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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UBC Education Library is preparing for a renovation to the public area surrounding the Circulation Desk on level 1. The planned space improvements include new furniture, a significant increase in seating capacity of 25 additional seats, upgrades to the Wi-Fi system, and 6 new public computers.

On April 1st, the public entrance and circulation services will be temporarily relocated down the hall to the back lab. The renovation begins on April 7th with completion anticipated for the end of June.   There will be noise and construction until the summer completion date.

Some services will be reduced and the branch will be closed weekends during this time but will remain open as usual Monday to Friday.


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The Indigitization program focuses on the conservation and preservation of Indigenous community information resources. The deadline for applications has been extended to 5 pm on April 8th, 2015.
March 25, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

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You are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year by trying your hand at making traditional Lunar New Year paper cutting decorations. Booth will be located on Level 2 near the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

  • Date: February 26
  • Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Location: Irving K. Barber Library – Level 2. Use the East Mall or Main Mall entrance
  • Cost: FREE

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