Closure of the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room

Got this note in a UBC Faculty of Education alumni news email this week.  It’s a little strange to think about how much time and mental space I devoted to the small vortex of university history and politics that was the CVMRR.  This little library was already doomed when I learned about its existence.  I wish I had done a better job of telling its story, which runs parallel to the more important story of the study of adult education at UBC.Occupy Freire SM

Closure of the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room (CVMRR): Theses Relocation and Book Sales

Given the impending move of Educational Studies into the new Ponderosa Commons building, the materials from the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room (CVMRR), currently located in Ponderosa F 101/101A, will need to be culled and redistributed.

The CVMRR holds hundreds of bound MA, MEd, EdD, and PhD theses from the Department of Educational Studies from the 1970s up to the year 2005, mainly in Adult Education, but also Higher Education and Education Administration.

If you would like to pick up your thesis, please contact the GAA for the CVMRR, Maren Elfert, at to arrange a time. Please understand that we will not be able to ship the thesis. Those theses that will not be picked up will be relocated or disposed of.

We will hold Book Sales on May 29 and June 5 from 12 am to 5 pm, where you can view the collection and acquire some of the books by donation. The donations would be used to ship books to libraries in developing countries. The collection includes books published between the 1920s and 1990s in the areas of adult education, community development, research methodologies, critical theory and feminist studies.

Address: CVMRR, Ponderosa Office Annex F, 2008 Lower Mall, UBC

Myles Horton – Radical Hillbilly on Vimeo

Myles Horton – Radical Hillbilly on Vimeo on Vimeo

Perhaps slightly less glamorous than Black Mountain College, but no less important to the History of Education in the US, the Highlander Folk School was founded by Myles Horton in 1936.  This place ultimately attracted the likes of MLK, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Paulo Freire.  It’s just one more inspirational example of the particular tradition of resistance and activism of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.


Myles Horton – Radical Hillbilly from EduTrope on Vimeo.

I won an award!

Last week at the Canadian Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities held in Victoria, BC I received the Alan Thomas Award for Graduate Student Research for this paper, which I presented there.  It’s a feminist historiography of Adult Education in Canada– specifically Isabel Wilson’s role in the production of Citizen’s Forum, an early experiment in mass media produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Association for Adult Education.

CASAE Final Submission

Happy reading!