The Carr Lecture: Santa Ono – Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: More Important Than Ever

Date(s) - May 8, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St. Mark's College

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Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: More Important Than Ever
As the pace of technological change increases, the values imbedded in the liberal arts – critical thinking, empathy, reaction, etc. – are more important than ever. At the same time, if the liberal arts are to retain their relevancy, they need to adapt to changing times. In his talk, Professor Ono will discuss the importance of the liberal arts to UBC and society in general, and why liberal arts colleges such as St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges are more important than ever.

Professor Santa J. Ono
Professor Santa J. Ono is the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, a global centre for research and teaching with 64,000 students, 16,500 faculty and staff, and a $2.5 billion operating budget. He is also professor of medicine and biology, and Chief Advisor of the British Columbia Innovation Network.

About the Carr Lecture
Co-sponsored by St. Mark’s College and the Newman Association of Vancouver, the Carr Lectures celebrate the legacy of Fr. Henry Carr, a Basilian priest who was a pioneering figure in the establishment of Catholic education in Canada and here in Vancouver.

As Chaplain of the Newman Club at UBC and the first principal of St. Mark’s College, Fr. Carr was instrumental in the creation of a Catholic presence at UBC. Demonstrating the critical relationship between faith and reason in the Catholic intellectual tradition, he fostered climate for public acceptance of the 1956 Act of the BC Legislature establishing St. Mark’s College, and for the College’s subsequent affiliation with the University of British Columbia.

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