The Ring

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

Tue, 2012-12-04 13:56


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 01:42

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 09:06

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 11:30

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 09:50

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 09:41

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.

Humanities brings Baba back to UVic

Mon, 2012-11-05 13:44

The Canterbury Tales Remixed: Baba Brinkman
Baba Brinkman on stage off-Broadway in NYC | Photo: Dixie Sheridan

Rap troubadour and celebrated UVic grad Baba Brinkman (MA ’03, English) captivates his listeners like the bards of old.

And if you were lucky enough to see Brinkman on stage at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium in October 2012, you might never listen to rap music the same way again.

Career achievement award to Marks

Thu, 2012-10-04 08:33

Lynne Marks, chair of UVic’s history department, recently received a notable recognition of her achievements to date. She is this year’s recipient of the Marion Dewar Prize, awarded to an outstanding scholar based on the strength of research, teaching and administrative work during her or his career to date. UVic Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald applauds her efforts and as “a fine ambassador” for the university. The annual prize—created in 2004 in tribute to feminist activist and former Ottawa mayor Marion Dewar—is presented by the National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History to Canadian historians who specialize in women’s history.

MVP makes modernism new (again)

Wed, 2012-07-11 09:24

Ross, with sketch of Joyce. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Ross, with sketch of Joyce. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Related update, June 13, 2013: Celebrating a Ulysses discovery for Bloomsday

Dr. Stephen Ross (English), co-director of UVic’s recently unveiled Modernist Versions Project (MVP), thinks James Joyce—if he’d lived in this century—would have tweeted incessantly but probably about flatulence or something similarly irreverent, and Virginia Woolf would have been “too much of an elitist” to bother. A fellow MVP co-director, Jentery Sayers (English), kindly disagrees: “I like to imagine Woolf live-tweeting British Labour Party conferences with not a little cynicism.”

New grads hold hope for language revitalization

Wed, 2012-07-11 09:05

L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR a
L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR academic advisor Dr. Leslie Saxon (linguistics)

Tłįchǫ is one of the Dene languages of the Northwest Territories, and dììle ts'įįwǫǫ is a phrase expressing “hope.” Nine students in a group of NWT learners graduating with UVic Certificates in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) can be hopeful about the future of their languages now, and in turn their communities can be optimistic about renewed vitality of the languages in homes and as spoken symbols.