September 2021

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

Student News

Cover of Journal of Historical Studies, 2021 Issue.

The UBC Journal of Historical Studies, 2021 Issue

The Journal of Historical Studies is a student-run publication that showcases the exemplary research of undergraduate students.

The essays in this year's journal take the reader from North America to North Africa to South India, and from ancient times to the present. Though diverse in foci, all six essays are concerned with challenging our perceptions of the past while simultaenously critiquing present understandings and assumptions.


Read the 2021 Issue

Still of Sharanjit Sandhra taken from British Columbia: An Untold History preview.

Prof. Henry Yu and Graduate Student Sharanjit Sandhra Featured in Upcoming Documentary British Columbia: An Untold History

Premiering on October 12, British Columbia: An Untold History is an immersive and insightful four-part documentary series from the British Columbia Knowledge Network that centres the retelling of "British Columbia" from the perspectives of diverse people, families, and communities who shaped the province. The series features the voices of authors, elders, families, descendants of historical figures, and historians, including History PhD candidate Sharanjit Sandhra and Professor Henry Yu. 


Watch the Trailer

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 The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

Stopping the Hostile Online Attacks Hurled at Candidates

Policy Opinions

Parties, social-media platforms, legislators, the candidates themselves and individual Canadians need to be part of the strategy to combat incivility, writes UBC History Professor Heidi Tworek and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Chris Tenove. The federal election is September 20.


Faculty Spotlight

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.

Know Your Profs with Dr. Coll Thrush

Professors can be a bit enigmatic. Who are they outside of the classroom, and maybe more importantly, what do you need to know before taking their classes? The Know Your Profs series helps students and community members get to know UBC History professors in their own words. In this instalment, Professor Coll Thrush shares what he likes about teaching at UBC, what you can expect in his classrooms, and why it’s never too late to take a History course during your undergraduate career.


Alumni News

Book cover of Cheffes de Cuisine: Women and Work in the Professional French Kitchen by Rachel E. Black

Alumna Rachel Black Publishes Fourth Academic Book

"Rachel Black has written a fascinating account of feminine sovereignty in the bouchons of Lyon. She shares timeless examples of wisdom and strength migrating to contemporary kitchens."

– Odessa Piper, James Beard Foundation Best Chef midwest 2002 and founder of L'Etoile


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Upcoming Events

Welcome Back Information Session with Dr. Michael Lanthier, Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Steven Lee, Undergraduate Chair, and the History Student Association. For event details, visit

Welcome Back to History Information Session

September 23, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Hosted by the History Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Michael Lanthier, this event will include information about completing your History program, applying to graduate, as well as dedicated time to address your questions about courses, degree requirements, academic opportunities, academic challenges, and student-directed seminars. 


Register for the event

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Settler Vines: Making and Consuming Wine in a Globalizing World since 1850

September 23, 9:30 am – September 24, 1:30 pm

This two-day online conference highlights the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, migrants, and scientists to the art of winemaking. It also explores how wine has been marketed to new consumers. UBC History's Dr. Benjamin Bryce will chair a session entitled "Empire, Indigenous and Racialized Minorities."


Register for the event

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The Chinese and Hong Kong Diasporas in the U.S.-China Conflict

October 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The United States—and the West in general—and China are on a collision course, and both the Chinese and Hong Kong diasporas are caught in the crossfire. What could we expect? In this talk, Prof. Lian will explore the relevance of developments from the past, such as the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the rise of McCarthyism in the 1950s, as well as how members of the Chinese and Hong Kong diasporas could prepare themselves.


Register for the event

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