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The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies

The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is an annual dialogue series hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues and made possible by a generous gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02). Created to address the most urgent issues of our time, the initiative invites prominent American scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to conduct research and share ideas with students, faculty and the wider community on a particular theme.

The focus of the Lind Initiative’s inaugural year, 2015, was on inequality. The dialogue was led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who joined UBC to teach and lecture in a course specially designed around the theme of inequality. Learn more on our Past Series page.

The focus of 2016 is the U.S. Election Campaign. Through high profile speakers, discussions with UBC students, faculty, alumni and community, The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies aims to provoke a national conversation around issues such as hyper conservatism and widening rifts in the two major political parties. Please join us by registering for our events on our Current Series page.

The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies values diverse perspectives. We strive to provide an inclusive dialogue in each series.

The  Liu Institute for Global Issues is an interdisciplinary research hub for emerging global issues in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The Liu Institute strives to catalyze innovative thinking and positive change, bridging the gap between academics and practitioners to transform research into actions. A policy-led approach encourages examination of economic, social and environmental interactions and solutions that advance sustainability, security and social justice, particularly in lower income communities.