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UBC alumni regularly gather to engage in dialogue about complex social issues. Join us in your community and hear how UBC’s interdisciplinary research and teaching are addressing these issues.
February 4, 2015
Childhood vaccines were once widely hailed as medical breakthroughs, responsible for saving the lives of millions. In recent years, however, childhood vaccination programs have faced vocal opposition. Critics argue that […]
November 25, 2014
Some of us will never have to ask the question, “How do I want to die?” But for individuals with terminal illnesses or conditions that cause them chronic pain, it […]
September 9, 2014
For decades women have been fighting for workplace equality, and in many sectors, progress has been made. But in boardrooms and executive offices across the country, there remains a noticeable […]
June 17, 2014
What steps can we take to ensure our most valuable resource remains clean and abundant for years to come.
June 5, 2014
Watch the video of this important discussion for many island and coastal residents.
March 19, 2014
How might your family, career, health, and quality of life be affected by where you live? And how is the issue of cost affecting the demographics of our cities and suburbs?
February 26, 2014
Please join us on the North Shore for a dialogue on how to make the most of our cultural richness.
January 30, 2014
Hear from UBC experts as we discuss how modern communications technologies are reshaping our perceptions of reality while affecting our personal relationships and drive to make a difference in the world.
January 14, 2014
Can we balance our need for an income with our desire to “live life to the fullest”?
January 13, 2014
Join UBC’s Project Seahorse and local experts in Hong Kong as they discuss this complex issue.
February 19, 2013
Join us for UBC Dialogues: Calgary where we’ll discuss the inherent risks of sport and the reasons why we continue to value it.
February 5, 2013
Join us in February for a UBC Dialogues event where we’ll discuss what needs to be done to reverse the effects of climate change.
January 23, 2013
Please join us for a UBC Dialogue in Toronto about public funding of the arts.
December 3, 2012
How can our society better understand the root causes of violence and take steps towards eradicating it?
November 13, 2012
Join us in Victoria as we discuss the forest industry and the unexpected ways that well-managed forests can impact our health, our communities and our future.
October 10, 2012
On October 10, 2012 at The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse in Richmond, we discussed the real estate realities of the Lower Mainland.
September 29, 2012
Join us in Kelowna on Saturday, September 29, 2012, for a thought-provoking discussion about the hidden challenges associated with our food supply and what we can do to overcome them.
September 18, 2012
At UBC Dialogues: Vancouver, we examined the question: “Who is responsible for our children?”
May 26, 2012
Join us at Alumni Weekend for a dialogue about fighting in hockey. New speaker added! Ryan Walter, former Stanley Cup champion & current president of the Abbotsford Heat, joins the panel.
May 7, 2012
Can policy-makers meet the needs of the ageing Boomers without alienating future generations? Join us in Victoria for a provocative dialogue about social priorities and the generational divide.
April 17, 2012
Join us for a dialogue about marijuana legalization.
March 1, 2012
Sustainable living. The media tells us it’s the only way to guarantee the planet’s future. Governments offer us incentives to make “green” choices. Businesses are marketing “Earth-friendly” products and services […]
February 7, 2012
On February 7, 2012, we held a provocative dialogue about mental space, at the Rosehill Venue Lounge in Toronto.
February 7, 2012
We all want to live long lives, but maintaining a high quality of life is equally important. Will we have enough savings to live comfortably or will we slip into […]
February 6, 2012
On February 6, 2012, we held a provocative dialogue on political and social change in Calgary, at Endeavor Arts.
January 24, 2012
Join us on the North Shore on January 24, 2012, for a provocative dialogue about body image.
November 15, 2011
What are the realities of immigrating to Canada? What reasons motivate some people leave Canada?
November 9, 2011
Set against the vibrant backdrop of a bustling metropolis, engage with UBC experts in a dialogue about the psychology of space.
October 26, 2011
Is it time to stop extolling positive thinking as merely a placebo effect and delve into the world of alternative therapies? Join us for a provocative dialogue about complementary medicine. New speakers added!
October 20, 2011
A provocative dialogue about the value of art.
September 24, 2011
The Okanagan has one of the oldest populations in North America. How will the region retain its youth and attract ongoing investment and newcomers? What social, cultural, and economic mixes are desirable?
May 9, 2011
UBC Dialogues: Vancouver. A stimulating discussion about the nature of higher education in a culturally diverse society.
April 14, 2011
Many believe the oceans now contain just a tiny fraction of the large fish they once held. How do we satisfy the worldwide appetite for fish, while at the same […]
March 31, 2011
Engage with leading experts from UBC and the community and get some refined insight into the issue of oil dependency.
March 28, 2011
No one ever said being a parent would be easy, but many didn’t know it would be this difficult. Find out how we, as a society, can put our children first.
March 17, 2011
Policing in 2011 is complex, political and sensitive. How do we go about reforming the police establishment for modern times?
March 3rd, 2011
Do Fish Have a Future? Many believe the oceans now contain just a tiny fraction of the large fish they once held. How do we satisfy the worldwide appetite for fish, while at the same time maintaining stocks for the future?
December 4 2010
How do we bring stories from society’s fringe to the attention of a larger audience? Who is best to tell these stories – subjects or observers? And what about stories […]
November 18, 2010
Human trafficking has become a world-wide problem. From prostitution and forced labour to the sale of individuals for their organs, the market for human slaves seems inexhaustible. What is the […]
November 16, 2010
Many of the homeless people wandering the streets of the Lower Mainland have mental health issues. Advocates put a large part of the blame for this on the fact that […]
October 26, 2010
The City of Vancouver has set itself a goal to be the greenest city in the world, with urban densification as a central element of the process. Is it really […]
October 13, 2010
Urban reserve land has become incredibly valuable and many First Nations’ leaders have realized the potential financial and economic benefit that this land presents. Will real estate become the financial […]
October 5, 2010
From debates and lobbyists to boycotts and protesters, political action takes many forms. Is there a time and place for righteous indignation? Or is it more effective to engage in […]
October 1, 2010
It’s almost six months in to a new coalition government in Britain. What’s working and what have been the biggest challenges? Can a coalition government govern successfully with collegiality and […]