Since 1916, the Vancouver Institute has brought the University of British Columbia and Vancouver community together through free public lectures and discussions. Driven by volunteer membership and donations, the Institute hosts influential academics and political leaders from around the world. The Global Reporting centre is proud to partner with The Vancouver Institute. In collaboration, both organizations support interdisciplinary ideas and a strong, community-driven culture at UBC.
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Since Fall 2022 our lectures have been in person at the P. A. Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver. We do acknowledge the convenience of watching lectures online from our homes. Some of you have written suggesting that we raise the price of our memberships and implement live streaming to address this issue, but aside from the impact upon attendance, such a move would involve new technology and expertise we do not have access to right now. As in previous years, we will post the recordings as soon as they are edited, and you will be able to find them here: https://archives.library.ubc.ca/lists/vancouver-institute-lectures/.
As we have done throughout the pandemic since March 2020, the Vancouver Institute will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19, and will adjust its approach to be in line with UBC policies. We kindly ask you to:
- wear a mask during the lectures,
- maintain your physical distance at the hall.
As long as people take these precautions, we feel reasonably confident that there is no great risk to our audience. Should the situation change, of course, we will act upon whatever directions we are given by the Provincial Health Officer and the University.
We invite you to use our online platforms to support The Vancouver Institute:
- To become or renew your membership visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/51210.Types of membership: Single: $25, Family: $35, and Student: $10. Use the “One-time donation” boxes (“$10,” “$25,” or “$35”) to become a member.If you also would like to add a donation when you get your membership, please use the box “$ Other Amount,” and then select the appropriate fund below.For example, if you would like to renew your family membership ($35) and donate $65, write $100 in the box “$ Other Amount,” and select in the “Fund” box “$35 Annual Family Membership.”
- If you would like to provide only a donation, and be recognized in the brochure, you can find the donation form here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/51189.Categories:
- “Contributor” $100 or more.
- “Donor”: $250 or more.
- “Benefactor”: $500 or more.
- “Institute Circle”: $1000
- Capital donations to the Vancouver Institute Endowment Fund may be made through the Vancouver Foundation: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/give/donate/agency/vancouver-institute.
Your membership and donation are tax deductible.
If you want to pay by cheque, you can download this membership form and mail it to:
The Vancouver Institute
c/o Global Reporting Centre
6388 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
However, please note that this option will result in slower processing times for your membership and tax receipts.
About the Vancouver Institute
The Vancouver Institution was established in February 1916, just five months after the opening of UBC. At this time, the Institute was known for its “town and gown” concept—local citizens could join with academics at UBC to organize, promote, sponsor, host, and present various lectures.
Behind this bridging model were three influential individuals: Lemuel Robertson, Associate Professor of Classics at UBC and Chairman of the Archaeological Institute; Frank Wesbrook, the University’s first president; and S.D. Scott, editor of the Vancouver News-Advertiser.
The Institute holds its lectures at UBC during the fall and spring academic terms, increasing community engagement with each year. Recently, the Institute has been fortunate enough to cosponsor speakers with several lectureship committees, such as Cecil and Ida Green, Leon and Thea Koerner, Dal Grauer, J.V. Clyne, E.S. Woodward, The Vancouver Sun, and External Affairs Canada.
The most celebrated speaker at the Institute was the Dalai Lama, who attracted around 10,000 people. Other notable past presenters include French academician Claude Levi-Strauss, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, and several Nobel Laureates.
Do I need a VI membership if I want to attend the lectures?
You do not need to be a member of the Vancouver Institute; however, as an all-volunteer organization, we greatly appreciate your financial support. The cost of your membership and any donations are tax-deductible. Please direct all questions on how to apply for membership to email@example.com.
Where are the lectures held?
Lectures are held at the P.A. Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, located at UBC’s Point Grey Campus, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z3. View on Google Maps. Please use one of the after-hours entrances marked on the map below.
The Vancouver Institute is a volunteer-led organization that has been running since 1916 on with the help of voluntary yearly subscriptions and welcome donations from public-minded citizens. You are invited to contribute to the sustainability of The Institute and support its lecture series by becoming a sponsor of the institute on an annual basis. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about how to become a sponsor please download our sponsorship guide here or become a sponsor online here.
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Dr. Cécile Fabre is a political philosopher whose research interests include theories of distributive and reparative justice, the philosophy of democracy, and the moral and political philosophy of cultural heritage. Her works have been published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs, and the Journal of Political Philosophy.
THE DEFENSE OF CULTURAL SPACE
As head of PEN Canada for over a decade, Mr. Brendan de Caires defends freedom of expression, and helps exiled writers to establish in Canada. In this capacity Mr. de Caires has edited and co-authored country studies of Mexico, Honduras, India and Guatemala. He is the author of The Winter of a Hundred Books (2010), and A Country Worth Living In (2010)
HOW UBC ENABLED THE COVID-19 MRNA VACCINES
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HOW WILL CANADA PROSPER IN THE NEXT AGE OF UNCERTAINTY?
Dr. Stephen Poloz is a distinguished economist with four decades of experience in financial markets, forecasting, and economic policy. He is the author of The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future (2022). Dr. Poloz was the ninth Governor of the Bank of Canada until June 2020. Prior to that appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Export Development Canada.
THE CRITICAL UNIVERSITY: PLACE AS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Dr. Clare Haru Crowston’s research interests lie in the early modern history of women and gender, and of working people in early modern France. She has authored the books Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France (2013) and Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (2001); the latter was awarded the Berkshire Prize for the best first book in history by a woman in North America and the Hagley Prize in business history.
WHO OWNS OUTER SPACE? SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE FINAL FRONTIER
Dr. Michael Byers’s work focuses on Outer Space, Arctic sovereignty, climate change, the law of the sea, the laws of war, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. Dr. Aaron Boley seeks to put the solar system in context with the many other planetary systems we know exist. His research seeks to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the galaxy.
MOVING AND GROOVING: MUSICAL RHYTHM’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN
Dr. Jessica Grahn was the first researcher to establish the neural link between hearing musical rhythm and spontaneous activation of the brain’s motor control system by asking the question why do humans move to rhythm? Currently, Dr. Grahn hopes to advance her work in cross-species comparisons to guide training interventions for Parkinson’s patients.
WHAT’S THE HARM? CONSIDERING THE COMMUNITY IMPACTS OF HATE CRIME
Dr. Barbara Perry has written extensively about inequality, justice and the motivations behind hate crimes. Her publications include Silent Victims: Hate Crime Against Native Americans (2008), Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-policing in Indian Country (2009), Hate Crimes (2009), Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada (2011) and Right-wing Extremism in Canada (co-authored 2019).
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Mr. Don Gillmor’s prolific production includes the two-volume Canada: A People’s History (2002) that appeared as a companion to the CBC series of that name, and his first novel, the critically acclaimed Kanata (2009). He has won eleven National Magazine awards as well as two Governor General’s awards.
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Dr. Paul Evans’ research and public diplomacy focus on relations between Canada and China, and on security issues and processes in the Asia Pacific region, and the emergence of techno-nationalism as a defining force in regional affairs.