אורים ותמים : Lux et Veritas meaning “light” and “truth” in Hebrew and Latin are two words that are the core being of featured artist Uryel Cho. Drawing from his heritage as a descendant of KwangYun Zhao – the founding emperor of the Song Dynasty – and also drawing on Cho’s own experiences as an artist, each painting is a snapshot of a period in Cho’s life in which he was able to find a new spiritual connection and mutual respect with his ancestors.

Image: “Prince Uryel” by Uryel Cho

Uryel Cho was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and received a BA in visual arts from Naropa University where he studied with Professor Robert Spellman and with Chinese art and calligraphy with a renowned master Chinese calligrapher, Harrison Xinshi Tu. Cho also received his BFA from Arizona State University where he acquired practical skills for fine wood carving and metal welding. Since receiving his degrees, his art has been selected for various exhibitions at college galleries, local art shows and at international exhibitions.

Drawing inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky’s style and from Francesco Clementé for their use of primary colors, geometric shapes, and subliminal approach, Cho has re-define his honorable identity, and was able to find a new spiritual connection and mutual respect with his legendary ancestors.

Cho is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists Association. and currently teaches at the Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, and will be teaching at the WestEnd Community Centre in March.

For more information about Uryel Cho, please click here.

This exhibit runs from January 24th to February 20th, 2013. Exhibit opening Saturday, January 26th, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Chilcotin Room (Room 256) located at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Exhibit opening is free and open to the public.


When: Thursday, January 31, 6-8:30pm

Where: Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

SAAM is partnering with YWCA Metro Vancouver to offer a FREE screening of Miss Representation, the award-winning documentary film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the under representation of women in positions of power and influence and how the degradation of women through the media leads to the sexualization of women and girls. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman or girl to feel powerful herself.  The film screening will be followed by an interactive panel discussion about issues of gender inequality.

Our Panelists:
Chantelle Krish, Manager of Advocacy and Public Relations at YWCA Metro Vancouver
Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services
Amanda Reaume, Associate Director of Advancement in the Dean of Science for Simon Fraser University

Seating is limited, so we encourage you to preregister for the free event tickets here.

On Wednesday, January 30, 11:45 p.m. – 12:45 p.m, the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) will host Dr. Carol Tilley for her talk ”Children, Comics, Critics, and the Researcher” at the Chilcotin Room 256, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

In April 1953, eleven-year old Brian McLaughlin wrote to psychiatrist Fredric Wertham in response to the latter’s article in Reader’s Digest, “Comic Books – Blueprints for Delinquency.” The boy asserted confidently: “Anybody that goes out and kills someone because he read a comic book is a simple minded idiot. Sound silly? So does your item.” McLaughlin was not the only young person to critique Wertham’s argument about comics: dozens more wrote him in 1953 and 1954.

In the late 1940s and culminating in 1954 with the publication of Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent and the televised hearings on comics held by a United States subcommittee, comic books were the most contested form of print. Young readers could not get enough of them, purchasing more than a billion new comic books issues a year in the early 1950s. Adult critics such as Wertham feared, that by reading these four-color pamphlets full of stories of superheroes, cowboys, and jungle queens, young people would stunt their cultural development, ruin their eyesight, and fall into lives of depravity.

This presentation draws in part from Wertham’s manuscript collection at the Library of Congress and the archival record of the 1954 Senate hearings to document and analyze some of the ways young readers challenged and protested adults’ understanding of comic book reading. I did not expect to find letters from young comics readers when I explored these collections. The discovery of these narratives has prompted me to extend this investigation into locating more descriptions of children’s reading experiences – many of which are unfiltered and unmediated by adults—that can serve as potent evidence to enrich scholarship in children’s print culture.

About the Speaker: Carol L. Tilley is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches courses in comics’ reader’s advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship. Part of her scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Her research has been published in journals including the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Information & Culture: A Journal of History, and Children’s Literature in Education. A former high school librarian, she is also co-editor of School Library Research, the peer-reviewed online journal of the American Association of School Librarians.

Do you need an orientation or refresher session on managing your citations or tips for your literature reviews? Do you need some assistance with formatting your thesis? Or do you want to learn more about the Library’s current and historical newspaper collections from BC, Canada, US and beyond?

See the latest Library workshops being offered through the Koerner Library Research Commons Series, Undergraduate Student Workshop Series and Graduate Student Workshop Series listed below:

All the news that’s fit to print – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3766

Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean a Lot! – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3733

Citation Management Using Mendeley – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3869

Citation Management Using Zotero – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3700

Did You Know?

You can cite an unpublished work, such as a thesis or dissertation in cIRcle by using the format provided in this example below:

Blackman, M. J. (2008). Achieving economic and social sustainability in the inner city: The role of business improvements districts. cIRcle: UBC’s Digital Repository: Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/2445.

Above photo: Walter C. Koerner Library


Conference Program 

The protection of digital assets is the focus of the UNESCO / UBC Vancouver Declaration on Digitization and Preservation, released by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

The statement emerged from an international conference, held in Vancouver in September 2012 and organized by UNESCO in co-operation with UBC, that focused on the preservation of digital documentary heritage. More than 500 participants from the public and private sectors - including Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian and Allan Bell, UBC Library’s Director of Digital Initiatives - discussed the protection of digital assets at the event.

For more on UBC Library’s digital agenda, please visit diginit.library.ubc.ca.


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“I would like to thank you for the presentations given to our 20 sections. We know the amount of effort that this requires. I have had very positive feedback from students especially with regards to your introducing the resources and databases they can access through our library. We instructors are looking forward to seeing higher quality research and citations this term.”

Sauder School Instructor

January 2013

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