The Vancouver Institute has been hosting free lectures since 1916 in Vancouver. A couple of the upcoming lectures will likely be of interest to Humanists in Metro Vancouver.
Professor Edward Slingerland Lecture
Professor Edward Slingerland of the Department of Asian Studies at UBC will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on March 2, 2013 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.
Do We Really Live in a Secular Age?
Professor Slingerland holds the Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at UBC, where he also holds adjunct appointments in Philosophy and Psychology. His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States (5th-3rd c. B.C.E.) Chinese thought, religious studies, cognitive linguistics, ethics, and the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences. His publications include Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China, the Analects of Confucius, What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body & Culture, and Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and Humanities (co-edited with Mark Collard), as well as numerous scholarly articles. He is currently also Principal Investigator on a large Canadian government grant on “The Evolution of Religion and Morality” and Director of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium.
Ms. Marci McDonald Lecture
Ms. Marci McDonald, Canadian author and journalist will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on March 9, 2013 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.
Religion and Politics: Is Canada Becoming More Like the United States?
Ms. McDonald has won eight gold National Magazine Awards. A former bureau chief for Maclean’s magazine in Paris and Washington, she has interviewed Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. In the 1990s, she returned to the American capital as a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report, working under the editorship of James Fallows, where she specialized in business and politics. In Canada, she has been a frequent contributor to Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic and The Walrus. She won a gold National Magazine Award and the 2003 award for investigative magazine reporting from the Canadian Association of Journalists. In the U.S., her features have appeared in the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post Magazine, Editor & Publisher and Redbook.