February 2024

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

Faculty News


Solidarities Around the World: A Black History Month Q&A with Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster

In this special Black History Month editorial, UBC History Associate Professor Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster reminds us that Black excellence has always been deeply rooted in the history of Black activism, liberation, and solidarities around the world. Read this Q&A to learn about the long history of solidarity between Black activism and the Global South, and about exciting new research that centres Black histories and experiences in Canada.


History Department Events


Converging Empires with Dr. Andrea Geiger

March 7, 2024 | 3:00 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 1133

The UBC History Empires and (Post-)Colonialisms in the Asia-Pacific Cluster is pleased to invite you to a seminar with Dr. Andrea Geiger on her latest monograph Converging Empires: Citizens and Subjects in the North Pacific Borderlands, 1867-1945. This seminar will be held on Thursday, March 7th, 3:00-4:30 pm in Buchanan Tower 1133. Refreshments will be provided. See event page for registration details.


An Evening of History for Prospective Majors, Minors, and Honours Students

March 13, 2024 | 5:00 pm PT | Dodson Room, IKB Learning Centre 

Join UBC History faculty and student representatives for An Evening of History for prospective Majors, Minors, and Honours students. UBC History is where undergraduate students can dig into the knowledge of the past to write their own futures. Whether you are interested in pursing our flexible and expansive Major, Minor, or Honours program, we have courses that will feed your inner history buff.

If you're a current undergraduate student,

invite your friends!


Buried Histories with Dr. John Roosa

April 2, 2024 | 12:00 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 1112

The UBC History Empires and (Post-)Colonialisms in the Asia-Pacific Cluster is pleased to invite you to a seminar with Dr. John Roosa on his latest award-winning monograph Buried Histories: The Anticommunist Massacres of 1965-1966 in Indonesia. This seminar will be held on Tuesday April 2, 12:00-1:30 pm in Buchanan Tower 1112. Lunch will be provided. See event page for registration details.

UBC Community Events


UBC Political Science | 2024 Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker Lecture

February 28, 2024 | 6:00 pm PT | Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

UBC Political Science is delighted to host Professor Oona Hathaway of Yale University’s Department of Political Science as the 2024 Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker. The Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker Lecture was created by members of the Department of Political Science, with the support of Mark Zacher’s family and many of his former students, to honour his contribution to the teaching, understanding and scholarship of international affairs.


Black History Month Film Screening: Robson Square

February 29, 2024 | 7:00 pm PT | UBC Robson Square

In celebration of Black History Month, register for a free screening of two short films by Black Canadian filmmakers, including Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia (1992) by director Sylvia Hamilton and Journey to Justice (2000), a documentary by Roger McTair. This event is co-sponsored by UBC Latin American Studies, the National Film Board, UBC Film Society, UBC History, Cinema Thinks The World, and the UBC Public Humanities Hub.



From this Land: Literary Arts Scholars Indigenous to BC

March 4, 2024 | 2:00 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 323

“From this Land” is a special Critical Conversations event featuring UBC Indigenous scholars, including UBC School of Music faculty member Dr.Dylan Robinson (Stó:lō/Skwah) and EL&L PhD students Leah Alfred-Olmedo (Kwakwaka'wakw and Canadian) and Alexa Manuel (Syilx/St'at'imc). Critical Conversations is organized by the UBC Department of English Language and Literatures and the UBC English Graduate Student Caucus. It aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue across fields and periodization between students, faculty, and the larger university community.

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