Q: What is the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award?

A: The GSS (Graduate Student Society) cIRcle Open Scholar Award is a lottery based award for graduate students at UBC Vancouver. The award ‘aims are to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of exemplary non-thesis graduate coursework; and to create an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations.’

Find out who created this award, when was it established and how you can submit your work by visiting the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award site at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/gss-graduate-student-society-open-scholar-award/.

Note: UBC Vancouver graduate students upload their own work to cIRcle, subject to course instructor approval, to the following cIRcle collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42591.

Did You Know?

Four GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Awards are to be made each year for the next 5 years, two in April and two in October. Recommendations are made by the UBC cIRcle office in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS). The Graduate Student Society presents the Awards to the winners. Read about the first award winners at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/blog/gss-circle-open-scholar-award-winners/.


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Moot Court Room

Guest Speakers:
Madam Justice Victoria Gray, British Columbia Supreme Court
Madam Justice Barbara Romaine, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench

Justices Gray and Romaine will share their insights regarding legal research and writing.  The session will be an opportunity for you to learn about what judges view as good and bad research and writing skills, as well as pitfalls to avoid!  They will focus on what is expected from both counsel and law clerks.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Date, Time and Location:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Farris Hall, Room 106


at the Robson Reading Series

Thursday, November 22, 2012, 7pm UBC Bookstore at Robson Square

“Julie Wilson’s book riffs on…the indefinable connection between reader and watcher and the muddling of private and public spaces.” – Geist

Seen Reading is the exciting debut collection of microfictions from Canada’s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the beloved online movement of the same name, Seen Reading collects more than a hundred fictions inspired by sightings of people reading on Toronto transit, each reader re-invented in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and fun, Seen Reading offers readers an inspired fictional map while charting an urban centre’s cultural commitment to books and literature.

Julie Wilson is The Book Madam, a self-professed “professional publishing fan” living in Toronto and working in media and publishing. She’s the past Online Marketing Manager for House of Anansi Press, past Host of the CBC Book Club, and present host of 49thShelf.com. Her writing has appeared in or at: The National Post, The Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, Taddle Creek, Maisonneuve. The online component of Seen Reading as been featured on or at: CBC (“Here and Now,” “Q”), The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Galley Cat, and more.

Last minute update: We are sorry to announce that Dani Couture will not be able to come to read at this event. (Last updated on: Nov 21, 2012)

“The author displays a deft hand with dialogue and a good understanding of how families interact.” – Quill & Quire

In Dani Couture’s heart-breaking novel, Algoma, twelve-year-old Ferd is obsessed with the idea that he can persuade his dead brother to come home through a campaign of letters. Plaintive notes appear around the house—folded squares of paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washing machine. Ferd’s mother, Algoma, is also unravelling; attempting to hide her son’s letters, reconnect with her increasingly distant husband, and rebuild her life.

Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010). Sweet was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Couture also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Couture’s short story “The Port-Wine-Stain-Removal Technique” won first place in the fiction category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and her poetry has been included in the Best of Canadian Poetry in English series. Her debut novel, Algoma, was published in fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing. Couture now lives in Toronto and is currently at work on a second novel.

Nov 15

Chung room re-opened, exhibition work continues

Thank you for your patience yesterday as we kept the Chung Collection exhibition closed for installation of new exhibits! There is still work happening today, Thursday November 15th and tomorrow, Friday November 16th in the back of the room and the back exhibits will remain unavailable during that time.

We'll be adding interpretive signs to our new exhibitions soon. Stay tuned to the News blog for more information (and some behind-the-scenes photos!)

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