Academic Appetizer Hour with Green College Leading Scholars

  • James Connolly, Edward Kroc, Lydia Wytenbroek and Ayaka Yoshimizu
    Livestreamed via Zoom

    Wednesday, January 26, 5-6:30pm
    in the series
    Green College Leading Scholars' Series
  • Bite-sized research presentations by recently appointed UBC Faculty Members across disciplines. Faculty presentations in this second session by the 2021-23 Leading Scholars Program cohort include:
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The Green City and Social Injustice
James Connolly, Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning
  • I am an urban planner specialized in the intersection between environmental planning and social justice. Broadly, my work asks how cities can be made greener and more socially just at the same time, without forcing one goal to be traded off for the other. My published works thus far explore this topic through a highly interdisciplinary and decidedly mixed methods approach with a focus on contemporary cities. I examine the issues at stake within several topics including urban climate planning; green gentrification; urban environmental stewardship; urban social-ecological justice; urban greening policies; and critical urban sustainability and resilience politics. 



  • How to Measure What We Cannot See
    Edward Kroc, Assistant Professor, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
  • I am a statistician who specializes in the study of measurement and the disconnect between current and best research practices across the social, health and natural sciences. Much of my theoretical work is devoted to constructing a statistical framework that can accommodate subjective uncertainty in a data-generating process, like when you are asked to answer a multiple-choice question but are not totally sure of the correct response. I also have a particular passion for urban wildlife, and study the ecology of urban-resident gulls of the Salish Sea using a mixture of drone technology, field surveys and novel measurement techniques.


  • Nursing (Inter)Nationalism in Iran
    Lydia Wytenbroek, Assistant Professor, Nursing

    Health and medicine is a lens through which I analyze the global circulation of medical knowledge and power. My research explores American women surgeon and nurse missionaries in twentieth-century Iran and I ague that mission nurses' efforts to promote American nursing in Iran intersected with Reza Shah's modernizing initiatives in a way that served Iranian nationalism and state building. My work is locally grounded, but I use transnational medical encounters in Iran to explore larger issues of global migration, nursing imperialism, the often false dichotomy between religion and professionalization, gender liberation and the power and politics of global health initiatives. 



    Student-centred Embodied Inter-referencing as Antiracist Pedagogy
    Ayaka Yoshimizu, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies

    I am Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Asian Studies, and I also teach arts courses for the UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programs. My research is concerned with transpacific migration and cultures, memories and senses, and performance ethnography. I teach Japanese studies in Asian Studies, and Canadian and transpacific studies in the UBC-Rits Programs. My position makes my curriculum development work uniquely multidisciplinary, as I constantly move across national borders as I teach two distinct audiences in the two programs. My pedagogical projects are centred around decolonializing teaching and learning and promoting social justice in and beyond classroom.


  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

January 26th, 2022 from  5:00 PM to  6:30 PM
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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