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May 20112


“The Transit of Venus” J.G. Brown, 1883

With the recent hubbub over the upcoming transit of venus we noticed copies of this image kicking around the ‘net in varying qualities, and thought to ourselves, “we can do better.”  A quick search of the UBC ASRS yielded Harper’s Weekly; A Journal of Civilization (1857-1916), and sure enough, this image of children staring at the sun originally published on Saturday April 28th, 1883.  It turned out wonderfully at 600dpi on our Epson flatbed.

The second (cropped) image shows the intricate detail of the original engraving.  The full volume contains many more beautiful illustrations and is well worth checking out at the Irving K. Barber Center Library branch.

Aboriginal UnHistory Month

The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people. We thank Musqueam for its hospitality and support of our work. 

UBC Library, in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology and the Museum of Anthropology, has coordinated a series of events in June.

Aboriginal (Un)History Month celebrates Aboriginal creativity, scholarship, and intellectual traditions. It aims to educate, and cultivate conversations about relationship, representation, and recognition.

The events, which include film screenings, discussions, lectures, exhibits and tours, introduce some of the dimensions of Aboriginal scholarship, and celebrate creative expression and pedagogy at UBC Vancouver and beyond. 

Throughout the month, these events introduce a wide range of Aboriginal experience and examine different meanings of the term “history” through the leadership of Aboriginal youth, research, media and curriculum resources. 

Historic representations of Aboriginal peoples have contributed to the development of negative stereotypes. Ways of dislodging stereotypes are explored through a spectrum of imagery, objects, and texts from various media, including student films. 

The month of June is designated as “Aboriginal History Month” by the federal government of Canada.

June 1 – 29 Aboriginal (Un)History Month: Cultivating Conversations (Exhibit) 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily in the Main Foyer and Ike’s Cafe, Level 2, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

June 14

Event Opening and Musqueam Film Screening

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the  Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

*please note this event was rescheduled from June 5 to June 14. 

June 13 Native Youth Program (NYP) Student Film Screening (poster) 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the  Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
June 19 “What I Learned in Class Today:” Using film to create dialogue at UBC (Presentation and discussion) 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fraser River Room (227), CTLT, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
June 20 Guided Open House at Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives and the Museum of Anthropology (Tour) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Museum of Anthropology
June 21 National Aboriginal Day (community activities across Canada; local activities across the Lower Mainland)

all day; various locations

June 25 The Indigitization Tool Kit for First Nations Community Digitization Projects (Presentation) 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Dodson Room (302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Coordinators: Aboriginal (Un)History Month was coordinated by UBC Library (Xwi7xwa Library, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre), the Musqueam Indian Band, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Museum of Anthropology and the Native Youth Program

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“Wow, this is great. I think I owe you lunch. Thank you for all of your hard work!”
MBA Student
May 2012

Charles Ling (University of Western Ontario) and Qiang Yang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) have written a helpful book for people who are interested in what it is like to be a scientist or a researcher. Available as an ebook (to access it if you are off-campus sign in with your CWL): http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00412ED1V01Y201203ENG018

The UBC Farm offers many educational options for teachers, parents, and children. Check out the Children’s Learning Garden, the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, FarmDiscovery Tours, and the FarmWonders Spring and Summer Camp on the UBC Farm website.

School programs and workshops available.

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