English Majors, Honours, and wannabe’s are all invited to this Department of English event. Wednesday, Sept 20th, 4pm in the MASS Lounge (Buch D).

What to expect: Pizza!  Career Advice from Arts Co-op & Mentoring programs! Graffiti-Jam, featuring doors from the demolished dept office and Sharpies (yes, really)!

We hope to see you there!!!

Apply for Arts Co-op

UBC Arts  students are invited to join Arts Co-op. Explore career options, while building your skills and discovering your interests. Attend one of the information sessions being offered to learn more about the program. Applications are being accepted now for the 2017 intake until September 25. More details available at the Arts Co-op website.


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University of British Columbia Library and the Department of English invite you to attend a symposium on October 25, 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of the Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles Lettres.

The Colbeck Collection, which comprises some 13,000 rare and often unique volumes – in addition to literary manuscripts and letters – is one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Victorian and Edwardian English and Anglo-Irish literature. Its catalogue, issued by UBC Press in 1987, remains a vital work of reference for scholars, collectors, and members of the book trade.

To celebrate this indispensable research and teaching asset, the Library, in conjunction with the Department of English, has planned a major exhibition in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from October 23-December 20, 2017.

The exhibition will be complemented by a one-day symposium devoted to Colbeck-related scholarship and research on October 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The symposium will include a complimentary lunch and a post-event reception.

Speakers for this event include: Mark Samuels Lasner, University of Delaware Library; Florence Boos, University of Iowa; Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State University; and Yuri Cowan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

If you are interested in attending the symposium, please register by October 13, 2017 at

2017 Royal Society Fellow

Professor Margery Fee has been named to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.

Professor Fee has a stellar national and international reputation for her research in Canadian Literature and Canadian English Lexicography. Among her most influential publications are Literary Land Claims: the “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (WLU Press, 2015), and the Guide to Canadian English Usage (OUP), which has been described as “the Canadian Fowler.” Her research on Indigenous Literature has transformed scholarly approaches to the subject and its place within Canadian Studies.

She will be officially inducted into the academies of the RSC at a ceremony in Winnipeg in November.

Graduate students interested in the study of Indigenous literary and oral traditions are invited to consider Indigenous Critical and Creative Studies (ICCS), a new transdisciplinary initiative organized in partnership with faculty from a range of disciplines and academic units, including English and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Rooting the study of Indigenous literatures within and through cultural, political, intellectual, linguistic, and artistic contexts, ICCS offers students the opportunity to focus their graduate work on vibrant, trans-disciplinary and community-grounded scholarship in Indigenous studies.  For more information about this pilot initiative, please contact Lorraine Weir ( or Daniel Heath Justice (

UBC is honoured to be hosting the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ Fall 2017 meeting on Saturday October 21 (2017). This workshop, organized by Dr. Mary Chapman will be devoted to a discussion of the work of Ella Rhoads Higginson (1862-1940), guided by invited scholar Dr. Laura Laffrado (Western Washington University). The first prominent literary author from the Pacific Northwest, Higginson has been largely forgotten as a key American writer. At the turn from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century, readers across the continent were introduced to the remote Pacific Northwest region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska) by Higginson’s descriptions of majestic mountains, vast forests, and scenic waters, as well as her explorations of indigenous cultures and culture of the Pacific Northwest. She held the distinguished position as the first Poet Laureate of Washington State.

The event will be attended by graduate students and professors from UBC and other universities in the Pacific Northwest. See SSAWW Pacific Northwest Reading Group

Over three days until Saturday, more than 1,000 scholars from around the world will gather on unceded Musqueam territory at the University of British Columbia for the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference. The largest interdisciplinary scholarly organization of its kind, its mandate is to “promote Native American and Indigenous studies through the encouragement of academic freedom, research, teaching, publication, the recognition of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies, the strengthening of relations among persons and institutions devoted to such studies, and the broadening of knowledge among the general public about Native American and Indigenous studies in all its diversity and complexity.”

See  Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference

Also see Daniel Heath Justice in the Vancouver Sun (Opinion: Indigenous people don’t need sanction of ‘settler saviours’, June 22, 2017).