Deadline Extended – Dec 3! Call for Applications to GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar

November 28 2017

GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar: The Unravelling of the Liberal Order

Deadline has been extended to Dec. 3rd for students to apply to a competitive entry course as part of the Lind Initiative in Term 2. 

Open to UBC upper-level (third and fourth year only) undergraduates and graduate students. Please complete the Lind Initiative Seminar Application Form by November 30, 2017

The Liu Institute for Global Issues, as part of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, presents our January-March 2018 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies speaker series on The Unravelling of the Liberal Order. The world is undergoing a wrenching process of geopolitical transformation. Will the liberal order hold, or is its disassembling inevitable? What kinds of global order(s) does the future hold? Join public talks with some of the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject throughout Term 2Please note: Many of the free public talks have sold out. Additional seats may become available. Tickets remain for our talks on Jan. 11th with Edward Luce and Feb. 26th with Anne-Marie Slaughter.


WHAT: A 3 credit course, one 2-hour course per week

WHEN: Thursdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 4 to March 15, 2018, with the exception of Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

WHERE: Case Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

Led by visiting scholar Robert Muggah (Igarapé Institute and SecDev Group) and professor Taylor Owen (UBC Journalism), this seminar series will explore the future of the global liberal order after a half century of dominance. From the emergence of new spheres of geopolitical influence to the resurgence of nationalist movements, the world is entering a period of intense volatility and turbulence. The future of the liberal order is uncertain. The structures that kept it in place are unravelling. The rapid spread of the digital commons and new technologies are changing the rules of the game, diminishing the power and influence of the state. Transnational threats such as climate change, mass migration, persistent inequality, and political violence are likewise disrupting the global order and paving the way for authoritarianism and populism.

This seminar will examine these issues and more, with visits from some of the world’s leading intellectuals on the liberal order including Ed Luce, Francis Fukuyama, Susan Rice, Steven Pinker, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and others.