Visiting Scholars

Each of our program areas invite renowned scholars, literary and cultural critics who provide campus talks and public presentations demonstrating their expertise in their fields.

2019 Visiting Scholar

Tanya Talaga, Award Winning Author and Journalist

Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult. The book was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction, and it was CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star, and has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. She was also named the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

Presented by Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan, Talaga will offer two public presentations in the region:

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Okanagan College Signature Speaker Series
Lecture Theatre, Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, 7000 College Way,
Tickets are available online for $15.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
FCCS Visiting Scholar Series
COM 201, UBC Okanagan  Campus, 3333 University Way
This is a free event, preregistration is required.

Past Visiting Scholars