What's Happening at UBC Okanagan

Many events listed here are open to everyone (Public). Some events are instructional and intended for students at UBC Okanagan, or professional development opportunities for UBC Okanagan faculty and staff.

April 4, Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m. (Public)
Free Outdoor Theatre Event:
356 Days, 365 Plays
WHERE: UBC Okanagan Courtyard
(If it rains, Student Services Centre Theatre, SSC 026)

Directed by Professors Virginie Magnat and Neil Cadger. Presented by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan and The 365 National Festival, Bonnie Metzgar and Suzan-Lori Parks Producers.

In November 2002, the Pulitzer prize-winning Suzan-Lori Parks sat down and committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days…. The world premiere of this play cycle will be performed as a year-long festival simultaneously in major cities and communities around North America from November 13, 2006 to November 12, 2007.

Hundreds of theaters and university campuses will create the largest theater collaboration in North American history. This grassroots event is growing every day.

To join go to www.365days365plays.com.


April 4, Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Public - Registration Required)
Distinguished Speaker Series

UBC President Stephen Toope In Conversation
WHERE: Coast Capri Hotel -- 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna

Join Marion Barschel, CBC Radio One's Daybreak host, for a conversation with UBC President and renowned advocate for human rights, Professor Stephen Toope.

Registration: Register Online here

More information: Distinguished Speaker Series website


April 11, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
The Lake: A Reading Series
Featuring Mennonite Writing in B.C.

WHERE: Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St.

Writers included in Half in the Sun, an anthology of Mennonite writing in B.C., will be reading for The Lake: A Reading Series, a series sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at UBC Okanagan.

Writers Darcie Hossack, Robert Martens, Elsie Neufeld and Barbara Nickel will read from Half in the Sun at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. The readings are open to all and admission is free.

FCCS is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets and Okanagan Regional Library.

Contact Nancy Holmes at 807-9369 for more information.


April 12, Thursday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Festival @ the U (End-of-Year Bash)
WHERE: UBC Okanagan Courtyard

Everyone is welcome to attend UBC Okanagan's annual end-of-year bash. Enjoy mocktails, free food, games, prizes, DJ, rock climbing wall, human bowling and more!

Volunteers are needed -- if you’d like to enjoy an afternoon in the sun, volunteer to help out. You could be serving mocktails, running a carnival game or doing many other fun things. Contact Leanne Perry at leanne.perry@ubc.ca or 807-9012 if you’d like to help.

More information: Campus Life Calendar.


April 15 to 17, Sunday to Tuesday (Public - Registration Required)
First SOS Environmental Issues, Research and Education Forum
The Role of a Potential South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park
WHERE: Naramata Centre for Continuing Education, Naramata, B.C.

Environmental experts (national, provincial and local) will present a broad-ranging, two-day forum environmental forum for the general public designed to better inform the ongoing discussion about a potential national park in the South Okanagan Similkameen. Specific purposes are:

  • To summarize the importance of science, research and education associated with national parks in Canada and the U.S.

  • To explore land-use, climate-change, water, and ecosystem-stresses in the SOS as they relate to science, research and education in parks.

  • To explore the significance of current related activities in the SOS, and how ecological integrity and landscape connectivity are important to their work.

Intended Audience: the interested public, environmental practitioners, and students.

Fees and Registration: Register online here

More information: Forum website