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.


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.

sp18808_0Dr. David Kessler, M.D. is an American pediatrician, lawyer, author, and administrator (both academic and governmental). He was the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 1990 to 1997. He made the agency more efficient, cutting the time needed to approve or reject new drugs, including AIDS drugs, and more vigilant in protecting consumers against unsafe products and inflated label claims. It was also under his watch that FDA enacted regulations requiring standardized Nutrition Facts labels on food. Dr. Kessler is also known for his role in the FDA’s attempt to regulate cigarettes, which resulted in the FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. case. He was awarded the Public Health Hero award on April 2, 2008 by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health for his work in tobacco regulation.  This talk is hosted by the Vancouver Institute, and is a Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Lecture.

Speaker Bio:
After graduating from Amherst College in 1973, David Kessler studied medicine at Harvard University, graduating with a M.D. degree in 1979. While at Harvard Dr. Kessler obtained a law degree J.D. in 1977 from the University of Chicago.[1] While serving his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, he worked as a consultant to Republican Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah, particularly on issues relating to the safety of food additives, and on the regulation of cigarettes and tobacco. From 1984-1990, Kessler simultaneously ran a 431-bed teaching hospital in New York City and taught at the Columbia Law School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


More Resources Available at UBC Library
Kessler, David A. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite (2009) [Available at Okanagan Library - QU145 .K47 2009]

Eisdorfer, Carl, David A. Kessler, and Abby N. Spector, eds. Caring for the Elderly: Reshaping Health Policy. (1989) [Available at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - WT30 .C3746 1989]


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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