Dominic Lopes Among Philosophers Contributing Lectures to Benefit Conference for Ukraine

We are honored to announce that UBC Philosophy’s very own Professor Dominic Lopes will be speaking at a major online benefit event for the Ukrainian academy, entitled: ‘What Good Is Philosophy? – A Benefit Conference for Ukraine’. Here is the conference link:

Keynotes will be delivered by world-renowned author, Margaret Atwood, one of the most celebrated scholars of Ukrainian history, Timothy Snyder, and two of Ukraine’s preeminent public intellectuals, Mychailo Wynnyckyj and Volodymyr Yermolenko.

Lectures will also be given by some of the most influential philosophers writing today, including Peter AdamsonElizabeth AndersonSeyla BenhabibAgnes CallardQuassim CassamTim CraneSimon CritchleyDavid EnochPeter Godfrey-SmithSally HaslangerAngie HobbsBarry LamMelissa LaneDominic LopesKate ManneJeff McMahanJennifer NagelPhilip PettitKieran SetiyaJason StanleyTimothy Williamson, and Jonathan Wolff.

The closing remarks will be delivered by Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, Yulia Kovaliv.

The conference will be produced by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and it will be broadcast around the world on the Munk School’s YouTube channel on 17-19 March 2023. The schedule of events can be found here, and abstracts for all the talks are listed here. The conference can also be streamed at:

‘What Good Is Philosophy? – A Benefit Conference for Ukraine’ aims to raise the funds required to establish a Centre for Civic Engagement at Kyiv Mohyla Academy. This Centre will provide support for academic and civic institutions in Ukraine to counteract the destabilizing impact that Russia’s invasion has had on Ukrainian higher education and civilian life. By assisting Ukrainian students and scholars today, this Centre will also help pave the way for a vibrant and engaged post-war Ukraine.

This benefit conference is designed to provide individual academics, members of the public, colleges and universities, professional associations, charitable foundations, and private companies with a way to support students, scholars, and civic institutions in Ukraine. The conference is being broadcast for free, but clearly the organizers encourage everyone who attends to donate, and they recommend the following ‘conference fee’ for members of the academic community:

$25 – Undergraduate Students

$50 – Graduate Students

$75 – Post-doc Researchers

$100 – Junior Faculty

$200 – Senior Faculty

All donations can be made here. Donors will be immediately issued a receipt for tax or expense purposes. And the conference organizers are certainly grateful for any and every contribution.