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Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar has revolutionized the development of innovative mechanisms for groundwater remediation. In 2013 Canadian Geographic magazine listed her among the Ten Canadians “Changing the World” for her discovery of the “billion-year-old water” and its implications for life on other planets.


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.


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)


Dr. Pieter Cullis is globally known for his contributions to the field of lipid nanoparticles. His research has contributed to the development of nanomedicines employing lipid nanoparticle delivery technology leading to five clinically approved drugs for cancer therapies, gene therapies, and vaccines, including BNT162b2, the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine marketed by Pfizer/BioNTech.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


Mr. John Doyle has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs to talk about popular culture, television, soccer, and Ireland. His essays have appeared in the Review section of the G&M since 1997, as well as the journal TV Quarterly. His writing has also appeared in Report on Business magazine, Elle Canada, Flare, En Route, Books in Canada, The Irish Times, and the Toronto Star.


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.


An expert on the native plant life of British Columbia, Shona Ellis has restructured UBC’s Biology program, the largest undergraduate science program offered at UBC, by shifting instructional strategies to improve teaching and student advising, as well as integrating sustainability into the curriculum so students become informed global citizens.


Professor Dolph Schluter is the world’s foremost authority on the role that ecology plays in the origin and divergence of new species. His work has fundamentally changed our understanding of evolution, revealing the ecological mechanisms driving speciation and probing the factors generating and maintaining biodiversity. His work has appeared in Evolution, Nature, Science, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution.


Dr. Judy Illes’ research, teaching and outreach initiatives are devoted to ethical, legal, social and policy challenges at the intersection of the brain sciences and biomedical ethics. She writes frequently for the Vancouver Sun and The Conversation Canada, and hosts community outreach activities covering challenging ethical problems related to biomedicine and the brain.


Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture | Ms. Souvankham Thammavongsa’s fiction pieces have appeared in outlets such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Walrus, and The New York Times Book Review. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.Photo by Sarah Bodri


Join us for a free special lecture from the Outer Space Institute at UBC. The speaker will be Johann-Dietrich Wörner, President of Germany’s Academy of Science and Engineering, and former Director-General of the European Space Agency. The lecture will be held at the Roy Barnett Recital Hall in the School of Music at UBC.


Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk is a prolific scholar with expertise in the social and political history of Russia, Ukraine, and the Soviet Union. Media outlets such as The Washington Post, Politico, and The New York Times have published his political analysis.


Four-time Olympian and Olympic rowing silver medalist, Ms. Tricia Smith, O.C., O.B.C., has been the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) since 2015 and was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2016. A practicing lawyer and UBC alumna, Ms. Smith is also a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.


Dr. Andrew Weaver, O.B.C., has served on numerous national and international committees, including being a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Weaver is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Dr. Amanda Vincent was the first person to study seahorses underwater, to document the extensive trade in these fishes, and to initiate a seahorse conservation project. She is very active in marine management and policy issues.


Ivan Coyote performing spoken word has contributed to depicting the complexities of gender, sexuality, and identity in the representation of queerness in Canadian literature, collaborating with musicians to combine storytelling and music. They have written eleven books that have been awarded or shortlisted for literary awards.


Professor Benjamin Perrin’s research covers issues related to victims of crime, and the opioid crisis. He is an advocate for compassionate, evidence-based approaches to pressing criminal justice and societal issues.


Dr. Joy Johnson has led several initiatives to mobilize research and influence policy. Prior to her appointment as president, she was SFU’s vice-president, research and international. She was also the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; in this capacity she is credited for ensuring gender is considered in health research.


Dr. Gregory Mackie specializes in Victorian and Modernist literature, drama, and book history. His monograph Beautiful Untrue Things: Forging Oscar Wilde’s Extraordinary Afterlife (2019) examines a lost archive of Wilde forgeries that flooded the rare book market in the 1920s.

Bearing witness to war crimes

A conversation with photojournalist Ali Arkady about the ethics, risks and costs of bearing witness to war crimes. Moderated by Andrea Crossan. Free and online via Zoom.

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

Dr. Penny Ballem is a clinical professor Emeritus of medicine at the University of British Columbia and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has been the recipient of several awards for her dedicated work in medicine and public service.

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.

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.

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).

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.

How Pop Culture Ghosted Asian Women

Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture | 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.

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.

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.

Baby Bugs to Aging Bugs: Exploring the Microbes Pivotal to a Healthy Long Life

Brett Finlay’s research is at the forefront of the field of cellular microbiology, making several fundamental discoveries in this area that have made him recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Jessica M. Finlay specializes in environmental gerontology and clinical geography. She has authored publications in leading health, geography, and gerontology journals.

An Evening with the UBC Opera Ensemble, Directed by Nancy Hermiston

Professor Hermiston is a distinguished opera singer, stage director and educator. She debuted in New York at Carnegie Hall, and her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appointments as voice teacher and as stage director at the Meistersinger Konservatorium, Nürnberg, and the University of Toronto Opera and Performance Divisions.

Indigenous Perspectives of History: Story as a Repository

Dr. Deanna Reder’s research focuses on Indigenous literature and literary history. A Cree-Métis scholar, she is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA), co-chair of the Indigenous Voices Awards, and the Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She also helped found, in 2020, the Indigenous Editors Association. In 2018, Dr. Reder was inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artist, and Scientists in the Royal Society of Canada.

Uncovering Global “Forever Chemical” Contamination: Legal, Regulatory, and Scientific Challenges

Robert Bilott gained international prominence by raising awareness and exposing the global environmental contamination produced by highly toxic fluorinated chemicals (“forever chemicals”) associated with the production of Teflon. His book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont (2019) is a personal account of the litigation process leading to DuPont ceasing production and use of “forever chemicals” in 2013, and was also the inspiration for the feature film, Dark Waters (2019) and the documentary, The Devil We Know (2018).

Difficult Times, Hard Choices: Canada and China

Dr. Paul Evans’ research and public diplomacy focuses on relations between Canada and China, and security issues and processes in the Asia Pacific region. Recently his writings and media commentaries have also focused on the emergence of techno-nationalism as a defining force in regional affairs. Dr. Evans was a co-founder of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific, the Canadian Consortium on Human Security, and the Canada-Korea Forum, and was appointed by the Government of Canada to the ASEAN Regional Forum’s Experts and Eminent Persons (2012).

Mr. Jonathan Manthorpe was programmed to speak this Saturday, but illness has forced him to withdraw. We hope to reschedule his appearance in the near future.

Stem Cells, Gene Editing, and Regenerative Medicine: Where Are We Heading?

Dr. Janet Rossant’s contributions have shaped the way we understand the human genome, congenital abnormalities, and the use of cancer drugs. Her innovation in manipulating the mouse genome led to the mouse becoming the dominant model in understanding the function of the human genome sequence.

Brain Health and the Arts

Dr. Lara Boyd is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist. At the Brain Behaviour Lab at UBC, she performs research designed to advance theoretical conceptualizations of how brain function relates to behaviour during learning. She is an expert in mapping how behaviours, environments and experiences affect brain health and learning, using techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation.

Deep Reading, Critical Thinking, and Empathy in the Age of COVID: A Digital Dilemma

Dr. Maryanne Wolf has dedicated her professional career to children with learning challenges. Her research focuses on dyslexia, literacy in digital culture, and the reading brain circuit. She designed the RAVE-O reading intervention for children with dyslexia. Dr. Wolf is the author of Proust and the Squid (2007), translated into 13 languages, Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (2018).

Is Canada Paying the Price for not Having a Robust Privacy Framework?

Dr. Michael Geist is an award winning legal scholar specializing in internet and copyright issues. He has edited several books including “Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era” (2015), “The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law” (2013), “From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda” (2010) and “In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law” (2005).

Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists In The Modern Moment

Ms. Sarah Milroy is a distinguished independent art critic, curator and essayist, as well as a vocal champion of Canadian art and artists. She is co-founder of the Canadian Art Foundation, and served as editor and publisher of Canadian Art magazine.

Fragile Chains: Coronavirus and Medical Supplies

The coronavirus has exposed deadly weaknesses in global medical supply chains. Join the reporters and researchers behind the high-profile PBS Frontline documentary and Associated Press series that has been exploring the collapse of the fragile medical supply chains amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The InSight Mission to Mars

Dr. Catherine Johnson’s expertise is in comparative planetary geophysics. She seeks to understand the internal structure and the long-term evolution of our solar system bodies.

From Discovery to Application: ACE2 as a Rational Therapy for COVID-19

Dr. Josef Penninger’s findings on angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and its role in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) infections have contributed to the rapid identification of a potential drug molecule that entered Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19 infection in April 2020.

Living with COVID-19: The Long Game

Dr. Réka Gustafson is involved in surveillance, prevention, and control of communicable diseases, such as HIV and Tuberculosis, and outbreak response. She is responsible for the delegated functions of the BC Centre for Disease Control under the Public Health Act.

Commanding Hope: The Power We Have to Renew a World in Peril

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon was founding director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. His interdisciplinary research focuses on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity.

Plagues…Then and Now

Dr. Daniel Kalla has published a number of novels in the thriller and historical fiction genres drawing from his experience as an emergency-room physician at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Successful Aging: The Neuroscience of the New Longevity

Daniel J. Levitin’s research on the cognitive neuroscience of music perception, cognition and performance has been published in leading journals and media outlets. He is also an award-winning author of a number of international bestsellers.

Gertrude Bell in Focus: Exploring and Photographing the Middle East, Past and Present

Dr. Lisa Cooper’s research interests include the history of archaeological exploration and archaeological practice in “Greater Mesopotamia” (ancient Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey), particularly in the early 20th century. She is currently part of the Central Zagros Archaeology Project in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Society of Crows

Dr. Robert Butler’s research interests include the social behaviour of crows, ecology of herons, and migration of birds. He has delivered public lectures at scientific conferences in Canada and around the world.

The Art of the Impossible: A Life in Canadian Publishing

For over 40 years Dr. Scott McIntyre has been an active promoter of the Canadian cultural industry. He was a founding partner of Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, which during his tenure published some 2000 books.

Cello and Piano Recital

A special cello and piano performance by Dr. Santa J. Ono, the President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, and his brother Dr. Momoro Ono, an Adjunct Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Creighton University. Special location only for this lecture: UBC’s Old Auditorium.

Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation: The Reality of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous People

Tanya Talaga is an investigative reporter for the Toronto Star, and has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City won the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction, and the First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult Award.

Prohibition, Politics and Neglect: The Making of a Drug Overdose Crisis in Canada

Dr. Mark Tyndall is a Professor of Medicine at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Dr. Tyndall has fostered a number of community-based collaborations that have led to change to health policies, and has advocated for enhanced harm-reduction interventions and the de-criminalization of drug use.

Human Rights and the Rule of Law

The Honourable Louise Arbour, O.C., G.O.Q., L.L.D., Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, has published extensively on criminal law and given innumerable addresses on both national and international forums.

A Cure for Environmental Doom And Gloom

Dr. Kelsey conducts research into emotional responses to the culture of “doom and gloom” that permeates environmental issues. Her work has appeared in New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, Conservation Magazine, and numerous online sites.

An Evening with Carol Off

Ms. Off is a renowned reporter covering Canadian and international current affairs. She wrote the best-selling book The Lion, The Fox, and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda (2000), The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: the Story of Canada’s Secret War (2005) and Bitter Chocolate (2006).

Civility and Partisanship: How We Can Train Future Politicians

Dr. Cameron co-founded the Institute for Future Legislators at UBC, the world’s first school for politicians. His most recent book, Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom (2018), explores how to cultivate the character and judgment necessary to become a wise practitioner.

The Secret Lives of Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Dr. Tolstoy is a prolific researcher. Her findings have been published in distinguished peer-reviewed scientific publications, such as Science and Nature magazines.

An Evening of Chopin

Prof. Silverman’s career spans more than five decades. A former director of UBC’s School of music, he has played with the Chicago, Sydney and BBC (London) Symphonies, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as every major orchestra in Canada.

The Vaccine Race: An Astonishing History and a Challenging Present

Before joining Science Magazine in 2016, Dr. Wadman was a freelance reporter covering biomedical research — including gene therapy, Alzheimer disease and autism — for Nature, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Putting Police On Trial

What happens when police are charged with breaking the law?

Climate Change and Problem Solving Amongst Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers: A case study from Lake Baikal

Speaker: Professor Andrzej Weber, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta Dr. Weber is the director of the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project, an international multidisciplinary team of scholars focusing on the bio-archaeology of individual life histories to understand hunter-gatherer cultural, biological and ecological interactions, as well as evolutionary trajectories in Northeast Asia. His research interests include archaeology of […]

Are Bees Really Dying? Are We the Cause or the Solution?

Dr. Foster is a Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Proteomics, and recipient of the 2017 Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence. His research identifies disease resistance genes in bees and covers such topics as pathogen invasion, infection and the mapping of protein interactions.

Reconciliation Begins With You

The Honourable Steven Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) is a member of the Skowkale First Nation. He was first elected Chief at age 23 in 1975. Since then, he has served as chief for a total of 15 years.

International Justice in the Age of Populism: A Talk with Dr. Payam Akhavan

At this talk, hosted by the Global Reporting Centre, Dr. Akhavan discusses the challenge the rise of populism poses to the international justice system. The United Nations and International Criminal Court are increasingly viewed as elitist and a threat to national sovereignty. Are these concerns legitimate? How can they be addressed?

Town Hall on Rare Diseases: Developing a Canadian Strategy for Rare Disease Treatments

Town Hall on Rare Diseases brings together a diverse panel of speakers to discuss the challenges of providing costly drugs for Canadians suffering from rare diseases. The public town hall, hosted by Paul Kennedy of CBC Ideas, will take place on October 23rd, 2018, at the BMO Theatre in Vancouver’s Olympic Village at 6:30 p.m. […]

How Democracies Die

Professor Steven Levitsky writings on political parties, informal institutions, and competitive authoritarianism are agenda setting works in the discipline of political science. His most recent work on partisan polarization, the 2018 New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die, with Daniel Ziblatt, has made him a central figure in contemporary debates regarding American democracy.

The Art of the Cello: Recital and lecture

Dr. Santa J. Ono is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Ono, an avid cello player, studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Dr. Ono will be accompanied this evening by Mr. Oskar Falta on the cello and Ms. Emily Logan on the piano.

Niranjan Takle: Journalist on the Fascist Trail

Investigative journalist Niranjan Takle will be in Vancouver to discuss his seminal investigation of the murder of a judge, which highlighted corruption and the country’s political decline.

On Putin’s Blacklist Screening

Join the GRC and director Boris Ivanov for a free screening featuring “On Putin’s Blacklist.” On Putin’s Blacklist presents the reality of how an adoption ban of Russian orphans to US citizens came about and how it was the first step in Russia’s new Cold War with America. Soon enough this adoption ban was expanded […]

What It’s Like to Be Putin’s Number One Enemy

Bill Browder will be in Vancouver on June 15th for a banquet fundraiser for the GRC, reflecting on the state of Russia and the world and sharing his stories of what it’s like to be Putin’s number one enemy.

Ali Velshi: The weaponization of culture

An event with Ali Velshi examines the current phenomenon and spread of culture wars, and culture’s role in both curbing and spreading populist ideals.

Stand Up Straight! Our posture and how history shapes our anatomy

UBC ARTS ONE 50TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE Speaker: Professor Sander Gilman, Institute for the Liberal Arts, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia Dr. Sander Gilman is a prominent cultural and literary historian and author or editor of over ninety books. He wrote the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing […]

Economic Inequality in America: Facts, Fiction and How to Tell the Difference

DAL GRAUER MEMORIAL LECTURE Speaker: Professor Sylvia Nasar, Knight Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University Dr. Sylvia Nasar is the recipient of many honours, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography (1998) as the author of A Beautiful Mind (1998), a biography of mathematician John Forbes Nash, published in 30 languages […]

Russian Collusion: Then and Now

Sylvia Nasar, author of “A Beautiful Mind,” will be in Vancouver speaking on Russian collusion.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Eric Cline is an active field archaeologist with extensive excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014) was considered for a Pulitzer Prize.

Making Russia Great Again: Vladimir Putin and the roots of the new global populism

David McDonald teaches and conducts research in the history of the Russian Empire and the politics of contemporary Russia. He is the author of United Government and Russian Foreign Policy, 1900-1914 (1992), and has contributed to several edited books and published on academic journals about slavic history.

Unseen Enemy: The risks of a global pandemic and how to prevent it

Janet Tobias is a multiple award-winning director/producer with 20 years experience working in television for all three American networks. The feature length documentary Unseen Enemy (2017) and the animated documentary Memory Games (2017) are her latest films.

Afghanistan Up Close and From Afar

Ruhullah Khapalwak has been a correspondent for The New York Times, CNN and Al Jazeera in Afghanistan. His investigative work has focused on cases of civilian casualties, violation of human rights, Afghans imprisoned in Bagram and Guantanamo Bay detention facilities, and the Taliban insurgency.

Silencing the voices of dissent in India

This event will host a discussion the killing of journalists who dared to expose the authoritarian government as well as the larger threat to democracy in India.

Strangers in New Homelands

GRC’s Shayna Plaut will be presenting on “Strangers at Home” at the 10th annual “Strangers in New Homelands” conference.

The Journalist and the Fixer

Fixers are a fixture of foreign correspondence. Results of a recent GRC study on the role of fixers will be announced at this panel discussion on fixers and their crucial role in journalism.

Cross-Border Investigative Reporting workshop

The Global Reporting Centre will co-host a workshop in Vancouver for investigative reporters from across the continent, to discuss cross-border reporting and explore ways of developing international collaborations.

Ethics, Tactics, and Tensions in Journalism: Implications for Islamophobia

This talk with Dr. Shayna Plaut – Research Manager at the GRC – explores the findings of the Fixer’s study as well as its implications for the rise of Islamophobia in western media and policy. This presentation is a post-colonial analysis involving 450 people in 85 countries, mapping the relationship between foreign journalists, local “fixers” […]

Examining Global Supply Chains, with Pietra Rivoli

Pietra Rivoli a Professor at Georgetown University, who specializes in international business and social justice, discusses her best-selling academic book “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy,” which was the basis of the successful NPR Planet Money documentary “Planet Money Makes a T-shirt.”

Producing Public Affairs Documentaries

Frank Koughan, senior producer of numerous PBS FRONTLINE documentaries and head of the documentary unit at Left/Right, will be talking about reporting and producing public affairs documentaries.

The Importance of Data Driven Journalism

Jennifer LaFleur the senior editor for data journalism for Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal will be sharing her expertise on the importance of data journalism.

Martha Mendoza on Seafood From Slaves

Longtime Associated Press reporter Martha Mendoza will talk about “Seafood From Slaves,” her Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of slavery in fishing.

War Stories

War stories from Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones told by foreign correspondents, combat veterans and scholars. Award-winning Iraqi-Canadian photojournalist Farah Nosh and writer/photographer Ann Jones will share images and stories of the impact of war on civilians. Wall Distinguished Professor and geographer Derek Gregory will discuss changes in the evacuation of war casualties from battlefields over the past century. Contact! Unload, a […]

Re-Imagining Global Reporting

Re-Imagining Global Reporting is workshop focused on: identifying challenges within global reporting, exploring innovations and solutions, and brainstorming on how these changes could be implemented.

Confronting Detainee Abuse at Guantanamo

The Global Reporting Centre is pleased to co-sponsor a talk by Alberto J. Mora, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.