The Vancouver Institute

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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The Arts in the Time of COVID

Marsha Lederman covers the film and television industry, visual arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, and cultural policy as Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail in Vancouver. Prior to this appointment, she worked for CBC Radio as National Arts Reporter, morning news editor, and founding senior producer on Q.

How to Achieve Climate Success

Dr. Mark Jaccard researches the design and application of energy-economy models for assessing climate policies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

How Pop Culture Ghosted Asian Women

Jen Sookfong Lee is a novelist, poet, and food writer. She co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit, and previously, was a columnist for CBC Radio One’s On the Coast, All Points West, and The Next Chapter, and a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club.

When the Medium is the Memory: The Genesis of Books

Lynden MacIntyre was the host of The Fifth Estate for twenty-four years. He has written and reported for numerous award-winning projects and received awards for writing and journalistic excellence, including ten Gemini Awards, an International Emmy, three Gordon Sinclair Awards for best broadcast journalist, and the Michener award for meritorious public service in journalism.

An Evening with Desmond Cole

Desmond Cole's activism has received national attention, specifically on the issues of police carding, racial discrimination, and dismantling systemic racism. Mr. Cole’s writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, The Walrus, NOW Magazine, Ethnic Aisle, Torontoist, BuzzFeed, and the Ottawa Citizen.

The Art of Biography: Finding Timothy Findley

Dr. Sherrill Grace is a prolific scholar specializing in the study of Canadian literature and culture. She is the author of Canada and the Idea of North (2001, 2007), Making Theatre: The Life of Sharon Pollock (2008), On the Art of Being Canadian (2009), the co-edited volume Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities (2012), Landscapes of Memory: Representations of the Two World Wars in Canadian Literature and the Arts (2014), and Tiff: A Life of Timothy Findley (2020).

Restoring Democracy in an Age of Populists and Pestilence

Jonathan Manthorpe has been a foreign correspondent and international affairs columnist for then Southam News, the Toronto Star, and the Vancouver Sun. He is a founding columnist with Facts and Opinions, and contributor to iPolitics.

Infinity Fish: Economics and the Future of Fish and Fisheries

Dr. Rashid Sumaila’s research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills.

Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe: Leading in the Time of COVID

Dr. Bonnie Henry is the first woman to be appointed Provincial Health Officer in BC. She has been praised as “one of the most effective public health officials in the world" by The New York Times due to her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in this province.