Message from the Department Head
Dear UBC History Class of 2023,
Congratulations on completing your journey with UBC History.
As you close this chapter and start your next, I urge you to keep honing the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that you worked so hard to acquire while you were at UBC. Just as these skills served you well during your time as a student, they will remain important tools during the journeys that you take once you leave the hallways and classrooms of the university.
Wherever you end up next, I hope you remember that the point of studying history is not just to be able to gesture to events of the past and think, “this is how it’s always been.” Rather, by studying history, you have had the opportunity to take a critical look at humanity’s track record, to learn to read against archival silences and between the lines, and to identify the mechanisms of how events transpired in the past and how memories of these events were constructed and used in later periods.
It is your knowledge of history that will allow you to work with others to find better solutions to the challenges that the future will pose.
Congratulations again, and we wish you all the best in your future.
Dr. Bonnie Effros, PhD, FRHistS
Department Head, Professor