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.
Coll Thrush has been awarded the Robert F. Heizer Award for the best article of 2012 from the American Society for Ethnohistory for his article "Vancouver the Cannibal: Cuisine, Encounter, and the Dilemma of Difference on the Northwest Coast, 1774-1808."
Sebastian Prange's American Historical Review article -- "A Trade of No Dishonor: Piracy, Commerce, and Community in the Western Indian Ocean, Twelfth to Sixteenth Century," has been awarded the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) 2013 Biennial Article Prize for an article published between Oct. 2010 and Oct. 2012.
Leslie Paris has been awarded the American Studies Association's Yasuo Sakakibara Prize for the best paper presented by an international scholar at the 2012 meeting of the ASA. Her paper, entitled "'The Mess They Leave Behind': American Children and Environmental Activism, 1962-1980," explores children's roles both as icons in the emergent adult environmental movement and as activists in their own right.
During the summer of 2012 I was privileged to participate in the Berlin Group Study Program through Go Global at the University of British Columbia. The Conway Scholarship made it possible for me to see the places, hear the language, and immerse myself in the culture that I have studied for the past five years.