Note from Eagle Glassheim, History Department Head

Feb 4, 2019

There’s a lot going on in History! UBC’s History faculty and students ask profound questions of more than a thousand years of our collective, infinitely diverse past. We research global migration, media technologies, the history of emotions, the diffusion of religious cultures, and the many forms of colonialism.

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Student Research

Finding Answers Through Hidden Narratives– Carmen Watson’s Journey through UBC’s History Honours Program

Carmen Watson never saw herself as a historian. In fact, she thought the subject was dry and unrelatable, and that the discipline leaned towards war-centric, Euro-centric and male-centric perspectives. Her mind quickly changed in her first year at UBC while taking a history course with Professor Tim Brook which explored the anomalies and varied approaches of history.

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Getting to know Hong Kong through History- Ryan Cheuk Him Sun’s Journey in graduate research in UBC’s History Department

For Ryan Cheuk Him Sun, studying history has always had a personal connection. Ryan was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Toronto for most of his life, so he felt unfamiliar with the city where his family held roots. Ryan felt the pull to learn more about his city of birth, and explore untold stories of the city as a way to connect to his culture.

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Blog: History 106's Museum of the Anthropocene

The objects displayed were chosen by the students in History 106, the Global Environment, as one of the assignments they did in the Fall term of 2018. Each is meant to illustrate an aspect of the “Age of Humans.”

-Henry John, Mercedes Peters, and Tina Loo

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Faculty News

New Book: Heidi Tworek

Dr. Tworek's new book "News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945" is coming out on March 11, 2019 in Canada.

Keep an eye out for a book launch in celebration of Dr. Tworek's book in April 2019 at UBC.


Alumni Spotlight

Katie Taylor, recent UBC History graduate, is now in her third year of Law School at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and will begin articling with a large firm in downtown Vancouver this September. We captured her alumni story in the below video! We are excited to have Katie as a panelist at this year's History Careers Night- she will join a panel of five to discuss her path from History undegraduate student to Law student.


Writing a History Paper?

Visit a Peer Writing Tutor to help get you started or for some editing help.

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The Hong Kong News

The newspaper collection is now available through the UBC Library.

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History Careers Night

Hear from a panel of alumni on their career stories and how their History degrees helped them along the way. This is a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow students, faculty and alumni and enjoy free pizza!

Location: BuTo 1197

Date/TIme: Wednesday, Feb 6th- 6:00pm-8:00pm

Learn about the panelists on the website.

History Trivia Night

The next History Trivia Night is coming up!

Come join your History Students Association (HSA) at Koerner's Pub at on Thursday, Feb 7th at 6:30pm.

Check out their Facebook page.


Steven Straker Memorial Lecture: "Big Pharma's Invisible Hands"

Speaker: Sergio Sismondo, Social Studies of Science

Buchanan A-104


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Lecture: Aizu Bushido: Honor without Guile

Speaker:  Bob Tadashi Wakabayshi, York University

C. K. Choi Building 120


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Seminar: Evolution of Hong Kong's Democracy Movement

Speaker: Ma Ngok, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Earth Sciences Building 2012


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Lecture; Across Oceans of Law

Speaker: Renisa Mawani, UBC

BuTo 1197


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Lecture: In Papyro: Jacob Christian Schäffer and the Reinvention of Paper

Speaker: Ilinca Iurascu, UBC, CENES

BuTo 1197


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A Public Book Club Discussion at SFU

Author: Elaine Mokhtefi

Book: Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers (a memoir)


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Lecture: "Asperger's Children: The origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna"

Speaker: Edith Sheffer, UC Berkeley

Buchanan A-203


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Lecture: Fugitive Sight: African American Panoramas of Slavery and Freedom

Speaker: Teresa Goddu, Vanderbilt University

BuTo 323


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Save the Date- Prospective Majors Night

This evening event will be ideal for anyone considering a History Major or Minor, or even entering the History Honours Program. Get the information needed about requirements and ask your questions!

Venue: Buchanan A-104

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19th- 5:00pm-6:30pm

Save the Date- The Burge Lecture

Keynote Speaker: Audra Simpson, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Talk Title: Savage States: The Governance in an Age of Sorrow

Venue:  UBC Longhouse

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 20th- 5:00pm