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Women’s Studies grad brings formidable intellect to understand society’s most vulnerable

Mon, 2011-11-07 14:38

Charbonneau. Photo: Ali Bosworth
Charbonneau. Photo: Ali Bosworth

Sinead Charbonneau didn’t picture herself attending UVic when she attended Esquimalt High School. Charbonneau is the first of her family to graduate from university and recalls that UVic “didn’t really exist for me” when she was growing up. During her final year of high school, spent with her extended Métis family in Medicine Hat, AB, she was introduced to the work of filmmaker and UVic women’s studies professor, Christine Welsh, who inspired Charbonneau to apply.

Banting Fellowships

Mon, 2011-11-07 12:42

This fall three of Canada’s top postdoctoral fellows have chosen UVic as their academic home for the next two years. Dr. Wokje Abrahamse (psychology), Dr. Nikolaus Gantner (geography), and Dr. Laura Estill (English) are three recipients of the prestigious Banting Fellowships, a federal program designed to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding. The two-year fellowships, worth $70,000 per year, are open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree.

Q&A: Viewpoint from centre stage

Mon, 2011-10-17 15:00

Dr. Jean Howard of Columbia University, Sept. 22. Photo Credit: Kat Eschner

The University of Victoria’s "City Talks" series focuses on what our cities mean to us. An initiative of faculty across campus, the downtown lecture series was launched last year by UVic’s Committee for Urban Studies, under the guidance of UVic historian Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross. One of the participating faculty members spoke with The Ring about this year's first session.

Application deadline: Spring 2012 I-witness Field School

Fri, 2011-10-14 08:29

The I-witness Holocaust Field School, a life-changing course launched by UVic's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies last year, is a first of its kind in Canada and the deadline is fast approaching for students to enroll in the Spring 2012 program.

UVic Chair of Linguistics elected IPA President

Thu, 2011-10-06 09:52

In August 2011, Dr. John Esling, chair of UVic’s Department of Linguistics, was elected president of the International Phonetic Association (IPA), at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Hong Kong.

2nd annual Latin American and Spanish film week coming to Cinecenta

Mon, 2011-08-22 14:32

2011 Latin American & Spanish Film Week

Beyond the usual headlines—poverty, drug-related violence and political turmoil—Latin America is a thriving region in terms of cultural production. The second annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week brings to Victoria a fresh look on a variety of subjects—soccer, social justice, historical memory and romantic longing—as seen by a recent crop of talented directors from Latin America and Spain.

Ray Siemens on the digital humanities and the future of the book

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:10

Siemens. Photo: UVic Photo Servces
Siemens. Photo: UVic Photo Servces

What do new reading technologies, such as the e-book, mean for the future of the humanities? Dr. Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, posed this question at the University Club on June 28, as the guest speaker at the UVic Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting.

New academic leadership appointments

Wed, 2011-07-13 08:14

Two new associate deans and half a dozen new department chairs have assumed their duties as of July 1.

The eye of history--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 09:36

UVic undergraduate Jason Michaud at permanent exhibition in Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Lauren Petersen

Mounds of leather trunks. Thousands of prosthetic limbs. Streets dotted with brass stones carved with names.

These are some of the images now part of the personal history of nearly two dozen University of Victoria students after a visit to Central Europe in May 2011. The I-witness Holocaust Field School, launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as a three-unit course this year, was held in Germany, Poland and Austria.

Student I-witness Blog--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 08:24

What follows are excerpts from the student blog for the inaugural I-witness Holocaust Field School, which took place in Central Europe from May 8 to 28, 2011. The field school was launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies this year, and is the only course of its kind being offered to undergraduate students at a Canadian university.

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