May 2019

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

Student Focus

Dean's Reception for Graduating Student Leaders

Congratulations to history students honoured at the Dean's Reception for Graduating Student Leaders on March 25th!

Pictured here: Hannah Kahn, Kevin Ang, Professor Eagle Glassheim, Elizabeth Shepherd, Carmen Watson, Kai Sheng Tan

PhD student Ken Corbett wins PCCBS Graduate Student Paper Prize

Ken attended the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) at the University of California Santa Barbara on March 23-25 2018 and he presented his paper "Redeeming the Time: Punctuality, Credit, & the Middling Sort.” Ken's paper was selected as the best paper delivered by a graduate student member of the PCCBS in 2018.

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Public History Projects

Japan on the Record Podcast

In this new podcast series, Dr. Tristan Grunow interviews scholars of Japanese studies about issues in the news. The podcast features eight podcast episodes produced by UBC students in Dr. Tristan Grunow’s HIST 376 “Modern Japanese History since 1800."

In these episodes, students share their research on issues in contemporary Japanese society, ranging from pollution, to homelessness and social inequality, to war memory and pop culture, to diplomatic disputes, and even Alt-Right views of Japan.

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The Wildest Night in Vancouver Digital Resource & Podcast

Students in Dr. Tristan Grunow’s HIST 271 “Japan and Global History, 1550-1900” class collaboratively constructed a digital resource and podcast series documenting and reliving the history, trauma, and legacy of the 1907 riots in Vancouver. Five podcast episodes have been written produced and perfomed by students.

This digital resource features a map of Japanese-owned buildings damaged in the riots along with photos of the damage and present-day views for comparison, and links to digitized materials related to Japanese-Canadian history housed in UBC Library Open Collections.

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Faculty News

Meet Jessica Hanser: UBC History’s Incoming Professor

"Studying history is a bit like traveling. The past is a foreign country; when you explore a new place and try to understand its inhabitants, their beliefs, and ways of life on their own terms, you learn something about the world and yourself in the process."

Professor Jessica Hanser will be joining the UBC History Department in July 2019. In anticipation of this, Jessica has provided some insight into her history expertise, her teaching style and interests outside of academia with a short Q&A.

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Tara Mayer wins 2018/19 Killam Teaching Prize

Congratulations to Tara Mayer for receiving the 2018/2019 Killam Teaching Prize! The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.

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Leslie Paris quoted in a recent Georgia Straight article titled "Many B.C. summer camps specialize in helping kids adapt to modern economy, but it wasn't always this way."

The article also features her 2008 book, "Children’s Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp."

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Faculty Publications

New book "Confronting Canadian Migration History" features article by Laura Ishiguro and Laura Modokoro - White Supremacy, Political Violence, And Community, 1907 and 2017.

Sebastian Prange's book "Monsoon Islam" is now available in paperback.

Heidi Tworek's book "News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945" is now available! A roundup of Heidi's interviews and reviews related to her book can be found on the UBC History Website.

Alumni Spotlight

 Q&A with Will Kruger, UBC History Graduate from 2011

"Ranking right alongside the lectures with Professor Booker was my decision to take part in the Go Global Exchange Program. Studying abroad in Leuven, Belgium for a full year was one of the best ways to combine my history degree with an immersive and cultural European experience in a medieval town famous for brewing Stella Artois beer."

Will discusses his experience as a History major and the career path that led to his current position as a Senior Consultant with Renewable Energy, EY.

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Featured Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 Courses

Graduating soon and unsure about your career options?

The UBC Hub is an exclusive networking platform that brings alumni and students together for meaningful career conversations, based on specific career interests and goals.

UBC Hub Meetup presented by the Faculty of Arts

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 14 – 6:00pm-8:00pm

Venue: Wong-Trainor Welcome Centre at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

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Film Screening: Little Voices from Fukushima

A discussion with director Hitomi Kamanaka and comments from SPPGA Professor Ramana will follow the film.

Venue: Place of many trees, 1st floor, Liu Institute for Global Issues

Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm

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Film Screening: 1967 (Re-run)

Pants Theatre Production Presents "1967 (Re-run)."

A Q&A with the director, Wu Hoi Fai, will follow the film.

Venue: Aquatic Ecosystems Research Lab 120

Time: 6:30pm-9:45pm

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