Hoarding has recently become a topic of household conversation. Via reality TV shows and the news media, many have become enthralled with images and stories of individuals whose lives have been taken over by excessive accumulation of apparently worthless objects. Yet, many are aware that these are sensationalized and limited depictions of a complex psychological phenomenon. This presentation will address the following questions: What is and what is not compulsive hoarding? What are the prevalence and distribution of this condition? What is the status of compulsive hoarding as a psychological disorder? How do researchers and clinicians currently conceptualize compulsive hoarding? Why is it so difficult to treat? What types of treatment are currently available and what is being done in Vancouver to manage hoarding at the community level? In addressing these questions, the speakers will also present their ongoing research efforts. Their aim is to provide an overview of current, research-informed knowledge about compulsive hoarding to supplement current popular conceptions.
- This series, co-sponsored by Green College UBC and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan, presents innovative artists and scholars from across North America who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary creative and critical practice.
- April 15, 2014Astrobiologist Haley Sapers' ('12-'13) research paper "Enigmatic tubular features in impact glass" is published in Geology. A related article in Science asks: could early life on Earth have been fostered in meteorite impact craters?
- March 13, 2014Ann Jones is interviewed in The Tyee by Deborah Campbell on the impact that the war in Afghanistan has had, citing the "militarized economic/political system" in the US and changes to development aid (in both US and Canada) as key issues impacting some of the hopeful changes occurring for women and children in Afghanistan.
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.
- Audio recording of Jillian Christmas and Chris Gilpin (Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings series)September 20, 2013On Wednesday, September 18, poetry-slam champion Jillian Christmas was joined by Chris Gilpin for live readings at Green College.