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Benjamin Perrin launches Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking

UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin has written Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, a book about human trafficking in Canada. The book is based on a three-year investigation into the problem and it documents cases reported by police, provincial officials, immigration, and non-governmental organizations as well as accounts from victims and their families. 

An online press conference with Perrin is scheduled for Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. EST. (sign up at http://endmodernslaveryrelease.eventbrite.com/).

From Oct. 12 – 27, Perrin will be touring Canada to speak to Canadians about how to combat human trafficking. Events will be held in Toronto (Oct. 12), Montreal (Oct. 13), Winnipeg (Oct. 14), Vancouver (Oct. 18), Calgary (Oct. 22), Edmonton (Oct. 23) and Ottawa (Oct. 27). For event details and more information, visit www.endmoderndayslavery.ca.

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UBC law student wins Terry Fox medal

UBC first-year law student Dustin Paul has won the Terry Fox Gold Medal for demonstrating courage and dedication in the face of adversity. Paul was left paralyzed from the chest down after a motorcycle accident when he was 19 years old.   In 2007, he enrolled in Langara College’s criminal justice program before transferring to SFU’s school of criminology in 2009. At the age of 25, he’s in his first year of law school at UBC.

Paul received the award on Sept. 23 at Simon Fraser University’s annual Terry Fox Run.  The Medal comes with a $1,000 cash award.

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Applied Science students win Fast + Epp design competition

Faculty of Applied Science students Tyler Brown (M.Arch), Winston Guo (M.Eng, CIVL), Vivianne Harms (M.Arch), Melody Tung (M.Eng, CIVL) won $1,000 for their submission to the Fast + Epp 2010 Architectural Engineering Design Competition.

The competition, organized by Vancouver-based structural engineering firm Fast + Epp, provided architecture and engineering students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience developing a conceptual design for a Canada Line SkyTrain station that is planned for Richmond, with particular emphasis on the roof structure.

For more information, visit www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/2010/sep21.html

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Street theatre troupe Goggles Project performs on UBC campus

Street theatre troupe Goggles Project will be on UBC campus to perform their version of a classroom lecture on sustainability.  The troupe will stop by high traffic areas on 18 college and university campuses across Canada this month to direct attention to sustainable development.     

Date: Oct. 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. – in front of Student Union Building
12 p.m. – in front of Koerner Library
2:30 p.m. – in front of the Angus Building
Info: www.gogglesproject.org

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Arts internship deadline extended to Oct. 10

The Arts Internship Program has more than 90 new postings designed specifically for Faculty of Arts students that are applicable to each major or department. Internships are eight-12 hours per week, unpaid, professional experience.  

For internships starting in November, the deadline is extended to Oct. 10 (or until the positions are filled).

To find positions and for more information, visit http://www.arts.ubc.ca/students/careers/arts-internship-program/arts-internship-for-students.html

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UBC events during Mental Illness Awareness Week

To correspond with Canada’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Mental Health Awareness Club (MHAC) at UBC is launching a series of events for the first week of October.  Students from all health disciplines, faculty and staff are invited to interactive and informative sessions/workshops on mental health and recovery.

“Jaywalking – Dispelling Myths”.  A take-off on Jay Leno’s ‘Jaywalking’ where MHAC members will be spreading awareness about mental illness and dispelling myths.
Date: Oct. 4
Time:  12 – 1 p.m.
Place:  Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall

“Lunch n’ Learn – Interprofessional Collaboration on Working with People Living with Mental Illness”.  Panel speakers from pharmacy, family practice, psychiatry, nursing and occupational therapy work through a case collaboratively. 
Date: Oct. 5
Time: 12-12:50pm (doors open at 11:45)
Place: Life Sciences Centre Auditorium 2, 2350 Health Sciences Mall

“Recovery with Mental Illness… hearing voices”: Auditory hallucinations through a simulation exercise.   Learn about the “Recovery Model”.  Hear stories from healthcare professionals and individuals with mental health issues. 
Date: Oct. 6
Time:   4 – 7 p.m. (doors open at 3:45)
Place:   Life Sciences Centre Auditorium 2, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Info: Reservations: http://ubcmhac.sites.olt.ubc.ca/ 
Reception in West Atrium of LSC to follow.

“Healthy Minds at UBC: Managing Stress”.  A workshop designed to help busy students to create wellness and balance in their lives. 
Date: Oct. 7
Time: 1 – 1:50 p.m. (doors open at 12:45 p.m.)
Place: Student Union Bulding, Room 212A
Info: students.ubc.ca/workshops

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CiTR Radio’s Prof Talk interviews history prof on Amazonia

On UBC CiTR Radio’s Prof Talk, Asst. Prof. Neil Safier from the Dept. of History will discuss his new class on the history of Amazonia as well as his recent trip to Manaus, Brazil. 

Every second Tuesday, Prof Talk on 101.9FM features interviews with professors from a variety of disciplines.

Date: Oct. 5
Time: 3 p.m.
Info: Live programming: http://citr.ca
Podcasts http://playlist.citr.ca/podcasting/xml/proftalk.xml
Show schedule: http://ubcproftalk.blogspot.com

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Asia Pacific Memo update

The Institute of Asian Research’s Asia Pacific Memo is a new online publication on contemporary Asia.  

Current stories featured on the memo:  

Analyzing Falun Gong’s Effect on China since 1999

More than a decade has elapsed since some 21,000 adherents of the spiritual movement known as Falun Gong gathered in peaceful protest outside Beijing’s Zhongnanhai complex that was violently suppressed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  A rethinking of Falun Gong and what it means is vital for understanding the political trajectory of post-Mao China. It is especially important to ask why the CCP overreacted to the alleged threat.

 Disputed Islands Crisis between Japan and China: Power Shift and Institutional Failure

Japan and China recently experienced intense confrontation over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands. More than an outdated conflict over Westphalian sovereignty in a period of intense globalization, it is about the shifting balance of power and the absence of bilateral and regional institutions to manage the shift.

 Mike Chinoy speaks about China¹s relationship with North Korea

Mike Chinoy is the former Senior Asia Correspondent at CNN. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the U.S. ­China Institute at the University of Southern California.  In a four-part video interview at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, Chinoy speaks about the divisions on North Korea among the Chinese leadership. 

Governance by Religion Growing Strong in Malaysia: Bureaucratic Islam and Secular Sharia

Political rivalry between Malaysia’s two largest Muslim parties and an emerging Muslim civil society are causes of the increased impact of Islam in Malaysia. But Islam in the Malaysian polity is also appearing in an unexpected form: as part of a secularizing bureaucracy. 

View the full memo at http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/

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