Wall Stories


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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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Empowering people, reducing harms

Dr. Jane Buxton is the principal investigator of the Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project supported by a 2014 Wall Solutions Award. In the midst of a fatal overdose crisis, harm reduction scales up across B.C. By Jackie Wong Illicit drug use in British Columbia has become a heavy-hearted feature of the public…

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Researching choral dances on coral islands

Dr. Hallie Marshall is an Assistant Professor at the UBC Department of Theatre and Film, Wall Scholar 2016-17. You might wonder why Wall Scholar Dr. Hallie Marshall flew to the Cook Islands to conduct research in the summer of 2016 when her primary area of study is ancient…

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Alcoholics Unanonymous opens conversation and safe space

“When people are listening it allows you to unpack traumas that you might have been carrying for years and eventually you can begin to heal,” said William Greenland of the Gwich’in First Nation in the North West Territories. Greenland is an addictions counsellor and a community partner in the Wall…

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Mushroom database project aims to reduce poisoning

By David Morrison “Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death.” ~ U.S. mycologist and author, Paul Stamets In October 2016, a three-year-old boy tragically died after ingesting a mushroom picked from a road verge in a residential area of downtown Victoria, British Columbia. While fungi are a common…

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It’s not just in your head

Award-winning novelist, musician and former Canadian poetry slam champ Brendan McLeod shares his experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder in “Brain.” Toronto writer gets real about mental health By Jackie Wong In recent years, an expanding national public conversation about mental illness has done much to de-stigmatize a health condition that…

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Anonymous Explained: Q&A with Gabriella Coleman

The Peter Wall Institute is presenting Dr. Gabriella Coleman in free a Wall Exchange lecture at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 20th. By John Hughes Who is behind the online actions of ‘Anonymous’? How do they organize? And why do they do what they do?…

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