Speaker: The series will be delivered by Professor Michael Byers, the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies.
The UBC International Canadian Studies Centre in collaboration with Green College is pleased to present the 2019 McLean Lecture Series.
This is lecture number 3 of 3
Abstract: Canada is the second largest country in world, and 40 percent of Canada is Arctic. Canada has the longest coastline in the world, most of it in the Arctic. The Arctic is central to our history, culture, and self-identity. We are the “True North Strong and Free”. In 1962, Canada became the third country in Space, with a satellite for studying the ionosphere—a layer of the upper atmosphere of critical importance to long-range radio transmissions. A decade later, Canada became the first country to launch a civilian communications satellite, enabling the CBC to broadcast from sea to sea to sea. The Arctic and Space are inextricably linked. In addition to being central to Arctic communications, satellites are essential tools for Arctic navigation, security, search and rescue, ice and weather forecasting, fisheries, prospecting, and science. Yet Canada is now failing in both the Arctic and Space. Arctic eco-systems are being decimated by climate change, while Arctic communities are ravaged by suicide, substance-abuse, diabetes, tuberculosis, and other diseases of poverty. Canada’s two largest Space companies have been lost to the United States, and our national Space program is focused on industry subsidies and political photo-ops rather than research and exploration. In his third McLean Lecture in Canadian Studies, Michael Byers will call on Canadians to seize the opportunities presented by geography, history, education and technology. He will advance a vision of Canada as a leading Arctic and Space nation. It is a vision that promotes international cooperation, social and economic development, environmental protection—and national pride.
This event is free to attend.
Receptions will follow each lecture.