Past Lecture Series

2019-20 Interdisciplinary and Cross-Sectoral Lecture and Discussion Series

Series Name Series Description
Challenging Differences: Green College Leading Scholars Series

Convened and presented by: 2018-20 Green College Leading Scholars with invited visiting speakers

In the fall of 2018, Green College appointed its fifth cohort of Leading Scholars from among recently appointed faculty members at UBC. Those scholars represent the following fields: Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Botany; Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Educational Technolog; Engineering; French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; iSchool; Law; Linguistics; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Public Policy and Global Affairs; Social Justice; Sociology and Zoology. Over the academic year 2018-19, these scholars shared ideas and developed connections across disciplinary and field boundaries. Their series this year provides opportunities for the wider UBC and local community to join the conversation. Series poster can be downloaded here.

Environment, Power and Justice in Southern Africa

Convenor: Graeme Wynn, Geography, UBC

Students of southern Africa already understand that environmental divisions along class, race and gender lines originate in the economy, the state, and social norms. Building on and extending established narratives of historical environmental injustice in southern Africa, the lectures in this series discuss local experiences of unhealthy environments and inadequate resources to explore environmental disparities on a wide range of topics. They also seek to uncover alternative visions of justice. Term 1 series poster can be downloaded here. Term 2 series poster can be downloaded here.

Indigenous / Science Partnerships: Exploring Histories and Environments

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.

As university-based researchers, we must find ways to move beyond the acknowledgment of historical and ongoing injustice in the treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We aspire to equitable, respectful and transparent partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and, in the context of such partnerships, offer our research capacities in support of Indigenous-defined and led initiatives. These commitments were the catalyst for forming the Indigenous / Science Research Excellence Cluster at UBC—a collective of archaeologists, natural and materials scientists, and philosophers and social scientists who study science practice. With this seminar series our aim is to showcase emerging projects and deepen our exploration of foundational questions about how, through community-engaged work, we can best take up the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Term 1 series poster can be downloaded here. Term 2 series poster can be downloaded here.

Writer in Residence at Green College: La Mise en Livre (The Book as Living Form)

In this series, Green College Writer in Residence Daniel Canty and his guests reflect upon the living promise of books. Three manuscripts in the making—Blue Meridian, a collection of imaginary cities; Seven Proses on Poetry, an essay-style serial tuning-in to a personal poetic frequency; and Civilian Birds, a fictional, pictorial journey through a parallel universe—provide the anchor for a wider discussion of the art of the book and of the written lives that it harbours. The title for the series, La mise en livre, is a take on the theatrical mise en scène. It also signals literature’s extraordinary wager: to close the gap between presence and absence, the living and the dead, human agency and the shades and wonders of the material world... Series posters can be downloaded here and here.

Building Canadian Literary Culture: A Publisher’s History

Presented by: Scott McIntyre, CM, OBC, co-founder, publisher and CEO, Douglas & McIntyre, 1972-2013. 2019-20 John V. Clyne Lectures at UBC. 

Beginning in the early 1970s as a small, regionally focused publisher, the Vancouver-based firm of Douglas & McIntyre grew in the course of the next four decades into a significant national and international operation, producing some 2000 Canadian books. Its authors included Doris Shadbolt, Wayson Choy, Farley Mowat, David Suzuki, Emily Carr, Douglas Coupland, Bill Reid, Richard Wagamese, Wade Davis and Robert Bringhurst. The emphasis of their list was always on the history, politics and culture of British Columbia, and Indigenous cultures were a priority from the start. The company took the culture of BC and its region to the world. In the three lectures that he will give at Green College between October 2019 and January 2020, Scott McIntyre gives a personal account of how Canadian publishers and writers, with the readerships that they formed and informed, helped reshape the Canadian public sphere after 1967 and put in place mechanisms to protect the freedoms of cultural creators as Canada and the world moved into an age of digital media. ​Series poster can be downloaded here.

Mehfil: Music, Text and Performance of South Asia

Convenors: Anne Murphy, Asian Studies, UBC, co-Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) and M. V. Ramana, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC. In partnership with CISAR.

In Urdu and Hindi, Mehfil is a term used for an intimate gathering that features an art performance, such as music, poetry or dance. This series brings performers and scholars to campus to allow faculty, students, and staff to explore a few South Asian musical and performance traditions, and the texts they draw on. We engage with scholars and local performers, and bring in two sets of performers from South Asia, to explore the popular and the classical, the religious and the secular. Join us as we bring the arts of South Asia to life at Green College! Term 1 series poster can be downloaded here. Term 2 series poster can be downloaded here.

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

This series will address a number of key issues concerning the sustainable development of space. Humanity’s use of space is changing rapidly due to the lowering costs of space launches and the increasing number of state and non-state actors with launch capabilities, including large companies. However, along with these growing uses of space comes the risk of unintended consequences. Human space activity has already resulted in the accumulation of debris in orbit, which threatens satellites. Most of this debris is due to a combination of expendable rocketry and unintentional breakups of spacecraft. Yet, an unsettling amount of debris has also been caused by the intentional destruction of satellites in a display of military capabilities. Plans for large constellations of satellites promise global internet, but that will place thousands more satellites into the sky, creating light pollution for astronomers and exacerbating the production of debris. Mining asteroids also carries risks, such as unintentionally redirecting asteroids onto Earth-impact trajectories or causing new meteoroid streams that could threaten Earth’s satellites or lunar surface operations. What can be done to address the debris problem? What are the security challenges in space? Who will regulate space mining and resolve conflicts? Is space mining even legal under international law? Term 1 series poster can be downloaded here.

Early Music Vancouver at Green College: Cultures of Performance

Convenor: Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director, Early Music Vancouver (EMV)

In an exciting new departure for its programming at Green College, Early Music Vancouver presents a series of talks and recitals that exemplify modalities of musical performance in cultures distinct from that of the western classical repertoire. The first event of the series is a lecture-performance of Persian hand drumming by Hamin Honari on September 25. Term 1 series poster can be downloaded here.

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

Convenor: R. Kenneth Carty, Political Science, 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. ​Series poster can be downloaded here.

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.

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.