The Phil Lind Initiative

The Phil Lind Initiative is an annual dialogue series and course hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and is made possible by a generous gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02).  The initiative invites prominent scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to share ideas with students, faculty and the wider community on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

The Phil Lind Initiative values open, inclusive dialogue and a range of perspectives on these issues, and we strive to represent a diversity of gender, culture, ethnicity, professional background and more in our programming.

Please revisit our website for updates on our 2020 series.

Our 2019 series, “America and the Climate Crisis,” included visits from some of the foremost U.S. intellectuals on the climate crisis including Robert Bullard, Elizabeth Kolbert, John Kasich, Winona LaDuke, and Bill McKibben. Each speaker gave a public talk and taught one session of the GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar.

Previous series focused on some of the world’s most pressing global issues. Our Spring 2018 series, “The Unravelling of the Liberal Order,” included visits from many of the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject, including Ed Luce, Francis Fukuyama, Steven Pinker, Misha Glenny, Susan Rice, and Anne-Marie Slaughter.

For our 2017 series, “The Trump Impact: Change, Challenges, Responses,” professor, author and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich led an ongoing discussion of how such a divisive and controversial politician would shape American and world politics.

Our 2016 series, “The U.S. Election Campaign,” examined the influx of populism into American politics, the role of ‘dark money’ in shaping the election, and the internal realignment of the Republican party.

The Phil Lind Initiative’s inaugural series in 2015, “The Politics of Inequality,” was led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who taught and lectured at UBC in a course that explored global inequality.

Advisory Board

Philip Lind, Founder
Barbara Arneil, Professor/Head of Department, Department of Political Science
Victoria Auston, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
Max Cameron, Professor, Department of Political Science
Kathryn Gretsinger, Senior Instructor, Graduate School of Journalism
Richard Johnston, Professor, Department of Political Science
Taylor Owen, Assistant Professor, formerly with the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Moura Quayle, former Director pro tem, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Paul Quirk, Professor, Department of Political Science

Lind Team

Max Cameron, Acting Director, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
Justin Alger, Acting Academic Director, The Phil Lind Initiative, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of Political Science, UBC
Rebecca Monnerat, Project Manager, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
Lindsay Marsh, Manager, Communications and Program Development, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC