"That a Beginning Be Made": A Rule of Law for Our New Age of Anxiety - Lecture 1: Our Age of Anxiety

  • Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
    Lew Forum, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, UBC and livestreamed (click here for the livestream)

    Tuesday, September 7, 4:30-6 pm
    in the series
    2021-22 J. V. Clyne Lectures at UBC, hosted by Green College - "That a Beginning Be Made": A Rule of Law for Our New Age of Anxiety

  • The COVID-19 Campus Rules are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart plan. The Public Health Officer moved to step 3 on July 1, 2021. All organized gatherings will need to meet the requirements of the relevant Provincial Health Orders that are current at the time of the event:

    • Non-medical masks are required when indoors.
    • Only 50% capacity is permitted, which means only 90 people will be allowed in the Lew Forum.
    • No loitering in the building. Please arrive for the lecture between 4 and 4:15 pm and take your seat immediately after checking in with staff.
    • Please follow signage in all spaces.

    Access the livestream here.

    Lecture 1: Our Age of Anxiety
    We live in a world characterized by widespread anxiety. Cultural diversity is seen by populists as a challenge to the “traditional” myths and ethics of closed societies. Longstanding cosmopolitan values of pluralism have been overwhelmed by forces of neo-liberal globalization. Rapidly emerging and increasingly powerful new technologies threaten jobs and call into question our shared understandings of human autonomy, creativity and privacy. In an era of such massive unpredictability, the best we can hope for is that we will strive, collectively and individually, to exercise mature judgment – a practical reason – demonstrating prudence gleaned from experience.

    Stephen J. Toope OC, FRSC, LLD is 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University and Founding President of the Pierre Eliot Trudeau Foundation, Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. He publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world. He is married to Paula Rosen, and they have three adult children and three small grandchildren.

    The Clyne Lectures at UBC: John Valentine Clyne (1902-1989) was a judge of the BC Supreme Court, Chair and CEO of the forestry company MacMillan Bloedel Ltd, and Chancellor of UBC. The purpose of the Clyne Lectures, funded by an endowment set up in his honour at the end of his service as Chancellor in 1984, is to provide public lectures to UBC and the wider Vancouver community by individuals with outstanding expertise in one or more of the fields in which the honorand distinguished himself, namely Government, Business, Law and the Arts.


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September 7th, 2021 from  4:30 PM to  6:00 PM
1822 East Mall
The Lew Forum
Peter A. Allard School of Law
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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