Faculty Town Hall with SSHRC – April 5th, 2017

UBC – VPR and SPARC invite you to attend a Faculty Town Hall with SSHRC.

This is an opportunity to hear first-hand about SSHRC’s new programs and changes in eligibility.


WHO: Tim Wilson, Executive Director, SSHRC Research Grants and Partnerships

WHEN: 1:30-3:30pm on Wednesday 5th April, 2017

WHERE: Fred Kaiser, Room 2020/2030


WHY: Over its 35-year history, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has focused on building Canada’s capacity to undertake excellent research—and, as a result, has funded Canada’s top researchers and research trainees. Because research “excellence” is an ever-evolving target, its pursuit is both an enduring commitment and a priority. As Executive Director of Research Grants and Partnerships at SSHRC, Tim Wilson is responsible for overseeing all of the Agency’s Grant programs. He will talk about SSHRC funded programs and future plans. This is especially relevant given recent changes to the Insight Grant and eligibility of health related research, and a new stream of Partnership funding.|


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Harry Potter at UBC Library

Since its first publication in the U.K. in 1997, the Harry Potter series has garnered international acclaim, and is arguably the most popular children’s literature series in several generations, having joined the ranks of other famous titles such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In 2015, UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections began acquiring complete sets of first editions of the Harry Potter series. Collecting and preserving copies of the Harry Potter books ensures that scarce first and special editions of these titles will be available to Canadians for generations to come.

A new exhibit at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

In tandem with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s screening and performance of Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM, Rare Books and Special Collections is exhibiting some of the unique and remarkable Harry Potter books in its collection. This exhibit is the second of its kind, the first took place in 2016 in tandem with VSO’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneTM. Unique to the exhibit in 2017 is the addition of several antiquarian books from UBC Library’s William C. Gibson History of Medicine and Science Collection. These titles feature beautiful wood block and etching prints of magical creatures including unicorns, dragons and basilisks—providing insight into the types of fascinating source materials author J.K. Rowling may have used to create her magical universe.


Depictions of dragons in UBC Library’s William C. Gibson History of Medicine and Science Collection

Depictions of unicorns in UBC Library’s William C. Gibson History of Medicine and Science Collection


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Attend a tour of Rare Books and Special Collections

Join a weekly tour of the Rare Books and Special Collections department every Wednesday from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Experience an introduction to our space and our unique materials and collections, including items from the Harry Potter collection. Tours are free and open to the general public.

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LAW LIBRARY level 3: JX1 .H34 v. 27 2014
Hague Academy of International Law, Hague Yearbook of International Law 2014 (Dordrecht: M. Nijhoff, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K720 .P54 2013
Christopher Pierson, Just Property: Volume Two: Enlightenment, Revolution, and History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=8634538

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD313 .S77 2016
Daniel Greenberg & Yisroel Greenberg, eds., Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases, 9th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE339 .P76 2015
David Layton & Michel Proulx, Ethics and Criminal Law, 2d ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015).
Online access: Ebook

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3247 .H37 2016
David Harris & Peter Israel, eds., The Written Contract of Employment (Toronto: Emond, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE7709 .H36 2017
Darwin Hanna, Legal Issues on Indigenous Economic Development (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2017).

“Reading Worlds at Home”

Featuring readings by Shani Mootoo, Lydia Kwa, and Larissa Lai and a discussion of the film All Our Father’s Relations  by Elder Larry Grant and Sarah Ling.

The event was part of “Worlds at Home: On Cosmopolitan Futures,” a public symposium bringing together scholars from across Canada, the US and Australia to consider the future of cosmopolitanism as a critical approach to scholarship and praxis. The symposium took place on UBC’s Vancouver campus from March 16-17, 2017 and featured an interview with Dr. Sneja Gunew (UBC) and a launch of her book, Post-multicultural Writers as Neo-cosmopolitan Mediators (Anthem Press) as well as a keynote address by Dr. Pheng Cheah (UC Berkeley) and more.

For more information about “Worlds at Home: On Cosmopolitan Futures,” visit: http://worldsathome.arts.ubc.ca/

Speakers: Shani Mootoo, Lydia Kwa, Larissa Lai (University of Calgary), Elder Larry Grant, Sarah Ling

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Bradley, A., & Bradley, A. (10/01/2010). International journal of refugee law: Beyond borders; cosmopolitanism and family reunification for refugees in canada Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ijrl/eeq025 [Link]

Breckenridge, C. A. (2002). Cosmopolitanism Duke University Press. [Link]

Cheah, P. (2016). What is a world : on postcolonial literature as world literature. Duke University Press [Link]

Gunew, S.M. (2017). Post-multicultural writers as neo-cosmopolitan mediators. Anthem Press [Ordered at Koerner Library, call number forthcoming]

Gunew, S. M., & Rizvi, F. (1994). Culture, difference and the arts. St Leonards, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin. [Available at Koerner Library Stacks DU120 .C85 1994]

Kwa, L. (2013). Sinuous. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press. [Available at Koerner Library Stacks PS8571.W3 S56 2013]

Lai, L. (2014). Slanting I, imagining we Asian Canadian literary production in the 1980s and 1990s. Wilfrid Laurier University Press [Link]

Lai, L. (2002). Salt Fish Girl: A Novel. Toronto: T. Allen Publishers. [Available at Koerner Library Stacks PS8573.A3775 S24 2002]

Mootoo, S. (2014). Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab. Toronto: Doubleday Canada [Available at Koerner Library Stacks PS8576.O569 M68 2014]

UBC Library Research Guides




In collaboration with the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), the IKBLC Community Engagement & Programs division presents the “PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series,” which showcases doctoral students telling their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes.

In “Explorations in Culture and Diversity,” eight PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative engage the public by using the Pecha Kucha format to present on how their research is contributing to the public good, and making a change in the world.  This year’s PSI themes include education, environment, culture, social justice, and health.

This event happened on Thursday, March 23, 2017.


Ashli Akins (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Eury Chang (Theatre)

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Anthroplogy)

Claire Fogal (Theatre)

Gregory Gan (Anthropology)

Lily Ivanova (Sociology)

Stephanie Nakagawa (Opera)

Teilhard Paradela (History)

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Chang, E. C. (01/01/2015). Theatre research in canada: Towards reconciliation: Immigration in marty chan’s the forbidden phoenix and david yee’s lady in the red dress Graduate Centre for Study of Drama. [Link]

Cullis-Suzuki, S. (2007). Notes from canada’s young activists : A generation stands up for change Greystone Books. [Link]

Gan, G. (2015). Soaring to dizzying heights: Christ the saviour cathedral as a historical arena for the persecution of pussy riot. Critique of Anthropology, 35(2), 166-186. doi:10.1177/0308275X15569852 [Link]

Ivanova, L. (2014). The cultural transmission of morals : A case study of western visitors to cambodia’s genocide museums [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides





John Cooper Robinson was an Anglican missionary who lived and worked in Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Cooper Robinson collection consisting of over 4,600 photographic prints, negatives, glass lantern slides, and postcards is one of the most valuable photographic records of this era.

The exhibition, Double Exposure Japan-Canada: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan, on display at Rare Books and Special Collections was curated by Professor Allen Hockley and Naoko Kato, Japanese Language Librarian. The exhibit highlights four major themes: Robinson and the Economies of Japanese Photography, Robinson and the M.S.C.C. Mission in Japan, Robinson and Japanese Religions, and Robinson’s Photographic Practices. This exhibit features original photographs as well as glass lantern slides and glass negatives that were used by Robinson.

In addition, the Asian Center at UBC features a selection from The Making of History and Artifacts (1888-1926): The Photographs of John Cooper Robinson from Meiji-Taisho Japan exhibit, curated by Robert Bean with an introduction by Bill Sewell.

Check out the John Cooper Robinson Collection Finding Aid to learn more about this extensive photo collection.

Double Exposure Japan-Canada is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from March 13–May 31, 2017, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. until April 8. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Naoko Kato at naoko.kato@ubc.ca.

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