Controversial Speakers

As a public institution, UBC makes space available to the broader community to be rented for various purposes including hosting external speakers.

Some of these speakers may present views that some members of our community, or the general public, believe to be controversial or inflammatory. While these speakers may have no connection or affiliation with UBC, their presence can sometimes cause concerns to some members of the UBC community.

It is important to state that UBC does not endorse the views of the speakers or the organizations that book the space to host them. However, we do maintain the fact that, as a university, we have a duty to promote an open and inclusive forum.

If you would like to learn more about the principles applied when external speakers apply to use space at UBC, please refer to the FAQs.

STATEMENTS ON UPCOMING CONTROVERSIAL SPEAKERS AT UBC
  • September 24, 2019 – Statement from the Provost regarding controversial speakers on October 9, 2019
PAST PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENTS REGARDING RESPECTFUL DEBATE
  • April 6, 2017 – President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate (Professor Santa Ono)

  • January 29, 2015 – President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate (Dr. Arvind Gupta)

  • March 3, 2009 – President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate (Professor Stephen Toope) – included in above two links

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