The Ring

UVic archive tells Holocaust survivor stories for future generations

Tue, 2013-04-09 13:57

UVic archive project: two of its co-founders, Helga Thorson and Jason Michaud
Thorson and Michaud in April 2013

April 15, 2013 is an anniversary date of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Before that milestone, a research team of scholars, students and community members was busy collecting stories and perspectives over the previous 15 months for a unique new archival project now serving as a collection point for local life narratives of individuals who experienced the Holocaust directly.

Discussing diversity: 50 years of activism

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:08

Four UVic professors and activists passionately spoke on the topic of 50 Years of Activism: Rethinking Realities on Jan. 30, and articulated the status of research in their prospective fields. They spoke in the SUB to a large audience as part of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum, Critical Conversations Rethinking Realities.

Coward, Stajduhar book prize

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:30

A book edited by a pair of University of Victoria professors has won the 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the Hospice and Palliative Care category. Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice Palliative Care (SUNY Press) was edited by Harold Coward, professor emeritus of history and founding director of UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, and Kelli Stajduhar, associate professor at the School of Nursing and the Centre on Aging. The two researchers also produced a 28-page compendium booklet for practitioners and distributed 1,200 to palliative care programs across Canada.

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.