A UNBC professor has won an award for being a distinguished academic.
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia has announced the recipients of their 2023 awards and Prof. Catherine Nolin was given the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award.
The awards recognize professors whose ideas contribute to the community beyond the university and whose scholarship demonstrates the necessity and vitality of university-based research in the public interest.
Nolin is the chair of the Department of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UNBC.
As a social geographer, her research explores the gendered, political, and social aspects of state-sponsored violence, forced migration, and life in exile.
Her work has explored these interests in the Guatemala-Canada ontext and more broadly in examinations of the connections and disconnections between the global north and south.
She co-authored the book “Testimonio: Canadian Mining in the Aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala” with her long-time research partner Grahame Russell of Rights Action.
It draws on over 30 years of community-based research and Rights Action’s direct community support work in Guatemala to expose the ruthless state machinery that benefits the Canadian mining industry.
The awards will be presented at a gala reception on May 1 at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria.