Notable Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy has spent his career in conflict zones covering major stories for outlets including New York Times and CNN. However, in December 2013, during his time as Egypt Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International, Fahmy made international headlines when he and two colleagues were arrested by Egyptian authorities and charged with falsifying news and conspiring with the banned fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. He was incarcerated for 438 days alongside ISIS terrorists and jihadists, during which time Egypt’s government faced mounting pressure to release the three journalists. In September 2015, the government pardoned Fahmy, allowing him to return to Canada, where he joined UBC’s School of Journalism for a term as a visiting professor. How did his incarceration change him personally as well as his views on media control and press freedoms? What role did diplomatic relations play in this case?

Mohamed Fahey shares his story with the UBC alumni community. Moderated by Margaret Gallagher, host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air.

Master Mind Master Class is a new alumni UBC event series, offering an unprecedented look into the minds of modern thinkers making a unique impact on the world, and the lessons they’ve learned.

Speaker biography

Mohamed Fahmy is an Egyptian-born Canadian, award-winning journalist and author. Fahmy started his career covering the Iraq War in 2003 for the Los Angeles Times and has worked extensively in the Middle East, mostly for CNN. Most recently he covered the Arab Spring. In September 2013, he accepted a new post as the Al Jazeera English Bureau Chief based in Egypt. Four months into the job he was arrested and wrongly imprisoned on trumped up terrorism charges for 438 days. Upon his release last September, he joined UBC as an adjunct professor and started the Fahmy Foundation to provide financial assistance and advocate for journalists imprisoned worldwide. He is currently working on a new book about his experience.

This event took place on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6:30-9:00pm in the Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Cohen-Almagor, R. (2001). Speech, media, and ethics: The limits of free expression : Critical studies on freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the public’s right to know. New York;Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire;: Palgrave. [Available at Koerner Library stacks – KM204 .C645 2001]

Committee, P. J. (2013). Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World’s Front Lines Bloomberg Press [Imprint]. [Link]

Kesterton, W. H. (1967). History of Journalism in Canada McGill-Queen’s University Press. [Link]

Seib, P. M. (2012). Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Available at Koerner Library stacks – PN1992.92.A393 A43 2012]

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30-9:00 pm, The Fairmont Waterfront | 900 Canada Place Way | Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning CEntre

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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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Your resume lists the best schools (naturally) and your experience and skills meet the requirements of the job There’s no single path to becoming a successful leader. Although hard work and foresight are important traits, it sometimes comes down to being the right person at the right time. But there are concrete steps you can take to ensure that when opportunity knocks, you’re ready to answer. Join us for Your Next Step: Becoming a Leader where business and community leaders will offer insight on how they got where they are. They’ll share key pieces of advice from their own journeys as well as tips on how to get your foot in the door, find a mentor, and develop your leadership skills. If you’re looking for inspiration and guidance on how to join the leadership ranks and advance your career, this is your opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s most successful leaders.

Dan Burritt, BA’04 – Reporter, CBC News Vancouver

Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, BA’86 – Chief Executive Officer, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa and Absolute Spa Group. Named one of Canada’s most powerful women.

Cybele Negris, BA’91 – CEO and Co-Founder, Inc. Named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in Business.

David Ostrow, Honorary Medical Alumni Award recipient – Interim President and CEO, Fraser Health; Professor of Medicine, UBC. Foremost leader in the medical industry.

With awards season just around the corner, the alumni UBC Book Club is rolling out its red carpet and offering two evocative books turned into movies: Tracks by Robyn Davidson and The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.

To learn more, we invite you to attend the Meet and Greet where you’ll meet your facilitator, fellow alumni, and learn about your book before you read it.  Three weeks later, come to the Book Discussion and share your thoughts in a lively small group setting.

Meet and Greet:
Monday, March 16, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Book Discussion:
Monday, April 13, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Please click through to the book of your choice below for more details.  Cecil Green Park House, at the University of British Columbia (6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C) –  map

Spring 2015 Books


Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Book Club Spring 2015

Facilitated by Maureen Phillips, BA’ 84, MA. I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.’ So begins Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.


The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Book Club Spring 2015

Facilitated by Dr. Brian McIlroy, BA, MA, PhD. Originally published in 1951, The End of the Affair was acclaimed by William Faulkner as “for me one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language.”


UBC Library Resources

Davidson, Robyn.  Tracks.  London: Cape, 1989. [Available at Koerner Library]

Tracks, Movie Adaptation, 2014. [Available at Koerner Library]

Greene, Grahame.  End of the Affair.  London: Heineman, 1955.  [Available at Koerner Library]

End of the Affair, Movie Adaptation, 1999. [Available at Koerner Library – Videomatica Collection]

The next Award recipients won’t raise their own hands. That’s why we need you. The accomplishments of the members of UBC’s global community of alumni represent an inspiring account of positive social, cultural, and economic change in the world.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Your resume lists the best schools (naturally) and your experience and skills meet the requirements of the job postings you come across. Yet despite looking good on paper, your applications don’t seem to be translating into calls and interviews. So what are you missing? How can you get into the head of the people doing the hiring? What are employers really looking for? What you need to do to make employers’ shortlists. You’ll get tips on building your soft skills, as well as personal insight from actual employers about what they look for in candidates’ resumes and cover letters. This event took place October, 21, 2014, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Matt O’Grady – Editor-in-Chief, BCBusiness

Alex Bayne – Director of Human Resources, Integrated Strategies, UBC

Lori Tse, BA’92 – Manager, Recruitment, TELUS

Heidi Vukic – Talent Consultant, People Solutions, Vancity

Agata Zasada – Talent Manager, Hootsuite

October 21, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, Performance Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC. (Program begins at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow).

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