March 2020

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

Student Focus

History Careers Night featuring History Alumni

History careers night on February 5th was a success with a full room of 50 history students. Students gained excellent insight from a panel of history alumni including Carmen Watson (BC Treaty Commission), Andreas Kuntze (Lawyer), Joanna Chiu (Toronto Star) and Jan Prchal (Teacher.)

Thank you to the History Student Association (HSA) for helping organize the annual event. Special shout out to HSA's Ben Geisberg for moderating the event and promoting History Careers Night through an Instagram takeover with the Faculty of Arts! 👍

If you are interested in engaging with history students at a future History Careers Night (or know someone), please get in touch at

Peer Tutoring for History Essays- 
Drop-in Office Hours

Laura Moberg:

Mondays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (BuTo 1126)
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (BuTo 1126)
Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (BuTo 1126)
Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Buto 1126)


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Faculty News 

Heidi Tworek's award

Congratulations to Heidi Tworek for winning The 2019 Wiener Holocaust Library Ernst Fraenkel Prize!

As stated on the Wiener Holocaust Library Blog: "The 2019 prize has been awarded to Heidi Tworek for her work, News From Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945, which uncovers how Germans fought to regulate information at home and used the innovation of wireless technology to magnify their power abroad."

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Faculty Op-Eds in the Media

David Morton featured on Podcast

David Morton discussed his new book "Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique" with host Jacob Doherty on the New Books Network podcast. 

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Post-Doctoral Fellow Billy Coleman's recent publications on Confederate Music

Billy Coleman's article "Confederate Music and the Politics of Treason and Disloyalty in the American Civil War" can be found in the Journal of Southern History.

He also wrote a companion piece to the above article on "Teaching with Confederate Music" and it can be found on the Southern Historical Association's website.


Alumni Spotlight

Connie Chang, BA (History & English Lit) 2007

“The ability to advocate for my company and the experience we provide to potential clients is very similar to declaring a position in any history discussion or essay I wrote over my years at UBC.”

Connie Chang, a 2007 History and English Literature Major, now owns her own digital services and consulting agency called Type C Consulting. In her alumni interview, Connie discusses how she got from UBC to her current role, how she applies history to her work today, and some of her most memorable professors from UBC. She also provides excellent advice for students after they leave UBC and are in the process of figuring out what is next.

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March 6, 2020

Taco Terpstra, Northwestern

"Ties that Bind: State Formation and Economic Development in the Ancient Mediterranean"

Economic History Research Cluster Talk

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March 9, 2020

Mary Fulbrook, German History, University College London

"A Bystander Society? Perpetration, Complicity and Passivity under Nazi Rule"

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March 10, 2020

William Cronon, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The Portage: Time, Memory and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place"

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March 12, 2020

Leo Shin,
UBC History

How Lies Bind: Genealogies of a “National Hero.”

Medieval & Early Modern Research Talk

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March 13, 2020

Screening: A Simple Life (Cantonese with English Subtitles)

Social event by Hong Kong Studies Initiative

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March 17, 2020

Prospective History Majors Night

Meeting about history program: including major, minor and honours info. Free pizza and soft drinks!

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March 19, 2020

Priya Satia, Stanford     

Pacifists Making Guns: The Galton Family and Britain’s Industrial Revolution

Economic History Research Cluster Talk 

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March 20, 2020

James Gelvin, Professor of History UCLA

What is the New Middle East?

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