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The Lind Initiative


The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is an annual dialogue series, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, created to address the most urgent issues of our time.  Lind Initiative in US Studies seeks to inspire students to become cultural, business, political and thought leaders and to ignite students’ critical and creative thinking to become active and informed global leaders.


The Lind Initiative is made possible by a gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02), Vice-Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. with the goal of strengthening relationships and building understanding between Canada and the US.


The focus of the Lind Initiative’s inaugural year is Inequality. The dialogue is led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who joins UBC to teach and lecture. Please click here for video footage of Global Development & Economic Governance: A Discussion with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz that took place on September 24th, 2015 on UBC’s Point Grey campus. (Video Part 2 and Part 3 are available on YouTube.) In addition to Professor Stiglitz, the Lind Initiative is inviting prominent American scholars, writers, and intellectuals to UBC to discuss dimensions of inequality such as race, gender, environment, and development. These speakers include:

§  Jeffrey Sachs - economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University;

§  Elizabeth May leader of the Green Party of Canada;

§  Jill Abramson – former executive editor of the New York Times;

§  Andrew Sullivan – journalist and publisher of The Dish;

§  Teju Cole – author of Open City and Every Day is for the Thief.

A series of events featuring these speakers, and others, will be listed on the The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies website, under Events. Registration will be free and open to the public. Please stay tuned for details.

To learn more, read the UBC Press Release.


The Liu Institute for Global Issues is pleased to announce a graduate course on global inequality featuring Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics. Dr. Stiglitz is a professor at Columbia University, former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and author of several books, the most recent being the best seller, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them (2015). The course features guest lectures by Professor Joseph Stiglitz and other preeminent scholars and leaders from diverse fields.

GPP 591: Global Inequality and the Work of Joseph Stiglitz

When: Fall Term 2015 on Fridays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am (1.5 hrs).

Venue: Room 132 (Caseroom), Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 North West Marine Drive,
UBC Point Grey campus

Instructor: Taylor Owen, Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Journalism

Credit: 1.5 credits

Syllabus: A final course syllabus will be distributed in class. The first week's readings will be emailed to all students by Professor Owen.

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