UBC proudly kicked off its Centennial celebrations at the Okanagan campus on August 2nd with Opera Under the Stars, an open-air evening performance in the UBC Okanagan amphitheatre. The performance marked the beginning of the International Summer Opera Program at UBC Okanagan, which brought a vibrant program of performances and instruction to the campus through UBC’s partnership with Opera Kelowna.
The UBC Students Union Okanagan is planning an event that promotes intercultural understanding on campus.
The Okanagan Art Legacy project will commission a large-scale piece of art on campus acknowledging the territory that the institution is built on and UBC’s commitment to the Aboriginal community and students.
The AlterKnowledge Centennial Series: Relationship, Place, Identity is a monthly forum for public dialogue, bringing university and community participants together to discuss issues of social concern for members of the Okanagan community. For UBC’s Centennial year, AlterKnowledge is offering a special calendar of events to explore themes of “Relation, Identity, and Place” in the Okanagan. Focusing on historical and present-day relations between Indigenous peoples and newcomers or settlers, the series asks: How do students and citizens participate in place-making activities, contributing to pubic memory on campus and in the community? And what does it mean to be a guest in traditional Syilx territory, particularly since the Okanagan Nation first welcomed UBC to the valley in 2005?
Alumni Then and Now: A Travelling Show of Works by Artists in the UBC Okanagan Public Art Collection celebrates UBC’s Centennial and the Okanagan campus’s first decade with two exhibitions in two venues—the first a private reception at the DVC’s Holiday Celebration in December 2015 and the second a free public event at the Lake Country Art Gallery in the spring of 2016. These exhibitions will consist of selections from the Okanagan Campus Public Art Collection seen in combination with recent or new works by the same individuals now practicing as established artists. The purpose of these shows is to celebrate and draw attention to the rich artistic heritage of the Okanagan and the role that UBC Okanagan has played in it. Many of the alumni who created the works are still active in the arts at the local, regional and national levels.
UBC Okanagan’s Biology Course Union, in collaboration with the Department of Biology and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, will host a one-day conference titled, “Biology: The Next 100 Years”, tentatively scheduled for April 11, 2015, on the Okanagan campus. Local and international speakers will discuss exciting (and sometimes controversial) advances in life sciences, ranging from the Arctic® Apple to Zoonoses. Biology: The Next 100 Years will run in parallel with the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, where students present talks and posters about the exciting research they have conducted at UBCO during the previous year. Theses events will allow students at all stages of their careers to share their views about the future with internationally recognized scientists.