Sebastian Prange has been awarded the prestigious Insight Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. This grant provides funding for the next five years for his project on “Monsoon Islam”, which studies the development of Muslim communities and Islamic practices across the trading world of the medieval Indian Ocean.

Please join me in congratulating Laura Ishiguro who has just been awarded the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism's Article Prize for "'Growing up and grown up in our future city': children and the aspirational politics of settler futurity in colonial British Columbia"

Join me in congratulating Professor Emeritus Arthur (Skip) Ray on winning the 2017 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for his work on Aboriginal land claims litigation entitled Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History.

Undergraduates become History majors for many reasons, ranging from a deep, often very personal, interest in the culture of a particular region to a desire for a strong foundation in writing and research skills. Those of you who have taken courses in our lower division sequence taught by our award-winning instructors will already have seen history come alive in their hands.  If you want to continue to deepen your understanding of the world you live in while learning valuable skills in researching and writing, become a History Major, Minor, or Honours Student.

Congratulations to Leslie Paris, recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities. The project for which Leslie won the award is entitled "American Children, Parents, and the State, 1960–1980".

NEH awards are extremely competitive with a success rate of around 7 percent. It's also worth noting that Leslie was the sole recipient of a 2017 NEH grant not based in the U.S.

Congratulations to Chad Bush, History Department undergraduate student, who has been named an Academic All-Canadian by Governor General David Johnston. A goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds, Chad had a 10-0-1 record during the 2015-16 season, was a 1st team all star and led Canada West goalies in wins, fewest losses, goals-against average, shutouts, and fewest goals against. Academically Chad had a sparkling 4.22 GPA. 

The Holocaust Education Committee of the Department of History, University of British Columbia is pleased to present the

Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture for 2016-17

Thomas Kühne
Professor of History and Strassler Family Chair in the Study of Holocaust History Clark University

"The Murderers Are Among Us": Images of Holocaust Perpetrators from the Third Reich to the Present



Congratulations to Alejandra Bronfman on the release of her latest book, Isles of Noise, Sonic Media in the Caribbean. Dr. Bronfman's new book is described on the UNC Press site in the following way:

Curious where to start on your history paper?  Need a second set of eyes to look over your rough draft?  Come talk to the History Department Peer Writing Tutors!  We are happy to review your drafts and discuss ways to improve your paper.

This service is provided by the Department of History, and is free for all students in any history course.  

Drop by during our office hours, or e-mail us for more information.


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Get information about careers, internships, Arts Co-op, Study Abroad (Go Global) and other experiences to enhance your education or prepare for your career path after graduation.

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