2020-21 Lecture Series

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2020-21 Interdisciplinary and Cross-Sectoral Lecture and Discussion Series

Series Name Series Description
Green College Leading Scholars Series
​Building Worlds in Uncertain Times: Power, Culture, Pedagogy​

Recent events have rocked the ways in which we—as thinkers, creators, educators, humans—move through the world, interact and communicate with others, and envision a sustainable and just future. In response to the uncertainties wrought by evolving relationships with our cities and geographies, climate change, the pandemic, and global calls for racial justice, the 2019-2021 Green College Leading Scholars seek to think together how we understand and represent our lived environments and how to build (toward) a world that is both more equitable and less destructive. We invite you to rethink—with and against us—the relation between arts and space, structures of power, waste societies, pedagogical practices, and what it means to inhabit the world.

Event dates:​ Oct 22, Nov 5, Jan 14, Mar 4

Working Tools Seminar Series: Community-Facing Data Management Platforms for Indigenous-University Partnerships

Convenors: Alison Wylie, Canada Research Chair, Philosophy of the Historical and Social Sciences, UBC and Eric Simons, PhD student, Anthropology, UBC. In partnership with the Indigenous / Science UBC Research Cluster.

One of the key challenges to collaborative practice between university-based researchers and Indigenous communities is to foster equitable knowledge co-production with all stakeholders through the sharing of data. Increasingly this task is mediated by digital systems, but there is no single solution that serves all needs. This seminar series brings together research partnership teams that have developed and employed digital knowledge mobilization solutions to their work. Our ambition is to explore existing efforts and anticipate future digital solutions for research partnerships.

Event dates: Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4

Reciprocal Impact: Seeking Shared Promotion of Psychological Well-Being and Social Justice

Convenor: Cynthia Glidden-Tracey, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Counselling Psychology (CNPS), UBC

Most every culture employs practices for helping and healing when people encounter difficulties in human living.  Counselling and psychotherapy stem from European and North American theories and corresponding techniques to promote increased psychological well-being. Recognizing the historical traumas inflicted on peoples of many cultures, the social disparities in provisions and outcomes of mental health care, the inherent biases in so-called Western approaches, and the value of healing practices in indigenous or non-Western cultures, counselling psychology also strongly emphasizes promoting social justice. With speakers from various heritages related to peoples formerly colonized, seeking recovery from intergenerational traumas as well as embodying resilience and empowerment, this series will explore the possibilities of reconciling psychological perspectives with indigenous knowledge in the pursuit and evolution of human prosperity and justice.

Event dates: Oct 8, Mar 11

Security, Science and Law in the New Space Era

Convenors: Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, UBC and co-Director, The Outer Space Institute; Aaron Boley, Canada Research Chair in Planetary Astronomy, UBC and co-Director, The Outer Space Institute

Event dates: TBA

Resident Members' Series

The Green College Members’ Series each week features a different presenter (or presenters) from among the Resident Members of Green College. Graduate students and Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars are encouraged to offer talks on their areas of research or study and, as appropriate, to bring in their research colleagues from outside the College too. Like all academic programming at the College, these talks are open not just to Green College members, but to the community at large both within and beyond UBC.

Event dates: TBA ​

Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life

Convenor: Graeme Wynn, Geography, UBC

This series is presented by the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti, now constituted as the Emeriti College. It provides opportunities for senior academics to describe their personal experiences and academic careers. Presenters are invited to distil a lifetime of scholarly work. Some present new projects; some reflect upon their changing attitudes to university life. The series is multidisciplinary and gives expression to the speakers’ mature and personal insights. The speakers seek to engage early-career scholars as well as other senior faculty and and to welcome the greater UTown / Point Grey neighbourhood to the richness of academic life at UBC. ​

Event dates: Sep 24, Oct 15, Nov 26

Green College Special Lectures and Events

Talks and performances by visitors invited to Green College and UBC for the Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorships Program, the John V. Clyne Lectureship, the Dal Grauer Memorial Lectureship and other endowed appointments, and by distinguished Visiting Scholars, Writers, Artists, Journalists, etc. in Residence at the College, among others.

Event dates: Oct 7