ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
Georgia Straight Wed October 19 2016 By: Carlito PabloThe Georgia Straight featured a book co-written by Ira Nadel, a UBC English professor and Herb Auerbach, who teaches real-estate development at Simon Fraser University.
The book, called Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs—A Brief History of Real Estate Development, examines history through the lens of real-estate development.
“Real estate development has always been, and will always remain, a high-risk, creative process,” the authors wrote. “But we owe our built environment, the good and the bad, to those gutsy, imaginative entrepreneurs and placemakers who, throughout history, took the risks to make real estate development an essential, physical component of the social, cultural and economic texture of our cities.”
Vancouver Sun Wed October 19 2016 By: Stephanie IpThe Vancouver Sun interviewed Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociology professor, who will speak at an upcoming housing affordability summit.
“Pretty much all across North America, you had these single-family homes pop up,” he said. “It’s really affected a lot of how people understand what they should be striving towards.”
Rabble Thu October 20 2016 By: Megan DevlinRabble published a review of Indigenous London, a book written by UBC history professor Coll Thrush.
The book examines London’s history through an Indigenous lens and includes walking tours of the city and Thrush’s own poetry. “Even if the city has forgotten its imperial past, Indigenous people haven’t,” Thrush said.
Several months ago UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies program transformed the book into a place-based learning course.
MSN Wed October 19 2016MSN published a Canadian Press story on the Liberal government’s popularity one year after the party came to power. The article reported that various opinion polls show support for the party steadily remains in the mid-40s to low 50s.
Philip Resnick, a UBC political science professor emeritus, suggested this continued support is partly because Liberal policies on infrastructure spending, climate change and international co-operation still resonate with many Canadians. Resnick was also quoted in a similar story published on BNN.
Smithsonian Magazine Wed October 19 2016 By: Joshua Rapp LearnSmithsonian Magazine quoted Michael Blake, the head of UBC’s anthropology department, about a study that linked resource scarcity and human violence.
Blake said the study’s sample size is not big enough to discount the possibility that political complexity could contribute to violence. He noted that although the study examines 19 different cultural groups, most of these are in the middle range of social organization, with only a few outliers on the low or high ranges.
“I think it’s a really great idea as far as it goes,” Blake said, adding it would be ideal to examine a wider range of societies along the Pacific coast and compare the results.
Globe and Mail Tue October 18 2016 By: Emma JonesUBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre was featured in a Globe and Mail story about the increase of indigenous-centred spaces on campuses.
When the centre is complete, it will be a community visiting place and include documents from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in multimedia forms.
“To have something that clearly announces not only that there is aboriginal history, but that it matters and that there is lots of information available to help people understand it, really changes the landscape of how we think about our country’s history,” said Linc Kesler, director of the First Nations House of Learning at UBC and project co-ordinator.
Boosting Language Learning through Ultrasound. Linguistics professor Dr. Bryan Gick, postdoctoral fellow Heather Bliss and their colleagues worked on the eNunciate project - a web-based biovisual tool that uses ultrasound layering to let language learners see, feel and compare pronunciations.