6 talks to feed your mind and soul

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These UBC-hosted talks shed light on everything from social justice to romantic relationships

Looking to learn a little more about society, the environment or even yourself? UBC has hosted some of the world’s most influential thinkers over the past few years, and their ideas may change how you see your world. Settle in and enjoy one of these must-watch talks.

Tarana Burke
A movement that empowers: “Me too” and the role of empathy in healing and change

In 2019, UBC Connects hosted Tarana Burke at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who has dedicated her life to social justice. In 2006, she began using the phrase “Me Too” to help young women of colour who survived sexual abuse and assault. Following the use of #MeToo as a hashtag, the phrase became a global phenomenon that continues to raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse and assault in society.

Vandana Shiva
The Future of Food and Farming in a Pandemic World

Dr. Vandana Shiva joined UBC Connects for an online discussion with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in 2020. Dr. Shiva is an Indian scholar and environmental activist dedicated to protecting biodiversity. Her work looks at how people can produce more food, reduce hunger, cultivate better health and reduce disease and poverty through conservation of biodiversity.

Robert D. Bullard and David Boyd
America and the Climate Crisis: The Quest for Climate Justice and the Politics of Place

The UBC Phil Lind Initiative presented Dr. Robert D. Bullard in conversation with David Boyd in 2019. Dr. Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. Dr. Bullard, an award-winning author, is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University in Houston. David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer and internationally renowned expert on human rights and the environment. Boyd serves as a UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and is an associate professor at UBC.

Helen Fisher
Swipe, Right?: The Future of Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

Dr. Helen Fisher joined UBC Connects in Vancouver in 2019. Dr. Fisher is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of love and leadership. She developed The Fisher Temperament Inventory — the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience. Consider taking the Fisher Temperament Inventory yourself for a stronger understanding of Dr. Fisher’s work — and yourself. Click here to view a PDF version of the Fisher Temperament Inventory

Winona LaDuke
America and the Climate Crisis

Winona LaDuke joined the UBC Phil Lind Initiative in 2019. Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous economics, food and energy policy. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice alongside Indigenous communities.

Jeremy Rifkin
The Third Industrial Revolution: Can we prevent the next mass extinction of life on Earth?

UBC Connects presented Dr. Jeremey Rifkin in 2018. Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political adviser, and activist. He is an adviser to the leadership of the European Union and the People’s Republic of China, and a principal architect of their long-term economic development plans to usher in a Smart Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution paradigm.

Looking for more inspiring conversations? Check out UBC Connects and The Phil Lind Initiative to learn about upcoming speakers or listen to past talks.

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