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UBC events mark 100-day countdown to 2010 Games

On Nov. 4, UBC will mark the 100-day countdown to the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics with a week of free public events that explore various aspects of the Games.

These UBC Winter Games Event Series lectures are part of UBC’s 2010 education program, which seeks to create the broadest forum for dialogue and learning around the 2010 Winter Games.

Editors: To attend or schedule interviews, contact Basil Waugh, UBC Public Affairs, at 604.822.2048.

Olympic Security and Civil Liberties: A Lasting Legacy

David Eby of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association argues that the International Olympic Committee and governments are setting anti-democratic precedents for the 2010 Games. A UBC Green College Olympic Games in Myth and Reality Series event.

Date: Nov. 2
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: UBC Green College Coach House

Bodies on Display: Gender Ambiguities and Riefenstahl’s Olympia

Alan Marcus of the University of Aberdeen Scotland will explore the South African runner Caster Semenya gender controversy and 1936 Berlin Olympics films by Leni Riefenstahl. A UBC Joan Carlisle-Irving Lecture Series event.

Date: Nov. 2
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UBC Lasserre 104

Sports Writing and the Olympic Games

Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole, Prof. Robert Sparks of UBC’s School of Human Kinetics and UBC journalism students discuss 2010 reporting and the future of sports journalism. A UBC Arts Wednesdays event.

Date: Nov. 4
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: UBC Robson Square

Disability in the Olympics

Stacy Kohut, Paralympic Alpine Ski Gold medalist, two-time World Champion, and member of CBC’s 2008 Paralympic broadcast team, questions why we need Paralympic Games. A UBC St. John’s College Who’s Not There: A Running Commentary on the Vancouver Winter Games Series event.

Date Nov. 4
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: UBC St. John’s College

Global Village

This student celebration of the Games will include an international food fair and talent performances. A UBC Student Olympic Collaborative and International Business Club event.

Date: Nov. 5
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre

The Green College Olympic series, Arts Wednesdays, the Joan Carlisle-Irving Lecture series and the St. John’s College series are part of UBC’s Winter Games Event Series. Learn more UBC’s 2010 educational programming at: http://bit.ly/UBC2010Events.

UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is a 2010 Winter Games competition venue and its downtown campus UBC Robson Square will house unaccredited international media.

UBC researchers are conducting a number of independent Games-related research projects, including the world’s first Olympic Games Impact research project. Find UBC 2010 experts at: publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2010games/experts.

Benjamin Perrin

Benjamin Perrin aims to strengthen Canada’s ability to put away criminals who traffic in human lives.

Jack Taunton

UBC’s Jack Taunton is leading basic and emergency health, as well as doping control, and for the 2010 Winter Games.

James Tansey

UBC’s James Tansey is an expert on sustainability, green business, carbon trading and corporate social responsibility. He is tracking the carbon footprint 2010 Winter Games.