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Marietta Hurst makes second 3-year gift to Language Sciences

October 4, 2018

Marietta Hurst (BA’57, MA’82), the visionary lead donor whose support in 2015 helped make UBC Language Sciences and the Living Language: Science and Society course a reality, has generously provided additional seed funding that will allow us to continue and grow the Language Sciences over the next three years. We are grateful for Ms. Hurst’s philanthropic and leadership support.

The UBC Language Sciences Initiative aims to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations that deepen our understanding of how language shapes our individual and collective human experience. With your help the program will continue to grow and be made permanent. To make a gift to the Vision for the Language Sciences Fund, please visit  

Visit our website to learn more about our work and research at For information about supporting the Language Sciences Initiative, please contact

Prof. Santa J. Ono, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, visited the Living Language course as a guest lecturer on September 20th, 2018.

Prof. Santa J. Ono and founding donor Marietta Hurst, with instructors and students of Living Language: Science and Society.

Marietta Hurst and Bud Gilbert.

Photo Credits: Paul Joseph, University Photographer

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