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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 2013/14:

Green College Resident Members’ Series
Convenors: , Green College Resident Member
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 (formerly “PRINCIPAL’S SERIES): Interdisciplinarity in Action

Convenor: Mark Vessey, Green College Principal
Dates: Sept 24, Oct 1, 15, 29, Nov 5, 19, Dec 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.

emerging visions: Digital Media and Culture

Convenors: , Nancy Holmes, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC-O; , Bob Pritchard, School of Music; , Green College Principal
Dates: Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Jan 14, Mar 18, Apr 8

Digital media are rapidly changing the exploration and creation of arts and culture. Artistic experimentation and cultural research have adopted a dazzling array of digital tools and technologies to make art and examine cultural practices. This series presents innovative artists and scholars from across North America who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary creative and critical practice. They will share their ideas, innovations, and original perspectives. This series is sponsored by Green College UBC and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan.

oecologies: inhabiting pre-modern worlds
Convenor: Vin Nardizzi, Department of English
Dates: Oct 23, Nov 27, Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 16

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 the modern concept “ecology.” We retain this defamiliarizing spelling because our speakers have been asked to talk about how we might rethink “ecology” through the study of premodern natural history, taxonomy, hierarchy, and categorization. By exploring an array of discourses about “oecology,” our series asks what conceptual or metaphorical resources might help us – as located moderns – reorient our perceptions about the premodern past and our present and future moments. Among other matters, speakers will discuss the relations among terms such as N/nature, landscape, ecology, economy, environment, and technology, and will ask how our regionally and temporally specific conceptions draw / differ from premodern inhabitations of the world. Download the series poster .pdf here.

utopia/dystopia: Creating the Worlds we want
Convenor: , Creative Writing Program
Dates: Sept 26, Oct 17, Nov 21, Jan 23, Feb 20, Mar 20

This lecture series invites renowned nonfiction authors to explore the forces shaping our future. Whether discussing the perils of progress (Ronald Wright), challenges to democracy (Elizabeth May), how oil is remaking Canada (Andrew Nikiforuk), the de- and re-wilding of Vancouver (J.B. MacKinnon), cyber-surveillance (Ronald Diebert), or women and war in Afghanistan (Ann Jones), these authors will engage the public in a discussion of critical issues related to the construction—or destruction—of the world we want. This lecture series is organized by the Creative Writing Program at UBC in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Senior Scholars’ Series: The Passions that Drive academic Life
Convenor: Judith Hall, Department of Medical Genetics
Dates: Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 26, Feb 11, Feb 25, March 25

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.

Law and Society Series
Convenors: , Department of Sociology; Margot Young, Faculty of Law
Dates: Sept 18, Oct 24, Nov 28, Jan 23, Feb 27, March 27

Law and Society has a long and established interdisciplinary tradition at the University of British Columbia.  The speaker series at Green College has been central to building scholarly interest and engagement with law across disciplines including anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. This year's series will facilitate a multi-disciplinary dialogue that spans the social sciences and humanities. Taking law in its broadest sense, invited speakers include junior and senior scholars doing cutting-edge research in law and society on topics as wide-ranging as; the problems with indigenous reconciliation in Canada, Metis rights, and critical theory approaches to law.

Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings
Convenor: , Department of English
Dates: Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Jan 22, Feb 26, March 19

Currently in its sixth year, Play Chthonics is a poetry reading series that focuses on linguistically adventurous and innovative Canadian poetry; readings by pairs of poets take place at 5:00 at Green College on the third Wednesday of each month, followed by a dinner at the college. A committee of graduate students from the English Department curates the series, and this year’s roster will offer an exciting mix of prize-winning and emergent poets from Vancouver and from across the country.

Science and Society Series
Convenor: John Beatty, Department of Philosophy
Dates: Oct 3, Nov 7, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 13, Apr 3

Science and Society features speakers from the constituent areas of Science and Technology Studies: history, philosophy, sociology, rhetoric, cultural and critical studies of science and technology. The talks discuss issues in science and technology as human practices and are aimed at issues of wide appeal and relevance.

the dynamic nature of religion

Convenor: , Department of Asian Studies
Dates: Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3

While many work within the confines of their disciplines, the scientific study of religion has recently witnessed a surge in interdisciplinary research. By linking otherwise disparate fields of inquiry, contemporary research sheds light not only on religious belief and practice, but also on human nature, the dynamic nature of social systems, and how the two inform each other.  This year’s series focuses on these relationships by highlighting cutting edge researchers whose work crosses the boundaries set by disciplinary convention.

Population Health Series
Convenor: Richard Carpiano
, Department of Sociology
Dates: Oct 9, Nov 13, Feb 12, Mar 12

UBC is internationally recognized for its contributions to the creation of “Population Health” as an interdisciplinary field concerned with the powerful role of a host of non-medical determinants of health, development, and well-being across the life course, particularly social and economic factors. The Population Health Speakers Series aims to bring together faculty, students, practitioners and policymakers interested in these issues. The series will have a particular focus on the social sciences and their intersections with other disciplines within population health. Each monthly meeting will feature an invited scholar who is conducting cutting-edge research integrating innovative theoretical perspectives and/or developing novel methods for use in advancing population health science and improving practice and policy. The speaker's presentation and subsequent "brainstorming" dialogue with the audience will be aimed to appeal to a broad range of interests and have great potential for informing the ideas, research, and practices of faculty, students, and local agency representatives.

EurasiaN States and Societies: Past and PResent
, Department of Anthropology
Dates: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 6, Jan 16, Jan 30, Feb 24, Mar 20

This series features presentations by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and sociologists working in Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Mongolia.  We will explore themes of how the past influences the present and future of the post-Communist Eurasian region, the role of memory in shaping contemporary identities, and the evolving nature of states in the region.

early music Series
Convenors: Matthew White, , Alicia Hansen, Early Music Vancouver
Dates: Sept 19, Nov 25, Jan 21 (Part of the Green College Society Series), Feb 5, Feb 13

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

ISGP lecture series
Convenor: , Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
Dates: Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dates TBA

This lecture series explores the implications and applications of interdisciplinary research in a wide range of domains, from the arts to the sciences, the humanities and beyond.