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Study of Syrian artifacts offer different viewpoints on a troubled region

Thu, 2015-10-01 16:53

Milwright in Special Collections with shards and manuscripts. Credit: John Thre
Milwright in Special Collections with shards and manuscripts. Credit: John Threlfall

When news broke in August that Syrian archaeologist Khaleed al-Asaad had been killed by ISIS for trying to protect his country’s cultural legacy from destruction and looting, it sent a chill through the heart of Art History and Visual Studies professor Marcus Milwright. An archaeologist and professor of Islamic art and architecture, Milwright has worked extensively in Syria—including the ancient city of Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site for which Khaleed al-Asaad was the head of antiquities.

David Godfrey

Wed, 2015-09-09 14:23

L–R: Farley Mowat and Dave Godfrey at UVic in 1982. Photo: UVic Archives
L–R: Farley Mowat and Dave Godfrey at UVic in 1982. Photo: UVic Archives

An award-winning author, a publishing visionary, a pioneer in on-campus computing and an early writing department chair—David Godfrey was all this and so much more. The Department of Writing is saddened to announce the passing of this former professor at the age of 77.

Eugene Dowling

Wed, 2015-09-09 14:19

Dowling. Photo: UVic Archives
Dowling. Photo: UVic Archives

The Faculty of Fine Arts mourns the passing of inspirational teacher and invaluable colleague, School of Music professor Eugene Dowling. Following a 2013 diagnosis of prostate cancer, Dowling passed away at his home on June 30 with his family and close friends at hand.

A credit course that boosts school spirit? Try Vikes Band!

Tue, 2015-06-30 10:42

Raising spirits in the stands. Photo: Armando Tura
Raising spirits in the stands. Photo: Armando Tura

Love sports? Play an instrument? With the brand-new Vikes Band course, you can now combine both—for credit!

A new initiative between the School of Music and Vikes Athletics, Vikes Band (MUS 189) is a new for-credit course that will rehearse and perform at Vikes Varsity events and special events on campus. If you played in your high school band or just play for fun, you can still put those skills to use to play game-day music—even if you aren’t a music major.

Designing Prague: Theatre professor, students participate in Prague Quadrennial

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:13

The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry
The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry

When it comes to stage design, the Prague Quadrennial is as good as it gets—and this year, a pair of Department of Theatre alumni will help represent Canada. “It’s the Venice Biennalie of stage design,” says theatre professor Allan Stichbury. “It’s the top in terms of recognizing stage design in the world.”

The Aesthetics of Anarchy: Allan Antliff chosen to examine Clyfford Still archives

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:05


Being the first to gain access to an archive is the kind of research opportunity most academics dream of—and it’s how art history and visual studies professor Allan Antliff will be spending his summer. 

Antliff was recently announced as the inaugural Research Fellow in Residence at the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center in Denver, Colorado. Named for the famed American painter—whom Antliff describes as “a leading artist in the abstract expressionist movement”—the position at the CSM represents a rare opportunity. 

30 Leo Award nominations this year, 26 from writing faculty and alumni

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:54

Need proof of the impact of the Department of Writing‘s film production courses? Just look to last month’s 2015 Leo Award nominations, where films by writing faculty and alumni received a combined 26 nominations for five productions—an impressive number for a university that doesn’t technically even have a film production program.

Vibrant UVic artist honoured with Governor General’s Award

Mon, 2015-03-23 15:18

Meigs in her studio. Photo: Nik West
Meigs in her studio. Photo: Nik West

Department of Visual Arts professor and nationally renowned painter Sandra Meigs was named one of only eight winners in the annual Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts on March 24.

National symposium addresses methods and new horizons in theatre education

Thu, 2015-02-26 15:58

Alexandrowicz with students. Photo: John Threlfall
Alexandrowicz with students. Photo: John Threlfall

Canadian drama instructors gather at UVic to make sure they're giving students far more than just their next few lines.

If you’ve ever seen actors at work—on stage, on screen, on the street or on television—you’ve seen the results of the kind of pedagogy happening daily in the Department of Theatre. But now a first-of-its-kind national symposium co-organized by theatre professor Conrad Alexandrowicz is questioning and examining traditional acting methods, as it addresses what’s been described as “the crisis of actor training in Canada.”

Day in the Life: Iona Hubner

Thu, 2015-02-05 11:15

Iona Hubner in her office, looking at digital slides
Iona Hubner. Photo: UVic Photo Services