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Mr. Rick Mercer received an honorary degree at Spring Congregation (photo by Martin Dee)

2010 Spring Congregation

  The UBC Vancouver campus is currently celebrating its 2010 Spring Congregation. For more details, please see the Congregation schedule.

Proposed Provincial Legislation Announced (Bill 20)

On April 29th, the Government of B.C. introduced legislation that will positively impact UBC’s Vancouver campus. May 13, 2010 President’s Statement on UBC Farm and Bill 20 To respond directly to those who have raised concerns that legislation moving land use control from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the Province will imperil the UBC […]

United Way of the Lower Mainland

Professor Toope assumed the Cabinet Campaign co-chair role for 2010.

G8 University Summit

G8 University Summit

Professor Stephen Toope, with Dr. Indiria Samarasekara from the University of Alberta, co-hosted the Summit attended by university representation from the G8 and G20 countries, resulting in a Statement of Action.

Ian Stewart, Why Beauty Is Truth (Basic Books, 2007)

Ian Stewart, Why Beauty Is Truth (Basic Books, 2007)

A distinguished mathematician explains the fundamental concept of symmetry by tracing the history of mathematical thought through the lives of key theorists from Babylonian to modern times. Some difficult equations, but Stewart makes the story lively and he does not expect much background knowledge. A surprisingly good read.

Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Building on John Rawls enormously influential explanation of justice, the Nobel prize-winning economist undertakes to remove justice from the realm of the ideal and to place it in the real life of societies trying to develop and to provide better lives for millions of people. Challenging and brilliant.

Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)

Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)

A taxidermist is writing a play about human attacks on animal biodiversity, using the Holocaust as an allegory. Can any author, no matter how gifted, deal creatively with the hardest and cruelest moments of twentieth-century history? One thing is certain: Martel is courageous.

President’s Statement on UBC Farm and Bill 20

To respond directly to those who have raised concerns that legislation moving land use control from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the Province will imperil the UBC Farm, I must be crystal clear that the opposite is in fact the case.

UBC’s Economic Impact

Professor Toope spoke at the September 29, 2009 Vancouver Board of Trade meeting about UBC’s $10 billion economic impact. To review his comments, see his speech and the study upon which it is based.

UBC and the Global Financial Turmoil

Read the messages updating the UBC community on this. 23 March 2009 11 February 2009 15 December 2008 26 November 2008