The Ring

Sylvia Olsen and Robert "Lucky" Budd nominated for BC Book Prizes

Mon, 2011-04-04 10:56

UVic PhD student (history) Sylvia Olsen and former MA (history) student Robert “Lucky” Budd are in the running for BC Book Prizes.

Linguist’s legacy lives on at the Smithsonian

Wed, 2011-03-23 10:36

Rare and valuable research materials generated by the late UVic linguistics professor Geoffrey O’Grady will be available to future generations of scholars, thanks to the interest of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which will serve as their repository. O’Grady, who died in December 2008, taught at UVic for nearly 30 years and was widely regarded as a pioneer and leading scholar in Australian Aboriginal languages.

In memoriam: S.W. ('Toby') Jackman

Thu, 2011-03-17 10:15

Sydney Wayne (but always “Toby”, after his childhood teddy bear) Jackman passed peacefully in his sleep during the night of Feb. 26–7.

In praise of the humanities

Wed, 2011-03-09 10:38

Lately, few other academic disciplines have been such a stranger to praise as the humanities. Branded as impractical and even disposable, the humanities have been criticized for seemingly failing to provide financial benefits compared to certain programs in business and the sciences.

Humanities, languages, arts: A luxury? A mission? A must?

Thu, 2011-01-27 09:49

Are language departments under threat in the neo-liberal academic landscape? The brutal announcement of “termination” for language departments, including classics, and the drama programs at SUNY Albany last September sounded a shrill alarm.

New faces in new places

Sun, 2011-01-09 13:37

Vice-President Academic and Provost Dr. Reeta Tremblay

As of Jan. 1, there have been a few changes in the university’s academic leadership lineup, the most prominent of which is the arrival of Dr. Reeta Tremblay as vice-president academic and provost. Biography:

New chair will help UVic students succeed in East Asia

Thu, 2011-01-06 13:40

Students at UVic will be better prepared to do business in East Asia thanks to a generous gift of $1 million from Stephen Jarislowsky, founder and CEO of the Montréal-based investment company, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.

UVic historians featured on web videos

Mon, 2010-12-06 13:44

Canada's History magazine has posted several video interviews with UVic historians on their website. Among those featured are Drs. Penny Bryden, John Lutz and Lynne Marks, and doctoral students Megan Harvey and Sylvia Olson. The magazine plans to do more video interviews at other universities but chose to launch the series with UVic. More:

"Too Asian"? We must defend diversity at all costs

Mon, 2010-12-06 13:24

Concerned members of several university campuses are condemning an attack on diversity from an article entitled "'Too Asian'?" published in Maclean's magazine on Nov. 11.

Archaeologist wins Royal Society medal

Thu, 2010-11-18 11:02

Photo of Oleson
Oleson plays the rababah in a tent in Humayma, Jordon. Photo: Robbyn Gordon Lanning

A curiosity about the ancient world has taken University of Victoria archaeologist John Oleson from excavating the high Jordanian desert to harnessing the power of a nuclear submarine to scan the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. His dedication to learning more about life millennia ago has earned him many academic honours, and recently the Royal Society of Canada added one more—the 2010 Pierre Chauveau Medal for distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities other than Canadian literature and history.