UBC psychologist explores what shapes our online behaviour

Amori Mikami is a Psychology professor specializing in social networking and children’s peer relationships. With online bullying cases on the rise, ArtsWIRE spoke to Mikami about how social media influences user interactions, who benefits most from social media, and where more research could be done in the psychology of social media.

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UBC Baccalaureate Concert 2015
May 20, 2015 8:00 pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Road, UBC Free
Object Approaching Short Blue Waves
May 1-31, 2015 Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery 1825 Main Mall
Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art
May 12-October 12, 2015 Museum of Anthropology 6393 N.W. Marine Drive
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Enhance your visit to UBC - or your daily walk across campus - by learning about the outdoor artworks and the artists who created them.
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May 20-22 & 25-27 Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre 6163 University Boulevard

Irish Lit scholar discusses meaning of St. Patrick’s Day

Miranda Burgess is an English professor specializing in Irish literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, ArtsWIRE spoke with Burgess about the popularity of this national holiday, and why leprechauns are involved.

Political Science prof sheds light on Canada’s role in Iraq

Canada’s six-month commitment to the coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq ends this April. Allen Sens, professor of political science at UBC, discusses next steps and the challenges that lie ahead.

PhD candidate scores rare gay fiction for UBC

Last month, UBC confirmed that it is the only institution in the world with both Teleny and Des Grieux, two rare gay novels with connections to Oscar Wilde. ArtsWIRE spoke with UBC PhD candidate Justin O’Hearn and English professor Gregory Mackie about the value of these books for UBC, their thoughts on crowdfunding as a model for university acquisitions, and what they see in store for these books’ future.

UBC historian Tina Loo on how forced relocations shaped Canada

Tina Loo is a professor and head of the History department, and the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies. Now in her second year of tenure as Chair, Loo will be giving the 2015 McLean Lectures. ArtsWIRE spoke with Loo about the unexpected motivations behind forced relocations, how relocations happened in Vancouver’s own backyard, and her thoughts on Canadian identity.

Probing the Prince of Pot

Sandra Tomc is an English professor, head of the English graduate program, and co-writer of Citizen Marc, this year’s most widely-released Canadian documentary. Tomc’s biopic follows “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery on his journey from self-made entrepreneur to full-time marijuana legalization activist. ArtsWIRE spoke with Tomc about working with Emery, the challenges of representing him onscreen, and her upcoming film project.

Doctor’s orders

When the renewed Doctor Who launches its eighth season on Aug. 23, it will have a familiar face helming the TARDIS. UBC Department of Theatre & Film Assistant Prof Rachel Talalay directed the two-part finale of the BBC TV sci-fi series, scheduled to air in early November.

Street View for the Bronze Age

UBC archaeologists working among ruins on the island of Cyprus are developing a new mobile application that lets users tour Bronze Age rubble and see reconstructed city buildings.

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