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About Us


Smooth Space Education is all about student success. We are motivated by the idea that the world is in need of the creative and imaginative talents of today's youth. We seek to provide support where it is needed to encourage the development of a new generation of creative and empowered thinkers and doers.

Dr. Chris Erickson

Dr.Chris Erickson

B.A. (International Relations and Philosophy), UBC

 M.A. (Philosophy), Bond University

Ph.D. (Political Science), UMass Amherst

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Dr. Erickson has spent the last two decades teaching in a number of highly regarded universities, including the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Massachusetts,Amherst. He has specialized in first year courses and been recognized for teaching excellence both by the University of British Columbia and by the American Political Science Association.


He has made numerous appearances on both local and national news media including CBC Radio and Television, Global TV, the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, CKNW news radio, and Roundhouse Radio. He is the author of The Poetics of Fear: A Human Response to Human Security which examines the use of fear as a political tool and methods to respond to it. 

Why "Smooth Space"?

It is more than just a name.​ It is an idea.


The French philosophers Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari speak of a distinction between smooth and striated spaces. Where a striated space is confined and limited, a smooth space is open to possibility, amenable to exploration and creative expression. A smooth space poses the question "what can I do with a blank slate and some chalk?" 

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