Events

The Learning Centre hosts an exciting program of events including academic lectures and seminars, symposiums and conferences, workshops, presentations and much more.

 

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  • Apr

    14

    Dreaming: Science, Substance and Suppositions

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    This session explores the unique rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep from a multitude of perspectives. Understand the physiological functions during REM sleep, research on dream content (nightmares, recurring dreams) and disorders of the dream state, and discuss the theories of the function of dreams, dream interpretation and the practice of lucid dreaming.

  • Apr

    7

    Christianity in China: Past, Present, Future

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    This session will study the history of Christianity in China, including the remarkable story of the early Jesuit missions, the relationship between Christianity and China's modernization in the 20th century, and the state of Christianity in China today, including the role of underground churches and the state's efforts to regulate religion.

  • Mar

    24

    Fiction and Film

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    Many novels have been made into great films – but what is lost, and what is gained? This session will compare three works with three films, and explore how a novel is brought to life on the screen. The three texts and films reviewed are James Joyce’s The Dead, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon and Mordecai Richler’s Barney’s Version.

  • Mar

    17

    The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: Is Anybody out There?

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    This session will take a critical look at the science of searching for extra-terrestrial intelligence, what its past failures tell us, and what we might do in the future if our search proves successful.

  • Mar

    10

    Fight or Flight, or Frenzy? How to Manage Stress and Find Meaning in a Demanding World

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    We live in a demanding and often chaotic world in which opportunities to relax seem beyond reach. This session explores the role of stress in our everyday lives, and teaches some simple but scientifically supported strategies for coping with stress on a daily basis while also improving your sense of meaning and purpose in life.

  • Mar

    10

    Black Lives Matter – The Election of Donald Trump and the Legacies of Slavery and Segregation in America

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    The election of Donald Trump, and an America that is regionally and culturally advancing a “conservative” and even “populist” agenda, has aroused both cultural and racial divisions that reflect the extent to which slavery and segregation have shaped American society and politics.

  • Mar

    3

    The Legend and Reality of Ancient Sparta – What the Movie 300 Didn’t Tell You

    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 185, 9:30 am

    In Charlottesville, Berlin, Vienna and elsewhere today, right-wing nationalist demonstrators wearing t-shirts or carrying shields with Spartan logos claim ancient Sparta as a justification for their extreme attitudes. This session will explore the reality of ancient Spartan life that has been hidden for centuries behind a screen of propaganda and distortion.

  • Mar

    1

    The Dimensions of a Scholarly Publication

    Lillooet Room (301) Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 12:00 pm

    This lecture with Dr. Bonnie Mak, Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences and the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, is part of the Colloqia Series hosted by the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

 

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Art Exhibitions

Art and cultural exhibits at the Learning Centre are curated to delight and educate visitors — and reflect UBC’s mission to create exceptional learning environments and serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

 

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Event Spaces & Bookings

The Learning Centre offers a range of spaces as unique as your event. Find the right fit for your community gathering, workshop, art exhibition or information booth.

 

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