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Acquisition of Japanese-Canadian heirlooms now part of $5.5M Landscapes of Injustice project

Tue, 2016-06-28 12:31

Linda Kawamoto Reid of NNMCC displays a scroll from the collection.

It’s not every day museum staff from Vancouver travel thousands of kilometres to a southeastern state in the US known for its Appalachian mountains and humid swamp forests to bring home priceless family heirlooms related to Japanese-Canadian history in BC. Sherri Kajiwara and Linda Kawamoto Reid of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) in Burnaby did exactly that last fall.

History of Indigenous housing framed by PhD study

Mon, 2016-06-13 15:02

Olsen. Credit: NunnOther Photography.

The lack of adequate housing on reserves across Canada continues to spark news headlines across the country, including three years ago—then again this year—about the isolated community of the Attawapiskat First Nation, with media covering the meeting today between Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. But how were the foundations of the Indigenous housing crisis first laid and what role did successive federal governments play in this crisis?

These are questions PhD grad Sylvia Olsen can now help answer. Her study of the history of on-reserve housing in Canada examines for the first time the origins of the crisis and the persistent failures of the federal system over a span of 65 years.

Co-op spins student into published author

Fri, 2016-06-03 15:19


Published author and master’s graduate are two things Elizabeth Bassett can add to her résumé as she crosses the stage at this June’s convocation ceremony. As an English student focusing on Victorian literature, Elizabeth found the perfect way to blend her studies with hands-on learning during her time at UVic.

Paddy Tsurumi, pioneering scholar of women's history

Fri, 2016-06-03 11:31

L-R: Drs. Tsurumi, Constance Rooke and Jennie Waelti-Walters in 1979.
L-R: Drs. Tsurumi, Constance Rooke and Jennie Waelti-Walters in 1979.

Dr. E. Patricia (“Paddy”) Tsurumi, historian and UVic professor emerita, died last month in her home on Hornby Island. Known for her thoroughly researched scholarship grounded in a strong sense of social justice, Paddy contributed to the history of women, education, colonialism and labour.

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.