ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

Game of Thrones and why medieval libraries chained books

Time Magazine Mon July 17 2017 By: Lily Rothman

Time Magazine quoted Robert Rouse, a UBC professor of medieval English literature, about the new season of the television show Game of Thrones.

Rouse discussed the history of chained libraries and controlling knowledge.

Fake news might be harder to spot than most people believe

Washington Post Mon July 10 2017 By: Dominik Stecula

The Washington Post published an op-ed by Dominik Stecula, a political science PhD candidate and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellow at UBC. Stecula aimed to learn how well-informed people can distinguish true news from false news, and conducted a study on a sample of about 700 undergraduates at UBC.

Ontario gets it right with move to higher minimum wage

Globe and Mail Fri June 30 2017 By: Lars Osberg, Craig Riddell, Michal Rozworski and Jim Stanford

Craig Riddell, a UBC professor emeritus of economics, co-wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail about Ontario’s minimum wage increase. Riddell, Lars Osberg at Dalhousie University, Michal Rozworski at the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and Jim Stanford at McMaster University, wrote that “in our judgment, the economic arguments for higher minimum wages are both credible and compelling.”

North Korea’s America-hating postage stamps

Quartz Fri June 30 2017 By: Anne Quito

Quartz quoted Ross King, a UBC professor in the Asian studies department, about postage stamps that display anti-imperialist propaganda. King discussed past examples of propaganda that display cursing on a postage stamp.

Catron’s book on love picks up where those 36 questions left off

Washington Post Thu June 28 2017 By: Lisa Bonos

The Washington Post interviewed Mandy Len Catron, a UBC creative writing instructor, about her new book, “How to Fall in Love With Anyone.” The New York Times also published an op-ed by Catron.

Wade Davis champions diversity

Vancouver Sun Tue June 27 2017 By: Dana Gee

Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor and the B.C. Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk, was profiled in a Vancouver Sun article. Davis has spent 40 years studying people, producing films and publishing articles and books.

The Conversation launches in Canada

The Conversation Mon June 26 2017 By: Misha Ketchell

The Conversation, which “aims to help Canadians better understand and navigate the complex challenges and opportunities of the 21st century” announced its Canadian launch.

UBC researchers and former journalists Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young led the launch.

For many, Canada 150 celebrations pale in comparison to Expo 67

Canadian Press Tue June 27 2017 By: Cassandra Szklarski

Rima Wilkes, a UBC sociology professor, was interviewed for a Canadian Press story about the Canada 150 celebrations. She said there is now more awareness that Canada is “not a perfect country with a perfect history.” The CP story appeared on CTV, National Post and other Postmedia outlets, and 660 News.

“Credible” case Liberals can pay for Throne Speech promises

Global Sat June 24 2017 By: Simon Little

Several UBC professors weighed in on the Throne Speech by the BC Liberals. Global published a CKNW story on the promises in the speech and quoted Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist. He said it’s possible there is enough money to pay for more than $1.5-billion in new spending pledged in the speech.

Max Cameron, a UBC political scientist, was interviewed for a Vancouver Sun story and said it’s clear Clark’s realignment is a cynical move made for political gain. The story also appeared on MSN and Times Colonist. Allan Tupper, a UBC political science professor, told News 1130 “the strategy is to make it difficult for the NDP-Green group to easily vote against it.”

Before Mongolian election, voters fret over China investment

Reuters Sat June 24 2017

Reuters interviewed Julian Dierkes, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and expert in Mongolian politics, about the Mongolian election. He said there was a lot of nationalist language in the party manifestos. The story also appeared in the South China Morning Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Jakarta Globe. Dierkes was also quoted in another Agence France Presse story on a similar topic which appeared in the Daily Mail and South China Morning Post.

Google Maps to display Indigenous lands in Canada

Motherboard Wed June 21 2017 By: Bryson Masse

Motherboard reported that Google announced the addition of data reflecting band and reserve territory into Google Maps and Google Earth software. David Gaertner, a UBC professor and Indigenous new media expert, said “colonial understandings of land quite often come down to relationships to maps.”

Aging well: UBC looking for senior study participants

Vancouver Courier Wed June 21 2017 By: Theresa Pauly and Christiane Hoppmann

The Vancouver Courier published an op-ed co-written by Christiane Hoppmann, a UBC psychology professor, about a new study on aging. Hoppmann and her team aim to better understand how people can turn their good intentions into action.

The Federal Reserve risks truncating a recovery with room to run

The Economist Thu June 22 2017

The Economist cited a 2015 paper co-authored by Henry Siu, a UBC economist, in a story about productivity growth. Siu and Nir Jaimovich of the University of Zurich found that America began suffering a rash of jobless recoveries since firms responded to recessions by eliminating routine jobs such as factory or call-centre work.

Montreal-born author appointed chair of UBC’s creative writing program

Canadian Press Tue June 20 2017

Various media outlets reported that Alix Ohlin has been appointed the new chair of UBC’s creative writing program.

Ohlin starts on Jan. 1 2018 and is the current Mordecai Richler writer-in-residence at McGill University.

A Canadian Press story appeared in the National Post and other Postmedia outlets, CTV, Globe and Mail, Metro News and Winnipeg Free Press. Similar stories appeared in Quill and Quire, Vancouver Sun, and Georgia Straight.

There goes the gayborhood

New York Times Wed June 21 2017 By: Scott James

The New York Times featured work by Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor and Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies.

Ghaziani has written about America’s concentration of young gay men and lesbians in urban centers, known as “gayborhoods.”