Renowned linguist Mark Turin to helm UBC First Nations Languages Program

International linguist and anthropologist Mark Turin will join the University of British Columbia as Chair of its First Nations Languages Program (FNLG) and Associate Professor of Anthropology.

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Welcome to Screenland
Welcome to Screenland considers the personal dimensions of life plugged in, and the impact that the taken-for-granted structure of Internet programs and video games has on virtual expressions of identity, connection, memory and love.
Zapato Negro: Global Blend of Afro-Cuban Rhythms & Jazz
Featuring musicians from Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and the USA, this quintet has rapidly been building a reputation for its own exciting blend of progressive jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythm.
UBC Outdoor Art Tour
Outdoor art can be found across the UBC campus, but it’s hard to fully appreciate it if you don’t know what you’re eyeing or where to look in the first place.
The Cunning Little Vixen
The talented singers from the UBC Opera Ensemble have come together from across Canada and the world to prepare this masterpiece for Vancouver.
Rodney Graham: Torqued Chandelier Release and Other Works
Join us for an artist talk with Rodney Graham on Saturday, June 21 at 1:30 pm as he tours us around the new exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Rodney Graham: Torqued Chandelier Release and Other Works runs from June 20 to August 17, 2014.

The new pulse of digital music

Video killed the radio star, but Bob Pritchard thinks digital cameras and other gadgets might just save live electronic music.

Pritchard, a professor of music at the University of British Columbia, is using technologies that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument.

UBC Arts students Coleman Allen and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson named CIS Swimmers of the Year

UBC added a couple of more entries to the university’s sports history books thanks to the stellar pool performances of two Arts students recently named Canadian Interuniversity Sport male and female Swimmers of the Year.

ArtsWire caught up with the swimmers between classes and the pool to find out about their swimming careers and how they balance athletics and academics.

Dangers of Daylight Saving Time – An interview with UBC Psychology’s Stanley Coren

Professor emeritus Stanley Coren, a psychology expert on sleep deprivation, is the author of Sleep Thieves (Free Press, 1996), a book that explores the world of sleep and sleeplessness.

Ahead of Daylight Savings Time on March 9, ArtsWIRE spoke with Prof. Coren about the importance of sleep and its affect on intelligence, motor skills and the ability to fight disease.

Open to interpretation

A UBC prof. hopes to reduce violence against women in the Muslim community by exploring various interpretations of a verse of the Qur’an.

Verse 4:34 of the Qur’an has traditionally been understood to allow husbands to hit their wives. In the new book, Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition, UBC Prof. Ayesha S. Chaudhry offers non-violent readings of the complex passage and aims to reduce gender violence in the Muslim community.

Japanese scholar visits UBC to study Canadian literature

Professor Yukiko Toda is a member of the Canadian Literature Society of Japan, the only Japanese-based organization dedicated to the study of Canadian literary works. Toda has been visiting UBC’s Vancouver campus since Spring 2013 to research and translate Canadian literature into Japanese.

ArtsWIRE spoke with Prof. Toda about her interest in Canadian literature.

The flood that wasn’t – An interview with MOA’s Anthony Shelton

On a sunny afternoon on the last day of January 2014, a water pipe burst near the parking lot outside UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, gushing frigid water down its stairs that spilled into the lobby of the museum for close to 15 minutes.

ArtsWIRE spoke with MOA Director Anthony Shelton about his team’s quick response to what could have otherwise been a cultural calamity.

UBC Music’s Stephen Chatman earns Juno nomination for Classical Composition of the Year

Dr. Stephen Chatman, professor and chair of composition at the UBC School of Music, and member of the Order of Canada, has been nominated for a 2014 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year for Magnificat: Songs of Reflection.

ArtsWIRE chatted with Chatman shortly after the Juno nominations were announced.

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