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This free exhibition of photographic works is selected from Intermediate and Advanced Photography classes from the Visual Art program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC. These works, done in response to course assignments or as self-directed projects, reflect a variety of approaches and ideas about the medium.

Facts and Fictions is held at the Sultan and Sultana Vicwood Kee Ting Chong Very Silent Study Room, Room #112, 1st floor Koerner Library, 1958 Main Mall, UBC.

The opening is on Tuesday November 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the show runs from Wednesday, November 19 through Friday, November 21. Opening hours are noon to 5 p.m.

Read about the latest developments at UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in the Fall 2008 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter – a publication from the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.

You can view the newsletter here (UBC news begins on page 17):


Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) is participating in Archives Week, which runs from November 16-22. The event is organized by the Archives Association of British Columbia, and this year the theme is “Taking Care of Business: the Heritage of Trade and Commerce.”

As part of this effort, RBSC offers an introduction to Yip Sang, a notable businessman, philanthropist and one-time “unofficial mayor” of Chinatown.

The document also highlights a project entitled “The Chinese Experience in B.C.: 1850-1950.” This project involves RBSC and the City of Vancouver, and is made possible in part through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.

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Tony Harrison and award-winning actress Sian Thomas lead a master class at UBC on reading poetry aloud and delivering verse in performance. Some participants will have the opportunity to continue working with Harrison and Thomas on the delivery of verse and to perform scenes from Harrison’s plays as part of his final event at UBC on Monday, December 1.

Tony Harrison is a 2008 Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor, and one of Britain’s leading film and theatre poets. Indeed, he is one of the most important poets writing today. He has written nearly a dozen plays for London’s National Theatre since the 1970s, from his translation of The Misanthrope in 1973, to his most recent play, Fram, which premiered in April 2008. He is the author of translations for The Royal Shakespeare Company, libretto for the New York Metropolitan Opera, and plays for production in Nigeria, Greece and Austria. He has also created several film/poems for broadcast on television, as well as the feature-length verse film Prometheus. Harrison has published many volumes of poetry, including the poem, v., which caused a national uproar when a filmed version was broadcast on television.

All are welcome to attend the free workshop, which is co-hosted by Green College and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lillooet Room on the third level of the Learning Centre.

Those wishing to participate as actors are invited to send an e-mail to Hallie Marshall at halliem@interchange.ubc.ca.

For more information, contact gc.events@ubc.ca or 604-822-0676, or consult the full program of events at: www.greencollege.ubc.ca/Academic/Tony%20Harrison%202008.pdf

On Monday, November 17, UBC Librarian pro tem Peter Ward will speak at the ArtsMondays Free Public Speaker Series, held at UBC Robson Square. This series features UBC’s Faculty of Arts presenting a range of issues to the public.

Peter will talk about developments that have led to the 21st-century Library. He will discuss the development of the library in early modern and modern times, along with the history of the UBC Library system. Peter will also examine how the shifting library landscape is reflected in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and its mandate, facilities, resources and services.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free talk, which begins at 6 p.m. UBC Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street.

Danny Askew// Kath Blair// Nancy Chang// Alex Coates// Jessica Delisle// Chris Hettel// Julia Higgs// Heather Kaytor// Jason Lee// Andrew Lunny// Elnaz Maassoumian// Lauren Mckenna// Robin Mcnulty// Felix Suen// Max Taffet// Pia Ugarte// Andrea Van Schubert// Brendan Williams

LOOP presents works by UBC students from VISA (Visual Art) 470A. Explore the nature and perception of TIME as it relates to video, print media, photography, installation and sound.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is pleased to present this inaugural exhibition in the new Visual Art Gallery located at Koerner Library in the former Very Silent Study Room. Thanks to everyone who made this exhibition possible.

LOOP runs from November 5 to 15, 2008. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

The show is at the Sultan and Sultana Vicwood Kee Ting Chong Visual Art Gallery Room, first floor, #112, Koerner Library, 1958 Main Mall.

Thumbsucker, a riveting exhibition of book objects, is on display at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

The works were created by Visual Art Theory students at UBC in a 300-level course taught by Christine D’Onofrio. In D’Onofrio’s words, “An essential emptiness is what Thumbsucker seeks to find, but the promise of wanting something more makes it undeniably full.”

Come see for yourself – the show appears on the fourth floor mezzanine of the Learning Centre’s Ridington Room until November 14. Many of the items can be handled and explored in person.

More information is available here: http://www.ahva.ubc.ca/eventsDetails.cfm?EventID=650&EventTypeNumID=5

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