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From Pierre Berton to David Suzuki, Kim Campbell to Justin Trudeau, the University of British Columbia has accepted some impressive students into its fold over the past century. Yet, the story of UBC’s student body—the largest and arguably most vocal in western Canada—comprises much more than the eventual achievements of the institution’s most famous members. Today, the university has over 300,000 alumni—some who spent their student days in the shadow of global war, some who marched for every cause, and some who were present for every party, dance, and public prank.

Featuring over hundreds of photographs and illustrations collected from UBC’s student archives, The Hundred-Year Trek is a visually fascinating narrative of student life at the university, from its founding in 1915 until its hundredth year. Author Sheldon Goldfarb, the archivist of the UBC’s Alma Mater Society, tells the story of the students’ treks and struggles as they helped build their university and won a share in determining its direction. More than just a year-by-year recap of university life, this book is a lively look at the wider social and cultural trends of the past century.

Sheldon Goldfarb has been the archivist of UBC’s Alma Mater Society for over twenty years. He holds a master’s degree in Archival Studies and an MA and PhD in English. He is the author of the young adult novel Remember, Remember (shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award), as well as academic books on William Makepeace Thackeray and dozens of literary essays, book reviews, and biographical articles.


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