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The Lind Initiative


The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is an annual dialogue series, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, created to address the most urgent issues of our time. The Lind Initiative seeks to inspire students to become cultural, business, political and thought leaders and to ignite students’ critical and creative thinking to become active and informed global leaders. The Lind Initiative invites prominent scholars, writers, and intellectuals to UBC to discuss dimensions of inequality such as race, gender, environment, and development.


The Lind Initiative is made possible by a gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02), Vice-Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. with the goal of strengthening relationships and building understanding between Canada and the U.S. The focus of the Lind Initiative’s inaugural year is Inequality.


2015 Fall Series


The dialogue was led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who joins UBC to teach and lecture. Please click here for video footage of Global Development & Economic Governance: A Discussion with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz that took place on September 24, 2015 on UBC’s Point Grey campus. (Video Part 2 and Part 3 are available on YouTube).


Speakers included:

Jeffrey Sachs, economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Please find a video of his talk here.

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times in conversation with CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti on October 30. Please find a compilation of tweets here. Please find a video of the event here.

Teju Cole, author of Open City and Every Day is for the Thief on November 6. Please find a compilation of tweets here.

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada on November 10. Please find a compilation of tweets here. View the talk online.

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel-prize winning economist and leading thinker on inequality on November 20. View the talk online.

Please find more details about each talk on the Lind Initiative website. To learn more about this initiative, read the UBC Press Release.

GPP 591: Global Inequality and the Work of Joseph Stiglitz

UBC delivered a 1.5 credit graduate course, GPP 591, taught by Professor Taylor Owen on global inequality which featured Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in economics in Fall 2015. Dr. Stiglitz is a professor at Columbia University, former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and author of several books, the most recent being the best seller, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them (2015).  The course features guest lectures by Professor Joseph Stiglitz and other preeminent scholars and leaders from diverse fields.

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