Applied Knowledge: UBC Research & the World Around You

Law professor stands up for prisoners

UBC Law professor Michael Jackson is looking for justice. Jackson, who has just won a national award for his work in advancing human rights and correctional practice in Canada, advocates on behalf of prisoners. [MORE]

UBC profs and BC Cancer Agency team decode entire genome of metastatic breast cancer

For the first time in history, BC Cancer Agency scientists in British Columbia, Canada have decoded all of the three billion letters in the DNA sequence of a metastatic lobular breast cancer tumour, a type of breast cancer which accounts for about 10 per cent of all breast cancers, and have found all of the mutations, or “spelling” mistakes that caused the cancer to spread. [MORE]

Tropical regions to be hardest hit by fisheries shifts caused by climate change

Major shifts in fisheries distribution due to climate change will affect food security in tropical regions most adversely, according to a study led by the Sea Around Us Project at The University of British Columbia. [MORE]

Photo (detail): Michael Jackson (by Martin Dee). Articles source: UBC Public Affairs [top]

Tales from the Old Auditorium

Did you tread the boards during your time at UBC?

If so, you may remember the Old Auditorium, a favourite venue for musical and theatrical performances. Built in 1925, it is one of the campus' original buildings.

Members of The Players’ Club (a student theatre club founded in 1915 and revived last year) and the Musical Society (founded in 1916, with its final season of shows in 1989) used the building to put on countless productions over the years. It has also played host to the likes of Van Morrison, Ravi Shankar, Dylan Thomas and Paul Robeson.

Still visible on the wooden backstage walls are names, years and productions roughly daubed in paint: Pat Larsen (1933-39); David Gurr (1952); Mary W. Spilsbury (1962-63); Hugh Maclean (Macbeth '72); Barb Lindner (South Pacific, '82); Bill Houghton, (No, No, Nanette, '74); Bobbi Allard ('83). If only walls could talk.

Now the Old Auditorium is undergoing renovations with the grand reopening scheduled for the fall of 2010. The new Old Aud will be a performance space for UBC’s prestigious School of Music. The venue will also be accessible to the community, and with approximately 530 seats will be the perfect complement to the larger-capacity Chan Centre.

As many original features as possible — including ornate plasterwork and huge windows — will be retained. And it will gain some new ones, such as an orchestra pit. The painted names, of course, will stay.

We'd love to hear some of the stories behind those names and productions to help preserve the history of a campus landmark. Do you have a tale to tell from the Old Auditorium? Did you fall off the stage? Pull off a record number of encores? Forget your lines? Experience a backstage emergency? Did you meet your partner there? Start a food fight in the cafeteria? See someone perform before they became famous?

Send your behind-the-curtains scoop to Vanessa Clarke, and we'll publish the best stories in the spring issue of Trek Magazine.

Find out more about the Old Auditorium renovation project.

Alumni Achievement Awards 2009

15th Annual UBC Alumni Achievement Awards

Tuesday, November 10
5:30 - 10:00 pm
Life Sciences Centre
2350 Health Sciences Mall
University of British Columbia

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What makes a UBC Alumni Achievement Award recipient great? Dedication to community service? Respect from one's peers? Boldness? Outstanding leadership abilities? A trailblazing spirit? An award recipient embodies all of these qualities and more. Hear the full stories of this year's high achievers at the 15th Annual UBC Alumni Achievement Awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Hon. John Fraser, LLB'54, LLD'04
Lawyer and former federal cabinet minister who has worked tirelessly on issues of conservation and environmental sustainability.

Alumni Award of Distinction
Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, BA'69, LLB'83, LLD'00
Canada's nineteenth and first female prime minister, now holding leadership positions in several international organizations.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Jennifer Mervyn, PhD'06
Community health leader dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and homeless Aboriginal youth.

Honorary Alumnus Award
Dr. Edwin H.K. Yen
Former dean of Dentistry who raised the profile of the faculty internationally while reimagining its instructional methods.

Outstanding Future Alumnus Award
Parisa Bastani, BASc'09
Mechanical engineering grad, Wesbrook scholar and student leader who has shown outstanding potential in the automotive industry.

Vida Yakong, BSN'04, MSN'08
Nursing PhD candidate who established a community development project aimed at building economic and health-care capacity in her home region of northern Ghana.

Global Citizenship Award
Gary Birch, BASc'83, PhD'88
Electrical engineer and executive director of the Neil Squire Society who is committed to the development of assistive technologies for Canadians with physical disabilities.

Outstanding Faculty Community Service Award
Dr. Judith Hall
Clinical geneticist and pediatrician who has shown great commitment to the leadership and governance of the BC medical field.

Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award
Justice Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB'73
A respected judge whose commitment to the university spans from his presidency of the AMS to his membership on the UBC Senate.

Alumni Milestone Achievement Award
UBC School of Nursing
A pioneer in the field of public health, the school was the first in the British Empire to offer a degree-granting nursing program.

Image: Kim Campbell [top]

Engage Your Brain: Public Lectures and Events

UBC is a cornucopia of culture. It is home to art galleries, gardens, museums, theatres, music venues, and much more. Dozens of events are open to the public each month, and many of them are free. Learn how to cha-cha, find an old friend at a reunion, see a new play, or attend an edifying lecture by a UBC expert.

Although most events take place on UBC’s campuses (including Robson Square in downtown Vancouver) active alumni groups across the globe mean it’s always worth checking to see if anything is happening in your part of the world.

Keep an eye on the new UBC events calendar (click on icon below) for more events and up-to-date details:

Upcoming Event Highlights:




In Conversation with Roger Jackson and Sir Craig Reedie:
A Tale of Two (Olympic) Cities

November 16, Kensington Conference & Events Centre
Vancouver and London are both preparing to host the Olympic Games. How do the Olympics affect host communities? How do we prepare our cities for such large international gatherings? How do we get more of our athletes on the podium? Come and hear two Olympics experts share their perspectives. Gold medalist Roger Jackson (Rowing, 1964), MPE'67, is now CEO of Own the Podium, a program dedicated to ensuring that Canada secures its rightful place at the top of the 2010 medal table. Sir Craig Reedie is a member of the IOC board and the 2012 organizing committee as London prepares to host its third Summer Olympics.


Public Reading with Poet Barry McKinnon
October 29, 4:30-5:30 pm UBC Okanagan campus, Arts building, room ART103

One of Canada's most outstanding poets, Barry McKinnon will read from and talk about his work. For more information, contact Michael V. Smith at 250.807.9706.

Aboriginal Literature: What, When, How, and Why?
November 3, Rotary Centre for the Arts
Nationally renowned Cree playwright, novelist, and children's author Tomson Highway will speak on the topic of Aboriginal Literature. Of the many works Highway has written, his best known are the plays The Rez Sisters; Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing; Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout and the best-selling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. For many years he ran Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts, out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native theatre artists. He also has three children's books to his credit, all written bilingually in Cree (his mother tongue) and English.

Biology and Conservation of Australia’s Underground Orchid: Rhizanthella Gardneri
November 4, Science building, room SCI236
Featuring Jeremy Bougoure, postdoctoral fellow with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Telling Stories: Narratives Are Us
November 6, Okanagan regional Library, Kelowna Branch
This fall, several of UBC Okanagan's deans will participate in a special series of public lectures at the Okanagan Regional Library's downtown Kelowna location. Telling Stories: Narratives Are Us will be presented by Cynthia Mathieson, acting dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences.
The Deans' Lecture Series is a brown-bag lunch event that offers the public a chance to learn about the latest developments in research and teaching at UBC Okanagan, as well as participate in engaging conversation with the deans themselves, and network with community and business members.
For more information visit the Deans' Lecture Series website.

The New Us: Understanding the new Canadian mindset
November 17, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna
Join Edward Greenspon as he explores the new economic, social and cultural Canada both the dramatic changes wrought by globalization and technological innovation and the more subtle shifts in our approach to work, health care and education. Tickets can be ordered or picked up from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office or by calling 250.717.5304.

He Said, She Said: Why Do People See Different Things in Creative Acts?
November 20, Okanagan Regional Library, Kelowna Branch
presented by Robert Belton, dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. This talk is free and open to the public. The Deans' Lecture Series is a brown-bag lunch event that offers the public a chance to learn about the latest developments in research and teaching at UBC Okanagan, as well as participate in engaging conversation with the deans themselves, and network with community and business members.

Minds & Music: Masters of Melody rehearsal featuring the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
November 20, University Centre (campus)
Join the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Rosemary Thomson for an evening of melody. See firsthand how the orchestra prepares for an upcoming performance, as they rehearse Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Colgrass' Schubert's Birds and Mozart's great Concerto for Harp and Flute. Guest artists Heidi Krutzen and Lorna McGhee will be on hand to participate in this performance.

Your brain now. Your brain as you age. Your brain on Mount Everest
November 25, Library Building (campus)
Sponsored by the UBC Okanagan Office of the Provost, the Research Tea Break Speaker Series is a showcase of the many types of research occurring on campus. Speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and the audience.
This presentation features Phil Ainslie, assistant professor of human kinetics.

Inaugural UBC Okanagan Alumni & Friends Curling Bonspiel
January 23, Kelowna Curling Club
Don't worry if you're not an expert curler. This bonspiel promises fun and camaraderie for alumni, family and friends of all ages and levels of experience. The event is limited to 24 teams. Each team must include at least one alumnus. Participants will be treated to breakfast, lunch and a special lunchtime speaker. Those with little or no curling experience will receive a short lesson before competition begins. Look for more information coming soon and start getting your team together. Individual and team registrations will be welcome. To get involved or find out more contact Andrew Mercer.

Sharing Thoughts and Ideas: Alumni & Friends Campus Toastmasters Club
So much of good living depends on good communication. Many of us have incredible thoughts and ideas to share but are a little shy on the skills to communicate them well. Or maybe we have the skills but need to shine them up. The Alumni & Friends Campus Toastmasters Club will help people find their voice; to shape their words and their world. Participants work to become not just confident speakers but stronger leaders as well. Interested? The club is open to everyone in the UBC community — alumni, faculty, staff and students — and will be led by experienced Toastmasters members. To get involved or for more information contact Andrew Mercer with UBC Okanagan Alumni & University Relations. To find out more visit the Toastmasters BC website. To get involved or find out more contact Andrew Mercer.


UBC Dialogues:
Sustainability and the City: Can you make the scene and still be green?

November 4, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, Yonge Street
Is eco-sexual the new metro-sexual? Is being green the new black? Cities around the world are concerned about sustainability. Enhanced recycling programs, better public transit and bicycle- and pedestrian-only zones are just a few of the initiatives underway. But do they go far enough? Since an average city requires 300 to 1000 times its landmass to support daily demands such as food, garbage disposal and energy, is it really possible for urban residents to be green? Join UBC President, Professor Stephen Toope, and UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor, Doug Owram as you hear from the following experts: Marco L. Polo, BA’81, BArch’85, OAA, MRAIC, associate professor and Undergraduate Program director, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University; Peter Ladner, BA'70, Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue.


UBC Film Society Presents . . .
Norm Theatre, SUB (campus), various dates
Good Will Hunting; American Psycho

The Northern Ireland Peace Process 1994–2009: Is It Working?
October 31, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (campus)
With General John de Chastelain, OC, Former Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces. General de Chastelain has had a distinguished military career: as Deputy Chief of Staff of the United Nations Force in Cyprus, Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada, Commander of the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany, and Director General Land Doctrine and Operations at National Defence Headquarters. In 1989, he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff, and four years later became Canada’s Ambassador to the United States. Since November 1995, General de Chastelain has been involved in the Northern Ireland peace process and has been Chairman of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, which is responsible for ensuring the decommissioning of arms by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. He was a recipient of the Vimy Award, which recognizes those who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of Canada and the preservation of its democratic values.

Bodies on Display: Gender Ambiguities and Riefenstahl’s Olympia
with Alan Marcus
November 2, Laserre Building (campus)
Dr. Alan Marcus is Head of the Film and Visual Culture Department at King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He interviewed the film director Leni Riefenstahl shortly before she died, and has written on representations of the body in journals such as Visual Anthropology. He has published on themes associated with filmic representations of the urban environment, co-editing the book, Visualizing the City (Routledge, 2007), and serving as guest editor on themed issues of The Journal of Architecture (2006), The History of Photography (2006) and Film Studies (2007). His films include In Place of Death (2008), which is one of a quartet of observational films he has made as part of the research project In Time of Place. His writings on the Canadian north and cross cultural perceptions of homeland include, Out in the Cold (1992) and Relocating Eden (1995).

The Master Builder
November 2-6, Chan Centre (campus)
Theatre at UBC and Yorick Theatre present Henrik Ibsen’s tragic and epic masterwork in a new adaptation by Errol Durbach. Directed by Gerald Vanderwoude, the production features a professional cast headed up by best selling novelist and veteran actor Chris Humphreys as Halvard Solness. For this new 90 minute adaptation, Ibsen scholar Errol Durbach utilizes source material created by Ibsen including letters, manuscripts and poems.

Our Grandmothers' Garden: Participatory Film in Gitxaala Nation
November 4, Scarfe Building (campus)
Digitally recording our lives has become ubiquitous. The family albums of a few short decades ago have morphed into kilobytes of data in a myriad of types of storage mediums. Videos are posted to YouTube and then shared through social utilities like Facebook or Bebo; photos are uploaded onto sites like Flicker or Snapfish or Picasa and then shared with families, friends, or strangers with common interests. All of these visual mediums are complemented — perhaps complicated — by the proliferation of blogs and webpages that salt commentary with image and sound. This is the context for visual anthropology today, whether one is working in the urban centres or along the margins of late capitalist society. This presentation examines the place of collaborative video research through the lens of a decade long research program of cooperation between UBC and Gitxaala Nation on the north coast of BC. Our Grandmothers’ Garden is an example of combining research, film, and community practice that produces formal documentaries and informal Web 2.0 products.

Sports Writing and the Olympic Games
November 4, Robson Square (downtown)
with Dr. Robert Sparks (UBC) and Cam Cole (The Vancouver Sun and UBC Alumnus).

Wednesday Noon Hours: Stéphane Lemelin
November 4, School of Music Recital Hall (campus)
A solo recital with Stéphane Lemelin (piano) featuring one of Schubert's late sonatas.

Press Freedom in India
November 4, School of Journalism (campus)
Join Kanwar Sandhu, prominent Indian journalist and former editor of The Hindustan Times, for a talk on Press Freedom in India. The open lecture will address some of India's ethical problems in journalism. While India is among the few places in the world where newspaper circulations are growing, it is still a long way from producing a free, responsive and responsible media.

Disability in the Olympic Games
November 4 & 18, St. John's College (campus)
There are many reasons to take pride in the achievements of our best athletes, and to support the work being done to ensure that the tens of thousands visitors, athletes and volunteers from all over the world enjoy a warm welcome in Vancouver. But there are also many questions that can be asked about the political and cultural environment in which the Olympics operates, and the social effects Olympic competition has on those who compete – and on those who are blocked from competing. To examine these questions, St. John’s College has put together a program of events to encourage conversation about what the Vancouver Winter Games might mean, not just to those who are there but to those who aren’t.

CIS Women's Rugby Championships
November 5-8, Thunderbird park (campus)
Come out and support your UBC Thunderbirds as they host the 2009 CIS Women's Rugby Championships! Wear blue and BRING THE NOISE!

UBC Opera Ensemble presents: Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi
November 5-8, Chan Centre (campus)
An operatic double bill: experience this unique combination of tragedy and comedy. Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi take you from a heart wrenching tale of piety, passion, and penance to a satirical farce and one of the funniest operas you'll ever experience. Gianni Schicchi is highlighted by one of opera’s most beloved arias, “O mio babbino caro.” Together, these two operas will delight and entertain audiences of all ages.

Tibetan Monks in Residence
November 6-15, Chan Centre (campus)
As part of their 2009 Sacred Art Tour, five Tibetan monks will spend seven days in residence at MOA in November. The monks will create a Sand Mandela in the Great Hall while answering visitors’ questions about Tibetan culture and practice. (A sand Mandala is a traditional meditation piece made from millions of grains of coloured sand.) MOA is also creating a series of school programs in which children can learn about Tibetan culture while creating their own butter sculpture. Call 604.822.5978 for more information.

Community-Company Agreements in the Canadian Mining Sector: What might they mean for Aboriginal Community Health?
November 6, Library Processing Centre (campus)
With Ben Bradshaw, Associate Professor, and Peter Siebenmorgen, MA Candidate, Dept. of Geography, University of Guelph.

The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella: Panel discussion, keynote address and reception
November 6, First Nations Longhouse (campus)
Judge Abella is considered one of Canada’s foremost experts on human rights law. She was appointed in 2004 to the Supreme Court of Canada, becoming the first Jewish woman and only the sixth woman to sit on the Canadian Supreme Court bench. In 1984, as the sole commissioner of the federal Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, Abella coined the term employment equity. The event begins with a Panel Presentation that reflects on The Impact of Employment Equity 25 Years after the Abella Report. The event is followed by a reception.

What is War Art?
November 7, Woodward Instructuional Resources Centre (campus)
With Dr. Laura Brandon, Chief Curator of War Art, Canadian War Museum
Ottawa. Dr. Brandon was born in London, England of Canadian parents. After graduating from the University of Bristol in art history and history, she moved with her husband to Canada in 1976. She has an MA in art history from Queen's and a PhD in history from Carleton. Dr. Brandon works at the Canadian War Museum as its Historian, Art and War. Her publications include: Art and War; Art or Memorial? The Forgotten History of Canada's War Art; and Pegi by Herself: The Life of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Canadian Artist, the last of which won the Alison Prentice Award in 2006.

UBC Horn Club Concert
November 8, School of Music Recital Hall
A collection of French horn trios, quartets, octets and some solos will be performed. This year, the UBC Horn Club has 10 participants including Ben Kinsman and Rich Mingus as director/performers (both French horn teachers at UBC and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra). The highlights of the concert will include arrangements from the great orchestral repertoire including Wagner's Rhine Journey, Blessings and Honour from Handel's Messiah, Trois Chansons from Ravel and the Pizzicato Ostinato Movement from Tcaikowsky's 4th Symphony.

Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 11, War Memorial Gym (campus)
The ceremony, which often draws more than 1,000 people, will include music provided by the UBC School of Music, short readings and remarks.
Members of the platform party include: Ms. Joyce Murray, MP, Vancouver Quadra; Reverend Roberta Fraser; Dr. David Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic; Mr. Johannes Rebane, Vice President, Academic and University Affairs, Alma Mater Society-UBC Vancouver and Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Donald G. MacLeod, CD, BA ’53 (who will give the address).

Midweek Music at St. Alselm's
November 11, St. Alselm's Anglican Church (campus)
A concert of Chamber Music featuring Jared Miller on piano. Program will feature Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor; Liszt: Paganini Etudes No. 5 and 6; Miller: Instinct (world premiere); Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B major, Book 1

Robson Reading Series
November 12, Robson Square (downtown)
A dozen new poems by emerging poets Elza, Morin, Rempel & Yawnghwe. Also included are poetry drafts, interviews, poetics, short biographies and author photographs as well as translations of select poems into French, Thai, Bulgarian and Tahltan.

Saturday Morning Lecture Series: Frontiers of Modern Physics
November 14, TRIUMF auditorium (campus)
Lectures start at 10:00am. The first lecture will be followed by a short break, followed by the second lecture. Attendees are encouraged to interact with the guest speakers after the talk. Free parking is available. Lectures are free but please register as space may be limited.

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
November 14, Chan Centre (campus)
Don't miss this opportunity to see the sizzling musicians of the Afro-Cuban All Stars in action. Led by Juan de Marcos González, the visionary behind the Buena Vista Social Club, this big band captures the exuberant spirit of Cuban music with a potent combination of musical virtuosity, driving percussion, powerhouse horn section and incomparable vocals. Last time they were here in 2006, audience members were caught up in the passion of the music and were dancing in the aisles.

Memories and Sleep: The Trace Reactivation Theory of Memory Consolidation
November 14, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (campus)
With Professor Bruce McNaughton, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge. Dr. McNaughton's research focuses on the molecular, cellular and brain system mechanisms of memory and memory disorders associated with aging and brain damage. In the last 15 years, Dr. McNaughton has been at the forefront of development of methods to study the large-scale interactions of neurons in the intact brain during the encoding, storage, recall and consolidation of memory. Methods developed in his laboratory now make it possible to record from several hundred cortical neurons during learning experiments in animals, providing an unprecedented window on how neurons cooperate during cognitive processing. These methods are also being directed towards the development of neuroprosthetic systems that will use direct brain recording to control muscle activity in patients with spinal injury.

Borealis String Quartet and Jesse Read, bassoon
November 15, School of Music Recital Hall
Borealis String Quartet and Jesse Read (bassoon). Works: Dupuy, Bassoon Quintet in A minor; Haydn and others TBA.

UBC Percussion Ensemble
November 15, School of Music Recital Hall
Works TBA.

The Joy of Trusting Yourself and Others
November 16, Robson Square (downtown)
Join storyteller, educator, and author Richard Van Camp for a journey down the unpredictable path of radical trust. Richard is the first member of the Northwest Territories Dogrib (Tlicho) people to be published. He teaches Creative Writing with an Aboriginal Focus in the UBC Creative Writing Department. His books include The Lesser Blessed and What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?

Sustainability in Action: What’s Next for our Communities?
November 17, Robson Square (downtown)
This talk examines the future of our cities: sustainable neighbourhoods; alternatives to gas guzzling cars; and integrated, distributed, renewable energy systems. Find out how we can survive on the “natural capital” of our one fragile earth. A question and answer period follows the talk. This is the third in the Sustainability Dialogues: Cities free lecture series, delivered by Mike Harcourt, associate director of the UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability.

Wednesday Noon Hours: Stephen Chatman @ 60 - a birthday concert and CD launch
November 18, School of Music Recital Hall
Jane Coop (piano); Terence Dawson (piano); Corey Hamm (piano); Julia Nolan (alto saxophone); TBA (soprano); Rena Sharon (piano); Gwen Thompson (violin); Eric Wilson (cello). Works: In Memoriam Harrry Adaskin, To the Garden of the World, Or from That Seas of Time, selection from Five Songs for Soprano and Piano, From Pent-up Aching Rivers.
Added Bonus after the Chatman @ 60 concert, please stay for a short performance by the University Singers and a reception to launch two new CDs of works by Stephen Chatman.

Olympic Reads II: The literature of the Winter Olympics
November 18, Vancouver Public Library
Presenters TBA

Healing the Hungry Ghost: Addiction, Suffering and Possibility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
November 19, Robson Square (downtown)
Gabor Mate is a physician, counsellor, seminar leader and bestselling author whose most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction has been awarded the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For more than ten years Gabor has worked as staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and also at Insite, North America's only supervised injection facility. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV and, in many cases, all four. Providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Gabor will shed light on this most puzzling of human frailties. Moving far beyond traditional treatments, Gabor proposes a compassionate approach to helping drug addicts and to addressing the void addiction is meant to fill.

UBC Pharmacy Alumni AGM (PDF)
November 19, Cunningham Building (campus)
Hear about the new Pharmacy building and reconnect with old friends over cheese and wine.

Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture: Philip Zimbardo
November 20, Frederic Wood Theatre (campus)
Philip G. Zimbardo is an internationally praised and award-winning scholar, researcher, educator and media personality. He is a professor emeritus at Stanford University. His recent books include The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil and The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life (with John Boyd, PhD), and the video Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo is noted for his social psychological contributions as a public intellectual, especially through his popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, along with many text and trade books, among his 300 publications. He was recently president of the American Psychological Association.

Megascale, Order and Complexity
November 21, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (campus)
With Mr. Moshe Safdie, CC, Architect and Urban Designer, Sommerville, Massachusetts. Mr. Safdie has been an innovative force in architecture and urban design since he first attracted global attention with Habitat ‘67, his seminal experimental housing project constructed for the Montreal World’s Fair. He has contributed meaningfully to the development of many building types – museums, libraries, performing arts centers, government facilities, airports and houses – and the realization of entire cities. His architecture and urban design firm, Moshe Safdie and Associates, is based in Boston with branch offices in Jerusalem, Toronto, and Singapore. Among Mr. Safdie’s numerous awards is the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Institute of Architects

Cancer: Myths and Realities
November 21, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer. Cancer will kill one in every four Canadians. Cancer is the number one health concern today. However, because 50% of cancers are preventable, individuals can do something to reduce their risk of these devastating diseases. Key speakers who are experts in cancer control and maintaining good health will speak at a forum hosted be the Canadian Cancer Society. Learn how you can do something individually or work with organizations, communities and governments to make healthier choices easier choices.

Dan Savage: Savage Love Life
November 21, Chan Centre (campus)
Dan Savage grew up in "a loud, argumentative, and very Catholic" family, and came out as gay as fruit cocktail. Savage's column, Savage Love, first appeared in 1991 in the first issue of The Stranger. The once-a-week column is funny, informative, outrageous, non-judgmental (about consenting sex acts), and very judgmental (about moronic letter-writers). Savage Love is now syndicated to alternative weeklies across North America, including The Georgia Straight in Vancouver. Savage is the author of The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins And The Pursuit Of Happiness In America; Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist; and The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant. In addition to writing his column, Savage is now the editor of The Stranger. He's also active in theatre, directing queer plays as Keenan Hollahan. Keenan is Savage's middle name, and Hollahan is his grandmother's maiden name.

Wednesday Noon Hours: Devon Joiner, piano - Winner of the 2009 Knigge Music Competition
November 25, Library Building (campus)
Devon Joiner (piano), winner of the 2009 Knigge Music Competition. Works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff

Learning City Dialogues: What's Integral Living and Why Does it Matter?
November 25, Robson Square (downtown)
Are speed, fragmentation, and a limited world view blocking our capacities to live connected and healthy lives? Where do we find the resources to inspire health, evolve spiritual understanding, and build urban resilience? Join Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, author of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive, Dr. Hal Gunn, Co-founder and CEO of InspireHealth, and Rev. Bruce Sanguin, author, environmentalist, and Minister of Vancouver's Canadian Memorial United Church, for a lively, interactive discussion of integral practices and how such work might shape Vancouver's future.

Robson Reading Series
November 26, Robson Square (downtown)
Join us as Toronto poet Sonja Grekol and local novelist Rebecca Hendry read from their latest works.

The Robson Reading Series @ the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
November 26, Ike Barber Learning Centre (campus)
In 2008, British Columbia celebrated the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia and 150 years of cultural diversity, community and achievement. In British Columbia: Spirit of the People, historian Dr. Jean Barman delves into the region's history, from the first humans to arrive in British Columbia twenty thousand years ago to the promises and hopes of the twenty-first century, including the first contact between Indigenous peoples and newcomers; the legacy of the fur trade and gold rush; the contributions of immigrant cultures; the development of communities and urban centres and the flourishing of the arts.

Lace up for Kids
November 26-27, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Grab some skates and lace up at the 2nd annual Lace Up for Kids event! UBC REC wants to help the Rare Disease Foundation, working with BC Children's Hospital, to achieve their mission of transforming the world of rare disease care.

Ancient Music from the Twentieth Century
November 28, School of Music Recital Hall
Piano students of Corey Hamm present works by Canadian and international composers.

UBC Chamber Strings
November 28, Chan Centre (campus)
Works TBA.

Neuroethics and Human Identity
November 28, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (campus)
With Dr. Grant Gillett, chair, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago Medical School, New Zealand. Dr. Gillett studied medicine and psychology at Auckland and then specialised in neurosurgery. He completed a doctorate in philosophy and held a fellowship at Oxford before coming to Otago. He is a neurosurgeon and professor of Medical Ethics. Dr. Gillett’s interests are broad, including the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of medicine and medical ethics. He has a particular interest in the philosophies of Kant and Wittgenstein. He is the author of Bioethics in the Clinic: Hippocratic Reflections, Representation, Meaning and Thought (with W K M Fulford and J Martin-Soskice), The Discursive Mind (with R. Harré), Medical Ethics (with AV Campbell, M.Charlesworth, DG Jones) and The Mind and its Discontents. He is the editor of Medicine and Moral Reasoning.

Shirley Valentine starring Nicola Cavendish
November 29 & 30*, Frederic Wood Theatre (Cavendish is generously gifting her performances to the Theatre Program with proceeds from the two shows to go towards UBC Theatre student scholarships, including the newly created Bill Millerd Endowment. There will be a talk back after each performance.)
Don't miss Nicola Cavendish as she reprises one of her most famous roles as Shirley Valentine. This unique and intimate stage presentation is an "Unplugged" version of the production, showcasing Ms Cavendish's talents without the trappings of set and costumes. UBC Theatre alumna Nicola Cavendish is one of Canada's most distinguished and beloved actresses. She first played the role of Shirley Valentine at the Vancouver Playhouse in 1989 and has since performed it more than 600 times across Canada, winning both the Jessie Richardson Award (Vancouver) and Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto) for best actress in the role. Maclean's Magazine called her Shirley "brilliant". The Toronto Star gave her 2009 revival 4 stars out of 4 and said: "Nicola Cavendish deserves every bit of the thunderous, totally spontaneous standing ovation the audience greeted her with on opening night. This is acting of a rare beauty and you miss it at your own peril." Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine is a one-woman play about a neglected Liverpool housewife who makes a break from her mediocre existence with a life-changing trip to a Greek island. First performed in 1986, the play won Best Actress awards in London and on Broadway for English actress Pauline Collins, who also starred in the popular 1989 film. More at
(*Please note the November 30 performance does not qualify for the usual $5 Mondays offer available to UBC alumni.)


Victoria Alumni Bookclub
Third Wednesday of the month, various locations
Do you love reading? Have you always wanted to join a book club? Join other UBC alumni and friends for a monthly book club in downtown Victoria where we eat, mingle and discuss our book of the month. The book selection varies from the newest best-sellers to the classics. Email Jane Vermeulen for more details


President's Annual Blue and Gold Revue
December 2, Chan Centre (Vancouver campus)
Reception at 5:00 pm:
Featuring appetizers from around the world
Revue at 6:00pm
Showcase of learning, discovery and community service at UBC.
(Free, open to all)

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Lifelong Learning at UBC

Browse our current calendar online to find courses that will capture your interest, further your career or inspire a new direction. Upcoming courses include:


Architectural Traditions of the West Coast
Saturday, November 7, 9:00am-3:30pm; UBC Point Grey. $85, seniors $75
The west coast of North America has hosted a succession of remarkable architectural traditions over the past 200 years. From First Nations and colonial practices to the present day, follow the growth of religious, military and civil settlements through the 19th century, chart the rise of exceptional Arts and Crafts traditions in California and British Columbia, and conclude with the emergence of a distinctively West Coast Modernism in this One Day @ UBC course.

Understanding Wine: An Introduction
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 24, 7:00-9:30 pm, UBC Point Grey. $375 Unlock the mysteries of wine and begin to build a strong base for lifelong wine appreciation. Sensory training, an introduction to wine vocabulary, and tasting major varietals help build your ability to discern distinct flavours and nuances from many types of wine. Learn how to shop and read label information, discover how wines age and learn how to choose wines to pair with different foods.

French and Spanish Immersion Weekend at UBC
Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, UBC Point Grey. $350
This exciting weekend is for those interested in practising French or Spanish in an immersion setting. Elementary, intermediate and advanced level classes take place in the target language, taught by experienced, native-speaking instructors who understand the challenges of learning a language in an intensive manner. Ten hours of class instruction plus six hours of socio-cultural activities have you communicating quickly and effectively in your target language. Fee includes tuition, two lunches and a cultural dinner on Saturday evening.

Healing the Hungry Ghost: Addiction, Suffering and Possibility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Thursday, November 19, noon-1:30pm; UBC Robson Square. $15/$12 for non-profits, seniors & students
Physician and author Gabor Maté provides a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings to shed light on this most puzzling of human frailties. Moving far beyond traditional treatments, Gabor proposes a compassionate approach to helping drug addicts and to addressing the void addiction is meant to fill. Part of our Leadership for Change - Making Change Happen lunchtime lecture series.

UBC Okanagan: Explore the Fall Program

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UBC Dialogues
November 4, Toronto
Sustainability and the City: Can you make the scene and still be green?

Alumni Achievement Awards 2009
Tuesday November 10
Ten impressive recipients will be celebrated for their contributions to UBC and beyond.

In Conversation with Roger Jackson and Sir Craig Reedie: A Tale of Two (Olympic) Cities November 16, London (UK)
Vancouver and London are both preparing to host the Olympic Games. How do the Olympics affect host communities? How do we prepare our cities for such large international gatherings? How do we get more of our athletes on the podium?

Shirley Valentine
November 29 & 30 Frederic Wood Theatre
Don’t miss Nicola Cavendish as she reprises one of her most famous roles as Shirley Valentine. Cavendish is generously gifting her performances to the Theatre Program, with proceeds from the two shows going towards UBC Theatre student scholarships. There will be a talk back after each performance.

Calling all K-12 Teachers!
Are you and your students doing amazing things with learning technologies? Would your school like be part of the 2010 Games in a truly inspirational way?
Then take the UBC Global Minds Challenge and share your experience and ideas with classrooms everywhere....

UBC Pharmacy Alumni AGM (PDF)
November 19, Cunningham Building
ear about the new Pharmacy building and reconnect with old friends over cheese and wine.

Save the date! President's Annual Blue and Gold Revue
December 2, Chan Centre (campus)
Reception at 5:00 pm: featuring appetizers from around the world Revue at 6:00pm
showcase of learning, discovery and community service at UBC. (Free, open to all)

Alumni Travel
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