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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.

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Past Events in this Series

Should we have the right to die?

UBC Dialogues: North Shore

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 […]

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Is China becoming the new digital superpower?

UBC Dialogues: Hong Kong

As a result of government control over communications technology in China, a tech industry has emerged within China’s regulatory framework. WeChat, Weibo, Alibaba and Baidu are becoming global giants in […]

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Who’s in charge: Why aren’t there more women in leadership roles?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

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 […]

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How can we protect our water?

UBC Dialogues: Okanagan

What steps can we take to ensure our most valuable resource remains clean and abundant for years to come.

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Who should BC Ferries serve?

UBC Dialogues: Victoria

Watch the video of this important discussion for many island and coastal residents.

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Urban-Suburban Divide: Can you build the life you want at a price you can afford?

UBC Dialogues: Richmond

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?

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How can we become a more united and inclusive community?

UBC Dialogues: North Shore

Please join us on the North Shore for a dialogue on how to make the most of our cultural richness.

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Plugged in: Is technology connecting us? Or controlling us?

UBC Dialogues: Okanagan

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.

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Should we work to live? Or live to work?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

Can we balance our need for an income with our desire to “live life to the fullest”?

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Marine conservation: Luxury or Necessity?

UBC Dialogues: Hong Kong

Join UBC’s Project Seahorse and local experts in Hong Kong as they discuss this complex issue.

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Your move: how can we expand public transit in the Lower Mainland?

UBC Dialogues: Burnaby

Join us in November for a dialogue about the future of transportation in the Lower Mainland.

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Can we stop bullies?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

Why does it seem the problem of bullying has escalated and what can we do to protect our children?

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Energy vs. Environment: Do we have to choose?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

Join us on April 22nd for a dialogue about Energy and the Environment. This event is sold out but you can view a livestream of it on YouTube.

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In the social media age, can justice be served?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

Join us for UBC Dialogues in Vancouver where we’ll discuss whether justice can prevail in the online court of public opinion.

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Is sport worth the risks?

UBC Dialogues: Calgary

Join us for UBC Dialogues: Calgary where we’ll discuss the inherent risks of sport and the reasons why we continue to value it.

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Forget carbon-neutral. Can we be carbon-negative?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

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.

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Should the Arts stand on its own two feet?

UBC Dialogues: Toronto

Please join us for a UBC Dialogue in Toronto about public funding of the arts.

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Understanding Violence: How do we stop the bleeding?

UBC Dialogues: North Shore

How can our society better understand the root causes of violence and take steps towards eradicating it?

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Does BC’s forest industry have an image problem?

UBC Dialogues: Victoria

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.

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Home Sweat Home: Can home ownership be achieved?

UBC Dialogues: Richmond

On October 10, 2012 at The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse in Richmond, we discussed the real estate realities of the Lower Mainland.

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What’s the real cost of cheap food?

UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

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.

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Who is responsible for our children?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

At UBC Dialogues: Vancouver, we examined the question: “Who is responsible for our children?”

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Should fighting be banned in hockey?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver (at Alumni Weekend 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.

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How can we overcome our generational divide?

UBC Dialogues: Victoria

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.

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Should marijuana prohibition go up in smoke?

UBC Dialogues: Burnaby

Join us for a dialogue about marijuana legalization.

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What does it mean to go green?

UBC Dialogues: Tri-Cities

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 […]

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Mental space: How do I turn off the world?

UBC Dialogues: Toronto

On February 7, 2012, we held a provocative dialogue about mental space, at the Rosehill Venue Lounge in Toronto.

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Fountain of youth: How do we live longer, and better?

UBC Dialogues: Surrey

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 […]

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Is Calgary at the forefront of a political and social change?

UBC Dialogues: Calgary

On February 6, 2012, we held a provocative dialogue on political and social change in Calgary, at Endeavor Arts.

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Body image: Is fat all in our heads?

UBC Dialogues: North Shore

Join us on the North Shore on January 24, 2012, for a provocative dialogue about body image.

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Immigration: Does the path of opportunity lead toward or away from Canada?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

What are the realities of immigrating to Canada? What reasons motivate some people leave Canada?

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Mental space: How do I turn off the world?

UBC Dialogues: New York City

Set against the vibrant backdrop of a bustling metropolis, engage with UBC experts in a dialogue about the psychology of space.

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Complementary medicine: Can we have faith in health alternatives?

UBC Dialogues: Richmond

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!

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Where is the value in art?

UBC Dialogues: San Francisco

A provocative dialogue about the value of art.

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Can the Okanagan Achieve Social Sustainability?

UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

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?

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Is there diversity at UBC?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver. A stimulating discussion about the nature of higher education in a culturally diverse society.

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Do Fish Have a Future?

UBC Dialogues: Victoria

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 […]

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Is Our Oil Dependency Crude?

UBC Dialogues: Calgary

Engage with leading experts from UBC and the community and get some refined insight into the issue of oil dependency.

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Are Our Children Paying the Price for Our Work-Life Imbalance?

UBC Dialogues: Burnaby

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.

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Who’s Controlling the Police?

UBC Dialogues: Surrey

Policing in 2011 is complex, political and sensitive. How do we go about reforming the police establishment for modern times?

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Do Fish Have a Future?

UBC Dialogues: Richmond

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?

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Storytelling from the Fringe

UBC Dialogues: Whistler

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 […]

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Can we stop human trafficking?

UBC Dialogues: Ottawa

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 […]

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Is it Shocking how we Treat the Mentally Ill?

UBC Dialogues: Coquitlam

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 […]

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EcoDensity: Deft or Dense?

UBC Dialogues: Vancouver

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 […]

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Aboriginal Land Development: Empowered or Too Much Power?

UBC Dialogues: North Shore

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 […]

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Advocate or Activist: What is the best way to effect change?

UBC Dialogues: Toronto

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 […]

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Coalition Governments: Power-hungry Politicians or Progressive Partnerships?

UBC Dialogues: London

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 […]

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