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During each academic year, Green College hosts a number of lecture series that are open without charge to College members, the UBC community, and the general public. These series are presented by the College in collaboration with faculty members from UBC departments and programs who act as convenors and coordinate themes and speakers.

Interdisciplinary events typically take place at the College either before dinner or after dinner. These timings "outside typical classroom and business hours” are in keeping with the extracurricular nature of the College’s academic programming and are intended to make it easy for those who attend the talks to join the speakers and College residents for dinner.

See the current listing below of interdisciplinary series at Green College for series names, dates, convenors, and descriptions, and consult our Calendar of Events for further details of talks.

Visit our Past Series page to view a historical archive of interdisciplinary series from past years.


Green College Interdisciplinary Series List 2014/15:

Green College Resident Members’ Series
Convenors: and Douglas Guilbeault, Green College Resident Members
Dates: Mondays at 8 pm in the Coach House

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.

green college society Series: Interdisciplinarity in Action

Convenor: , Green College Principal
Dates: Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 25, Jan 27, Feb 3

This series is hosted twice a month (on average) by the Principal, Resident and Faculty Members of the College, to showcase scholarly research, artworks, performances and other public interventions that challenge, break down or require us to rethink our customary academic-disciplinary and professional divisions of labour. Open to all-comers, like every Green College interdisciplinary series, talks in the Green College Society Series are also designed to offer ideal opportunities for former resident members of the College to return for the evening. There is usually a chance to carry on discussion with the speaker after dinner, in the Piano Lounge of Graham House. In Term 2 of this year, and continuing in the Fall of 2014, the series will stage several special, double Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorships in celebration of the College’s 20th anniversary.

Arctic-Wise: Bringing Northern Knowledges of Change

Convenor: Mark Vessey, Green College Principal
Dates: Sept 25, Oct 7, Mar 10

ideas of the university in the 21st century

Convenors:, Department of Educational Studies; Mark Vessey, Green College Principal
Dates: Sept 30, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 13, Mar 3

oecologies: the histories of sustainability

Convenor: , Department of English
Dates: Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26, Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 13

This series gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of  “ecology.” The spelling is retained so that we can rethink “ecology” through the study of premodern natural history, taxonomy, hierarchy, and categorization, and ask what conceptual or metaphorical resources might help us—as located moderns—reorient our perceptions about the premodern past and our present and future moments. The invited speakers will discuss the relations among terms such as nature, landscape, ecology, economy, environment, technology, and sustainability, and will ask how our regionally and temporally specific conceptions draw / differ from premodern inhabitations of the world.

Senior Scholars’ Series: The Passions that Drive academic Life

Convenor: Judith Hall, Department of Medical Genetics
Dates: Sept 16, Oct 21, Dec 9, Jan 20, Feb 10, Mar 17

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 Green College residents and other 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.

Science and Society Series

Convenor: , Department of English
Dates: Oct 2, Nov 6, Jan 9, Feb 5, Mar 9,

A longstanding tradition at Green College, the Science and Society Series features speakers from the area of Science and Technology Studies. Aimed at issues of wide appeal and relevance, the talks concern science as a set of human, social, and technical practices. Historical, philosophical, sociological, rhetorical, cultural, and critical studies of science and technology are all represented.

Conversion and Religious Transformation: Ancient and Modern Experiences and Paradigms

Convenors: Adam Barnett, Department of Asian Studies; , Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture; Edward Slingerland, Department of Asian Studies
Dates: Sept 22, Nov 18, Nov 4, Jan 5, Feb 11, Mar 2

This lecture series, which extends the programming at Green College by UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture, will focus on religious experience at points of change, especially but not exclusively in the ancient Mediterranean world and in the post-medieval (Christian) West. Speakers will examine representations of moments of individual and collective conversion to a new religious tradition as well as points of transformation and evolution within traditions. Focusing on diverse cultures and communities throughout history, they will also engage a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. The series is co-sponsored by SSHRC Partnership Grants in “The Evolution of Religion and Morality” and “Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies.”

EurasiaN States and Societies: Past and PResent

, Department of Anthropology; Lisa Sundstrom, Department of Political Science
Dates: Sept 25, Oct 16, Nov 27, Jan 16, Jan 12, Feb 26, Mar 19

This series developed from an earlier informal interdisciplinary discussion group of local faculty members and graduate students from the humanities and social sciences. This year’s series features talks by political scientists, anthropologists, historians, journalists, and literary scholars. The talks will especially focus on themes of how the past influences the present, the construction of identity, and the impacts of war and revolutions in the post-Communist Eurasian region. Two of the sessions feature discussion of works in progress by the presenters with accompanying papers that attendees may read in advance (though this is not essential), while the others are self-standing presentations.

early music Series

Convenors: , Sarah Ballantyne, , Early Music Vancouver
Dates: Jan 22, Feb 24, Apr 15

Early Music Vancouver is pleased to return this season for the sixth 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.      

the next urban planet

Convenors: Tom Hutton, Centre for Human Settlements; , Department of Geography
Dates: TBD

Over half the world’s population now lives in cities and ebullient urbanists envision a future of growth, opportunity and prosperity based on the development potential of cities. However, urbanization carries with it trenchant ecological and social challenges, not least of which are the dire implications of an ever-expanding impress of the urban “ecological footprint” upon earth’s degraded environment, and the troubling growth of social inequality, disparities and marginality among the world’s urban dwellers. These issues are prevalent even among the most reputedly successful cities in advanced societies, such as London, Amsterdam, Singapore and (within the “Cascadia” bioregion) Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. The opening presentation in this new, three-year interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral consultation based at Green College will offer instructive examples and case studies related to Vancouver, ranked among the world’s most “livable” cities. But livable for whom, and for how much longer? On closer inspection, the optimistic narrative of “Vancouverism” turns out to be deeply fissured. Please join us for this and other talks in the series!