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Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Climate Justice and Educational Responsibility

March 29, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The distinguished lecture series highlights ongoing work in the Faculty of Education and beyond to address some of society’s most pressing problems. Join Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Education, as she engages Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis in conversation. Following the distinguished lecture, the Association of Canadian Deans of Education will launch its Accord on Education for a Sustainable Future, a document that highlights the role of education in preparing for the crisis that is on our doorstep.


Dr. Jan Hare, Dean pro tem, Faculty of Education, UBC

Distinguished Speakers

Professors Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, Department of Geography, UBC

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and international bestselling author of eight books, including No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, No Is Not Enough and On Fire, which have been translated into over 35 languages. Her most recent book is How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept and an inaugural Marielle Franco fellow of the Social Justice Initiative Portal Project at the University of Chicago. In 2018, she was named the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University, and is now Honorary Professor of Media and Climate at Rutgers. In September 2021, she joined the University of British Columbia in the Department of Geography as UBC Professor of Climate Justice (tenured) and is the founding co-director of the UBC Centre for Climate Justice.

Avi Lewis is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His 25-year journalism career has spanned directing and producing award-winning theatrically-released documentaries, The Take (2004) and This Changes Everything (2015) to hosting and reporting for tv networks worldwide including Canada’s City TV, the CBC, UK’s Channel 4 and Al Jazeera English. In 2017, he co-founded, and was Strategic Director of, The Leap – a grassroots climate organization launched to upend our collective response to the crises of climate, inequality and racism. From 2018-2021 he was a lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. In 2021’s Federal Election, Avi was the NDP candidate in the West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea-to-Sky riding and is currently an Associate Professor in the Geography Department in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Richard Barwell, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Dr. Sharon Wahl, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick; President, Association of Canadian Deans of Education

The UBC Faculty of Education is pleased to partner with the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) in presenting the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture. During the event, ACDE will launch its Accord on Education for a Sustainable Future, which outlines the responsibilities of faculties of education to understand, promote and contribute to a socially and ecologically just, healthy and flourishing society.