• Brown-Bag Series: Careers – Jessica Shaw

    English Honours and Majors students, and other interested students, are warmly invited to the Department’s lunchtime series on Careers for English graduates. This talk will be given by 2014 English graduate, Jessica Shaw.  Jessica is currently the Editorial & Production Assistant at Rick Steves’ Europe; she edits and reviews text and maps for European guidebooks. These events are designed for undergraduates in English, but will be useful more broadly, and everyone is invited to attend!   See All Events in the Brown-Bag Series

See Brown-bag Series: Careers for a full list of events during the 2016-2017 academic year

English Undergraduate students Karol Pasciano, Kathryn Ney, and Karen Ng have curated a Jane Austen exhibit at the UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.  Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period honours the legacy of Jane Austen, an author who has left an ever-lasting literary legacy that continually influences popular culture across time. Be sure to check out this exhibit and, while you are at it, drop in for a special panel discussion on Thursday, 2 March from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  (with UBC Department of English’s TIFFANY POTTER and SCOTT MACKENZIE, and Professor MICHELE LEVY and PHD student Kandice Sharren from SFU)!


Read “Student Curators, Karol, Karen, and Kathryn

We are delighted to announce that our department newsletter, The Word (Winter 2017) is now out!

Our special thanks to editor/designer Dr. Lucia Lorenzi and to everyone who contributed stories and news this year! If we’ve missed anything we could feature in next newsletter, please let us know at Enjoy!

Endnotes 2017, the UBC English graduate conference, wants your proposals! The theme this year is “On the Edge: Borders, Boundaries, and Thresholds in an Age of Unease,” the dates are May 12-13, and the keynote speakers will be department alum Sonnet L’Abbé and new UBC English faculty member Mo Pareles. The conference aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and innovative approaches; to that end, proposed presentations may be academic or creative in nature, and students from other departments are equally encouraged to apply. Visit to view the Call for Papers, and submit proposals by January 31.

Congratulations to Professor Daniel Heath Justice, whose Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, co-edited with James H. Cox, won the 2nd Annual Modern Language Association (MLA) prize for Studies in Native American Literature, Culture and Language.

The English Department has launched a new series this year, a Brown-bag Series: Careers for English Graduates. Each month, throughout the academic year, we bring in alumni of UBC English to talk about the work they’re doing now, how they came to do it, and what steps they took as they moved from being a student to working in their chosen field.  These events are designed, especially, to help English Majors and Honours students chart their career paths.

You don’t need to be an English student to attend. Everyone is welcome!

applygrad2017w2The Department of English has extended the deadline for application to the MA and PhD programs from 1 December 2016* to 6 January 2017.

*MA SSHRC applicants must apply by December 1 (see Admissions section).

Lucia Lorenzi

LUCIA LORENZI (UBC PhD ENGL 2016) was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The award honours Canadians who have made outstanding contributions (more…)