inspired. informed. insightful.

The Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, brings to the Okanagan compelling speakers with unique perspectives on issues that affect our region, our country and our world. The theme of the series is A Civil and Sustainable Society.

Established in 2006, the series receives primary support from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Endowment Fund.

Previous Speakers


Ed Diener

Ed Diener
The Science of Happiness: What We Know and How We Can Use it to Improve Society
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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin
Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society
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Naomi Klein - 73w

Naomi Klein
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
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Timothy Caulfield - 73w

Timothy Caulfield
Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash
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Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram
The Science of Alzheimer’s
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Wab Kinew (73w) Wab Kinew
The Reason You Walk
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Edward Burtynsky (73w)

Edward Burtynsky
The Landscape of Human Systems
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Birute. Galdikas Birute Galdikas
Curious Orange?
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Colonel Chris Hadfield Colonel Chris Hadfield
The Sky Is Not The Limit
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James Burke James Burke
What kind of education for what kind of future?
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Wade Davis (thumbnail) Wade Davis
The Wayfinders
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James Maskalyk James Maskalyk
Humanitarian Physician and Author of Six Months in Sudan
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DSS -- Jessica Jackley (thumbnail) Jessica Jackley
Social Entrepreneurship: Challenging Common Business Practices
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Dan Buettner (thumbnail) Dan Buettner
Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life
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dss thumbnail -- Sharon Carstairs

Senator Sharon Carstairs, PC
Seizing the Opportunity of an Aging Population
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Amitava Kumar Amitava Kumar
A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm
a Tiny Bomb
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Greg Wells Greg Wells
Superbodies: Living a World-Class Life
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Richard Florida Richard Florida
Who's your city?
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Kevin Sites Kevin Sites
In the Hot Zone -- One Man, One Year, 20 Wars
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Phil Fontaine Phil Fontaine
Imagine with Me: Canada's Future
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Beverley McLachlin Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Access to Justice
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Lloyd Axworthy Lloyd Axworthy
A Canadian Conversation with the new U.S. president
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James Orbinski Dr. James Orbinski
An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century
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Samantha Nutt Dr. Samantha Nutt
Social Responsibility: Acting Upon our Responsibilities as Citizens
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Carl Wieman Carl Wieman
Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science
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Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy
The Need for Ideas
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Gwynne Dyer Gwynne Dyer
After Iraq
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David Schindler David Schindler
Western Canada’s Freshwater Supply in the 21st Century
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Ronald Wright Ronald Wright
The Traps of Progress
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UBCO.TV Spotlight

The UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series on UBCO.TV

UBCO.TV, features a number of full-length Distinguished Speaker Series talks available via streaming video.

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Help others see the Distinguished Speaker Series live

The Distinguished Speaker Series would like to ask your help in decreasing the number of "no-shows" at our events.

All of the seats to our speaker series are reserved weeks in advance of the event, so it is very disappointing to see empty seats in the theatre when we have had to turn interested people away.

Should your plans change, please contact us ( prior to the event so that your seats can be reallocated to others.

The night of the event, any unclaimed seats will be reallocated to individuals waiting in the standby line. This will be done right before the program gets underway at 7 p.m.

Distinguished Speaker Series presentations online

We are pleased to offer highlight videos of the Distinguished Speaker Series presentations (from 2014 to the present year). Click on the image below, then the YouTube icon, to see the video playlist. 


This series is made possible through the generous support of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Endowment Fund. We also gratefully acknowledge Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and Villas for providing accommodations.

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