June 2019

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

UBC Graduation Ceremony 2019

"Congratulations to our 2019 History graduates! It’s been a pleasure reading your research papers and theses, listening to your podcasts, and viewing your documentary films. Stay in touch! We look forward to hearing about your adventures, publications, and exciting careers in the years to come.”

-Eagle Glassheim, Head, UBC Department of History

Pictured Above:

(Top Left) History Graduate, Carmen Watson, shares some inspiring words at the UBC Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 23rd.

(Top Right) History Graduate Tessa Mouzourakis and Prof. John Christopoulos.

(Bottom Left) Profs. Brad Miller, John Christopoulos and Leo Shin.

(Bottom Right) Current History students Elizabeth Elliott and Melissa Tan celebrating with History graduates Naomi Louie and Kevin Ang.

Student Research

PhD Student Josh Timmermann wins the first annual History Department Teaching Assistant Award

"I know how much impact the best teachers I’ve studied under have had on me, and to feel like I maybe had some small percentage of that impact on a student in one of my sections is a pretty extraordinary, gratifying thing."

This award recognizes exceptional achievement in tutorial facilitation, assignment marking, and course management. Josh describes his role as a teacher assistant and his historical path and research with a short Q&A.

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PhD Student Mercedes Peters delivers TedX talk 

Mercedes recorded her TedX talk at Dalhousie University. It is available on YouTube and is titled: "Lessons in White Privilege from a Light-Skinned L’nu"

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PhD Student Ken Corbett collaborates with other scholars on a publication

Ken is involved in the John Tyndall Correspondence Project and is one of the editors behind the new book: The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 6: 1856-9.

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MA Student Georgia Twiss featured in article about her upcoming research project at UBC

Article titled "UBC grad student digging into May Day history, role of May Queens in New West" was published by the New West Record.

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History Honours Undegraduate Research

Thanks to the UBC Library, the completed History Honours theses are available online.

Honours theses are now available from 2019 History Honours graduates Kevin Ang, Naomi Louie, Rebecca Silver and Aaron Wilford (with more to come soon.)

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Faculty News

UBC History's Henry Yu named one of Georgia Straight's 2019 Trailblazers

A recent article featured Prof. Yu for his work as a leading voice on Asian migration and discrimination in Canada. "Henry Yu doesn’t like to toot his own horn, but he’s done a lot for Chinese Canadians and other minority communities in Metro Vancouver and beyond during the past 15 years."

The author of this article, Tammy Kwan, who currently works as a staff writer for the Georgia Straight is a UBC History Alumna from 2014.

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The Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting at Congress, June 3rd-5th

Several UBC History faculty are involved in this week's meeting at Congress including Prof. Michel Ducharme, who is playing a significant role as program chair and local arrangement coordinator.

A UBC Press book launch is taking place on Tuesday, June 4th at 12pm in Buchanan D 130 (Meekison Lounge) and will highlight new books: Laura Ishiguro’s “Nothing to Write Home About,” Tina Loo’s “Moved by the State,” and Paige Raibmon’s co-authored book “ As I Remember It.”

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Heidi Tworek's Recent News

It's been an exciting few months for Prof. Tworek since releasing her new book, "News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945" with highlights including:

- Her announcement that she is now a co-editor for the Journal of Global History

-She wrote an article for The Atlantic titled "A Lesson from 1930s Germany: Beware State Control of Social Media"

- She testified before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy on May 27th and to the Canadian Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about online hate on May 30th

Keep up with @HeidiTworek on Twitter and for more info on her book, hit the button below.

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Alumni Spotlight

Arts Co-op Success Story - Alice Huang

Alice Huang completed a double major in History and English Literature in 2012 and participated in the Arts Co-op program, working for two different organizations: Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Find out how her studies were applied to her work terms through Arts Co-op.

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Featured Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 Courses

Hokkaidō 150: Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity in Modern Japan and Beyond


Coming off the sesquicentennial of the Meiji Restoration in 2018, the History Department partnered with the Centre for Japanese Research and units across campus to mark the 150th anniversary of the Japanese settler colonization of Hokkaidō with a workshop entitled, “Hokkaidō 150: Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity in Modern Japan and Beyond” on March 14-15, 2019.

Note: Photo by Sarah Race

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Indigenous Practices of Authority & Peoplehood Workshop


The Department of History hosted a transnational, interdisciplinary workshop that focused on “Indigenous Practices of Authority” from May 13-15 2019. Guided by Dylan Robinson (CRC in Indigenous Arts, Queen’s University), participants first explored this topic through a walking tour of interventions by Indigenous artists in Mount Pleasant and the False Creek Flats.

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Congress 2019 at UBC

The 88th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is taking place at UBC June 1-7. With an anticipated 10,000 attendees converging on UBC’s Vancouver campus during this time, buildings and restaurants around campus will be busier than usual this time of year. Remember to give yourself some extra time when grabbing lunch or a coffee, and to be mindful of the increased number of visitors within your building.

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Opening reception for the RavenSpace exhibition, hosted by UBC Library's Indigenous (Un)History Month

Come celebrate RavenSpace, a new model of publishing for interactive, media-rich books in Indigenous studies.

Featuring RavenSpace publications including: As I Remember It: Teachings (ʔəms taʔaw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder by authors: Elsie Paul, with Davis McKenzie, Paige Raibmon, & Harmony Johnson

Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Date/Time: Wed, June 5th - 5:30pm-7:00pm

Please note: this event is free, but registration is required

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