Top 10 Events to Attend in February 2021

This February, celebrate Black History Month, Indigenous Awareness Week, UBC Pride, and more! Regardless of where you are tuning in from, here are 10 virtual events you don’t want to miss.

Black History Month

When: February 2021

Each year, we aspire to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians while also gaining a wider understanding of the parts of history that have been erased. Check out this page where you will find Black History Month events happening virtually at UBC.

entrepreneurship@UBC’s Community Town Hall

When: February 2, 2021

Join a candid conversation on the intersection of mental health and entrepreneurialism featuring Guy Davis, CEO & Founder of HealthQb, Pallavi Panigrahi, CEO & Founder of WeCause and and Jayesh Parmar, Former CEO & Co-Founder of Picatic (acquired by Eventbrite) moderated by Andrea Lloyd, Associate Director, Engagement, entrepreneurship@UBC.

Indigenous Awareness Week

When: February 1–5, 2021

The Indigenous Law Student’s Association and Indigenous Legal Studies will co-host this annual week of lunch time and afternoon programming for the Allard community to engage and learn together from distinguished presenters on a range of Indigenous legal issues, orders and cultures. The event line up includes a keynote address with Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), Academic Director of the IRSHDC, a talk with Elder Maria Campbell, a beaded feather workshop and more!

Portrait of Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), Academic Director of the IRSHDC

UBC Pride: Overexposed – Call for Artists!

When: February 3, 2021

Get ready for a fabulous Pride festival to help us celebrate the beauty of all sexual and gender identities. UBC Pride: Overexposed is two participatory art series to be displayed across campus and online showcasing LGBTQ2SIA+ student art with the goal of hearing from a diverse array of student voices and asserting ownership over the campus. Learn more and apply!

2021 Phil Lind Initiative Series: The Anti-Democratic Turn

When: February 4–25, 2021

UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is proud to host Charles M. Blow and Anne Applebaum, as part of the 2021 Phil Lind Initiative series on The Anti-Democratic Turn in February.

Charles Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times and best-selling author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones. His columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Agora Institute, where she co-directs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda.

Through the Lens: I Am Because You Are vs I Am Because You’re Not

When: February 10, 2021

The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office is excited to present another Through the Lens series event, a series of interactive workshops exploring how different identities intersect, navigate and experience UBC while offering practical ideas on creating a more inclusive campus. This workshop will focus on lived experiences of resilience through creativity and self-governance grounded on the philosophy of Ubuntu. Explore the ideas of white supremacy as a current Western cultural norm and henceforth looking at antiracism as a form of decolonization and rejection of the forced imposition of Western cultural values.

Beaty@Home Live: Women in STEM

When: February 10, 2021

Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to celebrate the UN International Women and Girls in Science Day! Learn about Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at UBC through this online workshop. To continue learning about Women in Science at UBC, check out Researchers Revealed, and UBC’s Women in Science 2020 feature.

Cooking Demonstration: A Family Chinese New Year – The Traditional Cantonese Way

When: February 11, 2021

Join Eddy Ng and his daughter, Vanessa, as they welcome you to their family home for Chinese New Year. As immigrants from Hong Kong, Eddy and his wife Sophia came to Vancouver in the late 1960s and started their family in Canada. Vanessa, their daughter, is first-generation Chinese-Canadian and together, they’ll share with you the history of Chinese New Year, present a traditional Cantonese-style dinner, and demonstrate how to make two traditional dishes: spring roll, and BBQ pork. Both dishes hold cultural significance for the new year, but are crowd-pleasing favourites year round.

Yoga Rave

When: February 11, 2021

Yoga Rave is coming to you virtually this year! Wear your brightest clothing, bust out the face paint, and get ready for a yoga class like no other. Led by an instructor over Zoom, this session will get you moving from the comfort of your own home.

GenOne Conference

When: February 20, 2021

The First Generation Students Union (FGSU) at UBC represents undergraduates who identify as first-generation university students and low income students. This event will explore topics such as food insecurity, financial and mental wellbeing, academic success and sociocultural barriers faced by first-generation and low-income students.

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