March 2019

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

Student Research

An Exploration of American Deaf History - Caroline Cassinelli’s Journey through UBC’s History Honours Program

For Caroline Cassinelli, the History Honours thesis is much more than just an academic paper. In fact, the research that Caroline is embarking on will connect her even more deeply to the community that her mother and uncle belong to, and one that she has always been interested in— the Deaf community.

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Q&A with the Editors of the Atlas: Undergraduate Journal of World History

Caroline Cassinelli and Rebecca Silver, Editors in Chief for the Atlas, reflect on the process of how papers are reviewed and chosen for the publication, and provide tips for students interested in submitting their research.

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Featured Summer Courses

Faculty News

Redefining Migrant Stories – Henry Yu’s Journey as History Professor

Dr. Henry Yu was born in Vancouver, but comes from a family of migrants—his parents, grandfather, and great grandfather migrated to Canada from China at different periods in history. As a child in school, Canadian history never resonated with him, the textbooks didn’t tell the stories of how Chinese migrants contributed to the fabric of Canada, or even how they struggled.

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Faculty Books & Publications

Heidi Tworek's new book "News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945" is coming out on March 11, 2019 in Canada (see events below for April 2nd UBC book launch.)

Pheroze Unwalla's recent publication "Bereavement and Mourning (Ottoman Empire/Middle East)" in International Encyclopedia of the First World War.

Alumni Spotlight

History Careers Night

"I learned to think critically in History, which I use in my career."

"History taught me to be curious and to have a willingness to learn."

On Wednesday February 6th, The UBC History Department and the History Student Association (HSA) co-hosted an evening panel discussion with five UBC History graduates.  This evening event was hosted and moderated by Jan Prchal, the President of the HSA, and was attended by about 20 undergraduate students. 

The panel discussion brought to light the value of working towards a history degree, the challenges of going from academia to the working world, and tips and tricks for the future.  After the panel discussion, the students had the opportunity to network and ask their questions directly to the five participants.

We warmly thank the following alumni for participating in this event:

Katie Taylor- 3rd year Law Student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law

Riley Hass- Teacher at Oxford Learning Centres

Trevor Quan- Senior Research Analyst at the Information & Communications Technology Council

Geoffrey Rempel- Member, Immigration Division at the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada

Connie Chang- Founder & Principal at Type C Consulting


Featured event

The 9th Annual Burge Lecture featuring Keynote Speaker: Audra Simpson, Columbia University

Organized by the UBC History Graduate Student Association (HGSA), the Burge Lecture is an annual endowed lecture made possible by a generous donation from UBC alumnus William Burge.



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

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The History Graduate Student Association Booksale: Spring Edition

HGSA is hosting its second booksale this year! Check out an exciting and diverse stock of books on history, philosophy, literature, theory and much more! Visit their booth in the AMS Nest Atrium on March 6th and 7th, between 10am and 3pm.

Lecture: Language Science Talks! Misinformation managed: How to have healthy conversations online

Speaker: Heidi Tworek (UBC History) & Maite Taboada (SFU Linguistics)

WOOD 4, Instructional Resources Centre (IRC)


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Lecture: In Science we Trust- or Not! Analyzing Lay-expert Trust Relations through an Epistemic Lens

Speaker: Heidi Grasswick, Middlebury College

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5:00pm- 6:30pm

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Lecture: New Popular Culture and the Community: New Grounds for the Race Debate in Cuba

Speaker: Samuel Furé Davis, University of Havana

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Lecture: Earth matters. How European geology around 1900 grappled with making the human and terrestrial scales commensurate.

Speaker: Andrea Westermann, German Historical Institute

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History Trivia Night

The next History Trivia Night is coming up!

Come join your History Students Association (HSA) at Koerner's Pub on Thursday, March 14th at 6:30pm.

Indigenous music from Hokkaidō and British Columbia

Location: Great Hall, Museum of Anthropology (MOA)

Date/Time: Thursday, March 14,  5:30pm–7:30pm.

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Hokkaidō 150: Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity in Modern Japan and Beyond

Date: Friday, March 15

Workshop taking place in Dodson Room, Iriving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Library from 10:00am- 3:00pm.  See event details for panel line ups.

Featuring Keynote lecture “Indigeneity, Specters of Colonialism, and the Phantasmagoria of Empire” in Room 106, Peter A. Allard School of Law at 4:00pm-5:30pm.

Keynote Speaker:  Danika Medak-Saltzman, Syracuse University

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The Institute for European Studies Colloquium

Speaker: Heidi Tworek, UBC History. Discussing her book: “News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945”

C.K Choi Building, Room 351


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Meeting for Prospective History Majors, Minors & Honours Students:

Find out about program requirements, the HSA, Go-Global, Co-op & more. Sign up for advising and enjoy free pizza!

 Buchanan A-104


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Hong Kong Studies / History Seminar: “There’s No Place Like It”: Promoting Colonial Hong Kong as a Tourist Destination

Speaker: John M. Carroll, The University of Hong Kong

Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John’s College


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Lecture: "Indigo Trials and Tribulations: Michel Adanson's Encounter with Africa"

Speaker: Mary Terrall, UCLA History

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Hong Kong Studies Dialogue: Hong Kong in the Age of the Chinese Dream


Alex Yong Kang Chow 周永康, Secretary General (2014/2015) for the Hong Kong Federation of Students

Tai-lok Lui 呂大樂, Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies Education at the University of Hong Kong.

Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 5:30pm- 7:00pm

Location: Aquatic Ecosystems Research Lab 120

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45th Medieval Workshop - Theologies of the Political: From Augustine to Agamben, and Beyond

Workshop taking place at Green College on March 29/30

Featuring Public Lecture “Two Concepts of the Secular” on Friday, March 29th at 11:00am-12:00pm In Buchanan A-103

Speaker: Conrad Leyser, Oxford University

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 ‘We Are Hockey’ Exhibit at the Sikh Heritage Museum

Centred on the experiences of peoples of colour, this exhibit challenges singularly racial perspectives on the meaning of Hockey as Canada’s national sport.


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Graduate Student Colloquium- Part of the Science & Technology Studies Colloquium

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UBC History Book Launch

Professor Heidi Tworek and the Department of History welcome you to an event to celebrate Dr. Tworek’s new book “News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945.”

Location: Peter Wall Institute Seminar Room

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

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