Vancouver Institute IKBLC Series

Established in 1916 to serve as a liaison between “town and gown” in providing lectures of general public interest, the Vancouver Institute lectures are in Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at UBC.   All lectures are free to the public and have presented lectures by UBC faculty members as well as other world class scholars and news-makers that have brought university and community together.  Since 2009, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has collaborated with the Vancouver Institute in webcasting selected lectures for an off-campus audience.   The University Archives holds audio and video tapes of the more recent lectures, which are also listed as a distinct collection in cIRcle.


Vancouver Institute lectures are free and open to the public. The Vancouver Institute was established in 1916 to serve as a liaison between “town and gown” in providing lectures of general public interest. For more information about the Vancouver Institute, please visit its homepage at http://vaninst.ca.  To view this webcast, please find here.


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The Vancouver Institute Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Lecture Presents Dr. David Kessler on “The End of Overeating”

A Vancouver Institute presentation on January 25, 2014 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.

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Lawrence Krauss – Life, the Universe, and Nothing: A Cosmic Mystery Story

   On April 9, 2011, Professor Lawrence Krauss’ gave a talk titled, “Life, the Universe, and Nothing: A Cosmic Mystery Story.”  Krauss’ work has been primarily in theoretical (as opposed to experimental) physics, and he has published research on a great variety of topics within that field. Krauss is a renowned cosmologist and popularizer of modern science […]

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William McKibben – Eaarth: Making a Life On a Tough New Planet

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Vancouver Institute. Described by the Boston Globe as “the nation’s leading environmentalist,” Professor McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, and Deep Economy. A former staff writer […]

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Gwynne Dyer – Geopolitics in a Hotter World

Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. He received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. Webcast sponsored by the […]

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