The Mark Zacher Distinguished Visitor Program was created by members of the Department of Political Science, with the support of Mark Zacher’s family and many of his former students, to honour his contribution to the teaching, understanding and scholarship of international affairs.
Annually, we invite one prominent scholar, leader, or senior elected official who has made significant contributions to the field of international affairs to give a series of lectures, and to meet with students, faculty, and community members.
The Program’s lectures provide diverse audiences with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and gain a greater awareness about current issues and topics related to international affairs. The small gatherings within our Department allow for enhanced learning and research opportunities.
Mark Zacher (1938 – 2014) was a beloved Professor in our Department for almost 40 years, inspiring colleagues and students alike. He joined our Department after completing his PhD at Columbia University. Mark made significant contributions to both the study of international affairs, and to our understanding of institutions that govern increasingly globalized international societies (see below for his most significant publications).
During his tenure as Professor of Political Science, and as Director of the Centre of International Relations (1971-1991), Mark inspired countless students and launched the careers of numerous young scholars. He took no greater pride than in the personal and professional successes of his students and it is a testament that many became amongst his closest friends, and co-authors.
Mark was a member of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the editoral board of International Organization, and an active member of International Studies Association. He passed away on October 25, 2014. Read more about Mark here.
The Mark Zacher Distinguished Visitor Program has been made possible thanks to generous alumni donations, and contributions from the Department of Political Science.
Two of the three lectures delivered by our Distinguished Visitor are held in partnership with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and the Vancouver Institute, respectively. The Liu Centre lecture enables greater interdisciplinary participation and attendance, while the Vancouver Institute’s long history as a volunteer organization that has presented scholarly talks and lectures to the community since 1916, enables our Distinguished Visitor to reach audiences beyond the university. Past Distinguished Visitors include Janice Stein (University of Toronto), John Ruggie (Harvard), former UBC PhD candidate and Zacher advisee, Ron Deibert (University of Toronto), and Robert Keohane (Princeton).
2017 Distinguished Visitor: Dr. Jennifer Welsh
This year’s Distinguished Visitor is Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. From 2013 until 2016, she was the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect.
Jennifer will deliver a lecture to the Department of Political Science on Monday March 20 from 12-2pm, in Buchanan Penthouse. She will also engage in small group discussions with undergraduate students, and will meet with graduate students and faculty members to discuss current issues and research endeavours, exchange ideas, and increase our collective understanding of the scholarly study of international affairs and politics.
Jennifer’s additional lectures will be held at the Liu Institute Multipurpose Room, on Tuesday, March 21 from 12:30-2:00pm; and, the Vancouver Institute lecture will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Lecture Hall 2, at UBC, from 8:15pm-9:30pm.
Select Publications by Mark Zacher
Dag Hammarskjold’s United Nations, Columbia University Press, 1970
International Conflicts and Collective Security, 1946-77: The United Nations, Organization of American States, Organization of African Unity, and Arab League, Praeger, 1979
The United Nations and Global Commerce, United Nations, 1999
Pollution, Politics, and International Law: Tankers at Sea (with R. Michael M’Gonigle), University of California Press, 1979
Managing International Markets: Developing Countries and the Commodity Trade Regime (with Jock A. Finlayson), Columbia University Press, 1988
Canada and International Mineral Markets : Dependence, Instability, and Foreign Policy (with Michael C. Webb), Queen’s University, 1988
Governing Global Networks: International Regimes for Transportation and Communications (with Brent A. Sutton), Cambridge University Press, 1996
The Politics of Global Health Governance (with Tania J. Keefe), Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Conflict and Stability in Southeast Asia (with Stephen Milne), Anchor Press, 1974
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Law of the Sea (with Barbara Johnson), UBC Press, 1977
Canadian Foreign Policy and International Economic Regimes (with Claire Cutler), UBC Press, 1992
The United Nations and Global Security (with Richard M. Price), Palgrave Macmillan, 2001