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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Markets run Saturdays 9am-1pm, with a free public tour at 11:15am at the UBC Farm; Tuesdays 4pm-6pm at the UBC Farm; and Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm at the UBC Bookstore.
Purcell’s Opera in Concert – Dido and Aeneas
Thursday, July 30 2015 at 7:30pm Pre-concert discussion at 6:45pm in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre Presented by Early Music Vancouver
Global Inequality and the Work of Joseph Stiglitz
This fall 2015, Nobel prize-winning economist and Professor Joseph Stiglitz will lecture in a special course at UBC.
MOA Journeys takes art lovers on a cultural trip to Portugal this fall
Join us this fall on a spectacular 13-night trip to Portugal, from October 2-15, 2015.
Melancholy Bay: Images of English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound from the Collection
June 19-August 23, 2015 Opening reception: June 18, 6-9 pm Curator's tour with Scott Watson: June 20, 1 pm

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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