Living Things Festival

January 10 to 30, 2021

The fifth annual Living Things Festival will return to Kelowna this winter from January 10 to 30, 2021.

This year’s festival will be unusually unusual.  As indoor public gatherings are severely restricted, we are presenting an outdoor projection – THE COLLECTIVE BODY – with dancers and musicians from across North America at the RCA from January 10 – 30; and a live streaming of animated short films for mature audiences, Objects on Motion, January 19 & 26. The organizers are still hoping to co-present a chamber opera, The Book of My Shames, with Opera Kelowna on the Kelowna Community Theatre stage with a very small audience, January 28 – 30.

The festival is organized by FCCS prof, Neil Cadger, and is financially supported by the City of Kelowna, the BC Arts Council, UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Public Humanities Hub Impact Award, Heritage Canada and local businesses and individuals.

More about the festival line up and ticket information can be found here:

The Phh-O Book Club

October 21, 2020

The Public Humanities Hub – Okanagan, in collaboration with African Caribbean Student Club, presents

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, by Robyn Maynard.

Read the book and join us for a moderated virtual discussion on October 21, 2020 (Wednesday), 5:30 – 7:00 PM. RVSP here. Order your copy at Mosaic Books with a 15% discount by clicking the link and mentioning “UBCO Book Club

If you have any further questions,  email us at We look forward to welcoming you to our Book Club!

Researchers Event – Hosted by the Integrated Renewal Program (IRP)

August 27, 2020

UBC is moving to a new system and associated processes for HR and Finance in November 2020. Modernizing and simplifying processes and bringing them into an intuitive, integrated system called Workday will improve researchers’ access to real-time information and facilitate grants management.

Date: August 27, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Location: Zoom. Register here.

PHH-O Awards Info Session

June 19, 2020

The Public Humanities Hub – Okanagan Awards Info Session is an opportunity for UBCO community members to learn more about applying for the Public Humanities Joint Fellowship Award and the Public Humanities Impact Awards.

We invite UBCO faculty members and graduate students to join us with their questions about these award programs.

The Info Session will be on June 19, 2020 (Friday) from  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Register at

The Zoom invite will be sent to the registered participants 24 hours before the actual event.

PHH-O Annual Meeting

First Annual Meeting: Thinking Back and Looking Ahead

Join the Public Humanities Hub Okanagan for the First Annual Meeting to discuss the accomplishments from the past year, and to plan the activities in supporting research and outreach in the coming academic year.

Date: June 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Via Zoom link invite.


CANCELLED DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. Will be rescheduled at some later point.

To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture

March 14, 2020

Join the Public Humanities Hub – Okanagan, in coordination with the conference “Institutions of the Soviet Bloc: Print Culture, Higher Education, and Censorship in State Socialism,” for an afternoon with Eleonory Gilburd, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, and a discussion of her award-winning book “To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture.”

About the book: The Soviet Union was a notoriously closed society until Stalin’s death in 1953. Then, in the mid-1950s, a torrent of Western novels, films, and paintings invaded Soviet streets and homes, acquiring heightened emotional significance. To See Paris and Die is a history of this momentous opening to the West.

Innovation Centre Theatre
460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 0C2
Date: 14 March 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 3-5 PM

This event is supported by:

The Department of Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy
The Reichwald Endowment Grant from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

CANCELLED DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. Will be rescheduled at some later point.

Institutions of the Soviet Bloc: Print Culture, Higher-Education and Censorship Systems

March 12-14, 2020

The symposium is multi-disciplinary and hosts distinguished guest speakers from Europe, Canada, and the US, who will debate recent challenges regarding the historiography of the countries of the former Soviet Bloc. The discussions will address the following overarching question: what are the limitations inherent in the totalitarianist model of truth in relation to the institutions of the former Soviet Bloc?

Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Quebec” by Dr. Emily Laxer (York University, ON)

March 11, 2020

part of “The Power, Conflict, and Ideas Speaker Series”

hosted by the Irvin K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Languages and World Literatures (FCCS)

Social Work Week: United by Diversity, Strengthened by Inclusion

March 15-21, 2020

hosted by the Okanagan Branch of the BCASW

Gender & Women’s Studies Celebrates International Women’s Day 2020

March 9, 2020

Celebrations kick off with the launch of the second issue of the Gender and Women’s Studies undergraduate journal, That’s What [WE] Said, followed by a talk and workshop from Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professor in Publishing at Simon Fraser University: “So You Want to Make a Podcast?”

March 10, 2020

Interview of Vancouver stand-up comics Maddy Kelly and Danika Thibault, and their stand-up comedy performances follow after.

Honouring Indigenous Writers – Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 9, 2020

hosted by the Innovation Library

ACTS29 Theatre

March 1, 2020

hosted by The Public Theatre Project