April 2020

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

Student Focus

Leading through Collaboration: History Major Suyesha Dutta’s experience as Student Directed Seminar co-facilitator

Suyesha’s role as a co-facilitator for her Student Directed Seminar is a work experience she is proud of and one she hopes to apply to a career in teaching at the university level someday.

Her story offers some insight for other students considering taking or facilitating a Student Directed Seminar.

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Student Resources and information 

  • Have questions about the coronavirus or online learning? Check out UBC FAQs for students during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Need help from the Library? Remote resources for research help are available from the UBC Library.
  • Virtual peer tutoring for students is available until classes end (April 8th) - send your  questions and essays to peerwritingtutors@gmail.com
  • History Honours Alumna, Carmen Watson, has volunteered her time to help history students get through the exam period (until the end of April.) Email Carmen for help with editing your paper or any other virtual tutoring needs. Send questions and essays to: Watson.carm@gmail.com
  • UBC Psychology Professor, Anita DeLongisa, provided helpful tips for taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read this article here.

Faculty News 

Heidi Tworek discusses the history of race and disease with UBC Media

In a Q&A, Heidi Tworek provided historical context on the tendency of humans to turn their fear over viruses and disease into unwarranted assumptions about people and places. 

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Congratulations to Tina Loo!

Tina Loo's book "Moved by the State: Forced Relocation and Making a Good Life in Postwar Canada" was shortlisted for a 2020 Canadian Historical Association (CHA) Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize.

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Faculty featured on podcasts

Tara Mayer was a guest on the Peter Wall Institute's podcast Ways of Knowing. Listen to this episode titled "Tara Mayer on the Value of Discomfort in Education."

Jeffrey James Byrne was interviewed about his book "Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization and The Third World Order" on the New Books Network. Listen to the episode here.

Alumni Spotlight

History PhD Alumna Laura Madokoro's article in The Conversation

"We are living through an exceptional situation and governments are taking extreme steps as a result. At the same time, we know extraordinary measures can have enduring and profoundly damaging effects."

Laura Madokoro, now an Associate Professor of History at Carleton University, wrote an article about racism and the impact of long-term emergency measures taken by the Canadian government in response to the coronavirus. 

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Summer Courses

Register for HIST 109 - Cultural Histories of Media: From Writing to Tweeting

This course focuses on different forms of media from a global perspective, with particular attention on audiovisual electronic media. 

Register for HIST 386A- Korea Since 1860

The course provides an examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural transformations of Korea since the late nineteenth century.