UVic Speakers Bureau 2017/18

Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France

Indigenous literature for young readers

Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France, assistant professor in Indigenous Education, is available to speak on: "Indigenous Literature for Young Readers" (in English or Spanish).

Dr. Chris Goto-Jones

The Virtual Ninja Manifesto

Philosopher Dr. Chris Goto-Jones, dean of humanities, is available to speak on: "The Virtual Ninja Manifesto: How Videogames Make You Into a Better Person."

Lauren Farmer

Using tree rings to prepare for the future

Lauren Farmer, a graduate student in the Department of Geography, is available to speak on: "Using Tree Rings to Prepare for the Future" (in English or French).

Benjamin Gerard

Imaging worlds beyond our solar system

Benjamin Gerard, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is available to speak on "Imaging Worlds Beyond Our Solar System."

What is the UVic Speakers Bureau?

The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria.

Through the bureau, experts and knowledgeable individuals from UVic make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).

UVic is known for its strengths in the arts and sciences and selected professions. Areas of note are:

  • ocean science and technology;
  • environment, climate and energy;
  • Indigenous research;
  • global studies and social justice;
  • health and life sciences;
  • creativity and culture;
  • data science and cyber physical systems; and
  • physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

These and many other fascinating areas of expertise are represented among the 507 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.

The 2016/17 Speakers Bureau season set several new records, and surpassed last year's record-setting pace by booking 540 talks—reaching an audience of 18,000 people. In the last five years, bureau volunteers have increased the number of talks given to K-12 students by 47 per cent, making school groups the single largest audience category for the bureau.

Join us at the Edge of discovery

Jamie Cassels
Prof. Jamie Cassels

For 36 years, the University of Victoria’s faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees have shared their expertise with audiences across southern Vancouver Island by participating in the UVic Speakers Bureau.

Our Speakers Bureau volunteers share a strong commitment to contributing to the intellectual, social and cultural development of our region. They are our ambassadors for the UVic Edge—the unique combination of hands-on learning, vital impact and extraordinary academic environment that has made UVic a world-leading university.

Last year, Speakers Bureau volunteers gave 540 presentations, reaching more than 18,000 community members across the southern Island in schools, seniors groups, service clubs, business associations and community centres. Ideas exchanged during those presentations flow back to our classrooms, labs and field schools, further enriching the student experience.

This year, 209 new topics have been added, reflecting the extent of scholarship at UVic and the enthusiasm of our volunteers to share the issues and ideas that matter to people, places and the planet.

The UVic Speakers Bureau is the only university-wide bureau of its kind in Canada. That’s a powerful statement about our commitment to community engagement and to lifetime learning—for everyone.

Join us at the UVic Edge. Please consider booking a talk today.

Jamie Cassels, QC
President and Vice-Chancellor