Inside Arts

Faculty and staff newsletter | December 17, 2020


Winners of the 2020/21 Dean of Arts Award for Staff Excellence


Congratulations to Angela Tardif, Tara Pike, Vincent Kujala, Kevin Chung, Janet Mui, Jennifer Suratos and Julie Walchli who received the 2020/21 Dean of Arts Award for Staff Excellence. This annual award recognizes exceptional staff contributions in carrying out the academic mission of the Faculty of Arts through support in administrative, technical and other specialized areas.



Three Arts profs on the transition to online teaching


Learn more about how Arts faculty members Kim Snowden, Michael Griffin and Hsiang-ning Sunnie Wang adapted their courses for remote teaching and about the steps they're taking to support students as online teaching continues.



Download an Arts digital holiday card


In the spirit of giving, we're sharing a digital holiday card for you to customize and send to your peers, loved ones or friends.



Achievements & Announcements

  • Bryan Gick, Linguistics professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his distinguished contributions to the field of experimental phonetics.
  • Cello professor Eric Wilson teams up with Dené leaders and UBC academics on a cross-cultural multimedia project, Dehcho: A musical journey along the Mackenzie River, honouring First Nations music and activism.
  • Chan Centre welcomes Marion Newman, one of Canada’s most accomplished singers, as guest curator for a brand new series featuring the work of Indigenous artists. Learn more about Marion and her upcoming series, launching Fall 2021.
  • Security over winter break: Anyone who will be working on campus before the holidays is encouraged to follow these security tips to ensure their personal safety and building security.

Arts Insights



COVID-19 Information and Resources

  • UBC Arts and COVID-19: Find information about Faculty-level operational and workspace safety plans for Arts, changes to the Winter Term 2 start date, and COVID-19 resources for students.

Teaching and Learning

  • Arts ISIT Next Semester Checklist: This resource is available to support you with Winter Term 2 course set-up and planning. View ISIT's checklist, teaching and learning resources and enter the term with confidence.
  • Exploring Peer Assessments: This seminar is designed for instructors looking to better understand how peer review can work in their classrooms, providing a comparative view of some of the best peer assessment tools currently available to faculty.

Research and Grant Opportunities

Health and Wellbeing

Connect with your supervisor if you have any workplace health, safety or wellness concerns.

Online and In-person Activities


Shadows Strings & Other Things Virtual Exhibit (online)


Shadows Strings & Other Things, winner of the 2020 Canadian Museum award for outstanding exhibition of cultural heritage, has launched an immersive virtual exhibit. Discover over 230 captivating hand-crafted puppets from 13 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas, organized over five theatrical staged areas and curated by Dr. Nicola Levell.​​​​​​



Chan Centre Dot Com Series: Jeremy Dutcher (online)

Watch the “brilliant and ambitious” (NPR) music of composer, pianist and classically trained operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher, until Dec. 21. Experience his bold compositions that celebrate the resurgence of the Wolastoqey language. This production is presented in collaboration with the Belkin Art Gallery and the School of Music as part of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts.




Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience (in-person)

Plan your visit to the Museum of Anthropology before Jan. 3 to experience Kent Monkman's critically acclaimed exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. Take a journey that reclaims and reinserts Indigenous voices into the collective memory of Canada. To visit, pre-book a ticket online.



Stations: Some Recent Acquisitions

Starting Jan. 8, 2021, explore the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery's latest exhibition, Some Recent Acquisitions. This exhibition features acquired editions by Dorothy Ianonne, whose courageous and live-affirming work is meant to spread joy and happiness, works by women concrete poets and Fluxus artists, and more.


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