The Ring

Higgins' translation lauded

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:27

Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins has received honorable mention in a major prize competition held under the auspices of the Modern Language Association (MLA)—the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work. The citation on his translation of The Book of John Mandeville (a medieval travel book) congratulates the UVic scholar for “impressive scholarship combine[d] with skillful translation of a medieval work with great modern relevance.” Higgins has taught at UVic since 2001 in both the English department and the medieval studies program. His teaching and research interests include later medieval English, Scottish, and French literature, travel writing and poetry—both medieval and modern. He is currently a member of the editorial board of The Malahat Review. Info on prize:

Sixth Annual Applied Linguistics Fair

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:22

Everyone is welcome at the Department of Linguistics’ free Applied Linguistics Fair, Feb. 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Michele Pujol Room of the Student Union Building. The fair celebrates language learning and teaching in Victoria and will include information and resource tables, student research posters, and great door prizes. Come and find out about exciting English, French, German, First Nations and Asian language programs in Victoria. More information:

In memoriam: Reginald Roy

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:18

Reginald Roy, one of the pioneering members of the Department of History, distinguished veteran and military historian, has died at the age of 90. In 1959, Reg became the first full-time historian hired by Victoria College and was among the faculty transferred to the new University of Victoria when it was founded in 1963. Reg taught at the university until his retirement in 1988.

Rippin contributes to Islamic scholars charter

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:19

In December, Andrew Rippin (History) joined a team of international scholars in Kuwait organized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs to develop a charter and action plan recognizing that those who study Islamic civilization from outside the Muslim world can make a contribution to “positive interactions and a spirit of shared human concerns” in their work. Given the tensions that have existed over the past 150 years or so of “Orientalist” scholarship, the tone of cooperation that marked this meeting signifies a major shift in attitude for the Arab world. Joining scholars from Australia, Austria, Germany, Mauritania, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Rippin hopes that some joint projects may be possible with the University of Victoria and other Canadian partners in the future.

Two UVic courses turn to Tolkien’s world in time for new Hobbit movie

Tue, 2012-12-04 14:56


The opening date for screening the first installment of Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit trilogy is Dec. 14, including in Victoria. Two new courses in UVic’s Faculty of Humanities take a closer look at Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth and the imaginative world and languages crafted decades ago by British linguist, writer and Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien.

Newest Rhodes scholar ‘lives her social justice politics’

Tue, 2012-12-04 02:42

Paterson. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Paterson. Photo: UVic Photo Services

The Rhodes, marking its 110th anniversary in 2013, is the world’s oldest international graduate scholarship. In the university’s own 50th anniversary year, UVic is celebrating its newest Rhodes Scholar: Tara Paterson (women’s studies, political science), who will head to the University of Oxford in October as the 2013 Rhodes Scholar for BC.

UVic presenters at TEDx Victoria

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:06

The list of presenters for TEDx Victoria on Nov. 17 at the Victoria Conference Centre boasts a number of UVic people, including: drug policy researcher Alan Cassels (health information science); journalist, author and environmental lawyer Calvin Sanborn (Environmental Law Centre); PhD candidate and lecturer Jamie Kemp (medieval studies); and PhD candidate and cave art expert Genevieve von Petzinger (anthropology). Internationally renowned athlete, filmmaker and UVic grad Darcy Turenne (geography/environmental studies) and UVic alumnus and scientific literacy proponent Reid Gower (philosophy) are also on the bill as speakers. Among the artists and performers for the second annual one-day conference is Impulse Theatre, which was founded in 2010 by UVic theatre students.

Words never fail for linguistics grad

Wed, 2012-11-07 12:30

Liu. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Liu. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Two years ago, a graduate student from a coastal province in eastern China chose UVic for his further studies in Canada. In the words of Jianxun Liu (MA, linguistics), “I said goodbye to so many things in China” to move to Victoria. “Graduation normally means completion, but for me, it is more a true beginning.”

Je me souviens

Wed, 2012-11-07 10:50

On Dec. 6, 1989, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 women in Montréal. As a result, a private members bill was brought to parliament by Dawn Black, a BC politician, and a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was created. I remember.

In memoriam: Jimmy Gene Harris

Wed, 2012-11-07 10:41

Jimmy Gene Harris died in Seattle on Sept. 30, 2012, at the age of 82. Harris began his long collaboration with UVic’s Department of Linguistics in 1996, having previously met the current chair of the department, Dr. John Esling ,while both were in Edinburgh. Raised in the Arkansas Ozarks, Harris led a remarkable life as a phonetic fieldworker undeterred by danger in some of the world’s remotest regions.