Join Dr. Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, for his keynote talk, The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here? and Q&A led by Dawna Friesen, anchor and Executive Editor of Global National, as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies Term 2 series on The Trump Impact: Change, challenges, responses.

Robert Reich

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
March 1st, 2017
Venue: Old Auditorium, 6344 Memorial Road V6T 1Z2, UBC. Please find a map here.


*PLEASE NOTE: For those interested in being on the wait list, please email and we will notify you in advance if a spot opens. For those still remaining on the wait list by the event date, you may be able to attend if there are spaces available at showtime. Thank you for your understanding. We are offering an opportunity to watch the Facebook Live stream in our Multipurpose Room at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, a short walk from the theatre. If you arrive at the event but we are still full, a staff member will lead you to the Liu Institute should you like to watch the live stream with other guests starting at 6:30 pm.

**Ticket holders, please arrive early to secure your seat. If seats remain, we will open the theatre to wait list guests at 6:20 PM.

Please note that we will be broadcasting the event using Facebook Live from our Liu Institute for Global Issues Facebook page and live tweeting from @LiuInstituteUBC using the hashtag #Lind17. A high quality video recording will also be made available on our Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies website following the event.

Reich’s talk will center on the relation between economics and politics, and, in particular, the rise of the anti-establishment. His thesis, which tracks his most recent book “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” is that stagnant wages and increasing economic insecurity, coupled with evidence that the political economic system was corrupted by big money, has led to a huge anti-establishment wave. In the U.S., it was responsible in 2016 for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump; in Europe, for Brexit and the rise of more extremist politics. Racism and xenophobia have played their part as well, but Reich argues that we have had racism and xenophobia for centuries; they’ve been triggered by economic fear and a sense of fundamental unfairness.

Bio: Dr. Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock”, “The Work of Nations,” and “Beyond Outrage,” and, his most recent, “Saving Capitalism.” He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, INEQUALITY FOR ALL.  Learn more on his website.

Bio: Award-winning journalist Dawna Friesen is the anchor and Executive Editor of Global National, the flagship national newscast for Global News. During her more than 30 years as a journalist, Friesen has been everywhere from small town Canada to the front lines of history. Most recently, Friesen anchored Global News’ coverage of America Votes 2016 from Washington, D.C. when Donald Trump was elected President.

The UBC Bookstore will be hosting a table featuring Reich’s latest book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015), as well other titles such as Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future (2010)  and Beyond Outrage: Expanded Edition: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it (2012) available for purchase. Be sure to stop by!

The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies, a dialogue series hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC Vancouver, addresses the most urgent issues of our time and invites prominent American scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to share their research and insights with students, faculty, alumni, and the community.