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The Lind Initiative brings leading U.S. scholars to UBC
Description: A Nobel Prize-winning economist and expert on inequality is the first of many exceptional American scholars who will visit UBC
Date: 24 September 2015
Author: UBC Public Affairs
Source: UBC Public Affairs


Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, professor and author, visited UBC in September and will again visit in November as part of the new Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies, a $3-million donation from alumnus and long-time supporter Phil Lind. This program, led by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, will bring prominent academics to UBC to conduct research and share ideas with students, faculty and the wider community.

“I’m honoured to establish this initiative,” said Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. “It will attract outstanding American scholars whose work contributes to practical solutions in critical fields that impact Canada-U.S. relations.”

Other speakers who will visit UBC this fall as part of the Lind Initiative include:

  • Jill Abramson – former executive editor of the New York Times;
  • Andrew Sullivan – journalist and publisher of The Dish
  • Teju Cole – author of Open City and Every Day is for the Thief

Dr. Stiglitz, a Columbia University professor and former chief economist at the World Bank, has written and spoken extensively about inequality. During his UBC visits, he will participate in classes and events with various UBC groups, including the Liu Institute, the Department of Political Science, the Vancouver School of Economics, the Sauder School of Business and the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

His keynote address on November 20, 2015, “The Great Divide: The causes and consequences of inequality and what we can do about it,” will be open to the public. Learn more on the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies website.

Please read the UBC media release.

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