October 2023

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

Student News

Image via The Conversation (Shutterstock).

Isabelle Avakumovic-Pointon: How Employers can Tackle Misconceptions about Disabled People in the Workplace

"Disabled people are capable, flexible, adaptive and creative. Governments and private companies must do more to include disabled people in the workforce. By not doing so, communities will lose out on the contributions talented people could make," writes PhD student Isabelle Avakumovic-Pointon (UBC History) and Dr. Chloe G. K. Atkins (University of Toronto), for The Conversation.

Promotions, Awards, and Grants

Congratulations to Dr. Hicham Safieddine and Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster, who were promoted with tenure to Associate Professors.

Congratulations to Dr. Pheroze Unwalla, who was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor of Teaching.

Congratulations to Drs. Clare Haru Crowston and John Roosa, who have been appointed as Professor with tenure.

Congratulations to Dr. Sara Ann Knutson, on receiving the UBC Hampton New Faculty Grant.



Applying to Grad School: Advice from UBC History Faculty

October 26 | 5:00 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 1112

Are you an undergraduate student thinking about applying to graduate school? Join Professors Benjamin Bryce, Crystal Lynn Webster, and Shoufu Yin for an informal conversation on how to put your best foot forward. No registration required.


Image via UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative.

Screening of The Grass is Greener on the Other Side 野草不盡 + Academic x Filmmaker Conversation

October 27 | 6:00 pm PT  | AERL 120, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Lab 

Join the Hong Kong Studies Initiative (HKSI) for the screening of The Grass is Greener on the Other Side 野草不盡 (2022), a documentary about the persistence of trauma, the question of identity, and the quest for a place called home among Hongkongers in diaspora. The post-screening conversation will feature a conversation between director Crystal Wong and Dr. Miu Chung Yan (UBC School of Social work). Crystal Wong will appear virtually.

The film is in Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles.



The Holocaust: An Unfinished History – A Conversation with Author Dan Stone | UBC History Colloquium

November 2 | 12:30 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 1112 and online

Drawing on decades of research, The Holocaust: An Unfinished History upends much of what we think we know about the Holocaust. Professor Dan Stone's book draws on Nazi documents, but also on diaries, post-war testimonies and even fiction. He urges that, in our age of increasing nationalism and xenophobia, we must understand the true history of the Holocaust.

Register to attend this UBC History Colloquium series book talk virtually or in-person.



Rescuing Children: The International Tracing Service's Child Search Branch after World War II

November 2 | 5:00 pm PT  | Allard Hall, Franklin Lew Forum Room 101

At the end of World War II, thousands of unaccompanied children required assistance while many more were missing. This lecture delivered by Professor Dan Stone (University of London) examines how the International Tracing Service helped children reunite with their families. These stories of tracing open up wider questions about the Cold War, humanitarianism, and the significance of the family and the state in the building of the postwar order.



The UBC Shakespeare First Folio Symposium

November 17 - 18 | SFU Harbour Centre | Register by November 1

Shakespeare's First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after his death. To celebrate its 400th publication anniversary, the UBC First Folio Research Cluster is pleased to present the First Folio Symposium, a two-day event which foregrounds a panel discussion on whether a centuries-old book, steeped in the legacies of colonialism and capitalism, can catalyze a re-evaluation and transformation of our understanding of the role Shakespeare’s works play in our society today.

Faculty and students from post-secondary institutions are welcome to attend at no cost, and must register by November 1, 2023.


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