This past month, UBCO had announced that they are hosting the Festival of Ideas. This festival consists of a line-up of over 30 events with presenters ranging from researchers to performers. The purpose of this festival is to provide a line-up of events that will elicit “ideas and catalyze conversation between UBC and the community.”

In a statement made by Anaya Mukherjee, Provost and Vice-President Academic at UBCO, “Engaging with our community is an intrinsic element of UBC Okanagan and it permeates everything we do. I am delighted that our Festival of Ideas will continue to cultivate this partnership by showcasing many of the incredible events that are integral touchpoints between community and campus.”

Photo by UBC Okanagan News

The Festival of Ideas is in honour of UBC’s 15 years in the Okanagan. This festival began in early March with an inaugural event presenting guest speaker Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. It also included guest speakers Aaron Derrickson, PhD candidate at UBCO in Indigenous Studies, Karen Ragoonaden, professor of teaching, and Romil Jain, the former president of the UBCSUO.

Each guest speaker provided their own experience and insight on the three themes central to Her Honour’s appointment: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Democracy and Civic Engagement; and Reconciliation.

Photo from UBC's website.

The Festival of Ideas is intended to span from the beginning of March to the end of December 2020. Furthermore, most of these events are free of cost and students are encouraged to attend.

More information on the spring line-up is available on the UBCO website.