Lecture Series List

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Interdisciplinary and Cross-Sectoral Lecture and Discussion Series

Series Name Series Description

Critical Nationalisms, Counterpublics

Critical Nationalisms, Counterpublics addresses our shared situation of living amongst resurgent and competing nationalisms at a time when our critical and community discourses refuse or redefine the category of ‘nation’ or use other categories entirely. In a context saturated with resurgent populism, white supremacy and colonial settler violence what do our forms and communities of resistance offer as a counter to the renewed circulation of nationalist language, feeling and action? How do we enact our critical and creative capacities against or despite this daily reality? Confirmed speakers in the series will address the topic from their groundings in black studies, critical theory, anti-colonial resistance and the psychic life of power, with areas as far flung as the Caribbean, North Africa and Latin America. Their disciplinary homes range widely and include: literature, political economy, philosophy and anthropology. The series leads up to a conference in March on CNCP with international keynotes and participants. Series poster can be downloaded here.

Transforming Silence: the Creative Power of Quiet

People around the world cultivate silence as a source of ingenuity, equanimity, and creative transformation. This series offers an expansive perspective that differs from the current scholarly focus on oppressive and destructive silences. Our speakers will consider the role of silence in various cultural contexts, including Coast Salish healing practices, acoustic ecology and rainforest conservation, Buddhist meditation, eighteenth-century French pantomime, and temple rites that respond to current rapid urbanization in China. A film screening and director’s discussion of In Pursuit of Silence (2017) will highlight the contemporary world-wide dilemma of noise pollution and the history of humanity’s attraction to aural minimalism. Together these speakers explore how varieties of sociocultural silence act as fruitful catalysts for renewal and reconfiguration of aesthetic, experiential, and intellectual worlds. Series poster can be downloaded here.

Truth in Art, Imagination in Science

Can art help us navigate a “post-truth” age? Is there a resonant truth within dance, music, sculpture, architecture, colour or sound, and what role does truth play in an artist's work? How do we trust and recognize truth in a time when the very concept is being so boorishly vandalized? In Term 1 of this double series, Green College’s 16th Writer in Residence, Alison Wearing, brings together some of Vancouver’s finest artists—multidisciplinary artists, installation artists, a composer, a choreographer, an actor, a singer and a writer—to discuss, explore and demonstrate answers to these questions and others. Each of the three events that she will host will feature three different artists, with wide-ranging perspectives, manners of expression and robust senses of humour. In addition to the panels in Alison’s series, the College will host several other presentations in both Term 1 and Term 2 on the theme of Truth in Art and its natural congener in an interdisciplinary academic setting, namely: Imagination in Science. Contributions under the second heading will include talks by Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor in Residence, Andrei Barvinski, a leading Russian quantum physicist, and Hewitt Bostock Lecturer in Residence, Corey Cerovsek, who is a concert violinist and polymath. Series poster (Writer in Residence) can be downloaded here.

Early Music Vancouver at Green College Early Music Vancouver is pleased to return this season for the seventh successive year with a series of talks and chamber music concerts, featuring artists who will be appearing also in its Main Winter Series. These concerts will offer Green College residents and friends an opportunity to hear and discuss early music repertoire in an intimate and informal setting. Series poster can be downloaded here.
Green College Leading Scholars Series In the fall of 2017, Green College appointed its fourth cohort of Leading Scholars from among recently appointed faculty members at UBC. Those scholars represent the following fields: Anthropology and First Nations Languages, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computing Science, Educational Studies, English, Global Environmental Change and Food Security, Law, Neurology and Psychology. Over the past year, these scholars have shared ideas and developed connections across disciplinary and field boundaries. This series provides opportunities for the rest of the Green College community to share in their cross-disciplinary conversations. ​Series poster available soon.
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.
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. ​
Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life

This series is convened on behalf of Green College and the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti. It provides opportunities for senior academics to describe their personal experiences and journeys through their own academic careers. Presenters will distil a lifetime of scholarly work. Some will examine the new projects that have grown out of that work; others may reflect upon their changing attitudes to university life. The series is multidisciplinary and gives expression to the speakers’ mature and personal insights. The speakers hope to engage graduate students with senior faculty, to expose the academic community to UBC’s most experienced academics, and to welcome the greater UTown/Point Grey neighbourhood to the richness of academic life at UBC. ​Series poster can be downloaded here.

Endowed Professorships and Lectureships

Series Name Series Description
Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor

Cecil Green began his engineering studies at the University of British Columbia, and endowed the Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorships Program (CIGVP) out of gratitude to his alma mater. The CIGVP Program was inaugurated in 1972 with public lectures by Gerhard Herzberg, Canadian recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

The goals of the CIGVP Program are to enhance the intellectual environment of Green College and to provide opportunities for UBC students and faculty and interested members of the public to interact with outstanding scholars and intellectuals from outside the Province of British Columbia. Green Visiting Professors usually stay at Green College and give a series of presentations in different venues and for a variety of audiences over a period of a week or so. They are selected and invited by the College's Academic Committee on the basis of nominations received from the campus community.

Dal Grauer Memorial Lectureship The Dal Grauer Memorial Lectureship held its first lecture in 1966 in memory of A.E. Dal Grauer. He was President of the BC Electric Company and was serving a second term as Chancellor of the University of British Columbia when he died in 1961. The lectures reflect Dal Grauer's wide range of interests: the arts, especially music and literature; economics; science; and social and political concerns. Previous Dal Grauer Memorial Lecturers include economist John Kenneth Galbraith, architect Buckminster Fuller, biologist George Wald, novelist Margaret Atwood, pianist Richard Goode, philosopher John Ralston Saul, economist Michael Adams, and neurologist Helen Mayberg.
Richard V. Ericson Lecture

Richard V. Ericson (1948-2007), BA, MA, PhD, LittD, FRSC, was Professor of Criminology and Sociology (1974-1993, 2005-2007) and Director of the Centre of Criminology (1992-1993, 2005-2007) at the University of Toronto; Professor of Sociology and of Law, Distinguished University Professor, and founding Principal of Green College at the University of British Columbia (1993-2003); and Professor of Criminology, Director of the Centre for Criminological Research, and Professorial Fellow of All Souls College, at the University of Oxford (2004-2005). He was a Canada Council Killam Research Fellow in 1998-2000 and held visiting appointments at universities in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. His many acclaimed publications spanned police work, crime reporting, risk and regulation, insurance and governance, and the sociology of knowledge. He was especially proud of his role in the creation of Green College at UBC as a unique combination of residential academic community and public venue for non-curricular, interdisciplinary inquiry.

The Richard V. Ericson lecture series his held annually, and invites lecturers of national or international reputation to speak on topics of broad interdisciplinary interest. It was inaugurated in 2011 by Andrew Coyne, National Editor of Maclean's Magazine. The lectures are partly funded from the Richard V. Ericson Lecture Endowment. To learn more about the endowment fund, please visit the Green College "Start an Evolution" webpage.

John V. Clyne Lecture The John V. Clyne Lecture Program, now administered by Green College on behalf of the University, is made possible by an endowment created to honour John Valentine Clyne at the conclusion of his service as Chancellor of UBC in 1984. The purpose of the endowment 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 also distinguished himself, namely Government, Business, Law and the Arts.
Hewitt Bostock Lecture

The Hewitt Bostock Lecturer is appointed by the College to support collaborative programming with other UBC units or local partner organizations.