Wikipedia as Public Scholarship

Event details in white text on dark blue background with discussion topics displayed as search results in a search bar beside a magnifying glass: “Why use Wikipedia. The practicalities. Pedagogical practices. Wikipedia as research impetus and original research.” Wikipedia as Public Scholarship, Friday March 12, 11am - 12:30 pm PST, co-hosted by UBC Library and UBC Public Humanities Hub.

This moderated conversation will focus on Wikipedia as a form of public scholarship. Panelists will reflect on and consider a range of topics:

  • Why use Wikipedia? Why contribute?
  • The Practicalities: How do you do it?
  • Pedagogical Practices: Why/how would I use this in the classroom? 
  • Wikipedia as a research impetus or original research

This panel is co-hosted with the UBC Library as part of the March 2021 Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon happening at UBC. Join the discussion #HonouringIndigenousWriters

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The conversation will be hosted via Zoom. A link to the event will be sent to the email given in your RSVP.

Friday, March 12, 2021
11:00 AM –  12:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Online via Zoom
RSVP here


David Gaertner is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. His articles have appeared in Canadian LiteratureAmerican Indian Cultural and Research Journal, and Bioethical Inquiry, among other publications. He is the editor of Sôhkêyihta: The Poetry of Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe and Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (with Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, and Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill).

Tina Loo is a Professor in the Department of History and teaches Canadian and environmental history. Under Wikipedia’s Education Program, she taught a North American Environmental History course using Wikipedia.



Christine D’Onofrio is Associate Professor of Teaching in Art History, Visual Art and Theory and a visual artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended York University in Toronto for her BFA, and completed her MFA at the University of British Columbia. D’Onofrio has held positions at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, University of Toledo, and the University of Windsor. She has exhibited her work extensively across Canada, at galleries such as: Eyelevel Gallery, Modern Fuel Gallery, Charles H Scott Gallery, Republic Gallery, Helen Pitt Gallery, Gallery 44, La Centrale, and WARC Gallery. D’Onofrio has also given artist talks and served on panels in various institutions, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the prestigious “Art Now” lectures at the University of Lethbridge. D’Onofrio works in photography, video, digital media, interactive media, printmaking, sculpture, book works, and installation.

Amber Berson is a writer, curator, and PhD candidate conducting doctoral research at Queen’s University on artist-run culture and feminist, utopian thinking. She most recently curated Souper Spaghetti (2020, with Manon Tourigny), Utopia as Method (2018); World Cup! (2018); The Let Down Reflex (2016-2018, with Juliana Driever); TrailMix (2014, with Eliane Ellbogen); *~._.:*JENNIFER X JENNIFER*:.~ (2013, with Eliane Ellbogen); The Annual Art Administrator’s Relay Race (2013, with Nicole Burisch); The Wild Bush Residency (2012–14); and was the 2016 curator-in-residence as part of the France-Quebec Cross-Residencies at Astérides in Marseille, France. She is a co-lead at Art+Feminism, a project that works for a more equitable Wikipedia and was the 2019-2020 Wikipedian in Residence at Concordia University.  She is also the programming coordinator at articule.


Erin Fields is an Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia. Erin collaborates and supports open educational practices in the classroom including Wikipedia-based assignments. She has worked with faculty in Foresty, Asian Studies, English, Land and Food Systems, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and more to incorporate Wikipedia as a tool for critical information literacy and collaborative knowledge creation. She is also one of the founders of the Honouring Indigenous Writers on Wikipedia event held yearly at UBC to increase awareness and representation of Indigenous authors on Wikipedia –