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presented by Professor Santa J. Ono

Jump-start your mind and heart

Join President Santa J. Ono for UBC Connects, a new public lecture series featuring the world’s most esteemed thought leaders. In an age of fake news, social isolation and spiritual apathy, UBC connects the dots — and people — to shed light on the world’s most pressing issues.

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Featured Talk

Isabel Allende

 

The Alchemy of Truth: The power of story to change the world

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm,
The Vancouver Playhouse (Map)
In partnership with alumni UBC

 

This series is made possible with the generous support of the R & J Stern Family Foundation

 

Tickets

General Admission & Alumni: $10
Includes reception
Limited free seating for UBC students

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Isabel Allende

Literature

 

About the Talk:

In this era of #metoo, #timesup, #letstalk and #blacklivesmatter, story-telling—individually and collectively—matters more than ever. In this talk, famed novelist Isabel Allende unpacks the power of story to, as she says, “make the world good—not just better.” An unrepentant feminist who exhorts audiences to speak with passion and purpose about what must not be forgotten, Allende explores themes of social justice, female empowerment, and personal and political freedom with hope and good humour.

 

About the Speaker:

A literary legend, social activist and feminist icon, Isabel Allende has sold more than 50 million books in 30+ languages. Her boldly imaginative works have united generations of readers and established her as one of the most respected writers the world has ever known.

A native of Chile, Allende was forced into exile following the assassination of her uncle, President Salvador Allende. Since then, she has written 18 books, including The House of the SpiritsEva LunaDaughter of Fortune (an Oprah pick), and her latest, In the Midst of Winter. Her non-fiction books include the memoirs Paula and The Sum of Our Days.

Allende is the founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation, which promotes and preserves the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected. She was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the U.S., as well as PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2010 and in 2014.


Isabel Allende

Literature

November 20, 2018

Isabel Allende

The Alchemy of Truth: The power of story to change the world

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Spring 2019

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Michio Kaku

Physics

September 26, 2018

Michio Kaku

The Universe in a Nutshell: Why physics is the key to pretty much everything

Waneek Horn-Miller

Society

April 19, 2018

Waneek Horn-Miller

The Wisdom of Reconciliation: A roadmap for multiculturalism

Jeremy Rifkin

Economics

March 8, 2018

Jeremy Rifkin

The Third Industrial Revolution: Can we prevent the next mass extinction of life on Earth?