The Ring

UVic faculty bask in Royal Society of Canada spotlight

Mon, 2015-09-21 15:27

Canada’s academy for higher learning is shining its spotlight this fall on eight University of Victoria scholars who are national and international leaders in their fields.

Three have been elected by their peers as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their remarkable contributions to their discipline and public life.

Holocaust education in a time of transition

Thu, 2015-09-03 11:58

l-r: Schallié, Thorson, van Noord. Credit: Photo Services.

What will the Holocaust mean to new generations in the 21st century? This summer, the world saw shocking film footage of Edward VIII in 1933 teaching the Nazi salute to the Queen as a young girl in the same year Hitler came to power in Germany, with subsequent international media coverage putting pressure on the royal family to open its archives and also raising important questions about a real risk of losing the educational legacies of the 1940s.

As home to the I-witness Holocaust Field School (the first of its kind for undergraduate students at a Canadian university) and the UVic Holocaust Archive, UVic hosted a global gathering early this month to explore Holocaust education as a means to tackle contemporary issues of hatred, racism, antisemitism, islamophobia, xenophobia, ethnic conflict and genocide.

Wild game and words feed inspiration for TV host and Indigenous language revitalization grad

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:56

Napoleon, 2012. Photo credit: Antonio Lafauci.

Art Napoleon was already a national figure when his TV show, Moosemeat & Marmalade, premiered on APTN in January 2015. He had performed at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie and been interviewed by veteran correspondent Tom Hawthorn for the Globe and Mail in September 2010 for the release of his album Creeland Covers, sung almost exclusively in Cree.

Mystery of the Franklin Expedition

Thu, 2015-06-04 10:03

Screenshot of The Franklin Mystery website home page.
The Franklin Mystery website.

Locating the sunken Erebus has sharpened some of the mystery surrounding the failed expedition—and reinforced Indigenous accounts of the tragedy

New deans and acting deans announced

Tue, 2015-06-02 11:07

Four new academic leaders take up their posts at UVic this summer with the appointments of Dr. Patricia Marck as dean of human and social development, Dr. Susan Lewis as acting dean of fine arts, Dr. Cedric Littlewood as new acting dean of humanities and Dr. Kathryn Gillis as acting dean of science.

New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

The University of Victoria is taking a lead role this year in the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) to establish an online inventory of Chinese Canadian artifacts held by local museums.

Digitized early map of London continues to bridge time

Wed, 2015-04-22 10:39

Map of Early Modern London - MoEML - London Metropolitan Archives Agas map
Image from MoEML. Credit: The Agas map is used by MoEML with permission from London Metropolitan Archives.

You could walk across London of the 1500s in about 20 minutes. And now, thanks to the survival of a 450-year-old woodcut map, Shakespeare’s world can also "open up to us like a Google map,” says Dr. Janelle Jenstad (English), project director of UVic’s constantly evolving Map of Early Modern London (MoEML).

Awards honour great teachers, TAs

Wed, 2015-04-08 16:50

Blades. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Two outstanding classroom leaders who are known for their dedication and innovation to the teaching process have been given Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Eclectic Masterminds lecture series returns with glaciers, zombies, music and linguistics

Thu, 2015-04-02 10:30

A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.
A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.

This year’s series of Masterminds free public lectures traverses an eclectic terrain of ideas. A singer, trombone player and a tuba player meet on stage to play music and tell stories about some of their life-changing musical experiences. A computer scientist compares historical and current photographs of mountain glaciers as part of an investigation into the effects of climate change in the West. A medical anthropologist combines research, storytelling and zombie metaphors as part of a cautionary tale of stress in our culture. And a linguist and app developer uses sound and video to demonstrate how we produce language.

Makerspaces matter

Tue, 2015-03-31 15:58

Wooden skull replica from Victorian stickpin. Images: Courtesy of Maker Lab.

The Maker Lab at UVic, housed in the Technology Enterprise Facility, is a collaborative space of new techniques and old technologies involving the invention of imaginative and often outsized revisions of objects that don’t always exist in the world. Because its research is innovative, multi-faceted and occasionally intangible, it does not easily fit a simple definition.