The Ring

Expert Q&A on Shakespeare and 400th anniversary

Thu, 2016-04-14 10:28

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Professor Emeritus Michael Best—an early trailblazer who launched Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) in 1996 even before the world-wide web totally swept the globe—explains the lasting impact of Shakespeare’s oeuvre and why people remain enamoured with the Bard of Avon.

UVic is a leader in the fields of Shakespearean study, Renaissance literature and digital humanities, and its English language and literatures programs are ranked in the top 200 in the world by the QS Subject Rankings.

History master's student Jon Weller wins SSHRC video prize

Wed, 2016-04-06 12:39

2016 SSHRC Storytellers video



Celebrating 10 years of making change

Tue, 2016-03-29 12:42

Updated: April 6, 2016

An introduction to poetry, eye witness memory, neuropolitics, the politics of the refugee crisis in a Canadian context, a short history of early Protestantism in England and functions of the human immune system. These are just some of the many topics covered in Uni 101, Uni 102 and Uni 201 — a program at UVic offering free, non-credit university courses to people who face significant barriers to post-secondary education.

On March 31, University 101 celebrated its 10th anniversary.

2016 Provost’s Engaged Scholar recipients announced

Tue, 2016-03-15 09:40

Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Dr. Jessica Ball (child and youth care) and Dr. John Lutz (history) have been named the 2016 recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. This is the third year for the annual awards program, which celebrates the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life community engagement. It recognizes tenured faculty members who have achieved great distinction as community-engaged scholars.

New name for women’s studies department

Mon, 2016-03-07 17:38

The UVic women’s studies department has changed its name to the Department of Gender Studies.

Day in the Life: Becky Cory

Wed, 2016-03-02 16:55

Cory at right, with program graduates. Photo: UVic photo services
Cory at right, with program graduates who now volunteer with Uni 101.

Becky Cory’s office is surrounded by organized chaos, as people pop their heads in to say hi or ask a couple of questions about current class events. When someone knocks on the door of her office, Becky doesn’t hesitate to respond.

Cory started working with University 101 two months before the first course began, back in 2006. The program offers free, non-credit university courses to people who  face significant barriers to post-secondary education.

The Malahat Review's signature literary festival returns for 2016

Mon, 2016-02-29 13:18

Just as the cherry blossoms hit full bloom, The Malahat Review will host its annual literary symposium, WordsThaw, from March 16 to 20. Mingle with over 30 poets, novelists, short-story writers, film makers and journalists on campus for the renowned literary quarterly’s fourth-annual writing festival.

Exchange experience immerses two students deeper into Hispanic studies

Thu, 2016-01-28 19:07

Dane and a turtle, discovered after canoeing in the Amazon Jungle, 2015.

The “Study Abroad” programs offered by the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies left two UVic undergraduate students last year not only with an amplified fluency for Spanish but also with unforgettable memories and an incomparable immersion in language and culture.

New findings sharpen view on Vancouver properties in 1940s

Thu, 2016-01-28 18:53

Photo credit: Nikkei National Museum 2011.58.13

The role played by the City of Vancouver in the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s is now more clearly drawn, thanks to exhaustive work over the past two years by one of the biggest research projects in the field of humanities in Canada.

Lending voice to an international initiative

Thu, 2015-12-24 12:05

Bird (right) and Regan in SRL sound booth. December 2015. Credit: Photo Services

UVic linguistics associate professor Sonya Bird was listening to the CBC Radio “Spark” program in early 2014 when she first heard the voice of Rupal Patel, a Canadian researcher based in Boston who launched the VocaliD Human Voicebank in May 2014.