Now & Then highlights UBC History news and events for students, faculty, staff & alumni
Mural of a weeping eye in the colours of the Ukrainian flag by artist MyDogSighs, in Cardiff, Wales, March 2, 2022. (REUTERS/Rebecca Naden via CIGI Online).
Dr. Heidi Tworek: History Is a Good Antidote to Disinformation About the Invasion of Ukraine
"When someone launches a war based on historical distortion, the past could not be more relevant. Many of us may be asking what we can do in this difficult moment. Learning from experts and reading some history can help us be less susceptible to online distortions around the current situation," writes Prof. Heidi Tworek, who offers a list of resources to help us understand the present moment.
Reclaiming the Narrative: Decolonizing MOA’s African Collections
The Decolonizing the African Collections and Displays at MOA Project (DAC-MOA) was a collaboration between Arts student Njamba Koffi (Africa Awareness Initiative), Savannah Sutherland (Black Students Union), Adam Rudder (Hogan’s Alley Society), MOA curator Nuno Porto, and History professor Dr. David Morton. This two-year endeavour employed and trained 32 students with affiliations to UBC African Studies to research and update the descriptions of approximately 1,000 objects in the Museum of Anthropology. In this editorial, three Arts student participants reflect on their learnings and the importance of connecting with local knowledge holders as part of this impactful project.
Know Your Profs with Department Head Dr. Bonnie Effros
In this instalment of Know Your Profs, Department Head Dr. Bonnie Effros shares with us her journey into the history of archaeology, an innovative interdisciplinary course she has planned for the future, and the responsibilities that come with the privileged platform of being a historian.
"Revolution is Art" by GigiIbrahim via Flickr.
Dr. Pheroze Unwalla Wins Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Seed Fund
Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL)
UBC History Professor and Middle East Studies Chair Dr. Pheroze Unwalla has been awarded a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Seed Fund grant. Entitled “Emotion(ality) and Emotive Writing: Assessing the Impacts in/on the Middle East Studies Classroom", this project evaluates the impact of emotion(ality) in MES 300 The Middle East: Critical Questions & Debates and beyond.
Inside the Roedde House Museum. Photo by Sara Hepper, via Roedde House Museum.
UBC Department of History professor Dr. Benjamin Bryce was awarded an Advancing Community Engaged Learning Grant from the UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning for his project entitled “Public History and Community Engagement at the Roedde House Museum.”
Proofreading, Editing, and Formatting: 5 More Tips for Writing a Better History Essay
The effort put into polishing your writing is often what makes the difference between a good essay and a great one. A few weeks ago, we brought you the editorial, “Style, Voice, and Using Evidence: 7 Tips for Writing a Better History Essay.” In this editorial, read about five additional tips for how to write a better History essay through proofreading, editing, and formatting, and learn how to access the History Student Writing Centre.
Image by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre via Twitter.
Hands-on History: Students Engage in Public History through Graduate Seminar
In HIST 595B: Public History, a graduate seminar taught by Professor Richard Menkis, students get hands-on experience producing resources and engaging with primary sources at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC). Learn more about the Holocaust with the three student-produced research guides featuring propaganda material, photography, and diaries in the VHEC collections.
Curating Belonging: Decolonizing the Path Forward with PhD Candidate Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra
PhD candidate Sharanjit (Sharn) Kaur Sandhra studies museums as spaces of belonging. She is also a sessional lecturer and staff member at the University of the Fraser Valley, a co-curator at the Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, and mother to two young boys. In this editorial, she highlights the importance of cultivating opportunities for racialized communities to tell their own stories. She also emphasizes the need for instructors to understand the nuances of the diversities of students, and students with different age, gender, or racial identities.
Photo of the Roedde House Museum. Image by Sara Hepper, via Roedde House Museum.
Public Internship Program: Roedde House Museum, Summer 2022
Application deadline: March 25, 2022
Are you a UBC History student? Are you looking for summer employment? Are you hoping to gain skills and experience related to your studies? The Department of History’s Public History Internship Program, in collaboration with the Roedde House Museum, invites your application for an exciting paid summer internship as a Programming Assistant and Researcher.
Photo by Ula Kuźma via Unsplash.
Public Internship Program: City of Vancouver Archives, Summer 2022
Application deadline: March 25, 2022
The UBC History department’s Public History Internship is part of a five-year program supporting students gain experiences and skills related to public history. The Department of History and the City of Vancouver Archives are currently looking for a research assistant, who will be responsible for developing and implementing a community engagement strategy related to visual materials at the City of Vancouver Archives.
Hong Kong Identity: Past, Present, and Future
March 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm PT
With the passage of the National Security Law in 2020, and expanded Chinese control over Hong Kong, is Hong Kong identity coming to an end? Will Hong Kong identity survive only in diaspora, in London, Vancouver, Taipei, and Melbourne and elsewhere? Or can Hong Kong identity also continue as a distinctive identity within China, but taking new, presumably apolitical forms, with “Hongkongese” being something similar to “Shanghainese” as an identity? This event is part of the City Reassembled seminar series, hosted by the Hong Kong Studies Initiative, sponsored by UBC History.
Climate Warnings: The Power of Canadian Environmental Arts, Literature, and Creative Activism
Panel Discussion: March 17, 7:30 pm PT
As the climate crisis continues, many artists and writers have raised their voices for awareness, change, and justice. In this year's David and Brenda McLean Lecture, UBC English Language & Literatures professor and Faculty of Arts Associate Dean of Students Dr. Laura Moss will concentrate on creative responses to the global environmental emergency in Canadian art and letters.
This year’s series will be comprised of two evening events. On March 17, Dr. Moss will be joined by several of the creators whose work she features in the lecture to discuss the relationship between art and activism, the climate emergency, and the limits of art in driving change.
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