One Hour @ UBC Lecture Series

One Hour at UBC

The COVID-19 crisis is reshaping politics, healthcare, our communities and society. One Hour @ UBC is a free online lecture series conceived especially for these unusual and turbulent times.

April 16 - May 26, 2020

Understand today’s events with some of UBC’s leading experts in healthcare, politics, sociology, education, geography, history, ethics and law. Each online class includes a lecture and presentation, with time to ask questions and engage in discussion with your instructor and other participants.

Lectures are delivered online live Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm to 2pm Pacific Time. We use Zoom, a secure, free and easy-to-use web application. Most lectures will be recorded, and we will post the videos on our YouTube channel when they are ready.

Although the lectures are free, registration is required. You can register for as many lectures as you wish. We will email you a registration confirmation and instructions on how to join the lecture to the email address you provide.

Register for individual lectures by clicking "Register" next to the lecture in the table below. You can also register for more than one lecture at once by clicking the button below.

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May 7

The Bubonic Plague and COVID-19 – Two Diseases in Contrast

During the 1347–53 Black Death pandemic, and subsequent bubonic plague epidemics, doctors, clergymen and government officials tried to mitigate the impact of this lethal disease, the causes of which were not understood. Today, we have the science to understand the coronavirus pandemic, and our mitigation strategies are founded on medical knowledge. Compare and contrast these pandemics in this fascinating lecture.

CHRIS FRIEDRICHS, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of history at the University of British Columbia. He retired in 2018 after 45 years of teaching European and world history at UBC.

May 12

Why it Takes So Long to Develop Treatments and Vaccines

Get an overview of the types of vaccines and various immunization methods that might be useful against COVID-19. Understand testing and, to some degree, the process for approving a vaccine for clinical use, and why it takes as long as it does to develop a vaccine. Discuss issues around testing of current drugs and their potential for treating COVID-19 patients.

MARC LEVINE, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chair, UBC Children's and Women's Research Ethics Board at UBC.

May 14

The Income Tax System as a Tool During the Pandemic

Our income tax system is one of the most important social, political and economic tools that a government has at its disposal. Using tax expenditure theory, this lecture examines the myriad of ways the government is applying – and could be applying – the income tax system in these difficult economic times.

CLAIRE YOUNG, LLB, LLM, is Professor Emerita at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She is the co-author of two books and the author of numerous articles on tax law and policy. Claire has been awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize twice during her career at UBC.

May 19

What Can Integrative Health Systems Offer Us During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Integrative health systems attend to the mind and body. Explore self-led practices such as yoga, meditation and nature immersion (shinrinyoku/salim yok), practitioner-led practices such as Ayurveda, and supplements and other products in promoting health and preventing diseases. Discuss their relevance to improving global mental and physical health.

FARAH M SHROFF, PhD, is a public health researcher and educator with Department of Family Practice and School of Population and Public Health. Her research focuses on integrative health practices and taking action on the social determinants of health, and she has taught self-care practices around the world. Farah is the founder and lead of Maternal and Infant Health Canada.

May 21

How will COVID-19 Affect the Global Sustainable Development Agenda?

Explore the effects the coronavirus could have on the United Nations’ sustainable development agenda, locally and globally. Gain an overview of the agenda and goals, and take part in an interactive activity to understand how the pandemic may affect a key area of sustainable development in the short and long term.

KSHAMTA HUNTER is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy where she is investigating the role of social innovation and youth activism in achieving the sustainable development agenda. She also leads student engagement programming for the UBC Sustainability Initiative.

May 26

What Can Gender Data Teach Us About COVID-19?

The total count for confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed five million. But this data point doesn't capture the total burden of the disease, nor its starkly gendered impacts. This lecture dives into coronavirus gender data, highlighting what we can learn from unconventional data sources like social media platforms and women's shelter call logs. We will also discuss what policymakers can do with this information.

TARA PATRICIA COOKSON, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography. She’s a scholar-activist whose research focuses on how we can influence policy making and create “caring priorities” for women’s wellbeing. Tara regularly hosts public lectures, and recently spoke at the United Nations.