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The Charles Woodward Memorial Room area of the Woodward Library consists of two rooms on the main floor of the Woodward Library and a gallery with book shelving above. It houses the W.C. Gibson collection in the history of medicine and science.

The first room is called the Charles Woodward Memorial Room. Dedicated to the pioneer physicians of British Columbia, whose names appear on four bronze plaques above the fireplace, it was the gift of Mr P.A. Woodward in honour of his father, founder of the department store which formerly bore his name.

The Sherrington Room, used for seminars and small meetings, is named for the Nobel Prize winner Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, friend of Dr F.F. Wesbrook, first President of the University of British Columbia.

The area is specially designed to provide optimum conditions for more than six thousand historical and important volumes in the biological and health sciences. The climate is stabilized at 21 degrees Celsius and 50 percent humidity, and special care is taken in preserving materials kept here.

Two collections of letters, written to and by Charles Darwin.

The main group of letters is the Darwin-Burdon-Sanderson Letters – 1873-1881. This collection was part of a purchase of books and manuscripts from Dr Hugh Sinclair, lecturer in physiology and biochemistry, Magdalen College, Oxford in 1966. This group of about 40 letters consists of correspondence between Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) and John Scott Burdon Sanderson (1828 – 1905) during the years from 1873-1881.

The letters deal with the research Darwin and Burdon Sanderson did on the digestive powers and leaf movements of insect-eating plants, notably Drosera and Dionaea. Darwin published the results of this research as part of his Insectivorous Plants (1875).
The second group of letters is part of the Fox/Pearce (Darwin) Collection – 1821-1884. This group of approximately 80 items was acquired in 1970 from Captain Christopher Pearce, a descendant of the Fox family.


Live Webcast – Begins 12.00PM on March 20, 2013.  [Instructions: Please click on play button in the video screen to view the lecture.  For full screen view, click on upper right hand]

Helene_H_yrupHow can the meeting between “old” and “new” media become a fruitful encounter?  In the 20th century children’s literature research developed into a theoretically reflexive investigation of the relation between children, childhood and texts.  It could be said to have undergone the linguistic “turn”, which has often been seen as a parallel to the emergence of digital media.

Digital media, however, challenge the paradigm of print culture and the theories developed under previous media ecologies.  The field of New Literacy has emerged as an interdisciplinary movement aiming at analyzing the processes and “texts” of the emerging digital knowledge system.  New Literacy, from a Cultural Studies point of view, can be defined as socially recognized ways of creating, communicating and negotiating meaningful content, as mediated by texts and embedded in d/Discourses (Knobel & Lankshear).  The mediation between media, text and user is here studied from primarily a socio-cultural perspective.

The concept of aesthetics, as developed in theories of play, hermeneutics, linguistics, literature and “everyday” aesthetics, seems oddly absent in New Literacy research.  With picture books as a case, my paper suggests that children’s literature studies and New Literacy research should be seen as a converging theoretical field. Whereas children’s literature research needs to strengthen its concepts of materiality and mediation, New Literacy research should develop its concept of “text” to also encompass the aesthetic and critical view of knowledge following the linguistic turn

This lecture is inspired by my research in the concept of knowledge media (with colleagues at RSLIS) and by the current planning of a research network on advanced literacy skills and textual competences in the new media age with participation from researchers in children’s literature and literacy from Sweden, England, Germany and Denmark.  The lecture will also connect its theoretical points to trends in the development of library services for children and young adults in Denmark (e.g. based on the governmental committee work “Fremtidens biblioteksbetjening af børn” [Future Library Services for Children], in which Helene was a research member).

About the Speaker:

Dr. Helene Høyrup is Associate Professor in Children’s Culture, Department of Cultural and Media Studies, Royal School of Library and Information Science. As Professor of children’s culture and literature, Dr. Høyrup’s research interests are situated broadly in the fields of children’s literature and culture, cultural and media studies, and the sociology of literature, knowledge and media. Her research has explored the history, poetics, theory, sociology and communication of children’s literature; children’s literacy in the light of digital literature, and verbal, visual and digital epistemologies; children’s media and culture; and childhood studies in an interdisciplinary perspective.

Present research projects include “Children’s Literature, Text and Canon: Studies in the Sociology of Knowledge,” which combines studies in the history and poetics of children’s literature with the theory and sociology of knowledge.  A second project is “Children’s Library 2.0: Digital Communication, Innovation and Learning.”  She has published extensively in Danish and English on children’s literature theory and canonicity, the European tradition in children’s literature, digital literature and new literacies, folk and fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Rowling, Pullman and Tolkien.

Select Articles Available at UBC

Høyrup, Helene. (2006). Modernism for children?: Cecil Bodker’s Silas and the Black Mare. Beyond Babar: the European Tradition in Children’s Literature. Sandra L. Beckett, Maria Nikolajeva (Eds.).Lanham, MD.: Children’s Literature Association and Scarecrow Press. [Link]

Høyrup, Helene. (2000). “Som Perler paa den historiske Musas Snor”: Romantic self-representation and aesthetics in Adam Oehlenschlager’s Ungdomserindringer. Scandinavian Studies. 72(4). P. 431-444. [Link]

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March 20, 2013, 12.00 to 1.00PM at the Lillooet Room (Room 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, V6T 1Z1)

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The Theme for the Third World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival is Inspire Peace! world poetry logo

Created by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea in 1997, the World Poetry Society is built upon respect, honor, support, peace and love for all. With a focus on recognizing multicultural and multilingual poets and writers, the society promotes its mandate through the power of arts and education. This is the Third Annual World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival. All events are free and open to the public. Please register at and bring a poem on peace, a story about peace, a song, or a dance! Space is limited for all events, so please register early!

The Festival will feature:
1. International guests, local poetry groups, community partners, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and multimedia.
2. Display tables, Poetic Necklace display at Ike’s Art Gallery April 4th – 30th.
3. Extra event: World Poetry Youth Peace Poetathon World Wide.
4. The World Poetry Canada International Month, April 4th – 30th with our partner the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
5. World Poetry National Poetry Month Peace Display plus the display cases in the IKBLC foyer, April 4th – 30th
6. Gift poems!

Event Program:
April 4th, 7pm – 9pm, Grand Opening in the Peace River Room(Room 261) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • First Nations Welcome by Godwin Barton
  • World Poetry Peace E-Anthology launch
  • Music by Rio Samay Band and performance by the Jasmine Dancers
  • Empowerment Awards
  • World Poetry Exclusive: “Silence,” a short documentary by Afghan filmmaker Sharif Saedi


April 11th, 7pm – 9pm in the Lillooet Room (Room 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • Cross Country Tour of Penn Kemp’s Jack Layton, Art in Action; bring a story or read from the Jack Layton book
  • Poetry readings by local poets
  • International guests include Michael Kwaku Somuah and Kwame Yirenkyi


April 20th, 1pm – 4pm in the Lillooet Room (Room 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • First Nations welcome by Wanda John-Kehewin and poetry launch of “In the Dog House
  • Navaho flute music by Angelo Moroni
  • World Poetry Peace Poetathon official launch
  • Music release by Japanese composer Yoshifumi Sakura
  • World Poetry Exclusive: “The Broken Destiny of Poetry,” an Afghan documentary by Rahmat Haidari and Sajia Hussain
  • Music and poetry readings


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