‘Reflections of Canada’ Offers New Take on 150th Celebrations

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The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is one of Canada’s “best-kept secrets,” says director Philippe Tortell.

But a new book, Reflections of Canada, might help change that. The book is itself an apt reflection of the institute, which has operated at the University of British Columbia for more than two decades with a focus on creating a community of leading scholars and providing an opportunity for “collaborations that transcend disciplinary boundaries.”

Reflections of Canada, developed through a series of lunch meetings at the institute, aims to contribute to the discussion of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It reflects the institute’s approach, bringing together leading scholars and researchers who explore a wide range of topics, from theatre to quantum computing to aging to Canada’s place in the world, in more than 40 essays.

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