April 2019

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

Student Focus

The 9th Annual Burge Lecture organized by HGSA

Congratulations to the History Student Graduate Association (HGSA) for organizing an excellent event!

The 9th Annual Burge Lecture featuring Dr. Audra Simpson from Columbia University took place at the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall with a sold-out crowd of 200 on March 20th.

Q&A with the HSA

Attention: Undergraduate History Students!

What is the History Student Association (HSA)? Should you join?

The HSA provides some insight about their community and the benefits to joining the association with this short Q&A.

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PhD student and Vanier Scholar Edgar Liao's research featured on The Society for the History of Children and Youth website

Edgar Liao’s research has been featured as part of graduate student series on the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth’s website. Edgar discusses his research on the construction, socialization, mobilization and policing of youth in Singapore during 1945-1965.

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Hey students, do you have anything to share (similar to Edgar's article?) We love to feature student research (both undergraduate and graduate), please send your articles or other to hist.comms@ubc.ca

Faculty News

"History has made my world so much bigger than I could imagine."

We honour Arlene Sindelar’s upcoming retirement with a look back on her life and career- 17 years at UBC!  She also offers her thoughts on history, her life outside of UBC and some advice for students in a short Q&A.


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Tara Mayer appointed 2019/2020 Wall Scholar

 Tara Mayer has been awarded a Wall Scholar Fellowship at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for the 2019/20 academic year.


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Leo Shin's Hong Kong Studies Initiative mentioned in the International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter

Text from the newsletter: the University of British Columbia in Canada launched its Hong Kong Studies Initiative within its Asian Studies department in April 2017. The initiative, led by Leo K. Shin, Associate Professor of Chinese History in the Department of History, considers the territory “as both an extraordinary Chinese city and as a spectacular international and transnational hub”.

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Alumni Spotlight

Inspiring workshops on documentary podcasting hosted by UBC History Alumnus, Sam Fenn, & his colleague Alexander Kim

History students and faculty were treated to three workshops hosted by Sam Fenn and Alexander Kim in the month of March. Themes in the workshops included: Research & Story, Interviewing for the story, & Podcasting Basics.

Sam and Alex are the producers of two popular podcasts: Cited, an award-winning documentary radio show about how ideas change the world (not always in postive ways) and the newly released Crackdown, a podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research.

Before getting into journalism, Alex studied Neuroscience at the University of Calgary and Sam Fenn completed both a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in History. 

For more information on Sam Fenn's History Background, check out his alumni story here.


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UBC History Book Launch- TOMORROW!

Join us for a discussion led by Heidi Tworek on the major themes of her book News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945.”  Professors Eagle Glassheim (Department Head, UBC History) and Mary Lynn Young (UBC Graduate School of Journalism) will offer their thoughts on Dr. Tworek’s book followed by a Q&A.  Following the discussion, there will be a reception with light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP is not necessary.

Location: Peter Wall Institute Seminar Room

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 2, 5:00pm-6:30pm

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End-of-Term Celebration for HKSI/Cantonese Language Program

Come celebrate the end of another exhilarating academic year for the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative and the UBC Cantonese Language Program (Everyone from the UBC Community is welcome!) Enjoy food, drinks, highlights of student projects, and a guest presentation from Dr. Desmond Cheung (Portland State University.)

Location: Place of Many Trees (room) - Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC

Date/Time: Thursday, April 4, 12:00pm-1:45pm

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Science and Technology Graduate Colloquium

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Location: BuTo 1197

Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 4:00pm-6:30pm

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