The Ring

Higgins' translation lauded

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:27

Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins has received honorable mention in a major prize competition held under the auspices of the Modern Language Association (MLA)—the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work. The citation on his translation of The Book of John Mandeville (a medieval travel book) congratulates the UVic scholar for “impressive scholarship combine[d] with skillful translation of a medieval work with great modern relevance.” Higgins has taught at UVic since 2001 in both the English department and the medieval studies program. His teaching and research interests include later medieval English, Scottish, and French literature, travel writing and poetry—both medieval and modern. He is currently a member of the editorial board of The Malahat Review. Info on prize: www.mla.org/prizeinfo_translit


Maki, Sneddon on Victoria Foundation board

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:26

Mia Maki, senior instructor in the Gustavson School of Business, and UVic Advisor on Equity and Diversity Grace Wong Sneddon, director of UVic academic leadership initiatives, have joined the board of directors at the Victoria Foundation, which has helped charitable organizations succeed in building community resources in Victoria since 1936.


Morey exhibition at Xchanges Gallery

Wed, 2013-01-09 12:03

Art education doctoral student Connie Morey will have a solo exhibition of her work Feb. 1–24 at Xchanges Gallery. Entitled Ba_ble, the mixed-media exhibition of two-and three-dimensional works will explore the complex relationships between humans and other animals, including animals as sources of inspiration, subjects of research, providers of nourishment and companions. The exhibition showcases the studio research component of Morey’s doctoral work, which focuses on the ecological foundations of the creative process. Opening Feb. 1, 7–9 p.m. at Xchanges, 2333 Government St., suite 6E. www.xchangesgallery.org


CBIE honours MGB program

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:21

The Master of Global Business (MGB) program at the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, has been honoured for the high-quality international education it provides. The Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) gave the MGB their Outstanding Program Award in November. The award recognizes creativity and high quality in international education. The one-year MGB program, offered since 2010 and open to recent BCom grads, sees students work and live on three continents as they study international business practices, develop leadership skills and learn at least one new language.


Rippin contributes to Islamic scholars charter

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:19

In December, Andrew Rippin (History) joined a team of international scholars in Kuwait organized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs to develop a charter and action plan recognizing that those who study Islamic civilization from outside the Muslim world can make a contribution to “positive interactions and a spirit of shared human concerns” in their work. Given the tensions that have existed over the past 150 years or so of “Orientalist” scholarship, the tone of cooperation that marked this meeting signifies a major shift in attitude for the Arab world. Joining scholars from Australia, Austria, Germany, Mauritania, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Rippin hopes that some joint projects may be possible with the University of Victoria and other Canadian partners in the future.


Writing student named Youth Poet Laureate

Thu, 2013-01-03 16:38

Department of Writing student Aysia Law has been named the City of Victoria’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate—a first not only for Victoria, but also in Canada. Law, who won UVic’s 2011 Diversity Writing Contest, will be performing her work at a number of events throughout 2013 and receives a $1,500 honorarium, plus $1,000 to develop and complete a major project that engages youth through poetry. “She's such a passionate and dedicated writer with a great sense of humour and a natural instinct for language,” say Lee Henderson, one of Law’s writing professors. “She’s the perfect choice as our first public voice for the city's young poets.” Law will perform the first poem in her new position for Victoria City Council at City Hall on Jan.17.


Visiting Audain Professor Nicholas Galanin wins $50,000

Tue, 2012-12-18 14:58

Nicholas Galanin, the 2012 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest with the Department of Visual Arts, has won a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from the United States Artists organization. The Sitka-born Galanin is a multi-disciplinary Tlingit/Aleut artist whose teaching term with UVic ran throughout fall 2012. While his fellowship was in the Crafts and Traditional Arts category, the USA news release admits that Galanin’s work—which tends to defy categorization—“might also be described simply as contemporary art with Native themes.” A visual artist and musician, he creates multimedia pieces that often involve computers, video, photo manipulation or sculpture in a variety of forms. Like previous Audain Professors Rebecca Belmore and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Galanin will present an exhibit of new work in the Audain Gallery—in September 2013.


Napoleon to teach at peacebuilding school

Fri, 2012-12-07 11:08

Val Napoleon has been selected to teach a one-week intensive course as part of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an annual summer program of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Napoleon, who was appointed the Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance in UVic’s law faculty in January 2012, will teach “Human Rights and Indigenous Legal Traditions” in the 2013 program’s first session June 17–21. The CSOP aims to educate on peace and justice issues and encourage discussion in a collaborative environment.


Points now patrons of First Peoples House

Wed, 2012-12-05 12:09

On Nov. 14, during an honouring ceremony at UVic's First Peoples House, President David Turpin announced that Steven Point, OC, and Ms. Gwendolyn Point have agreed to serve as Patrons of First Peoples House. They were acknowledged for their many contributions, including their outstanding support and honorary patronage of First Peoples House during their vice-regal term. “We are honoured that they will continue their relationship with the First Peoples House through their presence at special events and that they will remain engaged with our university and provide guidance and consultation as we work to enhance the profile of Indigenous education at UVic and in the broader community,” says Turpin.


Rankin elected MP

Wed, 2012-12-05 11:58

Murray Rankin (law) won a tight Nov. 26 byelection race for Member of Parliament for Victoria against Green candidate Donald Galloway (law). Conservative Dale Gann (VITP) came third and Liberal Paul Summerville (Gustavson School of Business) fourth.