Wall Stories


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Catalyst Program

Read about the collaborative projects and initiatives of the 2022 Wall Catalyst Scholars aimed at addressing the Climate and Nature Emergency

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PWIAS Impact

Learn more about how the interdisciplinary environment at PWIAS enriches UBC and impacts society through ground-breaking research, influential public policy, artistic collaborations and award-winning publications.

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Chromatic - The Book

Read excerpts and other stories related to “Chromatic”, a new collaborative art book produced by the 2020 Wall Scholars.

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Scholar Q & A

A series of thought-provoking and inspiring short interviews with our Wall Scholars and PWIAS community members.

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Agricultural Work, Health, and Extreme Heat Policy

Wall Scholars Ethan Raker and Bethany Hastie are collaborating on a new project that will map the range of health issues and outcomes for agricultural workers labouring in extreme heat conditions in BC. The project will then connect these to gaps or limitations in existing legal regulation governing work in…

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Advancing Anticolonial Methods in Laboratory Research

In their book Pollution Is Colonialism, Indigenous scholar Max Liboiron presents a framework for understanding scientific research methods as practices that can align with or against colonialism. They point out that even when researchers are working toward benevolent goals, environmental science and activism are often premised on…

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Expanding Critical Conversations on CNE as Experienced by Indigenous Peoples in Asia and Beyond

The majority of Indigenous Peoples from around the world live in Asia. Yet, Indigenous Asia as a field of study remains underrepresented. 2022 Wall Scholar Pasang Yangjee Sherpa is developing and organizing an online lecture series to expand the critical conversation on the climate and nature emergency as it…

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More? Slow is Beautiful

Over 110 people gathered to hear speakers and artists at the Night of Ideas 2023 held on February 1. This annual event takes place in 200 cities initiated by French embassies around the world with local partners. In Vancouver, organizers from the French Consulate, PWIAS, and Alliance Francaise, developed the…

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The Sherpa Song Project

2022 Wall Scholars, Pasang Yangjee Sherpa and Michele Koppes have received Catalyst Collaboration Funding to support a number of activities in the Khumbu region of Nepal. In May 2023, Pasang Yangee Sherpa and Michelle Koppes along with 2 graduate research assistants will trek to the Khumbu region in Nepal…

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An Ethical Standard for Biodegradable Buddhist Flags

2022 Catalyst Wall Scholars Parisa Mehrkhodavandi, Rachel Scholes, Pasang Yangjee Sherpa, and Michelle Tseng have received funding through the PWIAS Collaboration Fund for a project that will test the degradability of a variety of Buddhist cultural prayer flags and scarves in order to help publish an ethical standard that can…

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