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.”

UBC Opera Ensemble presents ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

Vancouver Sun Wed June 14 2017 By: David Gordon Duke

The Vancouver Sun highlighted the run of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos opera at UBC. The article reported that Nancy Hermiston’s UBC Opera Ensemble is “a preeminent training program.” The story also appeared in the Edmonton Journal and other Postmedia outlets.

Unlearning the Vancouver School

Canadian Art Wed June 14 2017 By: Anton Lee

Anton Lee, a UBC PhD candidate, wrote an op-ed for Canadian Art about a new Vancouver photo exhibition “Pictures From Here.” He wrote that the exhibition “challenges the perception of photoconceptualism as glossy and apolitical—and upends the idea that it dominates local image-making.”

Reviving a lost language of Canada through film

New York Times Sun June 11 2017 By: Catherine Porter

The New York Times quoted Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor, about reviving Indigenous languages. He discussed how the loss of one language is comparable to clear-cutting an “old-growth forest of the mind.”

UBC student maps the sounds of Vancouver’s Chinatown

CBC Sun June 11 2017 By: Cherise Seucharan

CBC reported on a project by a UBC student that documents Vancouver’s Chinatown through audio storytelling. UBC student Angela Ho received a grant from the university’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program to expand the map.

As Metro Van’s affordability gap widens, search for answers

Globe and Mail Fri June 9 2017 By: Kerry Gold

The Globe and Mail interviewed David Ley, a UBC professor of geography, about housing affordability in Metro Vancouver. Ley said the days of detached-house ownership are over.

Global Jukebox website continues legacy of Alan Lomax

Vancouver Sun Wed June 7 2017 By: Stuart Derdeyn

Michael Tenzer, a UBC ethnomusicologist, was quoted in a Vancouver Sun story about an online musical resource called The Global Jukebox. He said the site “has been designed with fairly complex theories of Cantometrics and Choroemetrics.” The story also appeared in the Edmonton Journal.

Liberals waive security review for Chinese takeover of firm

Globe and Mail Thu June 8 2017 By: Michael Byers

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, spoke to the Globe and Mail for a story about Chinese investors who were permitted to buy a Vancouver high-tech firm without a formal national security review. Byers was astonished that Ottawa did not do a formal review.

Canadians shouldn’t be smug about American Paris accord retreat

Maclean's Fri June 2 2017 By: Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison, a UBC professor of political science, wrote an op-ed for Maclean’s about Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. She wrote that “the competing economic visions evident in the U.S. are also present, if less visible, within the Canadian polity.” The story also appeared on MSN.

New curator to continue supporting artist-led outdoor art at UBC

Vancouver Sun Thu June 1 2017 By: Kevin Griffin

The Vancouver Sun profiled Barbara Cole, the new curator of outdoor art at UBC’s Belkin Gallery. Cole said she will focus on working with individual artists for new works at UBC.

N.W.T.’s ‘bush university’ offers credits for paddling down Peel River

CBC North Thu June 1 2017 By: Pricilla Hwang

CBC North reported on a partnership between the Yellowknife-based Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning and UBC. Dechinta’s pilot program will offer university credits for UBC.

Emerging Indigenous Voices campaign tops $100,000

Globe and Mail Thu June 1 2017 By: Mark Medley

The Globe and Mail interviewed Daniel Heath Justice, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture at UBC, about a new literary award for Indigenous writers. Justice arranged a partnership with the Indigenous Literary Studies Association which he co-founded in 2013.

B.C. election results could jeopardize key energy projects

Reuters Mon May 29 2017 By: Nicole Mordant

Two UBC professors weighed in on the implications of the B.C. election results on large projects. Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor and Canada Research Chair in public opinion, elections and representation, was quoted in a Reuters story about the “revolutionary” collaboration between the provincial NDP and Green parties. The story also appeared on FortuneYahoo and Business News Network.

He also spoke to Business in Vancouver about how the Green party could be detrimental for B.C.’s economy. George Hoberg, a UBC professor of environment and natural resource policy, spoke to CKNW about Kinder Morgan permits.

The Green Party becomes the power broker in B.C.

New York Times Mon May 29 2017 By: Dan Levin and Ian Austen

Three UBC political science professors discussed the future of B.C. politics with various media outlets. Maxwell A. Cameron, a political scientist and director of UBC’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, spoke to the New York Times about the role of the Green party in B.C. politics.

Cameron said Andrew Weaver is “in an exceptional position of power.” Cameron also spoke to CBC’s The NationalCBC Vancouver, CTV, Globe and Mail, and the Canadian Press. The CP story appeared on City News, Calgary Herald, Times Colonist, and Castanet. A similar story appeared in the Vancouver SunThe Province and MSN. Cameron also wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on the minority government situation.

Another similar CP story in the National PostCTVGlobal, and Metro News, also quoted Cameron and Kathryn Harrison. Gerald Baier spoke to Business in Vancouver about the lieutenant-governor.