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Flooding to Cannes

2013-06-04 13:35

Jeremy Lutter and Dan Hogg (right) behind the scenes on Floodplain

A short story turned short film turned out to be the shortest route to the Cannes International Film Festival for Fine Arts staff member Dan Hogg. A digital media technician who specializes in film production, Hogg—also a UVic alumnus—was invited to Cannes in May when his 10-minute film, Floodplain, was included in Telefilm Canada’s annual Not Short on Talent showcase.

Exhibit: Polar explorer Amundsen’s northern exposure led to South Pole success

2013-06-03 10:52

Amundsen in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Photo: Fram Museum, Oslo

For several weeks during the first of three years in the Canadian Arctic, famed Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and his crew built igloos every day, under the watchful eye of an Inuit teacher, until they had mastered the art.

Their instructor shook his head at the sheer abundance of igloos, certain the crew had lost their senses to build so many. But such learning experiences and close relationships developed with the Inuit while on a quest to navigate the Northwest Passage from 1903–1906 proved valuable in Amundsen’s later success in becoming the first person to reach the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911.

Community collaboration rediscovers a female rabbi

2013-05-07 16:01

Cast of Ray Frank: The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West
Site-specific play celebrates two anniversaries, brings historical research and momentous event to life

Southam lecturer champions public broadcasting

2013-03-11 10:58

Roberts. Wendy D Photography

“You can’t know how nervous I am, so it’s really great to see some friendly faces here,” said popular CBC radio host and current Harvey Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction Jo-Ann Roberts as she opened her public lecture “Public Broadcasting and the Public Good” on Jan. 30.

“Writing is a saving grace”—Anne Michaels

2013-03-07 07:50

Michaels. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Canadian Anne Michaels,author of four poetry collections and two critically acclaimed novels—Fugitive Pieces (1996) and The Winter Vault (2009)—presented a President’s Distinguished Lecture Feb. 18 during a special convocation ceremony in which she received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from UVic. Her lecture examined faith and failure, pain and love, memory and silence—themes apparent in her novels.

Reg Roy's legacy for Canadian military history

2013-02-22 13:12

Roy being congratulated by The Hon. Iona Campagnolo, Lieutenant Governor of Brit

Dr. Reginald H. Roy’s contribution to the UVic Special Collections is a tremendous legacy for the study of Canadian history, especially military history. Returning as a veteran after WWII, he went to Victoria College and then UBC earning an MA in history (1951). He then served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment as a historian in the Historical Section of DND, and as an archivist at the Public Archives of Canada. This early association with archives bore bountiful fruit in his later career as a historian.

Neil Burton and the historic debate on China’s future: Echoes from past to present

2013-02-22 12:53

Burton in Shanghai. Photo courtesy of the Burton family.

I was immensely privileged to be invited to deliver this year’s Neil Burton Memorial Lecture, which honors the Canadian teacher, activist, editor and researcher, who had an impact on so many in Canada, China, Japan and beyond. I’m grateful to the Burton Memorial Lecture Committee, the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and the Burton family for this honor—and particularly to the Burton family and friends for providing some of the pictures which I used in the lecture, delivered on Jan. 24.

Robert Bateman on art and environment

2013-02-12 13:28

On Jan. 27, renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman delivered a public lecture on the relationship between his art practice and his passion for environmentalism at UVic’s Legacy Gallery. His talk was presented in association with the exhibition Honoris Causa, featuring work by recipients of honorary degrees from UVic.

From comic super-villain to master’s degree

2013-02-06 10:12

Christine Willes giving director's notes to the cast and crew of "Reasons to Be

Christine Willes has been a doctor, a demon and a DC Comics super-villain—and this year she can add “director” to the list. Willes, an actor well-known for her appearances on shows like Smallville, Dead Like Me and Emily Owens MD, came to UVic last year for her master’s in fine arts in directing. Now, as part of her final thesis, Willes is directing her fellow students of the UVic theatre department in Reasons to Be Pretty (Feb. 14–23).

The Art of the Christmas Quiz

2012-12-10 16:26

There’s nothing like the winter holidays for doing quizzes, and this year the Department of History in Art has created their own Christmas Quiz for your enjoyment. Sorry, it’s not a compilation of famous Santas or name-the-actor-playing Scrooge, but something far more ambitious and department-appropriate.