Welcome Back from Dr. Michael Blake

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A Message from Dr. Michael Blake:

“I am honoured, as Anthropology’s incoming Department Head, to be able to welcome you to the start of the new academic year. This year marks the beginning of our second decade as a stand-alone department.”

We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Drs. Sue Rowley and Patrick Moore, the out-going co- Heads who have worked tirelessly during the past three years to continue building our great programs and fostering the our wonderful community spirit.
From our first year students who are just beginning their university careers to seasoned fourth year students who may be anticipating graduation, to our exceptional Master’s and Doctoral students and Postdoctoral Fellows who are building national and international reputations for research excellence—the sense of sense of excitement and optimism is palpable. Without such great students, there would be no reason for the rest of us to be here. It is because of the commitment and hard work of UBC students that the rest of us—including our dedicated and creative staff members and diverse faculty of sessional instructors and professors—have cause to engage in teaching and research that rivals the best institutions in the world. And this isn’t just an idle boast (though it is a boast nonetheless): UBC Anthropology ranks second in Canada and 24th in the world—according to this year’s QS World University Rankings.

This promises to be an exciting year—with many opportunities for academic and social events that will draw us together, stimulate our curiosity, and motivate our inquisitive natures. Be prepared for a barrage of invitations to hear guest speakers in our departmental colloquium series, to participate in workshops, and to partake in many social events organized by our undergraduate and graduate student associations. And keep an eye out for speaker series hosted by other departments and programs in which our faculty members participate and often help to organize. Best wishes for an enjoyable and productive year!

– Michael, Department Head