Vancouver Institute Spring 2008 Program

* Free Public Lectures *

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

General Information

Please see the Vancouver Institute home page.

Lecture Times

Saturday evenings, 8:15 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.), except where otherwise noted.

The Spring 2008 season comprises ten lectures, from January 12 to March 29, omitting February 16 (Midterm Break) and March 22 (Easter).

Spring 2008 Lecture Schedule

(Please click on the lecture date for further detail.)

Jan 12 Mr. Bramwell Tovey, Music Director, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
An Evening With Bramwell Tovey
Jan 19 Professor Michael Byers, Department of Political Science, UBC
Transferring to Torture: Canada, Human Rights, and Detainees
Jan 26
Dr. Nancy Turner, OBC, UVic Distinguished Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
The Song of the Salmonberry Bird: Why Diversity Matters in Nature and Culture
Feb 2
Professor Asifa Quraishi, School of Law, University of Wisconsin
Islamic Law, Women, and the Headlines: A Commentary
Feb 9 Mr. William Gibson, Novelist, Vancouver, B.C.
An Evening With William Gibson
Feb 16 Midterm Break—NO LECTURE
Feb 23 Professor Tim Brook, Department of History, and Institute of Asian Research, UBC
Vermeer's Hat: What 17th Century Dutch Paintings Reveal of Our Global World
Mar 1 Dr. David Suzuki, Ecologist, Educator, Activist, Vancouver
Sustainability: What is it?
Mar 8 Professor George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Department of Economics, University of California (Berkeley)
Economics and Identity: Moving Beyond the Doctrine of Selfishness
Mar 14
8:00 p.m.
Dr. Mohammad Yunus, Recipient, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
Michael Smith Memorial Nobel Lecture
Alternate location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia
Mar 22 Easter—NO LECTURE
Mar 29 Professor Douw Steyn, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of BC
Air Pollution: How We Treat the Atmosphere Like a Sewer