September (25th) meeting of the Interdisciplinary Community of Practice

Dear Members of the Interdisciplinary Community of Practice (ICoP) at UBC,

we are pleased to announce. or remind you, of our first meeting of the academic year on Thursday September 25th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Fraser River Room (Room 2.27).

Please visit the event page here to register.

Given that this is the first meeting of the year, and in the new ICoP structure, we invite participants to help us explore the meaning of ‘interdisciplinarity’. There are many neologisms that are often conflated with interdisciplinarity (i.e. multidisciplinary, crossdisciplinary, nondisciplinary, transdisciplinary) it is our hope to explore what interdisciplinarity is, and what sets it apart –if anything- from other practices.

If you are having problems copy and paste the link into your browser: http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/event-registration/?category_name=Interdisciplinary%20CoP


All the best, and see you next week,


Conor Douglas on behalf of the ICoP co-facilitators.


Minutes from ICoP Cafe Meeting

Hello everyone!

The previous ICoP meeting was very productive and we are very glad you joined us!

Here is the a brief summary of what we achieved.

We will discuss these and other topics throughout the incoming months!

If you could not attend, but would also like to participate and give us suggestions, please feel welcomed to do so!

PDF FILE: ICOP minutes April 29, 2014


RMES 500L: Interdisciplinary Research: Opportunities and Challenges

An interdisciplinary research course will be offered by Dr. Gunilla Öberg at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainabilitystarting from this February. It will run part-time during the winter term (four 3-hour meetings on Mondays in Feb-March, exact dates TBD) plus four full-day meetings in April-May (exact dates TBD). Please see more course information at: http://ires.ubc.ca/graduate-courses/ (Please scroll down to RMES500L)




Interdisciplinary Events & Conferences

Hello ICoP members,

Before you take off for holidays, please check out the following interdisciplinary events and share with your colleagues, peers, and students who may be interested.

UBC Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (iGSN) End-of-Term Party

Date/Time: December 6, 2013, 7pm-

Place: Graduate Student Centre, UBC

Call for Papers: Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at University of Hawaii at Manoa

Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens

Deadline: January 8, 2014

Call for Abstracts: UBC/UW graduate student conference on Asian studies

Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific

Deadline: January 15, 2014

FIREtalk: Creativity and Innovation

Date/Time: January 29, 2014, 4-6pm

Place: UBC (Room to be announced)





ICoP November Meeting Follow-Up & Announcements

ICoP November Meeting – Thank-You’s

Guest speakers and ICoP co-facilitators (from left): Jacqueline Davis, Hillel Goelman, Kevin Mehr, Hanae Tsukada

Our ICoP November meeting was another success with inspiring speakers, new and familiar participants, and great discussions! We would like to reiterate our appreciation for the guest speakers, Dr. Hillel Goelman and Kevin Mehr representing the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP) and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (iGSN) respectively, as well as for those who came to the meeting. We highly recommend those of you who couldn’t make it to the meeting to check out these vibrant and resourceful interdisciplinary groups, if you don’t know them yet.

ICoP Co-Facilitator Position Open

Because of the lively discussions at the meeting, we ran out of time to make an announcement about an ICoP co-facilitator position. Because Hanae’s role as an ICoP facilitator has been interim, we are looking for an interdisciplinary enthusiast to work with the other co-facilitator, Jackie. This role will offer you great opportunities for leadership, facilitation, networking, and more. Please check out the Cofacilitator role description for details and contact us with interest or questions. Our contact is in the document.

Out of the Box: Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Conference – Call for Abstracts

Please note that the proposal submission deadline for the Out of the Box conference is approaching on November 30th. The conference will be on March 21, 2014 at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC.

ICoP February 2014 Meeting

Please mark your calender for our next ICoP meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014, 2:30-4:30pm. Please watch out for more details to come. In the meantime, please contact us with a suggestion or idea for our future meeting in February or after, and we wish you the best with the rest of the term and happy holidays!

Jackie Davis & Hanae Tsukada, ICoP Co-Facilitators


Upcoming Interdisciplinary Conferences

Out of the Box: Celebrating Interdisciplinarity Conference
Conference: Friday, March 21st, 2014 at UBC
Call for abstract deadline (EXTENDED): November 30, 2013
Also visit the Facebook page.

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Conference: June 11th-13th, 2014 at UBC
Current call for proposal deadline: December 10th, 2013 (Abstracts are accepted in
monthly rounds. Return here for subsequent review deadlines.
Proposals received at each deadline will be reviewed between two to four weeks
of the corresponding deadline.)


Green College Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Check out the current listings of interdisciplinary series at Green College, consult the Calendar of Events for further details, or sign up for the event newsletter!

Each year, Green College hosts a number of lecture series that are open without charge to College members, the UBC community, and the general public. These series are presented by the College in collaboration with faculty members from UBC departments and programs who act as convenors and coordinate themes and speakers.

Interdisciplinary events typically take place at the College either before dinner or after dinner. These timings “outside typical classroom and business hours” are in keeping with the extracurricular nature of the College’s academic programming, and are intended to make it easy for those who attend the talks to join the speakers and College residents for dinner.


Mixing It Up! Collaborating Across the Disciplines

Need some inspiration for interdisciplinary teaching and learning? Want to find ways to make your course more interdisciplinary, or locate potential collaborators across campus? Interested in team-teaching or creating integrated assignments? Check out notes and resources from this year’s CTLT Institute session Mixing It Up: Collaborating Across the Disciplines!

On May 30th, a team of ten facilitators with diverse disciplinary and teaching experiences led an interactive workshop on the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinarity in the classroom. Together facilitators and registrants shared best practices, lessons learned, and ideas in development. How can you engage in interdisciplinary teaching and enrich your students learning?

The CTLT Institute offers opportunities to network with other educators, share experiences and practice, and explore possibilities for teaching and learning. Check out some highlights for the thoughtful interdisciplinary practitioner:

Click here for a complete list of Institute events.


UBC law and journalism schools partner to investigate wrongful convictions

UBC law and journalism schools partner to investigate wrongful convictions

Canada’s first journalism-law student partnership on wrongful convictions has been launched at the University of British Columbia, with graduate journalism students and law students investigating miscarriages of justice in B.C.

Priority will be given to the more than 20 murder cases on file with the UBC Faculty of Law’s Innocence Project, which was founded in 2007.

Canada has exonerated more than 40 wrongfully convicted individuals in the past 25 years, including last week’s case of Ivan Henry, who was acquitted of a series of rapes after spending 27 years in prison.

Tamara Levy, Director of the UBC Law Innocence Project, a criminal lawyer and adjunct professor at UBC, said that she is looking forward to working with the journalism students because “they bring unique skills that will help us shed some light on our investigations and move them forward more quickly.”

“There are several people who have been exonerated in the United States as a result of the work of investigative journalism students, either alone or in conjunction with law students,” said Levy, “and I’m excited to be involved with the first such collaboration in Canada.”

This semester, three first-year students from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism have been chosen to join 10 law students and 24 supervising counsel on the UBC Law Innocence Project. The partnership also permits future journalism students to research and investigate UBC Law Innocence Project cases under the guidance of UBC Journalism Prof. Peter Klein.

The partnership involves an intense curriculum that includes reviewing thousands of pages of trial documents, tracking down previously unknown witnesses, and consulting with forensic experts.

Mary Lynn Young, Director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, said “this is a great opportunity for students to learn investigative journalism skills in collaboration with law students and lawyers as they work on reviewing, investigating and remedying important claims of innocence.”

The UBC Law Innocence Project has identified several possible cases of wrongful conviction and hopes to put its first case forward for ministerial conviction review by the end of the year.

Learn more at www.innocenceproject.law.ubc.ca

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Prof. Tamara Levy
UBC Law Innocence Project
Cell: 604.671.2502
Office: 604.827.3616

Prof. Peter Klein
UBC School of Journalism
Cell: 778.389.4812

Prof. Mary Lynn Young
UBC School of Journalism
Cell: 604.202.1706

Basil Waugh
UBC Public Affairs
Tel: 604.822.2048
Email: basil.waugh@ubc.ca