Chris Friedrichs in the AHA Member Spotlight.
Recent History Department graduate Philip Van Huizen has been awarded this year's W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. The prize is awarded "to the author of the most outstanding dissertation on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century."
Are you looking to fulfill an upper level arts/history requirement this summer? If you are interested in traveling, food, heritage, culture, history and/or geography, this GoGlobal Group Study program could be for you! Ideal for students looking for a short yet rewarding exchange experience, this program entails traveling to Hong Kong, Singapore, and two destinations in Malaysia (Malacca and Penang).
In a recent post on the L.A. Review of Books (LARB) blog, James Carter, Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University and author most recently of Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a 20th-century Monk, writes the following of Carla's weekly podcast:
UBC History Department undergraduate student Fabian Jankovic has been chosen by the Churchill Scholarship Committee to be awarded First Prize for his paper On the Politics of Suspicion: American responses to the Pentagon Papers and revelations of government deception during the Vietnam War. This will result in his receiving a $1500 scholarship from The Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Memorial Fund administered by the Vancouver Foundation.
The Department of History records with sorrow the recent death of Professor Emeritus Ivan Avakumovic, a noted historian of twentieth-century political movements and a memorable teacher of modern international history. Professor Avakumovic died in Vancouver on July 16, 2013 at the age of 86.
Paige Raibmon has recently completed a book manuscript that grows from her interdisciplinary collaboration with the ɬaʔamin Elder and knowledge keeper Elsie Paul, her grand-daughter Harmony Johnson, and the linguist Honoré Watanabe. Elsie Paul is one of the last surviving mother-tongue speakers of the Sliammon language which was historically spoken by Indigenous peoples on the central east coast of Vancouver Island, the adjacent mainland, and islands in between. Long before this region became known as the popular vacation and boating destinations of B.C.’s Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound, it was ɬaʔamin territory. Born in 1931, Paul was raised by her grandparents who travelled seasonally with her throughout this territory, and who kept her from residential school for nearly all her childhood. As a result, Paul’s experience of Sliammon customs, skills, language, and social organization was uncommon for people of her generation.
Steven Bunker, former UBC History Honours undergrad and MA student, won the 2013 Thomas McGann Award of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies for his book Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz. Steven is currently an Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Alabama.
Courtney Booker has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the 2014/2015 academic year. The fellowship offers experienced researchers the opportunity to spend time abroad conducting collaborative research with educational institutions in Germany.