Lecture Series List

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Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Series Name Series Description

Worlds of Wonder: People Making Places Sacred

Human beings around the world acknowledge and create spaces of wonder. Their aspirations and motivations are diverse. Some set those places apart as distinctive sacred space, while others do not recognize a division between the religious and secular at all, envisioning instead the entire cosmos as infused by a network of breathtaking power. With ever-moving, dynamic processes of creation, human imagination shapes and is formed by practices that generate sanctified worlds through interaction with a range of geographies – biological, architectural, terrestrial, and cosmic. Come on an inter-disciplinary journey led by specialists in First Nations studies, archaeology, music, ecology, architecture, literature and anthropology to explore astonishingly varied terrains of the human imagination. Series poster can be downloaded here.

Hope in the Anthropocene: Sustainability Solutions and Inspirations

With humanity's creation of a new geological era marked by dominant human influences on planetary processes, the Anthropocene seems to offer little hope. And yet, the same ingenuity that enables human domination over the Earth also allows a certain genius in addressing the many rising environmental and sustainability challenges. Hope in the Anthropocene will showcase such inspirations and solutions in tackling climate change, harnessing energy, feeding humanity, governing states, and meeting our collective water and sanitation needs all while respecting Indigenous peoples and protecting nature and its benefits for people. A collaboration between Green College and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Hope in the Anthropocene will feature accomplished speakers from around the world. Hope in the Anthropocene is co-sponsored and co-hosted by the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES).

Living with the Dead; Cultural Heritage, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities How important to the present are people and things from the past? This lecture series invites speakers from a range of disciplines—including archaeology, cultural activism, anthropology and sociology—to discuss the role of the past in the present. Speakers will pay special attention to the ways by which Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples consider and activate their cultural pasts in their contemporary lives. The Living with the Dead series will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC, which opens in May 2018 and will display contemporary art from across Latin America to illustrate how the past may be imagined, represented and politicized. Living with the Dead is co-sponsored and co-hosted by the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA). ​Series poster can be downloaded here.
Early Music Vancouver at Green College See below under "Community Partner Lectures"
Green College Leading Scholars Series Consistent with the mission of Green College to promote cross-disciplinary discourse, in the Fall of 2014 we named 12 recently appointed UBC faculty members into the first GC Leading Scholars cohort. The following disciplines and fields are represented: 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 can be downloaded here.
Green College Special Lecture These are lectures that are specially cultivated and often are one-time experiences.
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.

Transforming Sounds / Altered Selves: How Music Changes in Time, Changes Us, and Changes Our Worlds

All cultures have stories of miraculous transformations—of individuals, groups, even landscapes—wrought by instrumental music and song. In recent decades, our understanding of the transformative effects of music has itself been doubly transformed by new kinds of historical and cognitive research. This series of public lectures and discussions explores the modalities of mind/body-altering and world-changing musical experience in the persons of players and listeners across time, and also in the wider history of societies and cultures, using performances of “classical” (and other) music in all periods and settings, and their audiences, to generate data. Transforming Sounds / Altered Selves is co-sponsored and co-hosted by Early Music Vancouver and the UBC School of Music. ​Series poster can be downloaded here.


Endowed 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.


Community Partner Lectures

Series Name Series Description
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.
The Vancouver Institute Lectures

The Vancouver Institute, an all-volunteer organization, has been in operation since 1916 to bring university and community together. Addresses and discussions have always been without entry charge so that financial considerations would not limit attendance. Speakers contribute their knowledge without fee and the costs of bringing out-of-town authorities to Vancouver are met by voluntary subscriptions and welcome donations from public-minded citizens.