Why do you love history? We asked some of our History majors why they chose to pursue the subject and why they think it's so important.


The first video in our Spotlight Series features an interview with Prof. Heidi J. S. Tworek on a new course coming to our department, "The History Lab", where students work on a digital project with faculty members. Prof. Tworek worked on this course at Harvard University and looks forward to teaching it again here at the University of British Columbia.

For more information: http://www.history.ubc.ca/content/heidi-tworek-and-history-lab


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 exhibition Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-1945 (link is external) has a number of unique aspects. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time the story of the earliest Canadian encounters with survivors of the Holocaust and the evidence of the devastation of European Jewish life is being told in a public forum. Much of the narrative deals with the experiences of Canadian soldiers — including chaplains, of cial war artists, photographers and filmmakers — and the observations of journalists and aid workers. Moreover, the exhibition challenges the viewer to acknowledge the complexity of the relationship between Holocaust survivors and their “liberators.” This is accomplished by displaying within the exhibition primary sources, such as the firsthand accounts of liberators, the testimonies and diaries of survivors, and photos, films, artwork, radio broadcasts and journalism produced by Canadians in the European theatre of war during 1944 and 1945.

The study of China enjoys a prominent place in the teaching and research of the Department of History. Its origin goes back to the close of the Second World War, when North American universities realized that if history is how “we” got to be who “we” are, that “we” had to include Chinese.

The UBC Department of History is delighted to welcome Dr. Ian Stewart as its postdoctoral fellow in African History for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Stewart, an intrepid former war correspondent who wrote a best-selling memoir, Ambushed: A War Reporter’s Life on the Line, comes to UBC after having completed his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Michigan.

Congratulations to Xian Wang on winning a Killam Doctoral Scholarship in 2014.  Killam Doctoral Awards are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency / Affiliated Fellowships competition.

Xian describes her research in the following way:

Julie Macarthur has been awarded SSHRC funding for an African film series: The New Wave in African Cinema to take place in the first week of November, 2013.

Tina Loo has been awarded the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies. The Chair is occupied by a distinguished Canadianist for a period of two years.