April 2023

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

Faculty News

 Publication | "Exclusion at the Heart of Empire: Punjabi Migrants in Buenos Aires and London Before the First World War" by Dr. Benjamin Bryce

Published in the Journal of Migration History, this article charts the history of Punjabi labourers who migrated to Argentina in 1912 and then onward to the United Kingdom. It argues that both worker agency and imperial concerns about mobility shaped this episode of migration and exclusion. 

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Dr. Anne Murphy on CBC's About That with Andrew Chang | What is Caste Discrimination?

The Toronto Public School Board has voted to recognize the existence of caste oppression in its schools. This move comes after Seattle became the first U.S. city to outlaw caste discrimination. UBC History professor Dr. Anne Murphy has an ongoing project about Caste in Canada. In this About That deep dive, she shares her expertise on the significance of the recognition of caste oppression in Canadian schools.

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Dr. Heidi Tworek: Words Matter in Effective Public Health Messaging

How can effective public health communication mitigate the impacts of a pandemic? Dr. Heidi Tworek, Canada Research Chair in History and Policy of Health Communications at UBC explores how governments and health authorities have communicated during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as in past pandemics, looking for the messages, practices and institutions that positively affect people’s behaviour.


Student News

Ryan Sun in Spring 2023 Issue of VHEC Journal Zachor 

In a piece titled "The Multiple Lives of Gerda Gottfried Kraus's Notebook," PhD candidate Ryan Cheuk Him Sun shares the history and his own reflections on entries in a notebook in the personal papers of the Austrian-Jewish Gottfried family. The Gottfried family papers is part of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre archives.


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[Screening+Conversation] To Be Continued 尚未完場: A Documentary about the State Theatre 皇都戲院 in Hong Kong

May 13, 2023 | 3:00 pm | Labatt Hall, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre

Hosted by the Hong Kong Studies Initiative, the screening will be followed by a virtual conversation with directors Dora Choi and Haider Kikabhoy. This event will be hosted by Dr. Helen Leung (SFU) and Dr. Helena Wu (UBC) and is free and open to all. 

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