Ilan Vertinsky explores the ways China interprets its international obligations to support the rights of its people to health and affordable basic medicines. He will discuss the various policies introduced to achieve the affordable medicine objectives and examine their effectiveness. He will then examine the apparent conflict between these objectives and China’s obligations under the World Trade Organization agreement, Trade-Related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to protect intellectual property and explore the extent to which China utilizes available TRIPS flexibilities. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector explaining the dynamics of coordinated compliance in the supply of affordable medicines.


Ilan Vertinsky is Professor at the Institute for Asian Research, the Institute of Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Sauder School of Business. A common focus of his research to date has been the intersection of uncertainty, resilience, and environmental discontinuities. His research interests include Decision Theory and Corporate Strategy, Resource and Forest Management, International Business and the Pacific Rim, Political Evaluation of Policy.

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Park, I. Vertinsky and Lee, Korean International Joint Ventures (Accepted January 2012); How the Exchange Climate Affects Tacit Knowledge Transfer from Foreign Parents,  Marketing International Review. [Link]

I. Vertinsky, O. Branzei and M. Nakamura (January 2011), Learning in collaborative R&D When Multinationality Matters, Asian Business and Management Journal, 10, 9-36. [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College. Most people believe in deities, immaterial souls, life after death, and the divine creation of humans and other animals. Research from developmental psychology (including the study of babies) and social psychology supports a minimalist theory of why we have such beliefs, which is that they emerge from the very same processes that give rise to beliefs in other domains, such as science and politics. Finally, although it is often argued that religious beliefs have great moral significance, there is little evidence in support of this view. Overall, religious beliefs just aren’t that special.


Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He was born in Montreal, Canada, was an undergraduate at McGill University, and did his doctoral work at MIT. He has published in scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and in popular outlets such as The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the author of two books: How Children Learn the Meanings of Words and Descartes’ Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human. His research explores children’s understanding of art, religion, and morality.  This lecture is part of the ongoing Green College lecture series, “Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture: The Evolution of Religion, Morality and Cooperation”

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Starmans, C., & Bloom, P. (2012). Windows to the soul: Children and adults see the eyes as the location of the self. Cognition, 123, 313-318. Link:

Bloom, P. (2012). Religion, morality, evolution. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 179-199. Link:

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College.  Dr. Barnor Hesse. Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science and Sociology, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University.   ‘Raceocracy: How the racial state of exception proves the racial rule’.  The talk is based on the forthcoming: ‘Creolizing the Political: Race Governance and Black Politics’. It seeks to rethink the meaning of race and racism in relation to questions of western governance; and secondly, to identify a theoretical framework in which to understand ‘Black politics’ as a series of interventions and practices irreducible to the bodies of the populations who produce those practices and interventions.  This lecture is part of the ongoing Green College lecture series, “Law and Society.”


Barnor Hesse is an Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology at Northwestern University. His research interests include post-structuralism and political theory, black political thought, modernity and coloniality, blackness and affect, race and governmentality, conceptual methodologies, postcolonial studies.

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Hesse, B. (2011). Marked Unmarked: Black Politics and the Western political, South Atlantic Quarterly, Fall 2011, 110: 4. [Link]

Hesse, B. (2011). Symptomatically Black: A Creolization of the Political in S. Shih and F. Lionnet eds. The Creolization of Theory. Durham: Duke University press. [Link]

Hesse, B. (2009). Afterword: Black Europe’s Undecidability in D. Hine, T. Keaton and S. Small eds. Black Europe and the African Diaspora. Urbana: University of Illinois press. [Link]

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African Studies

Political Science



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What is the research library in the age of Google?  Dr. Anthony Grafton provides the perspective of a humanist scholar on recent changes in research libraries that have been brought about by increased digitization.  By examining changes that have occurred over the last forty years in the way that scholars conduct their research and where the library fits in, Grafton sees four crises that today’s academic libraries must face: financial, spatial, use, and accessibility.  According to Professor Grafton, a research library should provide not only physical space where scholars can pursue research in books, but also virtual space where they can collect, store, and exploit electronic resources – an ingenious way to pull humanists, teachers, and students alike back into public workspace, in an environment that has the open, collective quality of a laboratory, but also meets the needs of researchers who work with texts, images, and sounds.  This talk is hosted by Green College as part of its Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor lecture series.


Grafton, Anthony. “Apocalypse in the stacks? The research library in the age of Google.” Daedalus 138.1 (2009): 87-98. [Link]

Speaker Bio

Professor Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.  His current project is a large-scale study of the science of chronology in 16th- and 17th-century Europe: how scholars attempted to assign dates to past events, reconstruct ancient calendars, and reconcile the Bible with competing accounts of the past. He hopes to reconstruct the complex and dramatic process by which the biblical regime of historical time collapsed, concentrating on the first half of the 17th century.  He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on art, magic, and science in Renaissance Europe and on the history of books and readers; undergraduate seminars on historiography; and the history components of the intensive four-course introduction to Western civilization offered to undergraduates by the Program in Humanistic Studies.

March 20, 2013, 12.00 to 1.30PM at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, V6T 1Z1)

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College.  The costs and benefits of globalization have long been a major debate in the literature of development economics. Arianto Patunru and Zakir Machmud argue that it is important to understand the link between globalization and poverty for the case of developing countries like Indonesia whose key objective is to fight poverty. They will discuss such nexus with specific emphases on the role of small and medium enterprises, as well as supporting infrastructure (e.g. logistics and value chain). This lecture is part of the ongoing Green College Thematic Series: “Public Health Law and Policy in Asia.”

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Arianto Patunru is a Fellow of Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, the Crawford School of Public Policy, and The Australian National University. His research interests are on international trade, development economics, public policy, natural resource and environmental economics, and political economy

Dr. Zakir Machmud is the Associate Director for Economic and Policy Research, Institute for Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia.

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M. Chatib Basri and Arianto A. Patunru. (2012) How to Keep Trade Policy Open: The Case of Indonesia, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 48(2): 191-208. [Link]

Arianto A. Patunru, Neil McCulloch, and Christian von Luebke. (2012) A Tale of Two Cities: The Political Economy of Local Investment Climates in Indonesia, Journal of Development Studies, 48(7): 799-816. [Link]

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Global Health

Population and Public Health

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College.  With the 2012 global turnover expected to reach $100-billion USD, medical tourism (travel across international borders to obtain health care) is rapidly expanding. India and Thailand are currently the lead global service suppliers. Unfortunately, providing health care to tourists may exacerbate the already critical shortages of health professionals in these countries’ underserved sectors—in remote rural areas and in the public sector. What can be done to improve the impact of medical tourism on health worker availability in these sectors? State regulation of medical tourism might increase prices and send tourists to competitors. International regulation and codes tend to be toothless. Nir Eyal proposes an ethical accreditation system that might improve health worker availability at an acceptable cost. Accreditation could promote global health in additional areas.  This lecture is part of the ongoing Green College Principal’s lecture series, “Thematic Series: Public Health Law and Policy in Asia.”


Dr. Nir Eyal is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine (Medical Ethics) at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eyal’s work addresses ethical ways to address critical health worker shortages; healthcare rationing in resource-poor settings; markets in human organs; the ethical grounds for informed consent; personal responsibility for health; the ethics of translational research; and accrediting corporations for improving global health.

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Zimmerman M, Shakya R, Pokhrel BM, Eyal N, Rijal BP, Shrestha RN, Sayami A. (2012). Medical students’ characteristics as predictors of career practice location: retrospective cohort study tracking graduates of Nepal’s first medical college. British Medical Journal. BMJ Publishing Group. 345; Aug 13: e4826. [Link]

Eyal N, Bärnighausen T. (2012). Precommitting to Serve the Underserved. American Journal of Bioethics; 12(5):23-34. [Link]

Eyal N. (2011). Why treat noncompliant patients? Beyond the decent minimum account. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy; 36(6):572-88. [Link]

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Global Health

Health Care Administration

Medicine (General)


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College’s Principal’s Series: Interdisciplinarity In Action.  Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, UBC Creative Writing professor Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first  collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books. All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.  Rhea Tregebov, is professor at the Creative Writing Program, UBC.  This lecture is part of the ongoing Green College Principal’s Series: Thinking at the Edge of Reading: Interdisciplinarity in Action.


Rhea Tregebov is the author of poetry, fiction and children’s picture books. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where she teaches poetry, children’s literature and literary translation. Her work has received a number of literary awards, including the J. I. Segal Award for fiction, the Pat Lowther Award, the Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award, and the Malahat Review Long Poem Award.

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Tregebov, Rhea. (2012). All Souls. Montreal, Quebec : Signal Editions. [Link]

Tregebov, Rhea. (2009). The Knife Sharpener’s Bell. Regina, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books. [Link]

Tregebov, Rhea (Ed.). (2007). Arguing With The Storm: Stories By Yiddish Women Writers. Toronto, Ontario: Sumach Press. [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College’s Population Health Lecture Series.  Jeffrey T. Parsons’ general research interests are health behaviors (e.g., HIV prevention, HIV medication adherence, sexual behavior, substance use/abuse); GLBTQ issues; interventions designed to change sexual/drug using behaviors among various populations; club drug use (ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine.  He is the Director of the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST).  All CHEST projects are based on theories of health behavior change and are designed to reduce the spread of HIV and/or to improve the lives of persons with HIV.  Jeffrey T. Parsons is Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Dr. Jeffrey T. Parson’s is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College. His general research interests are health behaviors (e.g., HIV prevention, HIV medication adherence, sexual behavior, substance use/abuse); GLBTQ issues; interventions designed to change sexual/drug using behaviors among various populations; club drug use (ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine).

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Bunupuradah, T., Koken, J. A., Naar-King, S., Panthong, A., Parsons, J. T., Phanuphak, P., Phonphithak, S., Rongkavilit, C., Saengcharnchai, P., Wang, B. (2013). Motivational Interviewing Targeting Risk Behaviors for Youth Living with HIV in Thailand. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 17, Issue 6, 2063-2074. [Link]

Golub, S. A., Parsons, J. T., Tomassilli, J.C.,  (2013). What’s Sex Got to Do with It? The Role of Sexual Affect in the Relationship Between HIV Stigma and Mental Health. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 17, Issue 5, 1771-1774. [Link]

Botsko, M., Golub, S.A., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Parsons, J.T. (2013). Predictors of Day-Level Sexual Risk for Young Gay and Bisexual Men. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 17, Issue 4, 1465-1477. [Link]

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Sexuality, Sex, and Gender Studies

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College’s Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor Lecture Series. As part of the “Richard V. Ericson Lecture,” Martha Fineman develops the concepts of vulnerability and resilience in order to argue for a more responsive state and a more egalitarian society. Vulnerability is and should be understood to be both universal and constant, inherent in the human condition and not marking the difference between most of us and certain stigmatized “populations.” The vulnerability approach is an alternative to traditional equal protection analysis; it represents a post-identity inquiry in that it is not focused only on discrimination against defined groups, but concerned with privilege and favor conferred on limited segments of the population by the state directly and through the institutions it brings into existence through law and subsequently regulates and maintains. As such, vulnerability analysis concentrates on the role of those institutions and structures in allocating and generating resilience with which to manage our common vulnerabilities. This approach has the potential to move us beyond the stifling confines of current discrimination-based models toward a more substantive vision of equality.


Martha Albertson Fineman is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor. An internationally recognized law and society scholar, Fineman is a leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence. Her scholarly interests are the legal regulation of family and intimacy and the legal implications of universal dependency and vulnerability.

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Fineman, Martha Albertson. (2011). Gender, Equality, and the Human Condition. In J. Jones, A. Grear and R. Fenton (Eds.). Gender, Sexualities, and Law. New York : Routledge. [Link]

Fineman, Martha Albertson. (2011). Responsibility, Family, and the Limits of Equality: An American Perspective. In C. Lind, H. Keating, and I. Bridgeman (Eds.), Taking Responsibility, Law and the Changing Family. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. [Link]

Fineman, Martha Albertson. (2011). Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory. New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2011. [Link]

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Law – Beginning Your Research

Law – Interdisciplinary and News Indexes & Databases

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College’s Thematic Series: Public Health Law and Policy in Asia. This talk explores access to justice issues in different Asia pacific countries that arise in the health care context. The issues are examined from the perspectives of global health and instances of medical malpractice. Les Jacobs is Full Professor at the Law & Society/Political Science and Director of the York Centre for Public Policy and Law.


Les Jacobs is Professor of Law & Society and Political Science at York University and Executive Director of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. His research interests are in Human Rights, Law and Justice, Public Policy, Health and Human Rights, and Access to Justice.

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Azmi, S. Foster, L., Jacobs, L.A. (2012). Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society. Toronto: Irwin Law Books with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. [Link]

Jacobs, L.A. (2012). Gender, Trade Liberalization, and Tobacco Control in China. In Pitman Potter and Heather Gibb, (Eds.), Gender Equality Rights and Trade Regimes: Coordinating Compliance. Ottawa: North South Institute. pp. 141-158. [Link]

Jacobs, L.A. (2011). China’s Capacity to Respond to the H1N1 Pandemic Alert and Future Global Public Health Crises: A Policy Window For Canada. In Pitman Potter & Thomas Adams (Eds.), Issues in Canada-China Relation. Toronto: Canadian International Council. pp. 333-343. [Link]

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