Festival of Ideas events listing

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UBC Okanagan continues to celebrate its 15 years in the Okanagan with the Festival of Ideas—a year-long lineup of events curated to inspire ideas and catalyze conversation between UBC and the community.

The following events are taking place over the next two weeks with the full events listing is available at ok.ubc.ca/festival-of-ideas

Igniting Greater Civic Engagement in Our Community, Our Province

A solutions-focused panel discussion with the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC.

Date: March 5
Time: 6 p.m. doors open | 6:30 p.m. discussion begins | Public reception with refreshments to follow
Place: The Laurel Packinghouse, 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna
Cost: Free, but registration is required as seating is limited

As the inaugural event of the Okanagan campus’ Festival of Ideas, this panel will focus on what individuals, institutions and organizations can do to advance reconciliation, democracy, and equity and inclusion.

Embrace Aging Month

Workshops and education for seniors and their family caregivers

Date: March 1 to 31
Time: Various
Place: Locations across the Okanagan
Cost: Free 

The seventh annual Embrace Aging Month is held to raise awareness of available community resources and to connect seniors and their families with these resources. During this month, the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and its co-sponsors — Interior Savings Credit Union and Interior Health — partner with other organizations to host free events, workshops, information sessions, and activities targeted at seniors and their family caregivers in the Okanagan region.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final 2020 – SOLD OUT

Graduate students sum up their research in 180 seconds or less 

Date: March 10
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Place: Kelowna Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna
Cost: Free, registration required

The clock is ticking — graduate students have just 180 seconds and one slide to tell you about their research. With $6,000 in prize money on the line, it’s bound to be an exciting night. You’re invited to see it all live!

Hosted by Doris Bregolisse of Global Okanagan, 3MT is a showcase of graduate student research at UBC Okanagan. Learn about innovative research, vote for your favourite presentation for the alumni UBC People’s Choice Award, and mingle with presenters and fellow attendees at the reception to follow.

Endurance Exercise and Your Heart: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – SOLD OUT

Expert cardiologist examines the role of exercise on crucial organ

Date: March 11
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Place: Sandhill Winery, 1125 Richter St, Kelowna BC
Cost: Free, registration required

Join Dr. André la Gerche, cardiologist and senior research fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne, Australia, to learn how endurance exercise impacts the human heart.

History and Sociology Speaker Series

Historical connection of Punjabi explored through theatre, art and literary production

Date: March 10
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Place: Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street, Kelowna
Cost: Free, registration required

The histories of Canada and South Asia are deeply intertwined. They are connected through the history of the British Empire and anti-imperial resistance, global histories of migration and cultural exchange, and the continuous unfolding of South Asian Canadian pasts.

Anne Murphy, associate professor in Asian Studies at UBC Vancouver, will explore different aspects of these connections using theatre, visual art and literary production. She will focus on the Punjabi language as a Canadian and South Asian language, and how creative work like poetry and art express this dynamic relationship.

Reichwald Visiting Speaker Series

Talk explores the lessons of past atrocities

Date: Wednesday, March 11 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Time: 1:30 to 5 p.m.
University Centre Ballroom, room UNC 220, UBC Okanagan
Cost: Free, registration required

People say history has a way of repeating itself.

Though meant harmlessly in most contexts, it’s a frightening thought when considering the atrocities of the 20th century.

The Irving K. Barber of School of Arts and Sciences will host a panel discussion featuring three distinguished guest speakers to explore why a methodical approach to understanding the past will better equip us to improve the future.

Spring! Festival of the Arts

Diversity of artistic projects on display throughout the spring 

Date: March 1 to May 1
Time: Various
 Various locations at UBC Okanagan and throughout Kelowna
Cost: Mainly free

A festival within a festival, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies’ Spring! Festival of the Arts brings a myriad of events to UBCO and the City of Kelowna. Many events are free and all are open to the public.

The Spring! Festival of the Arts covers the spectrum of artistic adventures by students, faculty and guest artists through performances, film screenings, spoken word events, guest lectures and art exhibitions in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.

About UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning founded in 2005 in partnership with local Indigenous peoples, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, in whose territory the campus resides. As part of UBC—ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities—the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world in British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley.

To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca