Here we go again… Speaker invites – know any of these to extend an invitation for tea (or maybe a talk for 1000 or so folks)?

Well, our prospective second speaker looks like it fell through. So the other day, we went through the usual “make a list” rite, and came up with the following:

Anyhow, take a look at the above and let us know what you think.

On the Terry Talks front, it’s looking like the Chan Centre might not work out (very booked up for the time we’re aiming for – first semester, after midterms before finals – and we’re also a little apprehensive with the thought of filling up 850+ seats, especially this first go around). In this respect, we’re looking to the Life Science Centre which could house an audience of 350, plus allow us the atrium for other possibilities.

Anyway, keep an eye out on this site. We’re hoping that we can begin the speaker recruitment/application process by month’s end?

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8 Responses to “Here we go again… Speaker invites – know any of these to extend an invitation for tea (or maybe a talk for 1000 or so folks)?”

  1. Vanessa

    Bill Bryson would give a fantastic talk!

    Also, if I get two votes, the second vote would go to Joseph Stiglitz.

    The list overall looks very exciting, thanks for the sneak preview =)

  2. Kevin

    Bill Nye!! It would bring back fond childhood memories….

    And of course… Stephen Colbert.

  3. Timon

    Many cool names. Oliver Sacks would be great, as would Bryson. Other suggestions off the top of my head: Jane Goodall and Peter Garrett (from Midnight Oil).

  4. Vinci Au

    If Stephen Colbert’s on the list, why not Rick Mercer too? =D
    P.S. The Planet Earth narrator’s name is Sir David Attenborough.

  5. mike powar

    Louise Arbour….for sure! read our website and you’ll know why. I think having her here, and possibly connecting with her will enhance much of the human rights work being done on our campus. Moreover, statements consistent with the one below will ensure that the talk will have a high degree of relevance to the audience and motivate people towards actions/solutions…I hope.

    “How can such glaring disparities prevail in a country such as this, a wealthy, culturally diverse, cosmopolitan democracy? What is it in Canadian society that prevents the poor and marginalized from claiming equal enjoyment to the full range of their rights recognized under law, including economic, social and cultural rights? Can such entrenched marginalization really be dismissed as the fault of the marginalized, as some would tacitly suggest?”

    “The reason ‘rights talk’ is resisted by the powerful is precisely because it threatens (or promises) to rectify distributions of political, economic or social power that, under internationally agreed standards and values are unjust…

    These truths are laid bare in Canada’s very hesitant recognition and selective implementation of some of its international human rights obligations. But sixty years of disclaiming or belittling the equal status of socio-economic rights as enforceable human rights, fundamental to the equal worth and dignity of all Canadians, rings hollow and disingenuous in the light of international and comparative experience.

    The possibility for people themselves to claim their human rights entitlements through legal processes is essential so that human rights have meaning for those most at the margins, a vindication of their equal worth and human agency. There will always be a place for charity, but charitable responses are not an effective, principled or sustainable substitute for enforceable human rights guarantees.”

  6. Nabila

    @ Vinci – “Planet Earth Guy” means Alastair Fothergill – the producer

  7. Deb Pickman

    looking for a space?

    don’t forget UBC’s historic Frederic Wood Theatre located across from Sage Bistro and the Grad Centre. 400 seats and a lobby with a concession & courtyard

  8. Katie

    Margaret Atwood!

    Her novel, Oryx and Crake, tackled serious issues on the forefront of scientific and technological controversy. She definitely bridged a gap between science, political isuues and the arts. I think she would be a great speaker.

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