Top 10 UBC Events to Attend in February 2020

Celebrate Black History Month on campus, attend UBC’s biggest basketball game and check out employers at the spring fair.

February 2 – February 7: Indigenous Awareness Week – Indigenous Law Student’s Association

This annual week provides the Allard community with several opportunities to participate and learn about Indigenous legal issues, history and laws. Organized primarily by the Indigenous Law Student’s Association, the week begins with a lunch time keynote in the Lew Forum on Monday, and ends in the Lew Forum on Friday, with the exciting afternoon game of Indigenous-focused Jeopardy in the Lew Forum.

February 2: Dragonflies are way cool because…

As part of the “Way cool” lecture series, this month will be focusing on dragonflies. Climate change has affected the phenology and distribution of species worldwide and Dr. Rassim Khelifa will go in-depth on the impact climate change has on these species. He has already made two fascinating discoveries in their behaviour, which shed light on some aspects of their sexual selection.

February 4: Distinguished Speaker Series – Harvey Krahn

The Distinguished Speaker Series is a set of seminars that features scholars from around the world who showcase their sociological research. Harvey Krahn is a professor at the University of Alberta who will discuss his work regarding longitudinal research. Dr. Krahn will highlight the value that this research design offers and how it can be used to address complex sociological questions.

February 5: UBC Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Check out this event for the chance to speak with over 20 community organizations from various sectors to find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

Credit: Student Communications

February 6: A Celebration of Canadian Black HERstory

Museum of Anthropology (MOA) pays tribute to the contributions of Black Womxn Canadians with an evening of academic and artistic performances. The night (free with museum admission) features readings and artist talks from award-winning spoken word artist Adelene da Soul Poet (Bertha Clark); artist, poet and award-winning educator Chantal Gibson; and founder and director of BlackArt Gastown, Nya Lewis.

February 6: The Great Escape

The famed escape room is coming to campus. Unlike a typical escape room, teams will have to complete tasks across campus and then descend to our final challenge. Come test your ability to solve riddles and puzzles and work your way through our course with your friends. The registration deadline is February 3.

February 7: Courtside

UBC’s biggest basketball night is back for another double-header of games, starting with the women’s team followed by the men. Start the festivities early at the pre-game festival located on the arena concourse, which will be filled with live music and DJs, prizes, face painting and more.

February 11: Thinking While Black Speaker Series – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Phil Lind Initiative: Thinking While Black series highlights the structures of race in North America and the seemingly disconnected forms of racial violence that have been present. Ta-Nehisi is a distinguished writer at NYU, author of several books and the current author of two Marvel Comics. He hopes to challenge attendees to think about their own way of life and actions and to think critically on how they can be a part of the solution.


February 25 – 26: Spring Career Fair

This annual event is back for another two-days which features approximately 100 employers and schools. Take this opportunity to network and to start looking for your next job opportunity.

Credit: Student Communications

February 29: We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pianist, vocalist and composer Damien Sneed brings We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to UBC. This program honours the musical and cultural through-line that includes gospel, classical, jazz, musical theatre and spirituals. We Shall Overcome resonates with solemnity, hope and joyful community, while showcasing repertoire from African American musical traditions.

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