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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6 stories

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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Field notes from Kenya’s Mpala Research Centre with Dr. Gregory M. Crutsinger

Dr. Gregory M. Crutsinger is part of the Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, 4200-6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Author for correspondence, email: crutsinger@zoology.ubc.ca My excitement grew as I stood in the customs and immigration line in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, bleary-eyed…

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Roundtable debrief

In fall 2013 the Institute was pleased to host the second half of its 2013-2013 International Research Roundtables. The Roundtable program allows scholars from UBC, Canada and the international community to advance excellence in knowledge development in an interdisciplinary environment. The themes or topics must be broad-ranging. International…

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Scholar raises red flags over expert forensic evidence

There’s a problem lurking in the modern courtroom. From Canada and the US, to Australia and countries the world over, judges and juries are relying on forensic evidence that one Peter Wall Visiting Research Scholar says hasn’t undergone enough formal evaluation and testing of the kind seen in the mainstream…

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Student Arts-based Competition on the theme of water

Water nourishes the body and the mind. Yet an estimated 80 percent of the world’s population face a high-level water security or water-related biodiversity risk. Water security is also a serious issue in Canada, with more than 2000 ‘boil water’ advisories across the country, notably in First Nations communities. During September…

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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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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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