The Ring

National symposium addresses methods and new horizons in theatre education

Thu, 2015-02-26 14:58

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.”

Passion for social change recognized with national teaching award

Mon, 2015-02-23 16:32

Yoon. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Yoon. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Child and Youth Care professor Jin-Sun Yoon wins prestigious national teaching award.

“I’m an accidental academic; I never planned to be here,” says Jin-Sun Yoon, teaching professor with the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care (CYC). Yoon's path to professorship has been paved with the same whole-person commitment that has led her to become recognized for her transformative teaching career—selected as one of 10 university educators across Canada to receive this year’s prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

UVic filmmaker brings trans issues to the Victoria Film Festival

Wed, 2015-02-04 18:12

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.

UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2014

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:53

As UVic welcomes the start of another great year, we also celebrate the many memorable moments and compelling stories of 2014.

Learning a language is about more than just words

Fri, 2014-08-08 10:45

A summer dance in front of Cadboro Commons. Photo: Suzanne Ahearne.

On a hot summer evening in front of Cadboro Commons, the smell of barbecued meat is still hanging in the air as Kumbia, a local salsa band, hits the first notes of a signature Santana tune, Oye Como Va. The audience is a group of close to 150 international students from more than a dozen countries who are attending UVic’s summer English Language and Culture program.

Engaged scholarship and advocacy worthy of UVic’s highest faculty award

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:19

Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.
Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.

If you don’t know what it means to be named a UVic Distinguished Professor, don’t fret: they’re a rare breed. The newest recipient, Dr. Susan Boyd, is only the 13th UVic professor to receive the award—the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on faculty—since its creation in 2002.

Boyd’s activist presence on substantive social justice and marginalization issues has led to a tremendous scholarly output.

Teaching awards highlight Alumni Week, Feb. 2-8

Thu, 2014-01-09 15:44


Alumni Week—honouring the social, economic and artistic impact of UVic graduates—runs from Feb. 2–8 with more than a dozen special events on campus and at alumni branches across Canada and in Asia.

The impact of one French tweet

Mon, 2013-12-23 16:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all
The tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.

UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2013

Thu, 2013-12-19 16:34

Dylan Collins, UVic’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services
Dylan Collins is the most recent Top Story of 2013 and UVic's latest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services

As UVic looks ahead to 2014, the university is also celebrating a year of compelling news about UVic's people, projects, ideas and research.

Seaweed, dwarf galaxies and an iPad app for ‘the birds and the bees’ are some of the many captivating subjects for stories about UVic over the past 12 months. Here are just 10.

In this engineering course, people skills are a design solution

Tue, 2013-12-03 13:22

Students in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.
Teamwork required. Jayaram Subramaniam (TA), Timothy Salomonsson and Todd Schmid in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.

Aspiring engineers at the University of Victoria are getting something most of their peers across Canada aren’t—hands-on experience from real-world professionals in their first year of post-secondary education.