The Trump Impact: Change, Challenges, Responses

A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.

― Dr. Robert Reich

The Trump Impact: Change, Challenges, Responses

The focus for the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series in Winter Term 2 at UBC Vancouver is The Trump Impact: Change, challenges, responses. The series will run from January to April, 2017.

The election of Donald Trump represents a seismic shift in U.S. policy and global affairs. Our current Lind Initiative series is led by economist, author, and former United States Labor Secretary Robert Reich to explore what the Trump presidency means for the U.S., Canada and the world.

Dr. Robert Reich served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. The Liu Institute is an interdisciplinary research hub for emerging global issues.


Dr. Robert Reich

Dr. Robert Reich

Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies

Dr. Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock”, “The Work of Nations,” and “Beyond Outrage,” and, his most recent, “Saving Capitalism.” He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality for All.


March 1st, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Guest Lecture by Dr. Robert Reich
UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program 

Dr. Robert Reich will deliver a guest lecture for UBC MPPGA students on the topic of “Evidence-based decision-making in the post-truth era.”

Please Note: This class is only open to students enrolled in GPP 505.

March 1st, 2017 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

A Conversation with Dr. Robert Reich 

Venue: Allard Hall, Franklin Lew Forum, 1822 East Mall, UBC

The Centre for Business Law and the Liu Institute for Global Issues are very pleased to be welcoming Robert Reich to the Allard School of Law for a public talk on March 1st.

All are welcome. No registration is required but we recommend that attendees arrive 20+ minutes early to secure a seat.

March 1st, 2017 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

UBC Student Roundtable
The Trump Effect: The Economy, with Dr. Robert Reich

Venue: Liu Institute for Global Issues Multipurpose (1st Floor), 6476 NW Marine Dr.

As the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies 2017 speaker series focuses on the impacts of the Trump presidency, we are hosting a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Labor, UC Berkeley professor, author and public intellectual Robert Reich. This student event takes place before Reich’s evening public lecture and is an opportunity for students to speak to and ask questions of Dr. Reich.

The conversation will focus on trade policy, the U.S. labour market and the automation of the economy.

UBC students from related disciplines are encouraged to attend. This discussion will be contingent upon questions from attendees, so students are asked to research and prepare questions in advance.

This event is offered to UBC students only on a first come, first serve basis. Seats are limited. Please RSVP to with your name, degree and year.

March 1st, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here?

Public Talk by Dr. Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley

Venue: Old Auditorium, 6344 Memorial Road V6T 1Z2, UBC. Please find a map here.

Leading the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies Term 2 series is Professor Robert Reich, whose public keynote talk will center on the relation between economics and politics, and, in particular, the rise of the anti-establishment. Join us for an engaging talk and Q&A.

Reich’s thesis, which tracks his most recent book “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” is that stagnant wages and increasing economic insecurity, coupled with evidence that the political economic system was corrupted by big money, has led to a huge anti-establishment wave. In the U.S., it was responsible in 2016 for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump; in Europe, for Brexit and the rise of more extremist politics. Racism and xenophobia have played their part as well, but Reich argues that we have had racism and xenophobia for centuries; they’ve been triggered by economic fear and a sense of fundamental unfairness.


*PLEASE NOTE: As of February 3rd, we have sold out our event. For those interested in being on the wait list, please email and we will notify you in advance if a spot opens. For those still remaining on the wait list by the event date, you may be able to attend if there are spaces available at showtime. Thank you for your understanding.

**Ticket holders, please arrive early to secure your seat in the theatre. We will open the theatre to wait list guests at 6:20 PM on March 1st.

Please note that we will be broadcasting the event using Facebook Live from our Liu Institute for Global Issues Facebook page and live tweeting from @LiuInstituteUBC using the hashtag #Lind17.

A high quality video recording will also be made available on our Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies website following the event.


Term 2, 2017 - The Trump Impact: Change, Challenges, Responses

UBC is not currently offering a course for the Lind Initiative series. Stay tuned for information on a Term 1 course beginning in September, 2017.

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