UBC Okanagan’s History and Sociology Speaker Series will return to the Okanagan Regional Library this week following a hiatus due to COVID-19.
The speaker series is known for bringing leading thinkers from around the world to Kelowna to discuss some of the big issues of today, tomorrow and the past, explains Dr. Jessica Stites-Mor, a Professor of History in the Department of History and Sociology.
As organizer of the upcoming events, Dr. Stites-Mor explains the history behind the public lectures and what people might learn from the four highly respected speakers coming to Kelowna.
What is the History and Sociology Speaker Series?
I’m glad to say it’s back as an annual event put on by the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We aim to present a series of public lectures by leading historians and sociologists in their respective fields.
What is the goal of the series?
These public lectures explore new and important issues within the field. They also introduce research approaches and theories to our partners in the community, and give an inside look at how academics move through the investigative process.
What can a participant expect?
Each event will open with a presentation from our guest speaker and lead into a welcoming and inclusive Q&A session.
This series is comprised of four lectures—does the content of each talk stand on its own or do they build off each other in some way?
Each talk has a unique theme, so people can attend whatever sessions they’re able to. The series is a showcase of the broad research and teaching interests of faculty members in the department and provides an opportunity for community members to interact with the academic community. I encourage anyone with a keen interest in policy and social change to attend this series.
All events take place at Okanagan Regional Library’s downtown location, at 1380 Ellis Street, are open to the public and free to attend. No pre-registration is required.
The first lecture takes place this Friday, February 17 with the following events taking place on March 9, March 23 and April 13.
- Friday, February 17, 4 to 5:15 pm
Dr. Martha Balaguera Cuervo, University of Toronto
Frontier Caravans: Protest Performativity and the Making of Transnational Political Subjects
- Thursday, March 9, 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Dr. Emmanuelle Bernheim, University of Ottawa
Class, Gender and Race on Trial: An Ethnography of mental-health courtrooms in Quebec
- Thursday, March 23, 5 to 6:15 pm
Dr. Lauryn Oates, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
From Rabia to Fatima: A History of Female Education in Afghanistan
- Thursday, April 13, 6 to 7:15 pm
Drs. Tara Milbrandt, University of Alberta, and Ondine Park, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Multidimensional Social: A Multidimensional Social Inquiry into ‘the Loneliness Problem’