The Ring

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


UVic filmmaker brings trans issues to the Victoria Film Festival

Wed, 2015-02-04 19:12

Filmmaker Maureen Bradley on set with a camera crew
Filmmaker Maureen Bradley. Photo: Arnold Lim

After 25 years of queer activism, writing professor and filmmaker Maureen Bradley is still changing the world—she’s just having more fun doing it now, thanks to her debut feature film, Two 4 One. Billed as the first transgendered romantic comedy, Two 4 One offers a bittersweet look at a couple in an unimaginable predicament: after an ill-advised one-night stand, Miriam and Adam both wind up pregnant.


Handling old manuscripts is a hands-on proposition

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:19

When it comes to handling old manuscripts, there’s no fooling around for UVic researcher Dr. Jamie Kemp—the gloves are definitely off. Despite the lingering meme of white-glove clad researchers delicately handling archival material, Kemp says bare skin is best when it comes to the centuries-old books in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.


Hope and an intergenerational legacy emerge from India field school

Tue, 2015-01-06 18:21

In a scene written by Vadevil, Jayamma and he speak with the Isha students while trying to find food and water.

People who have mostly known only poverty and suffering have now found new hope, a sense of joy and a stronger community thanks to a recent University of Victoria Applied Theatre field school in India.


Writing grad sees beyond perceptions of limitations

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:15

Leavitt and Calvin at UVic
Leavitt and Calvin at UVic

As an MFA candidate in the Department of Writing, Hannalora Leavitt has spent the past two years fulfilling the same kind of duties and responsibilities as most UVic graduate students: conceiving a thesis, working with a supervisor, giving lectures, teaching classes, marking papers, reading, writing, research. But given her specialty in creative nonfiction, Leavitt is also tasked with interpreting the world as she sees it—no easy job when you’re a blind writer.


Is that meant to be funny?

Tue, 2014-09-30 12:53

Leiren-Young
Leiren-Young

Annual Southam lecture looks at comedy and censorship

If you think there’s nothing funny about censorship, Mark Leiren-Young would like to change your mind. A prolific freelance journalist, screenwriter, playwright, memoirist and award-winning author, Leiren-Young is this year’s Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction for the Department of Writing. And while his current Writing course Finding the Funny focuses on humour writing, his upcoming public lecture will examine the fine line between comedy and censorship. “I’m fascinated by the question of, ‘Where’s the line?’,” says Leiren-Young. “What can you make fun of? What can't you make fun of? What's taboo? How soon is too soon?” By way of example, Leiren-Young looks east to Toronto’s frequently lampooned mayor. “Rob Ford and his tumor—too soon for jokes?”


History mystery central to First World War exhibit

Mon, 2014-09-29 14:25

Milwright and Heather Dean, UVic's associate director of Special Collections.
Dr. Milwright and UVic Associate Director of Special Collections Heather Dean, with the diary set. Image: UVic Photo Services.

It’s a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition.

When Dr. Marcus Milwright, of UVic's recently renamed Art History and Visual Studies department, began planning his upcoming exhibit The Arts of World War I, he knew there was one item in the university library that he just had to use: a beautiful two-volume leather diary set illustrated with watercolours and pen-and-ink drawings of life during wartime. There’s only one problem: he has no idea to whom it actually belonged.


India field school spotlights intergenerational theatre

Wed, 2014-09-24 15:31

Gusul (centre) during a field trip to the region last year.

The buildings may have been repaired, but two key segments of the population in the southeastern coastal region of India are still struggling to overcome the effects of the 2006 tsunami: seniors and rural youth. Now, a new UVic field school hopes to bring a sense of joy to these marginalized people by creating India’s first intergenerational theatre company.