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IDEAFEST 2012: The Arab Spring: A season, or much more?

Thu, 2012-03-29 09:32

The uprisings that flared up throughout the Middle East a year ago—events known as The Arab Spring—have not only altered the political landscape of that region, they have had an impact on the entire world. This was the topic of discussion for an IDEAFEST panel of UVic scholars on March 8. The Arab Spring One Year Later: Revolution, Resolution and Resentment public forum was not just about examining transformations of the past year, however, it was also about considering possible scenarios for the future.

IDEAFEST 2012: New media remediates old media

Mon, 2012-03-12 08:49

The Faculty of Humanities went parliamentary for IdeaFest with their humourous but insightful March 7 debate about whether or not the book is dead. Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald acted as “The Speaker of the House” in the packed lecture class turned House of Commons.

Purkis, Weaver win 2012 Victoria Leadership Awards

Thu, 2012-03-08 12:23

Weaver. Photo: Diana Nethercott
Weaver. Photo: Diana Nethercott

UVic climatologist Dr. Andrew Weaver and Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, dean of UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development, are this year's recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards. On Feb. 21 they were two of 29 nominees celebrated at the eighth annual Victoria Leadership Awards (VLA) gala at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Siemens to deliver Distinguished Professors Lecture

Thu, 2012-02-23 13:56

Siemens, UVic's 12th Distinguished Professor

Do you enjoy paging through hardcovers? Are books dead? What form of reading are readers most comfortable with? Dr. Ray Siemens, a specialist in Early Modern texts and a distinguished professor in UVic's Department of English, is helping turn the page on reading in the modern era. Siemens is UVic's 12th Distinguished Professor, a Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, and leads the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL) at UVic. He is giving a Distinguished Professors Lecture on March 7 at 7 p.m.

City Talks 2011/12: Final two lectures

Wed, 2012-02-22 09:24

City Talks is a six-part downtown lecture series presented by the University of Victoria, and focusing on what our cities mean to us. An initiative of faculty across campus, City Talks was launched in 2010 by UVic's Committee for Urban Studies, under the guidance of UVic historian Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, and is now offering the last two lectures of this second season: Feb. 23 and March 15. The free public lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month from September through March each year at UVic's Legacy Art Gallery on Yates Street in downtown Victoria.

Rudnyckyj awarded prestigious book prize

Mon, 2011-12-12 12:13

Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization, and the Afterlife of Development (Cornell University Press, 2010) by Dr. Daromir Rudnyckyj' (Pacific and Asian studies), was named co-winner of the 2011 Sharon Stephens Prize awarded by the American Ethnological Society, North America’s oldest association of professional anthropologists.

Latin lives for local high school students

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:35

L-R: Rowe with Latin Club members and Mt. Doug students Lam and Aiyana Skye
L-R: Rowe with Latin Club members and Mt. Doug students Lam and Aiyana Skye

Not many high school students think of learning Latin as a way impress girls, but for Alexander Lam, it’s as good a reason as any. Lam is a member of the Victoria High School Latin Club. Founded by Dr. Gregory Rowe and taught by Rowe and Dr. Cedric Littlewood (Greek and Roman studies), the Latin Club is comprised of enthusiastic students largely from Esquimalt High and Mt. Douglas High School, and is sponsored by UVic’s Department of Greek and Roman Studies. Now in its second year, the Latin Club appeals to students who love learning.

Interdisciplinary course produces drama in German

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:32

The captain (Bryan Gibbs, left) lectiures Woyzeck (Ovidiu Ratiu). Photo: Fiona M
The captain (Bryan Gibbs, left) lectiures Woyzeck (Ovidiu Ratiu). Photo: Fiona Mortimer

How do you stage manage a play in a language you don’t speak? This was the challenge I faced with Woyzeck: The Choreography of a Murder, a play that was performed at the Phoenix Theatre in the original German last month.

UVic linguist traces Victoria’s fabled British roots

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:27

Victorians have a reputation for being “more British than the British,” in part due to our enduring love of flower baskets, tearooms and lawn bowling. But are we really “more British” than other Canadians?

To find out, Dr. Alexandra D’Arcy, UVic linguistics professor and director of the sociolinguistics research lab, is searching for clues in the way we speak.

Honouring this year’s top teachers

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:59


At Convocation, the University of Victoria celebrates the accomplishments of our students and the great promise that they bring as they enter on a new stage of their careers. It is also an occasion when we recognize the outstanding talent, dedication and creativity of the faculty members and other teaching staff who provide such a high quality of education to our students.