The Ring

Sager honoured for life’s work

Thu, 2012-04-12 10:29

Dr. Eric Sager (history), an expert in historical research on the Canadian census who has worked tirelessly to communicate the relevance of history to our daily lives, was awarded the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC’s Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award on Apr. 11. CUFA BC represents approximately 4,600 university professors, instructors, academic librarians and other academic staff at five BC universities.


UVic profs tops in research productivity, impact

Thu, 2012-04-12 10:24

Drs. Colin Macleod (law, philosophy), James Tully (political science, law, Indigenous governance, philosophy) and Hari Srivastava (math and statistics, emeritus) were listed in the March 27 edition of The Globe and Mail in a list of Canada’s top researchers in terms of productivity and impact, based on the “h-index,” a measure of citations to their published works. Srivastava received second ranking in the area of mathematics and statistics and Macleod and Tully received third ranking in the areas of philosophy and law, respectively.


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.