LorraineTitled Which Self? The Rationalities of Self-Interest from the Enlightenment to the Cold War, this year’s Stephen M. Straker Memorial Lecture will be presented by Lorraine J. Daston, one of the world’s leading historians of science. Drawing from her own work on the history of conceptions of reason and rationality, Prof. Daston will explore the complex interaction between rationality and interestedness. Join us as she addresses important questions such as how reason can be, at one time, conceived as intrinsically disinterested and, at another, necessarily directed toward the rational agent’s self-interest.Speaker


Lorraine J. Daston is one of the world’s leading historians of science, is Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Daston has held visiting or continuing appointments with institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, Göttingen, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has also held fellowships in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung in Bielefeld, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institut des études avancées in Paris. In 2012, Daston was awarded the History of Science Society’s George Sarton Medal, a lifetime achievement award that is given annually to an outstanding historian of science from the international community.  Daston’s Straker Lecture will be drawn from her continuing work on the history of rationality.

Information About the Stephen Straker Memorial Lecture

Stephen Straker (1942-2004) was an historian of science at UBC for thirty years and the chief inspiration for the creation of the STS program. We honour his memory with an annual distinguished lecture. Stephen was an award-winning teacher; some of his own undergraduate lectures in history of science have been preserved here: http://www.archive.org/details/StephenStrakerLecture1a

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the iSchool at UBC. Drawing on her research on electronic records management, in particular the AC+erm (Accelerating positive change in electronic records management https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/acerm) project, Dr. Julie McLeod will argue that ERM is a ‘wicked problem.’ She will discuss how the Cynefin framework, a framework that helps decision makers to make sense of a range of business problems and situations in dynamic contexts, can be used to take appropriate action and choose appropriate solutions. She will refer to different digital records contexts, including research data management, and will consider some of the ways forward and requirements to address the challenges we face.

Speaker Bio

Dr. McLeod is Professor of Records Management at the iSchool at Northumbria University, which she joined after a thirteen year career in industry as an information and records manager. She is Program Leader for the MSc of Information & Records Management. She has worked on innovative experiential learning and distance education initiatives with The National Archives of the UK, the BBC, the Deutsche Bank, the European Central Bank, and other organizations, and is a member of the BSI and ISO committees on records management. She has led JISC and AHRC funded research on electronic records management and research data management (DATUM). She has published widely, including co-authoring and editing several books; is Editor of the Records Management Journal and a member of the editorial boards of other scholarly journals; and has served as a member of Arts & Humanities Research Council Panels and Peer Review College. In 2007, she was awarded a Personal Chair in Research at Northumbria University. In 2014 she received the Emmett Leahy Award.

UBC Library Resources

McLeod, J., & Childs, S. (2007). Consulting records management oracles—a Delphi in practice. Archival Science, 7(2), 147-166. [Link]

McLeod, J., & Hare, C. (2006). How to Manage Records in the e-Environment. Psychology Press. [Link]

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as part of the Wesbrook Talks event at MBA House in Wesbrook Village. On March 3rd, alumni UBC and Wesbrook Village presented the third in the series of Wesbrook Talks, featuring former UBC Law professor and honorary UBC alumna, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., LLD’90, Chief Justice of Canada. Find out how she became interested in law and hear about some of the influences that have shaped her long, successful career. The conversation will be moderated by Mary Anne Bobinski, Dean and Professor, UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Speaker Bio

Beverley McLachlin is the 17th and current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the first woman to hold this position, and the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history. In her role as Chief Justice, she also serves as a Deputy of the Governor General of Canada. In 1980, she was appointed to the County Court of Vancouver and then to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 1985 she was appointed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal, three years later in 1988 she was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was appointed as a Puisne Justice to the Supreme Court of Canada on 30 March 1989 and was made Chief Justice of Canada on 7 January 2000.

UBC Library Resources

McLachlin, B. M. (1991). Charter: A New Role for the Judiciary, The. Alta. L. Rev., 29, 540. [Link]

McLachlin, B. M. (2002). Bills of Rights in Common Law Countries. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 51(02), 197-203. [Link]

McLachlin, B. M. (1990). Role of the Court in the Post-Charter Era: Policy-Maker or Adjudicator, The. UNBLJ, 39, 43. [Link]

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