Telling Our Stories

 

Roy Jessiman points out interesting features of relief map showing future development at UBC, 1958. Left to right: Geoffrey Andrew, Roy Jessiman, Norman Mackenzie, T.S. Hughes. Photo credit: UBC Archives.

Left to right: Geoffrey Andrew, Roy Jessiman, Norman Mackenzie, T.S. Hughes.
Photo credit: UBC Archives

“Great universities are not created out of construction materials and policies; they are created by people for people.” 

After one hundred years, UBC today is one of the finest universities in the world thanks to the hard work, passion, and inspiration of tens of thousands of faculty, staff, and alumni. In this section of the Legacy website, we hope to capture the stories of some of those people: memories, portraits, anecdotes, and descriptions of events and experiences that, taken together, make up the history of our university.

We welcome your written recollections and reminiscences for inclusion here.  Our hope is that members from every area of UBC will participate, whether to recall a favourite class or professor, to describe a sports triumph (or frustrating loss!), to look back on club activities, remember a favourite hangout, relive an escapade while you were in residence…anything that speaks of your interaction with UBC and its impact on your life then and subsequently.

Details about submitting material can be found here.



View of unfinished Science building on UBC campus, 1920. UBC Archives.

View of unfinished Science building on UBC campus, 1920.
Photo credit: UBC Archives

Some additional materials about life-writing:

Birren, James E. & Deutchman, Donna E., Guiding Autobiography Groups for Older Adults – Exploring the Fabric of Life, John Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Campbell, Richard & Svensson, Cheryl. Writing Your Legacy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story, Writer’s Digest Books, 2015.

Miller, Patti. Writing Your Life – A Journal of Discovery, Allen & Unwin, 2001.

Rainer, Tristine. Your Life As Story, Tarcher/Putnam, 1998.

Rennie, Kay H., How to Turn Life Into Literature, Kindle Edition, Version 1.2, 2011.

The Ethics of Life Writing, Edited by Paul John Eakin, Cornell University Press, 2004.

Last updated: July 10th 2018