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Cecil and Ida Green, world leaders in educational philanthropy, spent their lifetimes advancing science, industry, medicine and education. 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. Since then, 179 distinguished scholars have presented lectures on a broad range of topics.
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.
Nomination Process: The nominator should be a UBC faculty member who is willing to coordinate arrangements with the Green College Office and play the main role of academic host during the visitor’s stay at UBC. There is no nomination form. To initiate the process, nominators are asked to submit, as a minimum, a letter of nomination and an up-to-date CV for the nominee. The letter of nomination should give detailed reasons for believing that the nominee would find a receptive audience from more than one department or discipline at UBC and provide a sketch of a possible program of events. Green College welcomes partnerships and co-sponsorships with UBC academic units. Additional letters of support from interested faculty and graduate students across units may be included in the nomination and will be considered by the Committee. Nominations (one copy of all materials) should be addressed to Mr John Corry, Communications Manager, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1.
Nominations should be submitted by October 1 for consideration at the Committee’s November meeting, and by March 1 for consideration at the April meeting. Please note that typical lead-time from nomination to visit is 18 months to 3 years.