International Development Week at UBC, thanks to the Global Lounge

International Development Week (IDW) at UBC will be happening at the Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge  and Resource Centre (henceforth referred to as the GL) from February 7th to the 11th. In determining how IDW was going to play out at UBC this year, the programming was selected based on the opportunities it would provide to UBC students to increase their awareness of the role Canadians play in international development, learn more about the happenings in developing countries, and to discover their inner global citizens.

Full details of the events can be found here, but I thought I’d supply the basics so you can strategically make room in your planners amidst papers and midterm studying. All events will be happening at the GL, Hope to see you there!

The Development of International Development Monday, February 7th: 5-7pm

International development is a concept that lacks a universally accepted definition.  Dr. Michael Seear and Dr. Jennifer Chun will lead a discussion about different perspectives on the history of development and issues it faces today.

A Day in the Life of the International Humanitarian Tuesday, February 8th, 5-7pm

Join us for an open conversation with humanitarians that have worked both internationally and here in Canada.  Our panelists include those who work in the health, engineering, agricultural and business fields.  We will also have panelists currently working in the field chat with us through skype. Find out what a true day in the life of an international humanitarian is all about and how you can get involved in this type of work.

The Impact of Journalism on International Development Thursday, February 10th, 5-7pm

Is what you see and read about on the news really the whole story?  Does the media really represent the “community voice”?  Are we really hearing both sides of the story?  Join the Ethics of International Engagement & Service Learning (EIESL), STAND, and the Fiji Awareness Network for a dialogue about how “crisis politics” and “Otherness” is portrayed in the media today.

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