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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.

Student I-witness--2012 Holocaust Field School

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:49

Participants in UVic's 2nd annual I-witness Holocaust Field School (Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow, Prague) returned from Central Europe in June 2012 with a collection of photographs hinting at the life-changing experience overseas.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Several participants also provided "notes from the field." The group of UVic students, led by program director and UVic professor Dr. Charlotte Schallié, arrived in Berlin on May 14. These three despatches were sent from Europe on May 27 exclusively for The Ring, in addition to the blog posts while the group was overseas. They returned home on June 3.

Top humanities student a dedicated ESL teacher

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:22

Leask. Photo: Patty Pitts
Leask. Photo: Patty Pitts

Some students take several years to determine what they want to do with their degree. Then there’s this year’s Humanities Jubilee Medal winner Theresa Leask. The applied linguistics graduate knew that she wanted to be an English as a second language teacher while she was still at Mt. Doug High School.

Weeds and verdure in literature and life

Fri, 2012-06-08 08:29

Douglas on her front porch reading Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Photo: Kita Dougla
Douglas on her front porch reading Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Photo: Kita Douglas

Kita Douglas, who received the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal as the top master's student for program achievement, has a pot of okra growing on her North Carolina porch. Her master’s thesis was about a different type of flora: the Jimson weed in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.