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UBC South-North Studies Chair to be Re-named in Ivan Head's Honour
UBC South-North Studies Chair to be Re-named in Ivan Head's Honour
Michelle Cook
December 13, 2004
UBC’s Chair in South-North Studies will be re-named in honour of the late Dr. Ivan Head, the Chair’s first holder, at a memorial service being held today at the university. As part of the re-dedication, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and UBC will each contribute $500,000 to enhance the Chair’s current endowment of $1.7 million. IDRC, a crown corporation, is one of the world’s leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges facing developing countries. UBC hopes to raise $3 million total in funding with the goal of attracting world-renowned scholars to the Chair. Dr. Head, who passed away on November 1, 2004 in North Vancouver at the age of 74, was a professor of law and founding director of UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues. He spent ten years with former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau advising on foreign policy and the conduct of foreign affairs. As president of the IDRC from 1978 to 1991, Dr. Head set the standard for innovation and excellence in supporting developing country scholars and institutions to undertake research they recognized as important to the development of their regions. ”Ivan Head was an outstanding scholar and diplomat with a deep understanding of international law, and he recognized that the best way to achieve global peace and security is to help the people of all nations improve the quality of their lives through social and economic reform based on justice and tolerance,“ said UBC president Martha Piper. ”By dedicating the South-North Chair in his honour, we hope to give scholars worldwide the opportunity to add to Dr. Head’s great body of research on South-North issues.“ ”Ivan Head grasped the implications of the widening gap between people of the South and North as well as anyone and better than most. What made him a giant of his time was what he did about it. Through this Chair, his work is continuing,“ said IDRC president Maureen O’Neil. UBC’s Chair in South North Studies was established at the Liu Institute for Global Issues in 1991 with support from IDRC. Dr. Head held the chair from 1991-2000. Recognition of Ivan Head’s Life and Legacy will be held today in the Great Hall of the First Nations House of Learning from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to: The Ivan Head South-North Chair, UBC UBC Development Office, 6253 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Contact: Michelle Messinger 604.822.8904 OR SOS Children’s Villages Canada Contact: 200 – 244 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y3 Phone: 613.232.3309
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