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The Metaphysics of Data Capital

Leif Weatherby
This talk traces the origins of data capital to the work of cybernetics founder Warren McCulloch and economist Friedrich Hayek, who borrowed heavily from German Idealism in providing the basis for the new economy. When data is capital, dialectics becomes the form of capitalism - and issues a challenge to rethink the work of critique.

The Vaccine Race : An Astonishing History and a Challenging Present

Meredith Wadman
A senior reporter for Science since 2016, Dr. Wadman has covered the politics and policy of medical research from Washington for 20 years. She has been a staff writer for Nature and a contributing writer at Fortune. Her opinion articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her book The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease, a Washington Post Notable Book of...

Trumpocracy : a conversation with David Frum

David Frum
Join us for a Q&A with David Frum moderated by GRC Director Peter Klein. Frum is the author of TRUMPOCRACY: The Corruption of the American Republic. He is also a Senior Editor at The Atlantic. From 2014 through 2017, he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the leading UK center-right think tank, Policy Exchange. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush; in 2007-2008, as senior...

The Legacy of Bambule (1970) : On the Perils of the Memory Culture of the German 68 Movement

Andreas Stuhlmann
The fiftieth anniversary of the events of 1968 and the fortieth anniversary of the crisis of the so-called ‘Deutsche Herbst’ (German Autumn) of 1977/78 have rekindled interest in the history of the TV drama. Bambule (Riot). It is the story of rebellion in an institution for girls. It was a joint project of director Eberhard Itzenplitz and journalist Ulrike Meinhof, but it never aired until 1994. My talk will focus the work on a critical...

Are Bees Really Dying? : Are We the Cause or the Solution?

Leonard J. Foster
Dr. Foster is a Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Proteomics, and recipient of the 2017 Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence. His research identifies disease resistance genes in bees and covers such topics as pathogen invasion, infection and the mapping of protein interactions. His objective is to reverse the decline of honeybee numbers and build genetic traits that make them more resistant to disease. Dr. Foster works with beekeepers, economists and biologists across North America...

Of War and Remembrance : Canada and the Great War

Davis Wade
Dr. Davis is an award-winning anthropologist, ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. He was named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, and described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” His research has inspired numerous documentary films as well as three episodes of the television series, The X-Files. He is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the...

Climate Change and Problem Solving Amongst Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers : A case study from Lake Baikal

Andrzej Weber
Dr. Weber is the director of the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project, an international multidisciplinary team of scholars focusing on the bio-archaeology of individual life histories to understand hunter-gatherer cultural, biological and ecological interactions, as well as evolutionary trajectories in Northeast Asia. His research interests include archaeology of individual life histories; carbon, nitrogen, and strontium isotope analyses; mobility and migrations; diet; subsistence; population size and distribution; and mechanisms of cultural transmission. His archaeological fieldwork has been featured...

Evidence in Medicine : What is it? How do we determine it? And how do we use it to help shape better outcomes?

Kay Dickersin
Dr. Dickersin, a zoologist and epidemiologist by training, has conducted studies in a number of important subject areas, including women’s health, eyes and vision, and surgery. Her major research interests are related to randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta analysis, reporting biases, trials registers, peer review, evidence-based health care, and patient-centered outcomes research. She has led and participated in research on reporting biases since the 1980s. Among her many honours, Dr. Dickersin is an...

The Ghosts of Europe : The return of tyranny, nationalism, racism and denial to Central Europe

Anna Porter
Ms. Porter is among Canada’s most respected book publishers (founder of Key Porter Books in 1982) and novelist covering a broad range of topics and published internationally in several languages. Her latest work is her memoir In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time. Her book The Ghosts of Europe won the 2010 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, while Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner,...

Pitchpoling : Moby-Dick, a Speculative History

Markus Krajewski
Since 2006, an interdisciplinary group of German scholars have met annually to work on an ambitious goal: producing a historically grounded, analytical commentary for each one of Moby-Dick’s chapters. This comprehensive, speculative-historical commentary inquires after the colossal importance of Moby-Dick as a work of cultural self-description, while also looking into the ambiguous and conflicted symbol of the novel’s white whale. As one of the initiators of the project, Markus Krajewski speaks about the overall scope...

Simmel’s Sense of Modernity : Adventures in Time and Space

Kemple, Thomas M., 1962-
Among the many ways of making sense of modernity, one to say that the present is built on the ruins of the past, and that experience itself is fragmentary; another is to say that the contemporary world is a kind controlled experiment on nature and ourselves, but an experiment that now seems to be tragically out of control. The philosopher and sociologist Georg Simmel (1956-1918) suggests that the current moment might also be pictured as...

Open But Not Free : Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship

Melissa Ashman, Sanjaya Mishra, Carol Munoz Nieves, Juliet O'Brien & Bronwen Sprout
In recent years, the open scholarship movement has gained momentum by aiming to fundamentally transform how knowledge is created and shared. Making open access, open data, and open education the default in higher education promises to remove barriers to learning and make knowledge as broadly accessible as possible. In practice, though, the rise of open scholarship has resulted in new challenges for practitioners and stakeholders working within a system in transition. To what extent do...

Imagining a Healthy City of the Future

Michael Brauer
North American cities are auto-centric, but research shows that pollution, traffic noise, the amount of greenery, and walkability can all impact our health. For example, research shows that people who live close to a major road are more at risk of dying of heart disease. With this in mind, 2017 Wall Scholar Michael Brauer imagines what healthier cities could look like in the future.

Mind in motion

Kalina Christoff
Is an idle brain a bad thing? What are the best ways to exercise the brain? Research shows that the human brain is surprisingly active during periods of rest. 2017 Wall Scholar Kalina Christoff discusses her research on mind wandering and our misconceptions on what constitutes an active mind.

Energy convergence

Walter Mérida
As vehicles and road infrastructure become integrated, many new business models become possible. Buildings, electric cars and parking lots may become active participants in energy management schemes. 2017 Wall Scholar Walter Mérida explores the ethical, economic and social implications of transportation systems in a low-carbon economy.

Monsoon Islam : Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast

Sebastian R. Prange
In the medieval period, a distinct form of islamic thought and practice developed within the world of the Indian Ocean. 2017 Wall Scholar Sebastian Prange explains how monsoon Islam was shaped by merchants and commercial interests rather than in battle.

How climate change could deplete global fish stocks

William Cheung
Join Wall Scholar William Cheung to learn how climate change impacting marine fisheries and ecosystems. Cheung also discusses how we can mitigate this growing problem.

Food Fraud in Canada : Can we control it?

Xiaonan Lu
Join Wall Scholar Xiaonan Lu to learn how Seafood Fraud impacts our health, economies, and trust in governance. He proposes concrete solutions to address this widespread problem

Building on your Passions (Wesbrook Talks)

Michael Audain
On September 18th, alumni UBC and Wesbrook Village will present the second in the series of Wesbrook Talks, featuring arts supporter, Polygon Homes chairman and start an evolution campaign cabinet member, Michael Audain, BA’62, BSW’63, MSW’65, LLD’14, OC, OBC. Find out how he got started in the home building business, and hear about the influences that shaped his long, successful career and inspired his philanthropy.

Developing a learning model for teaching film production online : [supplementary material]

Eva Ziemsen
The attached files are supplements to the author's doctoral dissertation at http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63862.

Turn Meaning On/Off : The Flip and Flop of "Understanding" Media

Bernhard Siegert
German Media Theory started out in the 1980s with the guiding assumptions that information was as the limit of literature and technology that of interpretation. However, the relationship between the humanities and technology needs to be reviewed both in archaeological and methodological ways. The concept of interpretation, instead of being totally discarded, is in need of a redefinition that takes into account its limits, interruptions, disruptions, and empty spaces of sense-making. Now, more than 30...

Robson Reading Series at IKBLC Presents "Falling in Time"

C. E. Gatachalian
Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. C.E. Gatachalian will be reading from his new book, "Falling In Time." Gatchalian is a playwright, fiction writer, poet, editor, and teacher.

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