine culture of these fields – for instance, using environments, the media, and role models – and providing early experience in them may be fundamentally important to increasing women’s interest in them and their ability to be successful once there.

Chris Neufeld / Life and death on a small island: Novel interactions between wolves, sea otters, and people in Kyuquot Sound, BC.
WEDNESDAY / JAN 13, 2016 at 7PM
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
Location: Whistler Public Library
4329 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

The wolves on BC’s West Coast are formidable predators known to supplement their terrestrial diets with a surprising array of marine creatures including salmon, mink, small crabs, and even barnacles. Although coastal wolves have been studied for decades, until recently no one thought their diverse list of prey items might also include sea otters, ecologically-important predators in their own right. This view of wolf foraging ecology recently changed when Chris Neufeld took his Quest University Behavioural Ecology class to a remote island in Kyuquot Sound and observed wolves displaying some rather unusual foraging behaviour. In this talk Chris will describe the preliminary results of his ongoing research to study the remarkable interactions between coastal wolves, sea otters, and the kayak guides (and their guests) that spend summers living in the same small archipelago.nge in collaboration with efforts for social justice and frontline communities.

Jeff Warren: Is All Music Political?

Jeff Warren: Is All Music Political?
Thursday / Dec 10, 2015 / 6:30 pm
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
Squamish Public Library
37907 2 Avenue, Squamish, BC, Canada
Free & Open to the Public

In the wake of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris in January, the French government launched a $480 million dollar anti-terrorism campaign, which included a ‘stop jihadism’ website that instructs its citizens how to identify budding Islamic extremists. A prominent infographic on the website included a checklist of suspicious activities citizens could use to profile those around them. The list included expected items such as frequenting radical websites, but the central image on the infographic was ’they stop listening to music’ for the reason that ‘it deters them from their mission’. The list was quickly mocked by several journalists who claimed that listening to music is really just a matter of private taste. The French government’s stance, however, seems to echo the claim sociologist Theodor Adorno made in 1941 that the social role of popular music is as ‘social cement’ and that music and other products of the ‘culture industry’ encourages conformity. This (very likely unknowing) application of Adorno’s arguments by the French government to aid in profiling efforts provides encouragement to carefully think about the relationship between music and politics. This example leads to larger questions: How are music and politics related? Is all music political?

Andrew Haringer: The Hero in Music

Andrew Haringer / The Hero in Music: What qualities define a hero?
WEDNESDAY / DEC 9, 2015 at 7PM
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
Whistler Public Library
4329 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

Can these virtues be depicted musically? Join Quest visiting tutor Andrew Haringer as he explores these questions. Beginning with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Dr. Haringer will trace the development of heroic gestures in orchestral works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These pieces bear powerful testimony to enduring notions of heroism stretching back to antiquity.

North West Winter Fest: Queering Art

Quest University Canada
Public Arts Series & Student Representative Council
Performances by and Discussions with Artists from the LGBTQIA Community
DATE: Saturday, DEC 12 / 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Quest University Canada, MPR 

Scott Turner. Actor, Writer and Diversity Speaker
Anne Fleming, Writer
Grace Salisbury, Visual Artist
Jessamyn Smyth, Writer

With this event we hope to increase visibility and continue creating space for queer art and identity in Squamish. The event will include short performances and readings by featured artists, followed by a panel on the expression of identity through artistic mediums. Visitors will be able to enjoy a curated gallery featuring the art of Quest alum Grace Salisbury.

Climate Change, Land Use, Science and Policy:
Where to Start to Effect Some Positive Change

Dr. Kimberly Dawe, Teaching Fellow, Life Sciences
Quest University Canada
Monday, November 30, 2015 / 4:30 PM
Quest University Library, 2nd floor
3200 University Boulevard
Squamish, BC . Canada V8B 0N8
Although land use is considered the most important threat to species in the immediate future, major impacts of climate change on biodiversity have also been recognized. Unfortunately, our current system for managing land use impacts on wildlife is far from perfect and the lack of consideration of climate change as a cumulative stressor is particularly alarming! There is a massive gap between the knowledge of these impacts (the science) and the policy implemented to manage them. To detail this problem to a broad audience, bring together key ideas on both the science and policy sides, and garner some forward momentum to bridge the gap, I organized a series of talks at a recent international conference of wildlife scientists and professionals. In this talk, I will highlight the gap using work done on white-tailed deer, barren ground caribou, peregrine falcons, and muskoxen in the academic and consulting worlds, and I will share how the conference outcomes are pushing me toward further action.
Richard Hoshino: Discovering the Human Calculator in You

Thursday / Nov 12, 2015 / 6:30 pm
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
37907 2 Avenue, Squamish, BC, Canada
Free & Open to the Public
In this highly-interactive talk, audience members will discover how to rapidly add and multiply numbers, memorize and recall a long string of digits, find the missing card from a shuffled deck, and compute the day of the week on which a person was born. The target audience for this talk will be Grade 5 to Grade 12 students (especially those who dislike/fear mathematics), as participants will discover these “human calculator” tricks are accessible to everybody, fun to learn, and can be applied to develop a stronger memory and build self-confidence.

Hiroshima, Memoirs of a Survivor

Hiroshima, Memoirs of a Survivor
Sachi Rummel (Speaker)
Richard Hoshino (Presenter)
Wednesday, November 11 at 4:30 PM
Quest University Library, 2nd floor
3200 University Boulevard
Squamish, BC . Canada V8B 0N8

Join us as Quest welcomes Sachi Rummel on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima for an hour of discussion and stories. She will read excerpts from her recent book, “Hiroshima: Memoirs of a Survivor”, and take part in a Q&A.

In the early morning of August 6th 1945, an eight year old girl played in the schoolyard with her classmates. Suddenly there was a flash of light followed by a tremendous blast. In an instant her life had changed forever. This is her story of survival and renewal.

Touching, compelling and essential reading – Sachi Komura Rummel was horror-stricken by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. As a result, she has broken her long silence about being a child in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.

She hopes that her life and her story will enable people to reflect on terror that war and nuclear weapons pose to the present and future generations.

Sachi will be introduced by Richard Hoshino, a Japanese-Canadian faculty tutor whose father was born in Japan during World War II.

Rich Wildman: Details and Implications of Three Western Droughts
Thursday / Oct 22, 2015 / 6:30 pm
Quest University Canada, Public Lectures
37907 2 Avenue, Squamish, BC, Canada
Free & Open to the Public
Drought has made news headlines in many parts of western Canada and the western United States in recent months. Record-setting drought in California has dragged into its fourth year and has provoked billion-dollar relief packages from that state’s government. The Colorado River Basin of the southwestern U.S. continues to suffer from low river flows. Nearer to home, a warm winter has led to record-low snow-packs and an active forest fire season in British Columbia. Why are these events happening, and will they continue? Has anyone actually run out of water? Will they? What are governments and average people doing in response? This talk will put recent water news into scientific and policy context while also speculating on the lasting consequences of these events.

Francophone Film Series


Monday 5 October 2015

6:00 PM
Media Room (Academic Building room 119)
Free & Open to the Public

Join Julia Frengs, Fellow in French and the Humanities, at 6pm in the Media Room on the second Monday of each block this fall for Francophone film night! Films from Canada, France, and Mali will be shown in French with English subtitles. On Monday, October 5, Julia will be showing the popular film from France, L’Auberge espagnole. On Monday, November 2, come watch Bamako, a critically acclaimed film from Mali. On Monday, November 30, Julia will screen Bon Cop Bad Cop, a hilarious bilingual comedy from Canada.

Monday, October 5: L’Auberge espagnole (France)
A group of students from all over Europe share an apartment in a
hilarious comedy about cultural differences.

Monday, November 2: Bamako (Mali)
Met with critical acclaim across the French-speaking world, this film
depicts a trial taking place in the capital city of Bamako, in Mali.

Monday, November 30: Bon Cop Bad Cop (Canada)
A bilingual Canadian comedy in which a Quebecois police officer joins
forces with a police officer from Ontario to solve a crime.

David Raffo: Designing & Thinking

David Raffo
Artist in Residence
September Block
Quest Arts Series

Thursday, 1 October, 2015
7:30 PM
Quest Multi-Purpose Room

An illustrated wander through a designers life from when fax machines were the go to tech, through a bit part for Star Wars, to 3D Cad, stopping off to mention drawing and making, how and why design thinking is now a serious innovation tool, way beyond just products, and ending back where we started considering what is craftsmanship today.

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Joy Harjo: Wallace Stevens Award

Quest Writer’s Conference is delighted to share the news that inaugural faculty member Joy Harjo’s lifetime achievement has been recognized by The Academy of American Poets with the prestigious Wallace Stevens Award. Another QWC inaugural faculty member, Alicia Ostriker, discusses Joy’s work in the prize announcement:

Joy Harjo has received the WALLACE STEVENS AWARD, which is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a stipend of $100,000. Recipients are nominated and elected by a majority vote of the Academy’s Board of Chancellors. Past winners of the prize have included John Ashbery, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Adrienne Rich.
Joy Harjo’s books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W. W. Norton, 2015); How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2002); andThe Woman Who Fell From the Sky (W. W. Norton, 1994), which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award. She is also the author of a memoir, Crazy Brave (W. W. Norton, 2012), which won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for creative nonfiction. Also a performer, Harjo has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam in venues across the United States and internationally. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
About Joy Harjo, Academy of American Poets Chancellor Alicia Ostriker said: ‘Throughout her extraordinary career as poet, storyteller, musician, memoirist, playwright and activist, Joy Harjo has worked to expand our American language, culture, and soul. A Creek Indian and student of First Nation history, Harjo is rooted simultaneously in the natural world, in earth—especially the landscape of the American Southwest—and in the spirit world. Aided by these redemptive forces of nature and spirit, incorporating native traditions of prayer and myth into a powerfully contemporary idiom, her visionary justice-seeking art transforms personal and collective bitterness to beauty, fragmentation to wholeness, and trauma to healing.’”
You can read more about the AAP prizes here:

Glen van Brummelen: Haimo Award

Quest University Canada Mathematics tutor Glen van Brummelen has been awarded the Haimo award, the most prestigious teaching award for mathematicians in North America. The Haimo award, known formally as the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, is given out annually by the Mathematical Association of America to honour “college or university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions.” Glen, who is also a Founding Faculty member at Quest, is only the second Canadian to ever be granted this award. On the Quest campus, Glen has long been adored for his engaging teaching style, especially in the subjects of Spherical Trigonometry and the History of Math.

QWC Public Events

Visitor parking available just down the hill from the library, or in the parkade.

Jun 21-27 / 2015
Quest University
Library, 3rd floor

3200 University
Squamish BC

SUNDAY 6/21 
Welh Tima Kexwusem/Culture Bringing People Together and Joy Harjo

MONDAY 6/22  
Oliver de la Paz and Amy Holman

Rebecca Brown and Anne Fleming

Alicia Ostriker and Gregory Orr

Quest University Dining Commons
Closing reading/reception with Oliver de la Paz, Amy Holman, Rebecca Brown, Anne Fleming, Alicia Ostriker and Gregory Orr

Richard Hoshino, a Quest Mathematics Tutor, will act as the Keynote Speaker of the 2015 Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference (CUCSC) in Kelowna, BC this July.

CUCSC is a four day, bilingual academic conference aimed at undergraduate students studying computational sciences and related fields. The CUCSC is the largest event of its kind in Canada, and happens in the summer each year, attracting young minds from across the country.

Prior to his arrival at Quest in 2013, Richard was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (2010-2012), and was a mathematician with the Government of Canada (2006-2010), leading the mathematics and data exploration section at the Canada Border Services Agency. He completed his Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.