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Q&A: Viewpoint from centre stage

Mon, 2011-10-17 16:00

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 09:29

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 10:52

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 15:32

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 10:10

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 09:14

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 10:36

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 09:24

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.

Click here for a special visual essay of the sites described below and click here for a related article including photos of the same.


United Way and UVic: Building a strong and caring community

Tue, 2011-07-05 08:32

The United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) has announced more than $95,000 in funding to support four initiatives undertaken at UVic.

“The work that we are doing with UVic is ground breaking, and other universities and United Way programs across Canada are looking at this partnership as a blueprint for establishing partnerships with universities” says UWGV Director of Community Investment and Collaboration Chris Poirier-Skelton.


Students win Women's Studies essay contest

Wed, 2011-06-15 14:21


The Canadian Women’s Studies Association has awarded two UVic students the top prizes in its annual Women’s Studies Undergraduate Essay Contest, which honours outstanding work produced in WS courses. First place went to an essay by Sinead Charbonneau entitled “Space, Power, and Difference: The Murder of Ariana May Simpson,” and second place was awarded to Tara Paterson for her essay  “Choice by Any Other Name: The Abortion Controversy and the Limits of Liberalism.”