August 2021

Now & Then highlights UBC History news/events for students, faculty, staff & alumni

Alumni News

Headshots in colour of Amanda Wan (left) and Patrck Leong (right), layered on top of a black and white collage of diverse people holding signs protesting against anti-Asian racism.

Beyond the Classroom: UBC Students Help Drive National Conversation on Anti-Asian Racism

"As students, our voices are so important. In every generation, youth are at the forefront of changemaking and pushing for progress. Endeavours such as the Forum might seem daunting, but everyone will appreciate listening to your perspective."

– Patrick Leong, History Honours and International Relations ('21)


Cover design for Challenging Racist "British Columbia": 150 Years and Counting.

Challenging Racist “British Columbia”: 150 Years and Counting


History Ph.D. candidate Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra co-authored this new open-access, multi-media resource. It documents how the recent cycle of anti-racist activism is part of a broader history of Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities challenging white supremacy for over 150 years, particularly since B.C. joined Canada in 1871.

Faculty News

People waiting for their vaccine shots under a red registration tent. There are orange pylons marking off the lineup in the foreground.

Image via Francis Georgian, PNG

COVID-19: B.C.'s Strategy is All About Vaccination – Even as Case Counts Rise

The Vancouver Sun

To push vaccination numbers even higher, the provincial campaign must move from the “one-size-fits-all approach” of mass clinics to what UBC History Professor and health communications expert, Heidi Tworek, calls “the granular phase.”


Two camp-goers stand on a floating dock holding fishing rods as they fish in the lake in the background.

Image via Jesse Costa, WBUR

Camp Atwater, Perhaps the Oldest Summer Camp for Black Kids, Turns 100


History Professor Leslie Paris, who studies and writes about summer camps, says Camp Atwater played an important role in the Great Migration, when Black families moved from the South to metropolitan areas in the North.


Return to Campus

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Return to Campus Resources

UBC is working hard with provincial health authorities to ensure campus is safe for all students, staff, and faculty. The return to campus resources page will be continuously updated with new and important information.


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UBC Quarantine Bursary

The UBC Quarantine Bursary is a one-time needs-based bursary to support UBC students who do not meet current federal exemptions for mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Canada. If you are required to quarantine upon entry into Canada to begin or continue your studies, you may be eligible for financial assistance.


Upcoming Events

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Book Launch: The Invention of Multilingualism by David Gramling

August 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Multilingualism” is a meaningful and capacious idea, one with a promising, tumultuous, and flawed present – and a future worth caring for vigilantly in research and public life. This book launch will feature Gramling’s introduction of the book, a conversation between the author and Dr. Ervin Malakaj about some of its key features, and will be concluded with a Q&A session. 


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Ask Arts Anything: Transfer & New to Campus Student Meet & Greet

August 19, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Students who started at UBC last year and are new the the UBC campus are invited to join Associate Deans Stefania Burk and Laura Moss, along with Arts Academic Advisors and Peer Advisors, for a casual chat to learn about what to expect when they head to campus in September.



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Virtual Book Talk with Elaheh Kheirandish: Baghdad and Isfahan: A Dialogue of Two Cities in an Age of Science CA. 750-1750

September 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderated by Dr. Hessam Dehghani (UBC), this talk features author Dr. Elaheh Kheirandish speak about her book alongside panelists Prof. Charles Melville (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Anne Ashley Davenport (Harvard University). The event is hosted by UBC Persian Language and Iranian Studies Initiative and sponsored by the UBC Department of Asian Studies.



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