Top 10 Events to Attend in Summer 2020

Though our vibrant campus is less busy these days, there is no shortage of UBC events taking place online. From webinars to movie nights, here are the top 10 events happening this summer.

Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond

When: July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PDT). 

Part of an eight-part series, these webinars are centered around answering fundamental questions about our food systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn from BC food system experts and explore a wide range of relevant topics, from eating locally to the role of innovation in building a food secure future.

Balancing Learning and Living at Home

When: July 15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (PDT).

Maintaining a balanced student life can be tricky, especially when having to study from home. Hosted by the Chapman Learning Commons, this workshop will focus on how to make space for your personal wellbeing when working and studying remotely. Receive advice from CLC Assistants, develop helpful study strategies and learn how you can succeed in an online learning environment!

Switching Careers without Starting from Scratch

When: July 16, 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PDT).

Changing your career path can be daunting. Where to start? In this webinar AJ Tibando, UBC alumna and Palette Cofounder, will provide participants with her tips and tricks on how to make the switch successfully. Learn how to choose the right career path for you, what companies are looking for and how to get on their radar.

Cutting through the Noise: Mastering the Elements of Clear Political Communication

When: July 23, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PDT).

When faced with uncertainty, the demand for excellent communications grows. Join journalists Alison Broddle and Elamin Abdelmahmoud in this virtual session as they share their insights on how politicians can effectively communicate across different platforms, and the role that journalists play in strengthening our democracy.

Beaty @ Home Live

When: Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (PDT).

Ever wondered how big an albatross can get? Or, perhaps, how a jumping spider hunts? Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every Wednesday to learn more about the wonders of the world, from wherever you may be spending these summer months. With livestream chats, Q&A sessions, family activities and more, the Beaty @ Home Live sessions are perfect for science lovers of all ages.

Histories of Race and Contagion: Revisiting D’Arcy Island through COVID-19

When: July 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PDT).

Between 1891 to 1924, 49 men – mostly Chinese – were sent to D’Arcy Island to be “quarantined.” In this lecture, join Professor Renisa Mawaini as she revisits the island through a COVID-19 pandemic lens and explores the connections between racism, health and nation. 

Leading Diversity and Inclusion

When: August 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PDT). 

Interested in learning how you can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive culture in the workplace? Featuring Dr. Rebecca Paluch, this webinar will give participants a deeper understanding of the ways in which organizational practices and policies have affected diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as explore how the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated the problems for certain employee groups.

Movie Night and Q&A: Remembering Inninimowin, Director Jules Arita Koostachin

When: August 27, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (PDT).

Tired of scrolling through Netflix looking for something new to watch? Join the Language Sciences Movie Night for a virtual screening of Remembering Inninimowin, a two-year long documentary film project on the personal journey of a Cree woman, Jules Arita Koostachin, as she starts to remember her first language, Inninimowin (Cree). Followed by a Q&A with Koostachin herself, this screening will be one to remember!

UBC Chef Challenge 2020

When: July 30.

UBC’s most exciting culinary showdown is back! In this virtual kitchen face-off, the Food Services chefs of UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver have created a comfort food dish with local ingredients and it will be up to YOU to vote for your favourite creation. Visit to cheer on the chefs and cook along in your own kitchen!

Blueberry Fest

When: July 15 to July 31.

Though we won’t be able to gather outside the Bookstore for blueberry pancakes and farm-fresh produce this summer, the UBC Blueberry Fest is still on! In partnership with the BC Blueberry Council, UBC Food Services will be celebrating BC’s blueberry season with chef demos, tasty giveaways and special menu food items at various locations across campus. Visit the UBC Food Services website for all recipes and keep an eye on the UBC Foodie Instagram to participate in contests and other fun activities.

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