A century of student life at UBC
November 22nd, 2017
Founded in 1915, UBC Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest campuses, with a total enrollment of 54,000 and an alumni of over 318,000 in 150 countries. Student leaders on campus have included Pierre Berton, John Turner, Kim Campbell, Alan Fotheringham and Stan Persky. Sheldon Golfarb’s 304-page large-format book, The Hundred-Year Trek: A History of Student Life at UBC (Heritage $32.95), is an overview of student government and activism at UBC from 1915 to the present. “I deal with major events like the wars and the Depression,” says Goldfarb, an archivist with the Alma Mater Society for over twenty years, “and of course the Great Trek of 1922 to get the government to pay for a new campus. But mostly I’m trying to get at the flavour of things, from the hazings (including electrocutions) of the early days to the struggle between punk and disco in the seventies to the Storm the Wall competition and the debates over whether the student society should be a vehicle for protest or a provider of services.”
This book will be launched on Monday, December 4, 6:30 PM, at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on UBC’s Point Grey campus.
All are welcome to attend the launch which will feature a panel of former UBC students moderated by CBC reporter and UBC alumnus Justin McElroy.
Tickets are $10. Visit this link for more information.