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Take part in the UBC Welcome Centre Campus Culture Challenge from September 1st to October 14th. Adventure around campus, complete challenges, and win great prizes!

At the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, come in to the 2nd floor foyer and take a photo of any of the display cases from the current exhibit Mexiquense Popular Art and tweet it with the hashtag #IKBLC.  Take it to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre for your stamp!

View the information sheet below or download the passport here.

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Participants must complete the following challenge to receive a stamp for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (no exceptions):

  • Post a photo on Twitter of you in front of the Mexico Fest art exhibit display on the second floor of the IKBLC. Tag #IKBLC

Participants must then go to the UBC Welcome Centre (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre) to have their challenge verified to receive their stamp.

  • Staff will confirm that the challenge has been completed.
  • Staff will then stamp overtop of the logo or info paragraph of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Only ONE stamp is awarded per individual

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can complete the challenge?
This contest is open to current UBC students, staff, and faculty (valid UBC ID is required when submitting your stamped passport). Other individuals are welcome to complete the passport, but will not be entered into the draws. Only one submitted passport per individual.

How do you collect stamps?
Stamps can be collected by completing the associated challenge at participating venues between September 1st and October 14th. Collect your stamps at the locations and times noted in the venue descriptions. You must prove that you completed the challenge to get the stamp (usually this means showing your social media post on your phone). Note: stamps for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and for the Under 19 Koerner’s Pub can be collected at the UBC Welcome Centre.

How do the prizes work?
The Grand prize draw will include all eligible booklets that contain 17 or more stamps, the second draw will include all eligible booklets that contain 12 or more stamps (including those who did not win in the first draw), the third draw will include all eligible booklets that contain 7 or more stamps (including those who did not win in the first and second draws). The draws will only contain eligible booklets that are received before 6pm, Oct. 21st at the UBC Welcome Centre, 1st Floor Welcome Desk, 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1. Any additional costs or expenses incurred redeeming the prize(s) that are not specifically covered by the prize are the responsibility of the winners.

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None of the participating venues, UBC, alumni UBC, prize contributors or their respective agents or representatives shall be responsible in any way for the use of or bear any liability whatsoever in any way attributable to a prize awarded in the contest.

I still have a question. Can you help me?
For any questions or clarifications, please contact the UBC Welcome Centre front desk at 604-822-3313, alumni.ubc@ubc.ca or in person at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

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War Stories is a free special event to be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7:00pm at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre. Sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Global Reporting Centre and the Movember Foundation.

War Stories from Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones told by foreign correspondents, combat veterans and scholars. Award-winning Iraqi-Canadian photojournalist Farah Nosh and writer/photographer Ann Jones will share images and stories of the impact of war on civilians. Wall Distinguished Professor and UBC Geography Professor, Derek Gregory, will discuss changes in the evacuation of war casualties from battlefields over the past century. Contact! Unload, directed by Wall Scholar and UBC Theatre Education Professor, George Belliveau, will feature Canadian veterans depicting what it means to transition home after overseas service. The play highlights Marv Westwood’s Veteran’s Transition Program and artist Foster Eastman’s Lest We Forget Canada! mural. Moderated by Emmy Award winning journalist and UBC Journalism Professor Peter Klein. Following the presentations, the performers will engage with the audience in a discussion about the different perspectives and approaches to sharing war stories, and the value of storytelling’s ability to chronicle, enlighten and heal.

Register for this free event at: war-stories.eventbrite.com.

The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre (PCHC) is offering an exclusive event–a guided tour of UBC’s Chung Collection with the collector himself Dr. Wallace Chung–for active Volunteers and Members!

If you are an active volunteer or member and haven’t received an email invite, please update your contact with Eleanor at pchcmom.intern@gmail.com. Pre-register soon, as spots are limited!

Date and Time: Friday, August 26, 2016 (10:30am-12:00pm)

Meeting Spot: Outside Rare Books and Special Collections Department (bottom floor of Irving K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC)
Pre-Registration and inquiries: pchcmom.intern@gmail.comCome join PCHC-MoM for a tour of UBC’s treasured Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, guided by Dr. Wallace Chung, the collector himself. The Chung Collection, housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections department in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, is a beautiful and extensive research collection made up of more than 25, 000 rare and unique items relating to Chinese-Canadian history. The collection includes documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware, and more, and is a window into the lives of early Chinese-Canadian migrants. Come listen to Dr. Chung recount stories about these items and learn more about the details and anecdotes behind his extensive collection.

As the collection contains many precious and historically significant items, bags are not permitted inside. Please expect to have your bags and belongings put aside in lockers before entering the room. If you are taking notes, please use pencil only, as accidental ink marks can ruin artefacts. Thanks for your consideration!

Mexiquense Popular ArtFrom September 1-30, the Mexiquense Popular Art exhibit will be on display at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on level 2.

The Mexiquenses Artisans are renowned as popular artists of profound sensibility and creativity that, despite the passing of time and external influences, have kept in their products the distinctive characteristics and cosmology of the five ethnic groups of the state: Matlazincas, Mazahuas, Otomíes, Nahuas y Tlahuicas.


It is a cultural heritage that includes a significant number of pieces which strive to preserve and spread mexiquenses culture.  The artisans are distributed over 80 percent of the state territory, using materials offered by the nature of the region to produce unique pieces that cover the essential craft derivations.

This exhibit at IKBLC is in partnership with, Mexico Fest a celebration of the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and has become the most important festival dedicated to Mexico in British Columbia.

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This year’s programming includes events by the Mexican Tourism Board in Vancouver, the Mexican Community in Vancouver Services Society, the Network of Mexican Talent in BC, the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, and numerous sponsors, making it a truly community-based and government effort to showcase Mexican music, traditions, spectacular tourism destinations to BC.

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Together with UBC Bookstore, Caitlin Press, and the UBC Creative Writing Alumni Association, the UBC Creative Writing Program is hosting a reading and book signing of the anthology Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts edited by Ruth Daniell.

“The stories represent the diverse experiences that surround breasts: the coming of age stories, the struggles with gender, the trauma, the self-love, the experience of motherhood, the early sexualisation, the struggles of not feeling like enough or feeling like too much–too much of a woman, not enough of a woman, too much cleavage, too little. […] But no matter what your personal experiences with them, Boobs will engage you and make you feel things–in the breast possible way.” –Ljudmila Petrovic, Sad Mag

At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Boobs is a diverse collection of stories about the burdens, expectations and pleasures of having breasts. From the agony of puberty and angst of adolescence to the anxiety of aging, these stories and poems go beyond the usual images of breasts found in fashion magazines and movie posters, instead offering dynamic and honest portraits of desire, acceptance and the desire for acceptance.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, July 13th, 2pm
Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 182

This event is free and open to the public.

Readings by:

  • Francine Cunningham
  • Dina Del Bucchia
  • Miranda Pearson
  • Laura Ritland
  • Esther Griffin
  • Ruth Daniell
  • Sara Graefe
  • Nancy Lee

 


Change or start over? The challenge of transforming large institutions.

All broadcasters are adapting to revolutionary changes to their business; from the content they provide, to the way Canadians use their services. But how do you transform your organization when you are an iconic public institution, one as revered and sometimes maligned as Canada’s public broadcaster? Join Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada as he talks about the challenges and opportunities of change at Canada’s largest cultural institution, and what the Government’s reinvestment in public broadcasting will mean for Canadians.

Master Mind Master Class is a new alumni UBC event series, offering an unprecedented look into the minds of modern thinkers making a unique impact on the world, and the lessons they’ve learned.

This event took place May 24, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.

Moderator

Valerie Casselton, BA’77 – Managing Editor, The Vancouver Sun and The Province

Biographies

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Hubert T. Lacroix was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on November 5, 2007, for a five-year term and reappointed until December 31, 2017.

As President and CEO, Mr. Lacroix is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada in order to ensure that Canada’s national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Lacroix was a special counsel in the law firm Stikeman Elliott. Before that, he acted as Executive Chairman of Telemedia Corporation, and was a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault for nearly 20 years. He also sat on the boards of directors for several major corporations and non-profit organizations.
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Valerie Casselton, BA’77

Valerie CasseltonValerie Casselton is the Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun and The Province, publishing with a combined newsroom of more than 140 journalists and staff. She is responsible for news gathering, projects and strategic initiatives that promote audience engagement over all publication platforms.

As a senior editor, she works with the management team to achieve the news gathering, readership and financial goals of the paper as it presses its competitive position as a national leader in multi-platform publication.

As two of the largest publications in Postmedia’s national network, and operating the largest newsroom in Western Canada, The Vancouver Sun and Province together reach more than 1.4 million readers every week on all platforms — mobile, tablet, desktop and in-paper.

Valerie has been a newspaper manager for 20 years and has worked at four major Canadian dailies and three television networks in both eastern and western Canada. Earlier in her career she was a reporter, editorial writer and columnist.

Valerie has served on the alumni UBC board of directors since 2013, chairs the Alumni Achievement Awards committee, serves on the TREK advisory committee and has been a UBC mentor for 15 years.

She has served as a member or chair of the boards of the Langara College Journalism School, the Centre for Investigative Journalism (now CAJ), The American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, The Pacific Paper Industry Credit Union (now VanCity), the Vancouver Biennale, and a range of community associations.

A UBC graduate with a BA(Hons) in English, Valerie also holds a degree in Journalism form Carleton University, and a CHRP designation.


Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Canadian Public Policy Collection, & Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. (2008). CBC/Radio-canada: Defining distinctiveness in the changing media landscape Canada. Parliament. House of Commons.

Champagne, A., Tardif, C., Canada. Parliament.Senate.Standing Committee on Official Languages, & Canadian Government EBook Collection. (2014). CBC/Radio-canada’s language obligations: Communities want to see themselves and be heard coast to coast! : Report of the standing senate committee on official languages. Ottawa, Ontario: Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.

Ménard, M., & desLibris – Documents. (2013). CBC/Radio-canada: Overview and key issues Parliamentary Information and Research Service. [Link]


UBC Library Research Guides

Arts, Media & Entertainment Industries


As teaching librarians, we introduce our students to knowledge organization structures that enable inquiry and curiosity in the library, but also use language and logic that we might otherwise contest. Students researching gender and sexual identities in our library catalogs, for example, must confront a controlled vocabulary that represents bias against them more than it does the reality of their own lives. These are pivotal moments, where students intersect with structures of power. Librarians engaged in critical work against dominant knowledge formations can both help students perceive the structures of power that enable some ways of knowing and not others, and help them understand those structures as subject to change. We can begin by understanding how librarians are produced in part by intersections with structures of power.

The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) is Canada’s only conference devoted to library instruction, information literacy, and information fluency. Sessions explore both research-based and applied subject matter, and are attended by librarians from Canada, the United States, and beyond with a variety of teaching and learning interests. It is notable that WILU is not affiliated with any association or organizing body – instead, since its inception in 1972, it has been sustained and passed on from year to year through the collaborative efforts of hosting institutions.


Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Accardi, M. T., Drabinski, E., & Kumbier, A. (2010). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. Duluth, Minn: Library Juice Press. [Available at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Z711.25.C65 C75 2010]

Drabinski, E. (2012). Forum:Radical teacheras an online and open access journal. The Radical Teacher, (94), 3-13. doi:10.5406/radicalteacher.94.0003 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the catalog: Queer theory and the politics of correction. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 83(2), 94-111. doi:10.1086/669547 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2014). Toward a kairos of library instruction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(5), 480-485. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.002 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2016). Valuing professionalism: Discourse as professional practice. Library Trends, 64(3), 604-614. [Link]

Langholt, J. (2012). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. edited by maria T. accardi, emily drabinski, and alana kumbier. duluth, MN: Library juice press, 2010. pp. xvi+341. ISBN 978–1-936117-01-7. The Library Quarterly, 82(1), 93-96. doi:10.1086/662949 [Link]


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