Congratulations to Courtney Booker for being awarded membership to the Institute for Advanced Study for the coming academic year 2015–16.

A celebration of the life of Allen Aaron Sinel will be held on August 6 from 4-7 pm at the Piano Lounge, Green College, UBC.

Those who would like to share their memories of Allen are most welcome to do so.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending an email to by July 20.

Henry Trim, who recently completed his dissertation in our Department, Experts at work: the Canadian state, North American environmentalism, and renewable energy in a era of limits, 1968-1983, has been awarded a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship for a research project on Amory Lovins, sustainability, and the rise of "natural capitalism" in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. He will be working with Prof. Patrick McCray at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tamara Myers, Leslie Paris, and Mona Gleason (EDST)  are very pleased to announce that the Society for the History of Children and Youth's Eighth Biennial Conference will be held at the University of

Congratulations to Paige Raibmon for winning the CHA's 2015 Aboriginal History Book Prize. Paige colloborated on Written as I Remember It: Teachings (ʔəms taʔaw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder with Elsie Paul and Harmony Johnson.

Elsie Paul won the 2015 CHA Lifetime Acheivement Award.

Conratulations to History Department Doctoral Student, Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda, on winning the CHA's 2015 John Bullen Prize. The John Bullen Prize honours the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Gabriela's disertation is entitled, “Mujeres Que Se Visualizan”: (En)Gendering Archives and Regimes of Media and Visuality in post-1968 Mexico.


Allen Sinel, who served the UBC Department of History for more than 50 years as a gifted teacher and scholar, a wise administrator, and an engaged and engaging mentor and raconteur, died at peace on January 29 at Vancouver General Hospital. Prof. Sinel, born in 1936 in New Haven, Connecticut, had congestive heart failure.

Congratulations to Philip Van Huisen for winning the 2014 Canadian Studies Network (CSN) Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation in Canadian Studies. "The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university on a Canadian subject that best advances our knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian Studies." 

Earlier this year Philip was awarded the W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

Congratulations to one of our Post-Doctoral Fellows, Andrew Denning, who has just been awarded the Joel A. Tarr Prize for his article “From Sublime Landscapes to ‘White Gold’: How Skiing Transformed the Alps after 1930,”. This prize is for the best article on the relationship between technology and the environment over the past 18 months.