Inclusive Cafe: Mothers Day: How do we all experience this day differently?
April 19
City Centre Library - READ-Ability Lounge

Join us for coffee and discussion!

  • Thursday, April 19, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  • City Centre Library - 10350 University Drive - READ-Ability Lounge
  • Coffee and tea is served
  • FREE to attend; please register

In this Inclusive City Cafe, we will be discussing the concept of Mothers Day, and how we all may experience this day differently.

Questions to be explored include: Is the Mother-child relationship constructed? What is it's significance? Are there differences across cultures? May this relationship cause existential suffering? Is the maternal bond finite or infinite? And how is this relationship affected by death or estrangement? Would "Mother's Day Remembrance" serve as a tradition for those suffering the loss of this relationship?

Mother's Day is a very popular cultural celebration in North America and there are differences in how this significant day is acknowledged across cultures. Mother’s Day may be more complicated than our traditions and advertisements would have us believe. For many, this day may evoke a complex range of emotions and questions: feelings of guilt, sadness, loneliness, disconnection and estrangement may all be part of our experience on this day and even throughout the year. In this Cafe, we will endeavour to explore and discuss the intricacies and nuances of maternal relationships, as well as differences in how we experience and observe this significant day. Also, the annual Mother's Day Remembrance event details will be made available.

This cafe will be moderated by Valerie Malla. Valerie is an SFU student majoring in Philosophy & Psychology. She works part-time as a Life Coach and enjoys engaging with her community in many respects in order to promote social harmony. Participating in philosophical discussion is an enjoyable pastime Valerie enjoys; and she is the founder of "Philosopher's Stone Cafe", which seeks to provide philosophy-based instruction to marginalized populations.