UBC improv course explores life and art

Allen Morrison is a UBC Fine Arts alumnus, an actor with Vancouver TheatreSports, and the instructor of UBC’s first-ever improv course, THTR 440. ArtsWIRE spoke with Morrison and one of his students, Ivanna Besenovsky, about the challenges of performing improv, and what improv has taught them about life. ArtsWIRE: How did the idea to create […]

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The Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy
Monday, September 28 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room RSVP required
Film Screening – Azulejos: Une Utopie Céramique
Sunday, September 27 1:00pm UBC Museum of Anthropology 6393 NW Marine Drive
A Musical Lecture by Tomson Highway
Tuesday, September 29 12:00-1:00pm Roy Barnett Recital Hall School of Music Free admission
Blackbird, Fly
Friday, September 25 7:30pm Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre 6265 Crescent Road
2015 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Reception at 4:00pm, Lecture at 5:00pm Auditorium, Asian Centre 1871 West Mall Registration required

Next stop: happiness

UBC psychologist and researcher Elizabeth Dunn, co-author of Happy Money, says there’s more at stake in the Metro Vancouver transit referendum than shorter commute times and climate change. The way you vote could also impact your happiness level. How does commuting affect a person’s overall happiness? If you look at how happy people feel during […]

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.

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