English Cree logoThe Canadian Language Museum, the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre presents an exhibit about Cree, the most widely spoken Canadian Aboriginal language. Colourful panels present maps, photos and information on topics including the syllabic writing system, word formation, animacy, and the future of Cree.

The Canadian Language Museum was established in 2011 to promote an appreciation of all of the languages spoken in Canada and of their role in the development of this nation. Few countries can match Canada’s rich and varied language heritage, which includes Aboriginal languages from coast to coast, the official languages of French and English and their regional dialects, and the many languages brought to this country by more recent immigrants.The Canadian Language Museum encourages dialogue on language issues that are central to the future of Canadian society, such as bilingualism, multilingualism, and language endangerment, preservation and revitalization.  The Canadian Language Museum has created travelling exhibits about Canadian English, the Inuit language, French in Canada, and Cree.

Canadian Language MuseumInstitute for Critical Indigenous Studies

UBC Library is proud to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a new exhibition featuring items from Rare Books and Special Collections’ Alice 100 collection.

p22The Sea of Cortez is located between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico and is one of the youngest and most fertile seas on earth. The peninsula was formed approximately five million years ago when part of the Earth’s crust separated along the San Andreas Fault drifting in a northwesterly direction away from mainland Mexico. After colliding with southern California, an ocean basin was formed. This basin is known today as the Gulf of California or more commonly referred to as the Sea of Cortez.

Left in the wake of the collision was an explosion of natural geological wonders; a group of desert islands. The area has remained uninhabited, spellbinding and timeless. This amazing Galapagos type setting plays host to some of the rarest and most beautiful marine life on earth and offers an amazing environment for swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and hiking.

On July 15, 2005 the islands of the Sea of Cortez were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. It is home to thousands of species of marine animals and is the reason why Jacques Cousteau called this sea “The Aquarium of the World”.

Lela Sankeralli’s journey to the Sea of Cortez is onboard Panterra’s 110 ft. live aboard ship, the “M.V. Adventure“, custom designed and built for comfortable, quiet, intimate cruising. The ship is professionally crewed with passenger certification under the “Nacional de Seguridad Maritima” laws. The Captain and crew bring many years of mariner experience in the Sea of Cortez and offer the warmth and kindness that reflects the beauty and hospitality of the people of Mexico.   In partnership with Panterra Eco Expeditions and Panterra Educational and Cultural Training Society, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre brings the Journey to the Sea of Cortez to campus.


1Lela Sankeralli is the founder of Panterra Educational and Cultural Programs and started her career as a marine naturalist. She has dedicated her life to teaching and mentoring. Because of an insatiable desire to seek the origins of life on earth, her passion as a wanderer and explorer has led to a career in designing educational programs in the Gulf Islands of Canada and the Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico.  In 2004, Lela retired, turning her business of 18 years into a non-profit organization. Her goal throughout her career has been to make a difference in the lives of the students she has come in contact with, turning them on to further learning, and instill in them the great importance and responsibility of being the future guardians of our planet.

clc exhibit poster - online imageThe Chapman Learning Commons and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre presents a Show-Case created by the CLC Assistants.

The CLCAs share original artwork capturing the nuances of Chapman Learning Commons lending equipment, campus study spaces, mascot, and projects. Including a collaboration with the Coaches Corner, the display showcases peer academic coaching where you can get inside scoop on best study and student practices. Highlighting just some of the services available to the UBC community, each display case features how the Chapman Learning Commons can help you with your academic success.

Come to the IKBLC Level 3 Information Desk to learn more about the display and meet the artists, the Chapman Learning Commons Assistants!


UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice.

Vancouver and Southern Gulf Island author Julie Emerson will be reading from her novel A Hundred Days: a Botanical Garden at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Wednesday, August 21 at noon in the Lillooet Room (Room 301). A Hundred Days is a story about Rosemary, who lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Every day she chooses a different flower or herb in history, and mythology, from Day 1: Peony to Day 100: Pearly Everlasting. As she records her observations and her experiences on the island, the novel reveals the intriguing fascination and appreciation of island life and a wonderful reference for any gardener. This event is part of the art exhibition The Proverbial Calligrapher by the Westcoast Calligraphy Society during the month of August. Published in 2012 by The New Albion Press, in a gorgeous paperback edition with 100 pen and ink illustrations. This novel is an appreciation of island life and a wonderful reference for any gardener.

Published in 2012 by The New Albion Press, in a gorgeous paperback edition with 100 pen and ink illustrations. This novel is an appreciation of island life and a wonderful reference for any gardener.  More information about the author Julie Emerson - http://www.julieemerson.com/index.htm  For further information, or to order copies of A Hundred Days, email julie@julieemerson.com

Please register for this event in advance to ensure seating for this event.

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