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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. The Lind Initiative 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 U.S. 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 24, 2015 on UBC’s Point Grey campus. (Video Part 2 and Part 3 are available on YouTube).


The Lind Initiative invites prominent American scholars, writers, and intellectuals to UBC to discuss dimensions of inequality such as race, gender, environment, and development. The Fall 2015 speakers include:

Jeffrey Sachs, economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Please find a video of his talk here.

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times in conversation with CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti on October 30. Please find a compilation of tweets here. Please find a video of the event here.

Teju Cole, author of Open City and Every Day is for the Thief on November 6. Please find a compilation of tweets here.

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada on November 10. Please find a compilation of tweets here. View the talk online.

Andrew Sullivan, journalist and publisher of The Dish on November 13 - CANCELLED.

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel-prize winning economist and leading thinker on inequality on November 20. Event Sold Out. Please join us in the Alumni Centre lobby to watch the webcast.

Please find more details about each talk and registration information on the Liu Events Calendar and the Lind Initiative website.

Registration is free and open to the public. To learn more about this initiative, read the UBC Press Release.

Please use the hashtag #UBCLind to tweet during and after each event!

UBC is also delivering a graduate course on global inequality featuring Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in economics in Fall 2015. 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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