Join us at UBC for a multi-day symposium, Breaking the Cycle: Canada’s Refugee Record on the Global Stage, alongside an opera and an art exhibit titled The Consul in order to stimulate discussion on the various aspects of the global refugee crisis. The UBC Opera Ensemble, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC Community Engagement, the Faculty of Arts, the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Green College, St. John’s College, Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC), and other partners have come together to host the symposium and opera. Operatic performances will take place on campus and at community venues – adjoined by conversation featuring prominent academics, community leaders and impassioned advocates.
Through mobile opera performances, art works, panel presentations, video storytelling, and conversations, we aim to advance a deeper understanding of different aspects of the global refugee crisis and Canada’s role in the resettlement of refugees. We hope to foster networking among UBC students, faculty and staff, people who arrived as refugees, refugee service providers, community members, professionals and volunteers.
We are launching the UBC symposium with a focus on "Refugee Journeys" as well as a look to Canada's refugee record on the global stage. We will begin with a Traditional Musqueam Welcome.
Moderator: Moura Quayle, Professor, Strategic Design; Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC
Robbie Waisman, Holocaust survivor speaker
Tima Kurdi, Aunt to Alan and Ghalib Kurdi and refugee advocate
Catherine Dauvergne, Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Chris Friesen, Director of Settlement Services, Immigrant Services Society of BC
Please come prepared with your questions for the audience Q&A.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Enjoy complimentary access to The Consul art exhibit before or after the event. This collection of 45 works by Judith Foster was created in the 1950s after the artist had attended the premiere of Menotti’s opera. Along with her art work, the Penticton Gallery has also lent UBC paintings by Syrian artists. The collection will be on display in the Old Auditorium (Room 100) from November 2nd – November 6th.
Purchase Your Opera Tickets for November 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm or November 6 at 2:00 pm.
Venue: Old Auditorium, 6344 Memorial Road, UBC
Find more details on the full symposium on the Liu Institute for Global Issues website.