PhDs Go Public: Culture and Diversity

Date & Time

Thursday, 23 March 2017
14:00 to 16:00


Performers Lounge, Chan Centre

Offered by

Public Scholars Initiative

Registration Closed / Past Event


Explorations in Culture and Diversity, March 23, 2 PM, Chan Centre, UBC 

How can doctoral research help the dissemination of diverse cultural and artistic values and practices across generations? In the third event of the 2017 PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, eight PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative have seven minutes each to talk about their research, and share their stories of cultural and artistic diversity in Canadian and international communities. Be prepared for live performances!

Date & Time: Thursday, 23 March 2017; 2-4pm

Location: Performers Lounge, Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Road)


Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Anthropology) is a renowned environment and culture activist. She works closely with the elders and youth in BC's Haida Gwaii community to help the transmission of Xaayda Kil (a critically endangered Indigenous Canadian language) to future generations.
Ashli Akins (Anthropology) explores the role of the arts in securing voice and opportunity for oppressed populations. She is working in collaboration with Quechua communities and NGOs in the Peruvian Andes to research how collective intellectual property rights may better protect their intangible cultural heritage in the face of capitalist marketplaces and tourism.
Eury Chang (Theatre) documents the various contributions that theatre artists of Asian descent have made to professional theatre in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. By doing so, his work underscores the social importance of positive representations onstage and their impact on intercultural relationships.
Claire Fogal (Theatre) examines, for the first time, the artistic significance of the double lineage of Decroux and Grotowski for Canadian performance, and will bring together previously undocumented innovations by Canadian researchers and artists in order to fill a profound gap in our current understanding of Canadian theatre history/practice.
Gregory Gan (Anthropology) creates compelling works that bridge the worlds of anthropology and film. Mixing video art, academic research and documentary filmmaking, his current project on Russian migration transgresses standard approaches to the study of mobility by offering an interactive documentary experience to both his research participants and the wider community.
Lily Ivanova (Sociology) studies empathy in the context of human rights education. Her work looks at how Canadian and international museums and school curricula represent genocides and conflicts, with the goal of providing recommendations for critical and pragmatic human rights education.
Stephanie Nakagawa (Opera) is a critically acclaimed opera singer. With the creation of a Canadian Opera Aria Anthology and her nation-wide recital tour of these works, she aims to increase the recognition and performance of Canada’s rich operatic culture.
Teilhard Paradela (History) works on audience studies and surveys conducted in the Philippines between 1950 and 1980. He proposes to reinterpret these “data” as graphics and display them in an online exhibition. Through this exhibition, he aims to encourage audiences to recall and reflect on their “exposure” to the mass media.