James Woodburn Dean (1941 - 2019), Rebel with a Cause

James Dean Lecture "Paradoxes and Puzzles in our Globalized World"

In this Festschrift Lecture, filmed at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, James W. Dean, Emeritus Professor, Simon Fraser University, considers several problematic and paradoxical features of globalization, debates around globalization and related subjects, including development and democracy, and concludes with some provocative and prescient thoughts on the future of our globalized world. Filmed on September 29, 2006, this lecture is must-viewing for those interested in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Video of lecture here: https://vimeo.com/42046884


An edited text of the lecture is available as a PDF download on this page: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5j876aaz4lycvfm/cep06-07.pdf?dl=0


When I learned of James' passing, a few days after it occurred, I found solace by listening to Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in C minor for string orchestra, K. 546, here played by I Solisti dell'Olimpico conducted by Giovanni Battista Rigon: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hwojgjetr1ud3sw/01%20Adagio%20and%20Fugue%20in%20C%20Minor%2C%20K.%20546%20%28Live%29.m4a?dl=0

One of James' great virtues was his broad and humanistic interest ranging far beyond (but also including) economics. He was especially encouraging of this bit of philosophical maundering by me, "Our Faustian bargain with godless secularism", work in progress available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pa93lwhfsvddrsq/Faustian%20bargains.pdf?dl=0

My appreciation of James Dean: "In memory of James Woodburn Dean: a rebel with a cause", Mint newspaper (India), in print March 11, 2019, also on-line: https://www.livemint.com/opinion/columns/opinion-in-memory-of-james-woodburn-dean-a-rebel-with-a-cause-1552239819952.html

My last joint piece with James, on US-China trade, "'America First' hastens the demise of US hegemony", Mint newspaper (India), in print December 3, 2018, also on-line: https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/l6zKPcJKwU9sJRnulyLBQM/Opinion--America-First-hastens-the-demise-of-US-hegemony.html

Movie of photos with musical background that was looped at Celebration of Life in New Westminster, BC, March 23, 2019 (with thanks to Stacey Cheverie and family): https://www.dropbox.com/s/jlw0irlq23g4050/James_Final.mp4?dl=0

In a classic touch, guests at the Celebration of Life were offered cigars from a box of vintage Cuban cigars that James had saved. Here is a review of one of these classics smoked in his honour: https://www.cigaraficionado.com/top25cigar/montecristo-petit-edmundo-2007

For a long while, James' favourite cocktail was the Italian classic, the Negroni. Here's a recipe for this classic cocktail: https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/recipes/a3683/negroni-drink-recipe/

But, James switched back to martinis as a cocktail of choice earlier this year. Here's a recipe for a classic gin martini (an Aviator Martini) I shared with him, one of my last emails to him: https://www.usmagazine.com/food/news/how-to-make-the-gin-martini-from-blake-livelys-a-simple-favor/