Rare Book and Special Collections at UBC Library and the Department of English is delighted to host a symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of the Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles Lettres.


An Unmatched Devotion: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Colbeck Collection at UBC Library
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dodson Room (301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


The Colbeck Collection, which comprises some 13,000 rare and often unique volumes – in addition to literary manuscripts and letters – is one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Victorian and Edwardian English and Anglo-Irish literature. We’re delighted to be joined by scholars from around the globe for this fascinating discussion on Colbeck-related scholarship and research.


“The Victorians Come to Vancouver and Delaware”
Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library


“Out and Out from the Family to the Community: the Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion”
Kristin Mahoney
Associate Professor of English, Michigan State University


“The Mirror of Everyday Life: William Morris’s Book Collecting and the Kelmscott Press”
Yuri Cowan
Professor of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


“The Pre-Raphaelites in the Colbeck Collection”
Florence Boos
Professor of English, University of Iowa


The symposium is free, open to the public, and will include a complimentary lunch and a post-event reception. If you are interested in attending the symposium, please register by October 13, 2017 at http://collections.library.ubc.ca/featured-collections/norman-colbeck-collection/

In conjunction with the symposium Rare Books and Special Collection and the Department of English has planned a major exhibition in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from October 23-December 20, 2017. We hope you can join us!

For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at 604 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

Join the Asian Library to celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights)!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated annual Indian festival. It marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. Diwali takes place at the end of October or the first week of November, and is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day). The festival typically lasts from 5 to 7 days, and the first day marks the beginning of the fiscal year. It is enjoyed by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with candles and colorful lights, and also share their gifts and recite prayers.

Everyone is cordially invited to experience diversity of culture through music, Henna, and delicious refreshments. All Diwali activities are drop-in, free and open to UBC students, staff and faculty.

For more information, please call 604-822-2427 or visit us in person at the Asian Library at UBC Asian Centre.

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