All Canadian Alumni Event 2010
October 23, Petersen Automotive Museum
Join fellow UBC alumni in the Los Angeles area as well as grads from other Canadian universities for the All Canadian Alumni Event 2010, featuring keynote speaker, Leonard Brody. Leonard is a technology entrepreneur, business advisor and author from Calgary, Alberta, who has helped raise millions of dollars for startup companies, has been through one of the largest Internet IPO’s in history, and has been involved in the building, financing and sale of five companies. He will be leading a discussion on innovation.
Research Tea Break: Housing new Canadians in the Central Okanagan
September 29, Arts Building
This year's series restarts with a talk by Carlos Teixeira, associate professor of Geography.
Mechanisms and Evolution of Hypoxia Tolerance
September 29, Arts Building
The next presenter for this Biology Seminar Series is Jeff Richards, associate professor of Zoology from UBC's Vancouver campus.
Minds and Music concert: Hilary Peach
September 30, Streaming Café, Kelowna
Hilary Peach will be in Kelowna performing selections from her standing repertoire as well as new works. The new pieces are from a suite of poems currently being developed for a live show and audio recording project called Dictionary of Snakes.
Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Diana Burgoyne
October 7, Fine Arts and Health building
Electronic folk artist Diana Burgoyne has taught creative electronics at Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 1998. She has just finished a work entitled Audio Quilt as artist in residence at Vancouver's Roundhouse Community Centre.
Spanish Film Series: Más allá del espejo
October 21, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna
The Australian 10,000 Steps Experience: Community-Based Physical Activity Promotion
October 26, Fipke Centre
Kerry Mummery, internationally renowned scholar and educator in the area of physical activity, will describe methods used to promote health-related physical activity to communities, using examples from the award-winning Australian 10,000 Steps program.
Minds and Music concert: Robert Silverman
October 27, University Centre ballroom
Premiere pianist Robert Silverman will perform a number of Beethoven's sonatas.
More Okanagan events
Advocate or Activist: What is the best way to effect change?
October 5, 99 SUDBURY (new venue)
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 dialogue with those we oppose? Join fellow alumni, donors and friends and UBC President Professor Stephen Toope as he moderates a panel of UBC and community experts who will explore the best way to bring about societal and political change. RSVP.
Shaw Festival Discounts for UBC Alumni
Until October 31
Located in beautiful, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the heart of Niagara Wine Country, the Shaw Festival is one of the world’s finest theatre companies, celebrated for its vivid and exhilarating theatrical productions. This season, The Shaw presents 10 plays in four theatres.
An Evening with a Lunatic Farmer
September 27, H.R. MacMillan building (campus)
American farmer and author Joel Salatin, will share stories and insights based on his upcoming book, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer. Profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivoire's Dilemma, Salatin was also featured in the documentaries Food Inc, and Fresh. Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm in Virginia.
Science and Civic Engagement: Crossing Scales and Jurisdictions for Biodiversity Conservation
September 28, Liu Institute (campus)
This talk takes as its focus the transformation of the turntable from a playback device to a musical instrument during the early years of hip-hop. It will examine landmark innovations in turntable technique - including Grandmaster Flash's development of the clock theory method of mixing records and GrandWizzard Theodore's introduction of needle-dropping and scratching - as well as changes in turntable and mixer technology. In doing so it will offer a framework for understanding the musical and social bases for the turntable's instrumentality and demonstrate how hip-hop went from being a performance practice to a musical genre in its own right.
Shooting the Messenger: The Maguindanao massacre and the phenomenon of media killings in the Philippines
September 29, C.K Choi Building (campus)
With Mr. Lingao, 2010 Marshall McLuhan Awardee.
The Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009, was the single largest incident of extrajudicial killings of media practitioners in the world, with 32 media workers murdered. The incident was made more horrific by the fact that the suspects, incumbent local officials, used members of the government militia and their government-purchased firearms to commit the massacre. The suspects even brought in a government-owned backhoe to dig the mass graves for the victims and bury the bodies along with their vehicles. For a moment, the Philippine media could not decide what was more alarming: that so many of their colleagues were murdered in just once incident, or that the culture of impunity in the country has developed to the point that government officials actually thought they could commit mass murder using government guns, cover up the incident using government resources, and walk away as if nothing happened. The incident raises a number of major concerns about Philippine society, government policy and institutions, and politics which will be the subject of the seminar.
The Public Benefit of Human Rights
with Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
September 29, Liu Institute (campus)
Increasingly, charities are required to demonstrate to CRA that their activities and purposes demonstrate a “public benefit” which is tangible and can be established in court. This is much more difficult in areas of human rights and religion than it is in the relief of poverty or advancement of education. Justice Kirby’s exploration of the impact of human rights principles on the humanitarian, social, political and religious activities of civil society organizations is one of the most significant challenges in the future of charity law.
There are $100 Bills on the Ground: Why we need integrated energy systems
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, SFU & UBC Public Lecture Series
September 29, Robson Square (downtown)
Dr. Nancy Olewiler of SFU and Dr. John Robinson of UBC will speak at this new and free public lecture series. The lecture will explore smart or integrated energy systems. The presentations will shed light on how such systems offer sustainable solutions at the urban scale to reduce GHGs and promote a more livable region.
Space Exploration and Traditional Culture: Futuristic Community-Backed Science Projects Based in Canada
September 29, Green College (campus)
In the last few months, Middle Eastern media in Qatar, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced a moon space project that would be the first of its kind for the Islamic world community and that was initiated by the Muslim community in BC, with the consequence that the multi-million dollar project will represent a major injection of badly needed foreign investment in the Western Canada space industry. The speakers will describe their space business travels to India and the Middle East, and discuss how Canada’s celebrating and promoting of its cultural communities which are from traditions deeply enamoured with cosmology and astronomy, is poised to start paying dividends to Canada’s space-related economic sectors.
Staged Reading of Lord Byron's Cain - A Mystery
September 30, Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre (campus)
Angry at God and his parents for making him live under the curse of the forbidden fruit, Cain falls victim to Lucifer's manipulations and kills his brother Abel in a fit of blind rage... Lord Byron's Romantic closet drama retells the story of the first murder with a twist, making Cain, the murderer, its hero. Working with a heavily adapted script, this staged reading takes Cain out of the closet and onto the stage, while preserving the play's magnificent poetry. However, this dramatic reading is not just an experiment in literary form and performance genre; the adaptation also gets at the modern core of the play. It creates the feel of a radio drama or short film, while questioning the boundaries between dream and reality, our treatment of criminals, and whether a sense of dissatisfaction and confinement is inherent to the human experience.
Frank Warren: Post Secret Live
October 1, Chan Centre (campus)
Frank Warren started PostSecret by asking strangers to mail him secrets anonymously on postcards. Half a million postcards later, PostSecret has become a worldwide phenomenon: its website receives over seven million hits a month, and the artfully designed postcards have inspired numerous New York Times best-selling books. Through PostSecret, Warren has created a safe place for people to freely reveal hidden parts of themselves. Presenting to packed houses around the country, Warren brings communication, compassion, and community to life.
TEDx Terry talks 2010
October 2, Life Sciences Institute (campus)
Every year, “TEDx Terry talks” is held on campus, where students are given a high profile platform to communicate their passions and desires to an audience of their UBC peers. It essentially borrows a template from a well-established conference known as the TED conference, and modifies it for delivery within the UBC setting. Here, the general intent is to bring together the university’s “most fascinating (student) thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.” Under this context, a single day conference would accommodate 8 student speakers from a wide range of interests and backgrounds.
Corporate Social Responsibility, Corruption and Human Rights: Multinational Corporations in China and Southeast Asia
October 4, C. K Choi Building (campus)
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in China and Southeast Asia have arguably contributed to improving communities throughout the region. Yet industry often sidelines human rights and corruption by placing them low on the corporate priority agenda. This seminar then addresses how industry perceives each issue within the CSR paradigm.
Cry Rock (film)
October 6,11 & 13 (various locations)
Less than 15 Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers remain in Bella Coola, BC. One of these elders is director Banchi Hanuse's 80-year-old grandmother. Although she entered filmmaking in order to document Nuxalk stories for future generations, and technology now makes it easier than ever to do this, Hanuse finds herself resisting. Instead, she asks whether an electronic recording can capture the true meaning and value of these oral traditions and, more importantly, can it be considered cultural knowledge? Cry Rock is being screened as part of Vancouver's International Film Festival. Banchi Hanuse is a UBC Alumna (BA'04).
The Live Sessions - Hayley Sales
October 7, Chan Centre (campus)
Growing up on an organic blueberry farm on Vancouver Island, surrounded by Tibetan monks, Hayley Sales has what you might call an eclectic background. Her latest album, When the Bird Became a Book, reflects her fresh, folk-island style. As an environmental activist she hopes to bring awareness to important issues through her music, and inspire people along the way.
UBC Symphony Orchestra
October 8, Chan Centre (campus)
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde Prelude to Act 1; Liszt, Symphonic Poem No. 10 "Hamlet"; Brahms, Symphony No. 2
Pakistan Students Association: Walk for Pakistani Flood Victims
October 9, Chan Centre (campus)
This walk is to raise awareness about the ongoing suffering of the flood victims in Pakistan and show of solidarity with those who are suffering the worst disaster in recent history. The next six months are posing a serious and real threat of famine for millions of helpless people who have already lost loved ones, property, and livelihood. The walk will start from the Student Union Building and end at Stanley Park.
Stand Up for Mental Health: Lunchtime Show
October 14, Norm Theatre (campus)
Comics from Stand Up for Mental Health will keep you laughing and make you think with their humour and insights into mental illness. Free for all UBC community members.
How to be an Entrepreneur in Information and Communications Technology
October 15, Green College (campus)
With Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems
It is clear that information and communications technology (ICT) has been a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. Many of us know names of people who have made it big. An understanding of the ICT roadmap enables one to see which are successful products to choose when considering creating a start-up, and which are doomed. Good product definitions, competition analyses, and market roll-out plans are the foundations for success. The human resources side of creating a company, the motivators and mind-sets of venture capitalists, and how to create an “unfair competitive advantage” will also be discussed.
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Various dates and locations
Upcoming performances include:
NOVA Rising Choral Stars 8:00pm, October 15
SOLITUDE TRILOGY Schubert, Fauré, Brahms, O’Regan 8:00pm, November 5
MAGNIFICAT! A Festive 40th Anniversary Christmas 8:00pm, December 3
UBC alumni are entitled to a 20 per cent discount on the VCC's 40th anniversary season. Learn more.
Critical Issues in Aboriginal Life and Thought Speaker Series
October 19, Robson Square (downtown)
Lecture: Lands, Treaties, and Development Strategies
Fast Forward Ed: An Idea Worth Spreading
October 23, Robson Square (downtown)
Graduates of UBC’s Teacher Education Program are organizing TEDxUBC in downtown Vancouver to help shape the future of business and technology education in British Columbia’s secondary and post-secondary institutions. In the spirit of TED, TEDxUBC is an independently organized, one-day event combining live speakers and TED Talk videos to spark deep discussion and connection in the education, business and technology sectors. How do you educate students for jobs that don’t yet exist? What skills will you need to be successful in the 21st century? TEDxUBC would like to add one or two alumni with ideas worth spreading on the skills needed for future success to our TED Talk line-up.If you're ready for the speech of your life in a global webcast, contact us (email@example.com) by October 2.
University Singers and UBC Choral Union - Special Presentation
October 23, Chan Centre (campus)
Highlights to include: Britten – Hymn to St. Cecilia and works by Haydn, Palestrina and Whitacre.
October 23-31, campus
Celebrate Learning is a week-long initiative held each fall. The event seeks to honour and celebrate teaching and learning across UBC Vancouver, and to highlight and promote student learning and development opportunities. Many of the events are free and open to the public:
October 25 – Marine Spatial Planning (free)
October 25 – Open House at Belkin Art Gallery (free)
October 25-30 – UBC bookstore – Larger than Life animation
October 26 – Wellness Café Series: Conversations on Occupation (free; RSVP required)
October 27 – Three student films about Asian Folklore (free)
October 27 – The Learning Circle (free by videoconference)
October 28 – Drivers of Enivornmental change (free)
October 30 – Modern Motherhood (registration fee)
October 31 – Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens (museum admission fee)
Great Trek Race
October 30, campus
Celebrating UBC’s rich history, this 8km run will allow you to explore the beauty of campus. Come out for a morning of exercise and excitement – great for runners and walkers alike.
BC Universities Alumni Pub Night in Victoria
October 20 & November 17 at 6:30pm at Earls (private room) 1199 Government Street (at View St.) Victoria, BC
Alumni and friends from all BC universities are invited to a casual pub night in Victoria to connect with old friends and to meet new ones. If you plan to attend, please contact SFU's alumni rep in Victoria, Irfane Fancey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Arts and Science Class of 1961
We're looking for volunteers to help plan activities and celebrate the 50th anniversary reunion for the class of 1961 in September 2011. If interested, please contact Christine Lee, Alumni Relations Manager (604-822-9359).