Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumniUBC

Throughout his career, including his three terms as mayor of the City of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi has always emphasized the importance of civic engagement. On November 1st, join fellow UBC alumni, students, and friends in Vancouver for the next Master Mind Master Class where he will deliver the talk “Creating the Cities and Country We Deserve.”

The Master Mind Master Class speaker series is an alumni UBC program that offers an unprecedented look into the minds of modern thinkers making a unique impact on the world, and the lessons they’ve learned.

Speaker Biography
Naheed Nenshi, A’paistootsiipsii, was sworn in as Calgary’s 36th mayor on October 25, 2010 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

Prior to being elected, Mayor Nenshi was with McKinsey and Company, later forming his own business to help public, private and non-profit organizations grow. He designed policy for the Government of Alberta, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, and worked with the United Nations to determine how business can help the poorest people on the planet. He then entered academia, where he was Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business.

For his work, Mayor Nenshi was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, was awarded the President’s Award from the Canadian Institute of Planners, and received the Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Psychological Association for his contributions to community mental health. In 2013, after his stewardship of the community during devastating flooding, Maclean’s magazine called him the second-most influential person in Canada, after the Prime Minister. He was also awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the UK-based City Mayor’s Foundation as the best mayor in the world.

In 2014, he was also honoured by Elder Pete Standing Alone with the Blackfoot name A’paistootsiipsii, which means “Clan Leader” or “He who moves camp and the others follow”. In 2016, Elder Bruce Starlight of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation honoured him with the name Iitiya: “Always Ready”.

Mayor Nenshi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, where he was President of the Students’ Union, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

Moderator Biography
Anita Bathe

As the lead reporter for CBC News at 6pm, Anita Bathe takes viewers through some of the most important stories happening around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley every night. Anita is an award-winning journalist for her coverage of breaking news.  She has been awarded two local BCAB awards, two local RTDNA awards, a national RTDNA, and the Jack Webster Fellowship. Her job is different every day and that’s what she loves about it.  One day she will be out covering the latest news on BC’s premier, the next day she may be braving the elements bringing live coverage of the latest snowfall.

When she’s not working, Anita enjoys experiencing new places and new cultures through travel. She can also be found reading a good book or attempting to cook up a new dish.

How can rigorous research help us advance the concept and practice of social justice?  In the fourth event of the 2017 PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, join us as eight doctoral students from the Public Scholars Initiative have seven minutes each to talk about their research on, and search for, social justice. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Vancouver Public Library as part of the Public Scholars Initiative.


Emma Feltes (Anthropology) works in partnership with Indigenous activists to delve into the history of the “Constitution Express”—a movement in the 1980s to assert Indigenous rights, nationhood, and self-determination during the patriation of Canada’s Constitution— with a view to inform our relations today.

Jocelyn Fraser (Mining Engineering) focuses on social risk and social responsibility in the international mining sector with a particular focus in Arequipa, Peru, where she investigates ways how mining companies can collaborate with communities to deliver tangible social benefits.

Maggie Low (IRES) collaborates with the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella, BC, to investigate the implementation of a large scale land use agreement between Coastal First Nations and the BC government, as well the implications of the agreement for Indigenous well-being and governance.

Kyle Loewen (Geography) partners with labour communities in the US who are employed in “last-mile” delivery—the distance between retailer warehouses and a consumer’s home—to address labour-related issues and improve working conditions in this sector.

Jeremy Stone (Planning) collaborates with urban community organisations in Vancouver and New Orleans to explore gentrification practices in these cities from a multidisciplinary perspective, and seeks to increase the resilience of neighborhoods in the face of catastrophic change.

Yemi Adeyeye (Forestry) collaborates with Natura Foundation Bolivia to explore the issues of participation, knowledge production and roles of different actors in the development of an indigenous-driven environmental intervention in Bolivia.

Alicia Luedke (Political Science) investigates the impact of global policies seeking to prevent and prohibit the use of sexual violence in war on armed group practices of rape and other-related offenses in conflict situations.

Sarah Fessenden (Anthropology) teams up with “Food Not Bombs” activists to understand and address commercial food-waste in the face of hunger; she works closely with donors and anti-hunger activists to find empowering ways of getting otherwise wasted food to people in need.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Feltes, E. (2015). Research as Guesthood: The Memorial to Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Resolving Indigenous-Settler Relations in British Columbia. [Link]

Feltes, E. “We will help each other to be great and good”: The Memorial to Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Resolving Indigenous-State Relations in Canada. [Link]

Fraser, J. Corporate responsibility and advocacy conviction: How the forces of passion and reason shape contemporary industrial issues. [Link]

Low, M. M. Negotiating Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements in British Columbia, Canada. [Link]

Loewen, K. (2012). From Problems of Citizenship to Questions of Action. [Link]

Adeyeye, Y. et al. (2017). Human(e) Interactions with the Environment. [Link]

Luedke, A. E. (2014). Three types of wartime sexual violence: Recruitment and retention of armed combatants in civil war. [Link]

Fessenden, S. G. (2017). “We just wanna warm some bellies” : Food not bombs, anarchism, and recycling wasted food for protest . [Link]

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Vancouver Institute. A native of South Africa, Ms. Logan has earned a reputation as one of the world’s best foreign correspondents, reporting stories from most of the world’s major conflict zones including Egypt, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Israel and Kosovo. Her courageous work has earned her some of the most prestigious awards in her field, including a duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, an Emmy, an Overseas Press Club Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and five American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards. She was the only journalist from an American network in Baghdad when the U.S. military invaded the city, reporting live from Firdos Square as the statue of Saddam fell. Before formally joining CBS, Ms. Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience in the international broadcast news arena with ITN and Fox/SKY, ABC, NBC, CNN and the European Broadcast Union. This lecture is cosponsored by UBC’s Global Reporting Centre.

This event took place on September 17, 2016.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Beg, M. A. (1999). National security: Diplomacy and defence. Rawalpindi: FRIENDS Publication. [Available at Koerner Library- UA853.P3 B444 1999]

Snow, D., & Taylor & Francis eBooks (2016). Thinking about national security [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides

Government Publications-U.S Statistical Resources

Newspapers and News Sources

Saturday, November 12, 2016

8:15 PM

UBC, Woodward IRC Lecture Hall 2, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Walter "Robby" Robinson

Walter “Robby” Robinson

Mr. Walter “Robby” Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Boston Globe where he currently holds the title of Editor-At-Large.  He led the Globe‘s coverage of the Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal, for which the newspaper won, and he personally accepted the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.  He ran the newspaper’s investigate Spotlight Team for seven years.  He was portrayed by Michael Keaton in the 2015 film Spotlight, the winner for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards.

UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Program presents “Sexual Violence in Asian Communities in Canada.”

Join Dr. Nora Angeles, Dr. JP Catungal, and K.Ho as they discuss sexual violence in Asian communities in Canada. The audience will engage in a facilitated dialogue with the panelists as we explore how sexual violence impacts Asian communities in Canada through the context of colonization and racism. How might certain cultural codes inform sexual violence against women and LGBTQ people in Asian communities in Canada? What can these communities do to address sexual violence, keeping in mind particular histories of violence and oppression? We invite you to explore these questions and more in this engaging panel discussion with ACAM faculty, students, and friends. As well, Dr. CJ Rowe will be present to talk about support services available at UBC and in the larger Vancouver community.

This event took place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation on March 18, 2016.

Speaker Bios

Leonora (Nora) C Angeles is Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program at the University of British Columbia. She is currently the Graduate Program Advisor of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also faculty research associate at the UBC Centre for Human Settlements where she has been involved in a number of applied research and capacity-building research projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. Her continuing research and interests are on community and international development studies and social policy, participatory planning and governance, participatory action research, and the politics of transnational feminist networks, women’s movements and agrarian issues, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.

Dr. JP Catungal is Instructor I (Tenure-Track) in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in the GRSJ Institute. His teaching interests include anti-racist feminisms, queer-of-colour critique, the politics of knowledge production, and migration and diaspora studies. JP’s research develops queer-of-colour and anti-racist feminist interventions in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is also engaged in ongoing work on racial geographies of sexual health, alignments between homonationalism and straight allyship, and queer-of-colour theorizing in Filipinx-Canadian studies.

K is a queer, non-binary Chinese settler raised in unceded Coast Salish territories. They put energy into QTIPOC communities, representations, and activisms. Currently, they are facilitating a student directed seminar titled “Voices from the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Race, Sexuality, and Settler Colonialism,” focusing on women of colour and Indigenous feminisms, queer of colour critiques, and community- and art-based resistance movements. K is an editor for The Talon and a portrait photographer whose work is framed in community representation and radical visibility.

CJ Rowe is a Diversity Advisor, Sexual Assault Intervention & Prevention in Student Development and Services at UBC and received a Ph.D. in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education in 2014. CJ’s work as a Diversity Advisor, uses a feminist intersectional approach to provide leadership in the development and implementation of the University’s Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education plan. CJ’s research interests include queer theory, postfeminism, embodied pedagogy, performance studies, and women’s music.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Basanti-Sidhu, H. (. (2013). Sexual Abuse in the South Asian Diaspora Community of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. [Link]

Hodgson, J. F., & Kelley, D. S. (2002;2001;). Sexual violence: Policies, practices, and challenges in the united states and canada. Westport, Conn: Praeger. [Link]

Postmus, J. L., & Gale (Firm). (2013;2012;). Sexual violence and abuse: An encyclopedia of prevention, impacts, and recovery. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO. [Link]

Thiara, R. K., Gill, A. K., & Ebrary Academic Complete (Canada) Subscription Collection. (2009;2010;). Violence against women in south asian communities: Issues for policy and practice. London;Philadelphia, PA;: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides

Asian Canadian Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies


Canada has been lauded for its generosity in striving to welcome and resettle some 25,000 Syrian refugees over the coming months, a stark contrast to our neighbours south of the border. However, critics have expressed concern about whether such a large scale resettlement project can be undertaken in a safe and responsible way within such a short timeline.

In response to recent security concerns, Canada has limited the immigration flow to women, children and families and excluded single males – a decision applauded by some and criticized by others as being discriminatory. And, while providing asylum to 25,000 displaced Syrians is a good start, it pales in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of refugees taken in by European countries and the Middle East.

On Tuesday, February 2, our panel of experts addressed these critical issues regarding the influx of Syrian refugees to Canada and also discussed what this mass diaspora means for Canadians and for future Canadian immigration and refugee policies.

Presented by the Peter A. Allard School of Law, in partnership with alumni UBC

This event took place on February 2, Tuesday 2016, 5:30-8:00pm at CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC.


Daniel Getz, JD’10, Executive Producer, CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing


Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, LLB’95, Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law and an expert in the area of refugee, immigration and citizenship law.

Dr. Dan Hiebert, Professor, UBC Department of Geography and an expert on international migration including everything from Canadian immigration policy and security concerns to the integration of newcomers into Canada’s urban centres.

Mr. Chris Friesen, Director of Settlement Services, Immigrant Services Society of BC. who is leading a multi-year initiative to design and build a Metro Vancouver Regional Service Centre for Refugees.

Panelist Biographies

Daniel GetzDaniel Getz, JD’10, Executive Producer, CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing
Daniel Getz is the executive producer of CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing, a newscast that airs three times nightly, tracking the latest national and international stories as they develop and unfold. Getz’s journalism career at the CBC has spanned more than 15 years, in roles such as researcher, reporter, field producer, senior show producer and now executive producer. He has also produced award-winning federal and provincial election specials. Getz returned to journalism in 2012, after a brief stint working as a litigator with an interest in media law in a large downtown firm in Vancouver. He is a graduate of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the B.C. Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics and McGill University. Getz is also an instructor in the journalism program at BCIT, teaching media law to broadcast journalism students.

Catherine Dauvergne, LLB’95, Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Dean DauvergneCatherine took up the Deanship of the Peter A. Allard School of Law in July 2015. Professor Dauvergne has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law for twenty years.  She has written three books that take a broad perspective on the theoretical underpinnings of these areas of law, including considering how human rights principles and discourses fit into a migration and citizenship framework. Dauvergne has recently held a major research grant examining the failure of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect non-citizens.  She is currently working on an Australian Research Council grant analyzing gendered aspects of refugee determination.  From 2013 to 2015, Dauvergne was the Research  Director for the Michigan Colloquium on Challenges to International Refugee Law. In 2012, Catherine Dauvergne was made a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation in recognition of her contributions to public discourse in Canada. Her book The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Societies will be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2016.

Dan Hiebert, Professor, UBC Department of Geography
Dan HiebertDan Hiebert has two main research interests. The first, and most important to him, is international migration. At the broadest scale, this includes the issue of policy and regulatory systems and how they shape migration, and also how people become mobile, with or without the consent of states. Hiebert tries to understand Canadian immigration policy within this wider context, and consider it in relation to the policies of other countries, especially in Europe and Australasia. At the local scale he studies the consequences of immigration in Canadian cities, highlighting Vancouver’s situation (with a foreign-born population approaching one million). More specifically, he looks at the integration of newcomers in the labour and housing markets of cities, and how this changes their residential structure and social relations. This work is highly integrated with public policy, and Hiebert participates in advisory roles at the local and national level in Canada, and also has regular interaction with government agencies in several other countries. Second, he is working with a large network of scholars on the issue of national security and its relationship with human rights and is particularly interested in the way this relationship evolves in a society like Canada’s, with a high degree of ethno-cultural diversity and strong transnational connections.

Chris FriesenMr. Chris Friesen, Director of Settlement Services, Immigrant Services Society of BC.
Chris Friesen has been the Director of Settlement Services, Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), one of Canada’s largest multicultural immigrant serving agencies, for over 20 years. He is a frequent speaker on a wide range of immigrant and refugee settlement related topics both in Canada and abroad. Chris is currently leading a multi-year initiative to design and build a Metro Vancouver Regional Service Centre for refugees located in Vancouver. In spring 2016, this 58,000 square foot facility will become the first facility of its kind in the world, bringing together a variety of community and government services and organizations that will meet the immediate needs of refugees settling in BC. Among his many community leadership roles, Chris is currently President and a founding member of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA/ACSEI) as well as co-chair of the National Settlement Council. During 2013 Mr. Friesen was the NGO Focal Point for the UNHCR 2013 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement in Geneva, Switzerland.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Adelman, H., York University (Toronto, Ont.). Centre for Refugee Studies, & Center for Migration Studies (U.S.). (1991). Refugee policy: Canada and the united states (1st ed.). Staten Island, N.Y;Toronto;: Centre for Refugee Studies, York University. [Available at Koerner Library – JV7243 .R44 1991]

HeinOnline U.S. Congressional Documents Library. (2013). Examining the syrian refugee crisis: Hearing before the subcommittee on the middle east and north africa of the committee on foreign affairs, house of representatives, one hundred thirteenth congress, first session [Link]

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Political Science

Public Policy

“We Feel Fine”: Big Data Observations about State Institutions and Social Inclusion
Dr. Victoria L. Lemieux, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (on leave) and Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank

Event Details

Abstract of the Talk: On December 17th, 2010, a Tunisian fruit vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi took a can of gasoline and set himself on fire in front of the local governor’s office. Bouazizi’s actions resulted from having his fruit cart confiscated by local police and his frustration at not obtaining an audience with the local governor; his death is said to have sparked what we now know as the “Arab Spring.” The events leading up to and during the Arab Spring raise questions of what causes citizens to protest against their governments? Theorists from different disciplines have put forward many explanations of such events but in this project, Dr. Lemieux discusses her work leading an international research team investigating the relationship between social protest and citizen trust. Though motivated by the Arab Spring, the study focuses on protests during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Football Event that took place in Brazil from 12 June – 13 July 2014. The study is an exploratory one in which the team has drawn upon public administration and political science literature relating to trust in government, as well as from literature on social protest theory from social psychology and sociology. Operationalizing the construct of trust in the study as a measure of the sentiment expressed in the content of twitter data, the team built a tool for and conducted a visual analysis of sentiment classified Twitter data to derive insights about the following research questions: 1) how did citizens feel about their state institutions around the time of the protests, 2) how did these feelings connect to their sentiments about Brazilian Federal and State Government and politicians and 3) how did such sentiments translate into collective behaviours? The results of the study reveal that the 2014 World Cup protests in Brazil sprang from a wide range of grievances coupled with a relative sense of deprivation compared with emergent comparative ‘standards’.  This sense of grievance gave rise to sentiments that activated online protest and may have led to other forms of social protest, such as street demonstrations.

Biography of the Speaker: Dr. Victoria Lemieux is a Senior Public Sector Specialist (Information Management) and an Associate Professor of Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia (on leave). She has held positions as a professional archivist, records manager and risk manager within the public sector and private sectors, and in higher education as an administrator and educator. She has also consulted previously for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the World Bank. Her current research is focused on risk to the availability of trustworthy records, in particular in financial contexts, and how these risks impact upon transparency, financial stability, public accountability and human rights. She holds a doctorate from University College London (Archival Studies, 2002), which focused on the information-related causes of the Jamaican Banking Crisis and, since 2005, has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She is also the winner of the 2015 Emmett Leahy Award which recognizes an individual whose contributions and accomplishments have had a major impact on the records and information management profession.


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and program sponsored by the Institute for Asian Research, Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS, CNRS, Oxford University, Waseda University,and Stanford University.

Speakers: Joseph Caron (Former Canadian Ambassador to Japan), Takeo Hoshi (Stanford), Kenji Kushida (Stanford), Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS), Miyajima Hideaki (Waseda), Sako Mari (Oxford) and Yves Tiberghien (UBC)

JOSEPH CARON is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia. He is a former Canadian High Commissioner to India and former Canadian Ambassador to China and Japan.

TAKEO HOSHI is Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at the Graduate School of Business, and Director of the Japan Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (S-APARC), all at Stanford University.

KENJI KUSHIDA is the Research Associate in the Japan Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a graduate research associate at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. Kushida’s research interests are in the fields of comparative politics, political economy, and information technology. He focuses mainly on Japan with comparisons to Korea, China, and the United States.

SEBASTIEN LECHEVALIER is Associate Professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He is also President of Fondation France Japon de l’EHESS (EHESS Paris日仏財団) and director of the French network of Asian Studies (http://www.reseau-asie.com/). His research focuses on the Japanese economy, corporate diversity, evolution of welfare systems in Asia, and inequalities.


MARI SAKO is Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, Co-Director of the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms and a Professorial Fellow of New College, Oxford. Her most recent work has focused on business and professional services and on outsourcing. Her work on business services in the UK has attracted the interest of UK policy makers. Her work on outsourcing has been mentioned in the Economist, the Financial Times, the Times, and the Economic Times of India.

YVES TIBERGHIEN (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002) is the Director of Institute for Asian Research (IAR) and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Research, at the Center for Japanese Research, and at the Institute for European Studies at UBC, as well as a Research Associate at Science Po Paris and at the Asia Centre (Paris).

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