Students studying at the Barber Centre

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 2 to Tuesday, December 18 to accommodate students during the fall exam season.

Please note that this opening DOES NOT include: level one, the Chapman Learning Commons, Library bookstacks or Ike’s Cafe. During the 24/7 opening period, regular cleaning of study spaces will continue. The computer workstations on level two will remain open.

If you are planning to stay overnight at UBC or have an early exam, check out the UBC Commuter Student Hostel, where you can book accommodation online.

Nov 23

Featured photograph: snowy mountain hike

It's that time of year in Vancouver when we're all longing for the rain and mist to lift so we can see the beautiful, snowy North Shore mountains. While we wait, you can gaze upon this photograph instead:

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NYLA MATUK, ALIX OHLIN and MATTHEW TIERNEY

at the Robson Reading Series

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 7pm

UBC Bookstore at Robson Square

Robson Reading Series events are free and open to the public. To register for this event, please click here.

Make no mistake, Sumptuary Laws is a signpost book deserving of wide attention” – The Urge

Sumptuary Laws, Nyla Matuk’s first full-length collection, is a work of irresistible originality. Taking as her inspiration the feudal rules that once enforced social rank by legistating what a person was permitted to wear and eat, Matuk discovers a new metaphor for contemporary desire and explores, in wildly imaginative and linguistically daring poems, the 21st century “sumptuary laws” that dictate our divisions of luxury and necessity, splendour and squalor. A poet of immense gifts, Matuk has written a book of lasting impact.

Nyla Matuk is the author of the chapbook, Oneiric, published in 2009. Her poems have appeared in Maisonneuve, The Walrus, Canadian Notes and Queries, ARC Poetry, the Literary Review of Canada, and other publications. Her first full-length collection, Sumptuary Laws, was published in Fall 2012 with Signal Editions/Véhicule Press. She was nominated twice in 2012 for The Walrus Poetry Prize.

“Alix Ohlin: A writer who should be famous.” – The Globe and Mail

In Alix Ohlin’s Inside, we follow four compelling, complex characters from Montreal and New York to Hollywood and Rwanda, each of them with a consciousness that is utterly distinct and urgently convincing. When Grace, a highly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man in the snowy woods who has failed to hang himself, her instinct to help immediately kicks in. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward. At the same time, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Grace’s ex-husband, a therapist as well, leaves the woman he’s desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic. With a razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the manifold dangers and imperatives of making ourselves available to, and indeed responsible for, those dearest to us.

Alix Ohlin is the author of two novels, Inside and The Missing Person, and Babylon and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Born and raised in Montreal, she is currently on leave from Lafayette College and will spend the year in Los Angeles.

“Lots and lots of the poems in Probably Inevitable are good poems… only Tierney could come up with something so beautiful, so linguistically earned, so sweetly charming and weird.” – The National Post

Matthew Tierney follows his celebrated collection The Hayflick Limit with, Probably Inevitable, a new group of high-energy poems riddled with wit and legerdemain and jolted by the philosophy and science of time. “Time’s not the market, it’s the bustle; / not the price but worth,” he muses, sailing through the rhythms and algorithms of a world made concrete by Samuel Johnson, before it was undone by Niels Bohr. Tierney’s narrators grapple with the gap between what’s seen and what’s experienced, their minds tuned to one (probably) inevitable truth: the more I understand, the more I understand I’m alone.

What continues to set Matthew Tierney’s poems apart is their uncanny ability to find within the nomenclature of science not mere novelty but a new path to human frailty, a renewed assertion of individuality, and a genuine awe at existence.

Matthew Tierney is the author of two books of poetry. His second, The Hayflick Limit (Coach House Books, 2009) was shortlisted for a Trillium Book Award. He is a former winner of the K.M. Hunter Award, and has placed his poems in numerous journals and magazines all across Canada. His next book, Probably Inevitable, considers the science and philosophy of time and will come out in Fall 2012. He lives in Toronto.

 


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Arts One. Shakespeare’s final, richly allegorical play has been subjected to widely differing interpretation. Shakespeare disguises these dangerous interests in a subtle allegory hinging on an established linkage between seamanship and rulership, and in the seemingly minor characters of boatswain, master, and ships crew. Dominant readings aside, this play has as much to do with statecraft as stagecraft.

Biography

Robert Crawford has taught in the Arts One program at the University of British Columbia since 1996. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science (UBC 1995), and specializes in International Relations and Political Philosophy. He attributes his continuing interest in a broad range of intellectual fields and concerns to his Arts One background, and values the opportunity to help cultivate these interests in others.


UBC Library Research Guides

English

Literature Reviews



Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College’s Population Health Lecture Series.  Jeffrey T. Parsons’ general research interests are health behaviors (e.g., HIV prevention, HIV medication adherence, sexual behavior, substance use/abuse); GLBTQ issues; interventions designed to change sexual/drug using behaviors among various populations; club drug use (ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine.  He is the Director of the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST).  All CHEST projects are based on theories of health behavior change and are designed to reduce the spread of HIV and/or to improve the lives of persons with HIV.  Jeffrey T. Parsons is Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Biography
Dr. Jeffrey T. Parson’s is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College. His general research interests are health behaviors (e.g., HIV prevention, HIV medication adherence, sexual behavior, substance use/abuse); GLBTQ issues; interventions designed to change sexual/drug using behaviors among various populations; club drug use (ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine).


Select Articles Available at UBC Library

Bunupuradah, T., Koken, J. A., Naar-King, S., Panthong, A., Parsons, J. T., Phanuphak, P., Phonphithak, S., Rongkavilit, C., Saengcharnchai, P., Wang, B. (2013). Motivational Interviewing Targeting Risk Behaviors for Youth Living with HIV in Thailand. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 17, Issue 6, 2063-2074. [Link]

Golub, S. A., Parsons, J. T., Tomassilli, J.C.,  (2013). What’s Sex Got to Do with It? The Role of Sexual Affect in the Relationship Between HIV Stigma and Mental Health. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 17, Issue 5, 1771-1774. [Link]

Botsko, M., Golub, S.A., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Parsons, J.T. (2013). Predictors of Day-Level Sexual Risk for Young Gay and Bisexual Men. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 17, Issue 4, 1465-1477. [Link]


Select Library Research Guides

Psychology

Sexuality, Sex, and Gender Studies

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NEW YORK CITY, 1857. Nicholas Meyer is crafty, ambitious, and unencumbered by nostalgia. Though he has the singular distinction of working with photographer Mathew Brady, he is enchanted by the professional misfits and illusionists at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. Spurred on by mentors and rivals, bearded ladies and talking automatons, Nicholas will confront the emerging possibilities of robotics, show-business and advertising.  This graphic novel explores the technological imagination of the 19th century from the vantage of two influential entrepreneurs. Readers encounter an alternate universe that once existed: a bygone world of gaslight and sideshows to be sure, but also a forward-looking society shot through with experimental media, profit-oriented entertainments for the masses, and grandiose visions of the future. Written by media historian Jillian Lerner and illustrated by Marc Olivent, The Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum recollects how identities were made and ideas were hawked in a pre-electronic age.

A work of historical fiction, this graphic novel explores the technological imagination of the 19th century from the vantage of two extraordinary entrepreneurs. Readers encounter an alternate world that once existed: a bygone world of gaslight, sideshows and horse-drawn cabs to be sure, but also a forward-looking world shot through with experimental media, profit-oriented entertainments for the masses, and grandiose visions of the future. Written by media historian Jillian Lerner and illustrated by Marc Olivent, The Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum entices us to recollect how identities were made and ideas were hawked in a pre-electronic age.

Nicholas Meyer is desperate to invent himself and meet the celebrated inventors of his day. It is 1857 and New York City is awash with young men who are comparably wily and determined. But Nicholas is something of a technical prodigy, with a background in clockmaking and a keen instinct for publicity. He jumps at the chance to work in the studio of celebrity portrait photographer Mathew Brady and acquaint himself with the outlandish attractions of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. Spurred on by mentors and rivals, talking automatons and bearded ladies, Nicholas explores the emerging forms of photography, robotics, showbusiness and advertising.  In collaboration with Art, Architecture, and Planning (AArP), the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to host Dr. Jillian Learning for her presentation, which will include:

  • the media history of graphic novels: highlighting some of the 19th century forms of communication and commercial entertainment that are at the center of this book
  • the how-to aspects of self-publishing, scripting and art-directing a graphic novel
  • the trending phenomena of “steampunk” how does it relate to this book
  • How does this retrofuturistic movement both venerate and repurpose Victorian visions of the future
  • What insights and cautions this historian can offer about the political stakes of mining the past?

To register for this event, please find here.

About Dr. Jillian Lerner

Jillian Lerner is a media historian who specializes in 19th-century media and culture. She is fascinated by vintage advertising, proto-hipsters, and old-fangled commercial attractions. She holds a PhD in Art History from Columbia University and has taught at The University of British Columbia. This is her first graphic novel.  Amazon | Facebook | LinkedIn

Graphic Novel Presentation by Jillian Lerner

Come join us as Jillian Lerner will present on the Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum on December 6, 2012, at 4.00 to 5.00pm at the Lillooet Room (Rm 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia)



For more information about this event, please contact Vanessa Kam or Allan Cho

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3247 .D475 2011
Ellen Desmet, Indigenous Rights Entwined with Nature Conservation (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2011).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1320 .S76 2012
Simon Stokes, Art and Copyright, 2d ed. (Oxford: Hart Pub., 2012).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=6175232

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KU1750 .R38 2012
Suri Ratnapala & Jonathan Crowe, Australian Constitutional Law: Foundations and Theory, 3d ed. (South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KU2116 .E93 2012
Carolyn Evans, Legal Protection of Religious Freedom in Australia (Annandale: Federation Press, 2012).

Some children are hiding their talents and skills in school for fear of being bullied, research has suggested.

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