Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. In collaboration with the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society’s month of ExplorAsian festival, Jan Wong will read from “Out of the Blue, A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness”. For twenty years, Jan Wong had been one of the Globe and Mail’s best-known reporters. Then one day she turned in a story that set off a firestorm of controversy, including death threats, a unanimous denunciation by Parliament and a rebuke by her own newspaper. For the first time in her professional life, Wong fell into a severe clinical depression. Yet she resisted the diagnosis, refusing to believe she had a mental illness. As it turned out, so did her company and insurer. With wit, grace and insight, Wong tells the harrowing tale of her struggle with workplace-caused depression, and of her eventual emergence … Out of the Blue.


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Library’s Health Information Series is pleased to present a session on the topic of sleep and its effects on children’s and parent’s health. Dr. Wendy Hall , professor at UBC’s School of Nursing and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, will lead the discussion. Her presentation entitled “When Lullabies Are Not Enough: Reducing the Impact of Poor Sleep on Infants, Toddlers & Their Parents” will take place at the Terry Salman Branch Library of the Vancouver Public


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Robson Reading Series. Ray Hsu is a poet, activist and scholar who teaches creative writing at UBC. His book Anthropy won the 2005 League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published over 100 poems in more than 35 journals across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including Fence, The Fiddlehead, and New American Writing. Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.” Evelyn Lau was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian bestseller and was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Lau’s prose books have been translated into a dozen languages worldwide. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award; Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General’s Award. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines, garnering four Western Magazine Awards and a National Magazine Award. She has also won the Air Canada Award for Most Promising Writer and the Vantage Women of Originality Award. Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry series. She has read from and discussed her work at literary festivals and universities around the world; she has freelanced as a mentor to aspiring writers through UBC’s Booming Ground and SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program. Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Lau’s previous poetry books. It opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss.


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Faculty of Education’s CREATE Seminar Series. The re-visioned teacher education (BEd) program will be implemented in September. One of its guiding tenets is the development of an inquiry approach to teacher education. Three inquiry seminars will anchor the new program and, in preparation for this, instructors have piloted the inclusion of inquiry in the Principles of Teaching course in elementary, middle years and secondary cohorts for the past two years. Insights gained from the pilot, from student inquiry projects and from instructor and student feedback will be shared. The presentation offers an opportunity to learn more about the rationale for inquiry in teacher education and to discuss possibilities for the coming program.


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and was part of the Aboriginal Unhistory Month month-long series of events at UBC.The Indigitization Tool Kit is a how-to resource for First Nations communities digitizing cultural materials, such as open reel audio tapes from oral histories. Special guest Khelsilem will also speak about his involvement in the project. Presenters include Mimi Lam (UBC Librarian, Digital Projects), Gerry Lawson (Oral History Lab Coordinator, Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives at MOA), and special guest Khelsilem (formerly Dustin Rivers), a Squamish/ Kwakwaka’wakw student, cultural educator and language enthusiast. This event is part of the Aboriginal (Un)History Month events, coordinated by UBC Library, in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology and the Museum of Anthropology. This event took place at the Dodson Room (302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia, on June 25, 2012.

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