By Lindsay Marsh on March 14, 2017
Watch Professor Robert Reich in conversation with Professors Cristie Ford and Wei Cui of the Centre for Business Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC.
By Lindsay Marsh on March 2, 2017
Watch Prof. Robert Reich of UC Berkeley, a former US Labor Secretary and prolific author deliver his Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies lecture at UBC.
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By Lindsay Marsh on January 20, 2017
Robert Reich is the co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality For All (2013) which exposes the heart of widening inequality in the United States. Watch the official trailer here and learn more about the film on its official website.
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By Lindsay Marsh on November 2, 2016
How is it that Canada has Trudeau while the United States has Trump? As a tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign ends, this OpenCanada series explores the conditions that have set Canada up to emerge, in 2016, as a bright light on a dark political stage. The series is published as part of UBC’s fall 2016 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series. Explore the pieces below: Canadian Exceptionalism by Stephen Marche. No Matter Why Canadians are Different, We’re Just Happy We Are by Susan Delacourt. Mark Canada’s ‘Moment,’ But with More Honest Self-Examination by Luke Savage. If Anything, We Have Sound Immigration Policy to Thank by John Ibbitson. Canada is no Exception-Just Look at Its Record on Indigenous Rights by Andray Domise.
By Lindsay Marsh on October 17, 2016
Interviews and Live Taping Watch the 2016 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies Fall series video recordings on the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC YouTube channel. Also find interviews with speakers Peter Beinart and Jane Mayer on the U.S. Election. Watch by clicking on the links below: Sept. 15th, 2016: Editors David Frum and Peter Beinart, moderated by Andrew Coyne with introductory remarks by Liu Director Moura Quayle. Watch an interview by UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues with Peter Beinart, well-known columnist, author and Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at City University of New York. Beinart speaks about the role of media in the 2016 US presidential race, internal party politics. and a potential Clinton Administration’s foreign policy. Watch an interview by UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues with Andrew Coyne, political columnist and regular CBC panelist about the wider implications an American political unraveling. Sept. 23rd, 2016: Author & New Yorker Staff Writer Jane Mayer, moderated by UBC Journalism Professor Peter Klein. Watch an interview by the Liu Institute for Global Issues with Jane Mayer, staff writer at the New Yorker and author of “Dark Money.” Mayer provided UBC audiences with an acute analysis of how super PACs and big donor money has shaped the 2016 U.S. election, or in the case of the GOP, how this money failed to counter the rise of Trump.
By Lindsay Marsh on September 25, 2016
The Vancouver Sun’s Daphne Bramham interviewed investigative reporter Jane Mayer before her UBC talk on September 15th, 2016 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies Fall series on the U.S. election campaign. Mayer explores the power of “dark money,” which she claims makes up two-thirds of all campaign funds, due in large part to the billionaire Koch brothers. “Eighty per cent will be spent by Republican candidates for the senate, house of representatives and state governor.” Read more in this Vancouver Sun article.
By Lindsay Marsh on September 16, 2016
Author Jane Mayer explores the Koch brothers, the U.S. political right and the future of politics in America in this Maclean’s article, ahead of her talk at UBC on Sept. 23 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies fall series on the U.S. Election. Find the Maclean’s article here. Jane examines how a clutch of wealthy conservatives have unparalleled influence among top Republican politicians—and their ideas have been seeded by think tanks and academics those same businessmen have funded. As Jane shares “It’s hard to look at Trump as a hopeful sign because, in his own way, he is offering false solutions to many problems. The possibility exists that the Kochs will walk away with even more power if Trump’s defeated.” Jane Mayer is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the best-selling book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. We welcome you to share your comments on Jane Mayer’s article below.
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By Lindsay Marsh on September 15, 2016
David Frum and Peter Beinart, both editors at The Atlantic, weighed in on the forces transforming both Democrats and Republicans in this Maclean’s article. Each spoke at the University of British Columbia in Fall 2016 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series on the U.S. election campaign. Both Frum and Beinart argue that no matter the results of the election on Nov. 8, Americans will elect a president that the majority of Americans dislike. Read the Maclean’s interview here.
By Lindsay Marsh on August 30, 2016
The Politics of Inequality Series The inaugural 2015 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, examined the impacts of inequality in in its myriad forms: income, wealth, gender, race, marriage, globalization, and the environment. The Lind Initiative included a speaker series, featuring economists Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs, journalist Jill Abramson, author Teju Cole, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, as well as an upper-level university seminar led by Dr. Stiglitz. In partnership with the Lind Initiative and to align with its 2015 theme, OpenCanada.org focused its attention to matters of inequality with articles, essays, analyses and interviews with key experts, writers and scholars who explore the issue in depth. Through contributions from economist Dambisa Moyo, Aboriginal journalist Angela Sterritt, Harvard visiting professor Miles Corak, and Nick Malkoutzis of Athens’ Kathimerini English, among others, readers gained a better understanding of a crisis at the forefront of today’s politics in Canada and around the world. The Politics of Inequality series ran as a partnership between OpenCanada and the Lind Initiative at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in 2015.
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