Wall Stories


13 stories

Scholar Q & A

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

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New app tested in Vancouver schools tackles childhood obesity

With a limitless stream of apps to download and an online world of distractions, kids are spending more time in front of screens and less time being active. The result, says one UBC professor, may partly explain the increasing percentage of children being overweight or obese. UBC professor and Peter…

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Architecture not a peaceful practice, says Wall Exchange speaker

While architects usually focus on construction, Eyal Weizman studies destruction.  Weizman is the lead investigator for the Forensic Architecture research project, a multidisciplinary project that’s used architectural principles to investigate the spatial pattern of drone strikes, analyze footage of deadly shootings and provide environmental evidence for the prosecution of war…

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Then and now: Comparisons of sex slavery in Cambodia and ancient comedies

For Dr. C.W. Marshall, 2013-2014 Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute and UBC Professor of Ancient Performance Traditions and Greek Poetry, what started as a volunteer trip to Cambodia ended up changing the direction of his professional research. Dr. Marshall, a scholar of ancient…

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED: a poem by Beau Dick, shared with the Spaceship Earth International Research Roundtable at the Peter Wall Institute, spring 2014.  We have endured as First Nation people near annihilation. We have been subject to poverty, diseases infected on us, homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction.

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WishBoard looks at public space

The old Student Union Building (SUB) at the University of British Columbia is dark and semi-abandoned. At first glance, this seems like a poor place to conduct a research project on how people use interactive technology. But the SUB’s gloomy concourse was the perfect place for Dr.

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Peter Wall Institute Centennial Events

The Peter Wall Institute is very pleased to have played a prominent role in commemorating UBC’s Centennial. Between September 2015 and May 2016, we produced and/or co-sponsored the following events and celebrations. Distinguished Visitor September 25, 2015 Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate, economist and a professor at Columbia University, participated in…

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