What’s Happening at UBC? – December

Even through the December exam season there are many ongoing events. Let’s see what’s in store this month!


November 25 – April 5: Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi – 10:00am-5:00pm

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC takes a profound look at Kenya’s popular culture through an illuminating collection of studio photography, from the 1910s to the present day, in the North American premiere of Piga Picha!, November 25, 2014 through April 5, 2015. Including more than 180 photographs spanning a century, this deeply moving exhibition showcases portraits that are carefully staged in the studio as well as those quickly taken on the streets of Nairobi. The exhibition documents the customs of modern Kenyan urban culture while supporting an East African history of photography.

December 3: In the House with Kate Hammett-Vaughan – 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, join alumni for a private performance featuring Vancouver’s own Kate Hammett-Vaughan at Cecil Green Park House. Kate will be accompanied by three of Canada’s outstanding musical talents: keyboardist Jillian Lebeck, bassist Darren Radtke, and saxophonist Jon Bentley. This enchanting musical evening was a special highlight last year and sold out in days!

December 5: Candle Vigil – 10:00am-4:00pm

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established following the tragic events at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6th, 1989 where 14 women were killed simply because they were women. This day serves as a reminder of the gender-based violence that women in Canada and around the world still experience. Stop by the table at the SUB and light a candle to remember the event.

December 7: 11th Annual Faraday Science Show – 2:00-3:30pm

The theme this year is Physics in the Kitchen! Will you sink when you run across a pool of corn starch water (oobleck)? Why do toasts land on the floor butter-side down? This show is suitable for children of ALL AGES, and for adults who are young at heart! Bring a non-perishable food item for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to the Hebb Building to attend this show free of charge.

December 11: Laptop Orchestra- Seafood in an uncertain future: from scenarios to policies – 6:00-7:30pm

This performance is presented by the Peter Wall Institute’s International Research Round Table entitled “Seafood in an uncertain future: From scenarios to policies.” One of the objectives of the Roundtable is to extend beyond academics, and to experiment with innovative ideas for communicating the subjective aspects of future oceans in a non-verbal fashion to the general public. This is being done in collaboration with the UBC School of Music’s Laptop Orchestra, which will present the more abstract components of the Roundtable theme through the use of sound and visual imagery.

December 24: Jump Start’s Rockies Ultimate Tour– 8:15am

Looking for something to do over Winter Break with the closure of Totem Park and Place Vanier? Jump Start invites you to explore Canada’s beautiful scenery and enjoy a four day trip to the extraordinary Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta! Customize your own tour by choosing to ski for 1 full day in the Rockies and Night Skiing in the Okanagan or going snow tubing & ice skating with your friends. You will stay at three different hotels along the way, including the Sandman in Vernon, Banff International in the heart of Banff, and Days Inn in Golden. The total cost for the trip is $345 and includes travel costs, three breakfasts, snow tubing & Ice skating OR Night skiing with Lift Ticket & Rentals at Silverstar in Vernon!

Hope everyone had a great 2014 and we look forward to more amazing events in 2015!

-Written by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant