Speakers Bureau 2015-2016 Topics

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AreaTopicDescriptionPresenterRoleDepartment
ScienceToward Nature’s Heart of Darkness: New Technologies for Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceSTARCal: Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology Enabled by a Tunable Laser in Space (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceHow Understanding Fundamental Particle Interactions Helps us Understand the Universe (S) Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceUVic’s Discovery of a Particle Consistent with being the Higgs Boson at the ATLAS Experiment at CERN (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesVikes Nation's Active, Inclusive Community NEW (E M S)Vikes Nation: a presentation outlining the importance of an inclusive, active and healthy community on the UVic campus.Andrus, Mr. ZacAthletics Marketing & Campus Engagement CoordinatorVikes Athletics and Recreation
PoliticsMaking Sense of the 2016 Presidential Election: Part Circus, Part Politics (E M S) NEWMost of us love to follow American politics, but we might not fully understand the nuances and rules of the American political system. Hear an American trained Political Scientist speak to the recent events related to the 2016 election. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant Professor Political Science & Director Technology Integrated LearningDepartment of Political Science
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyDigital Footprint: Social Media and Your Digital Life (E M S)What is social media? It is pervasive with web content and apps. This talk can be set for the average user through expert user. Find out more about how you can use social media to engage your audience and connect with others. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant Professor Political Science & Director Technology Integrated LearningDepartment of Political Science
Computers, Engineering & TechnologySocial Media 101: Engage and Connect (E M S) Our lives have gone digital. What does this mean for your? I will explain what your digital footprint is and how to make smart, safe choices online. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant Professor Political Science & Director Technology Integrated LearningDepartment of Political Science
LiteratureThe Politics of Young Adult Literature (E M S) Young Adult Literature is one of the booming genres in publishing. Many recent blockbusters are based on the YALIT book. Most of these books have a political message. This talk speaks to the connections between YA lit and politics. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant Professor Political Science & Director Technology Integrated LearningDepartment of Political Science
Earth & OceansPacific Storm Types and Tracks What are the types of Pacific storms? Where do they form, where do they travel, and why do they move as they do? Why do we have more storms in winter than in summer? How do El Nino/La Nina affect them? Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansHow Storms Impact the Coasts How storms affect the ocean to cause impact to the coast. How the nature of the coast–water depth, type of beach material, how the coast is shaped–affects how a storm can cause impact. How features like bars and rip-currents work. Why there are bigger waves in winter. Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansField Research in the Arctic This is more of a picture tour showing what it looks like in the Canadian high Arctic—land forms, research, animals—a place most people have never seen.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansThe Coastal Regions of Alaska and the Arctic An overview of the Alaskan and Arctic coastal regions, including who lives there, what the land/coast is like, how important sea ice is, how climate change is manifesting itself in these areas, and new threats/opportunities from oil/gas development or the Northwest Passage opening. Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansWeather Stations in the Icefields of the Rockies NEWThis presentation will include a overview of the process involved in installing 10m weather towers on Columbia Icefield, near Jasper and Banff, and an Icefield in Nahanni National Park Reserve in NWT. We’ll look at some of the data and pictures the stations return, and discuss some of the problems with this sort of science.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyWireless Power Transfer for Biomedical Devices ǂ (M S) NEWWorking on designing an implantable device for rodents that is powered wirelessly. In future biologists and neuroscientists can implant the device in rodents to receive data (sensory information).Badr, Mr. BasemGraduate StudentDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Health Care & MedicineHerbal Medicines: Mechanisms, Efficacy and Safety (S) Describe how some commonly used herbal products work, as well as how well they work based on evidence from published studies. Will also include a description of the harmful effects of these products and tips on safe use.Bardal, Dr. StanAssistant Teaching ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineHow Drugs Work and Why they Sometimes Cause Harm (S)Describe the mechanisms by which drugs act, including a description of how these mechanisms can lead to harmful effects. Will also include tips on safe medication use. Bardal, Dr. StanAssistant Teaching ProfessorIsland Medical Program
History—GeneralThe Biblical Patriarchs through Archaeology and History ǂ (M S) This talk explores the world of the Pentateuch and the origins of Israelite history and traditions, including Abraham and Moses, in the Ancient Near East from 4500-1200BCE. It includes discussions on the Hyksos, Late Bronze Age collapse, and the Fertile Crescent that are presented through a combination of history and archaeology.Beller, Mr. JeremyGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
History—GeneralThe Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors ǂ (M S)The Ancient Israelites (ca. 1200-586BCE) of the Old Testament have been richly explored through historical and archaeological inquiry. This talk is a detailed presentation of their world and involves an examination of their unique cultural identity, political organization, and relationships with neighboring cultural groups (e.g. Philistines, Canaanites). It discusses evidence for characters such as Goliath and Sampson, and artifacts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Lachish Letters.Beller, Mr. JeremyGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
History—GeneralNeanderthals: Our Misunderstood Cousins ǂ (M S) NEW Since their discovery, Neanderthals have been misrepresented despite their extensive study by paleo-archaelologists. This presentation discusses our current understanding of Neanderthals, including their material culture, survival and adaptations, and interactions with Homo sapiens. It also reviews the debate surrounding their de-extinction now that their genome has been sequenced. Beller, Mr. JeremyGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
History—GeneralMortuary Archaeology: Death and Afterlives ǂ (M S) Death is impossible to escape. How we engage ourselves with the deceased and associated mortuary traditions attests to perceptions of an afterlife and cultural ways of handling grief. In this talk, the mortuary traditions of several cultures and are discussed in order to contrast various perception of the afterlife and how the deceased inform us about the life of past cultures. References to King Tut, La Chapelle-aux-Saints Neanderthal burials, and Otzi the Iceman are included.Beller, Mr. JeremyGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
Ethics & PhilosophyExistentialism: A Philosophical Faith (S) A review of the basic ideas of Existentialism and their relevance for examining and owning our lives. Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyImagining Perfection: The Importance of Utopian Ideals (S) A brief history of the utopian imagination, its fundamental claims and its continuing importance in shaping our communities.Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyEthics by Example? The Hero in Contemporary Cinema (S) How can we think about the moral affect popular cinema has on our culture? I suggest that action films, through their portrayal of heroes and heroic behavior, provide us with an ethical landscape for the narratives of our lives.Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Education—GeneralThe Value of Being a Volunteer NEWThe benefit of volunteering is a win-win situation. It's not just about giving up some free time, but about growing a person and supporting a group or special interest area. It can be a rewarding experience and opportunity to expand your network.Bergstrom, Ms. MarleneAlumni Engagement OfficerAlumni Relations
Personal InterestsVolunteering in Your Community: The Benefits NEWThe benefits of volunteering is a win-win situation. It's not just about giving up some free time, but about growing a a person and supporting a group or special interest area. It can be a rewarding experience and opportunity to expand your network.Bergstrom, Ms. MarleneAlumni Engagement OfficerAlumni Relations
Cultures Around the WorldFamily Structures in Postmodern Spain and Italy (in English or Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldItalian Society (in English or Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldMothering Studies (in English or Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Education—GeneralSpanish Maternal Chronicles and their Discontents (in English, Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureAutobiographical Fiction (in English, Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Languages & LinguisticsTeaching Pronunciation in the Context of Indigenous Language Revitalization (in English or French) (M S)This talk addresses: a) normal variation in the way people pronounce things, b) how pronunciation can differ between generations and between speakers with different fluency levels, c) how pronunciation might be affected by learning through literacy (rather than strictly orally), and d) what teachers and learners of a second language can expect in terms pronunciation challenges.Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsTeaching Pronunciation through the Visual Feedback Techniques (in English or French) (M S) This talk addresses pronunciation challenges that are faced by people either with specific speech impediments, or who are learning an additional language. Starting with the kinds of speech sounds that are typically difficult to pronounce, different techniques for incorporating visual feedback into pronunciation learning and teaching are explored—for example, ultrasound imaging of the tongue as it articulates speech sounds. This talk would be best given to small groups, in an interactive setting.Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsWilderness Adventures with Small Children (in English or French) (M S)In my spare time, I spend a fair amount of time in a canoe, on extended wilderness paddles, with my husband and two young children. This talk will explore the challenges and rewards of taking small children into the wild.Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Music, Film & TheatreO Brother Where Art Thou and The Odyssey (M S) How the Coen brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou? uses Homer's Odyssey.Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Film & TheatreHercules: Greek Myth or Disney? (M S)A comparison of the Greek myths about Hercules to the Disney version of the story.Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Film & TheatreBrad Pitt's Troy, Greek Epic and the Archeological Record (M S)How Troy uses Homer's depiction of the Trojan War, where and why it departs from it, and how the film uses the archeological evidence of the period.Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralCleopatra, Hellenistic Queen (M) How Cleopatra tried and failed to protect her throne and Egypt. Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralGrowing Up in Athens and Sparta (M)What life was like for young men and women growing up in classical Athens and Sparta.Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralAncient Greece: Questions and Answers (M) NEWAre you curious about Ancient Greece? Send a list of your group’s questions about Ancient Greek myth, history and archaeology to the speaker and she will answer as many as she can in the time available.  Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralAncient Greece and Greek Mythology (M)Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
World AffairsBorders, Boundaries, Frontiers and Borderlands (in English and French) (S)Regarding border issues Brunet-Jailly is the lead scholar for one of Canada’s prestigious partnership grants. His research work involves government and private sector organizations in the study of borders and borderlands in over 20 countries regarding issues of governance, trade and migrations, security, sustainability and history and culture.  http://biglobalization.org Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Education—GeneralBuilding Habits for Excellence (M S)Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Recent research confirms Aristotle's statement on the power of habits. This talk will provide insights on habit formation to improve your performance in all areas of your life: health, career, relationships and personal development. Buie, Mr. BradAwards FacilitatorDepartment of Vice President Research
History—GeneralA History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (S)The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles of modern times. This talk examines not only the historical basis of the conflict, but also looks at how and why a resolution to the conflict has been so difficult. Bunton, Dr. MartinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Earth & OceansMeasuring Efficacy of Rockfish Conservation Areas in the Pacific Northwest (S) NEWMarine fisheries are essential to the global provision of food and demand. However, approximately 70% of all targeted marine fish populations are currently over-exploited. In addition to direct intervention in fisheries regulations, establishment of marine protected areas is a primary instrument to curb this trend. In the Pacific Northwest, rockfish (numerous long-lived and slow growing species of the genus Sebastes) are among the highest finfish conservation priorities. In British Columbia, marine protected areas called Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) seek to protect and rebuild rockfish populations. Despite significant and widespread support, the efficacy of RCAs in meeting conservation objectives is far from conclusive with research results ranging from significant positive effects, to no effect and even negative effects. This research project proposes two as yet uncontrolled sources of error in MPA/RCA research regimes may explain these equivocal results; i.) undocumented but variable degrees of poaching across RCAs and ii.) fish survey method-induced variance resulting from differential biases associated with each of the numerous common survey techniques. The potential of RCAs to protect and rebuild rockfish populations will remain unresolved until these issues are resolved. Lastly, by virtue of the experimental design, this research will contribute to resolving the debate of if RCA/MPAs benefit entire communities or just the targeted species.Burke, Ms. LilyGraduate StudentSchool of Environmental Studies
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesHealth and Wellness: Resistance Training and Quality of Life ǂ (S) Quality of Life can be enhanced through resistance training for people of all ages. Speak to myths that surround resistance training and present factual information that is easy to understand and implement.Buxcey, Mr. JohnGraduate StudentSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesHockey and Lacrosse: Unwritten Codes of Conduct ǂ (S) The problem that unwritten rules cause for athletes, coaches, referees, journalists, and fans. Introduce the concept of "Governance" and its relationship to and its responsibility for player safety.Buxcey, Mr. JohnGraduate StudentSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsTouring the Yukon and AlaskaCameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education in the SchoolsHow Good is My School? Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education in the SchoolsThe Fraser Report on Schools: What Does it Really Mean? Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTouring the Midi Canal in Southern France Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsThe Baja Bash: Mazatlan to San Diego by Boat Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsS-s-s-steaming On! A Tour of Steam Cars and Caves in the USA NEWCameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
ScienceArtificial Intelligence: Will Chips Beat Brains? (S) Computers grow more powerful by the day. Will they remain a predominantly positive influence on society, or do they pose a threat? And if the latter, can we control the threat, or will we be overwhelmed by technology?Cartwright, Dr. HughRetirees AssociationDepartment of Chemistry
Health Care & MedicineInterventions to Improve Care in Long-term Care Facilities: What Works, in What Circumstances, and Why NEWIn this talk, I will explain why the goal of providing person-centred care has remained elusive for many long-term care (LTC) facilities, despite significant effort to alter practice. Organizational systems that support or impede the uptake of practice change initiatives in LTC will be described. Solutions for lasting culture change will be presented. Caspar, Dr. SiennaSessional LecturerSchool of Public Health and Social Policy
Languages & LinguisticsLearning Languages in the Cloud: On Using Social Media to Engage and Communicate in Another Language (in English or French) (M S) NEWLearning languages today can be facilitated by integrating the use of social media tools. These tools can enhance the way language learners communicate in the other language and can motivate them by providing authentic places of engaging with speakers of the language. In this talk we will focus on strategies for learners and strategies for language teachers who would want to add social media technologies to their classes.Caws, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
Languages & LinguisticsIntegrating Literary Texts into Second Language Courses: Strategies for the Language Teacher (in English or French) (M S) NEWWhile literary texts are often used in language courses, students rarely make the connections between reading a literary texts and learning a language. Yet, a literary text provides an excellent cultural context to learn about the language and increase written communication skills. In this talk we will focus on specific strategies that language teachers can adopt to include literary texts in order to help students expand their vocabulary and improve their grammar.Caws, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
Languages & LinguisticsUsing Twitter in the Language Classroom (in English or French) (M S) NEWLearning and teaching a language has changed drastically in the last decade. While we interact regular with social media tools in our private life, we often forget that these same tools can be used in the language classrooms. In this talk, we focus on Twitter as a tool to help students develop communication skills, engage with each others and share content.Caws, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsAt Sea with Young Children: Cruising the Caribbean Islands on a Sailboat (in English or French) (M S) NEWBetween 2000 and 2001, our family took a year off to cruise the Intracoastal Waterway (USA), the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands, ending our voyage in Trinidad and Tobago. In this talk, we will narrate this adventures and discuss the challenges and opportunities of cruising with small children.Caws, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsFrench Cuisine: An Art and Cultural Treasure(in English or French) (M S) NEWUsing videos, artifacts and stories, this talk focuses on French cooking and the enjoyment that it may produce. In 2010, UNESCO recognized that the gastronomic meal of the French plays an active social role within its community and forms part of the French cultural identity. The French gastronomic meal is now a world cultural heritage. Each talk will focus on various aspects of French cooking depending on the interests of the audience.Caws, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
History—Victoria & BCThe Seghers Collection at UVic: An Unexpected Library Within the Library (in English or French) (S) A presentation of the collection of ancient books initiated by the second bishop of Victoria, Charles Seghers (1839-1886) and now on permanent loan at the University of Victoria. Some 3500 titles attest to the Catholic culture of the first decades of Victoria Western settlement. The presentation highlights some treasures from the collection.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsThe Magic of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes (in English or French) (S)The comic series Calvin and Hobbes provides an escape, “out of the box" to its readers. The presentation proposes to take a close look at some strips and the devices used by the author to poetically invite the reader to a magic world. Is this "low art"? Bill Watterson answers playfully, in many little stories. The presentation ends with the audience sharing their favorite Calvin and Hobbes stories.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages—Medieval Marvels (in English or French) (S) NEWWhat is a city? How does it change through the ages and remain its self, keeps its own distinct identity? This virtual visit to Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods which have endured, sometimes unexpectedly, in the passing of centuries. This is a series of three talks (which can be enjoyed independently) on Medieval Paris, Modern Paris (19th Century) and Paris as inspiration in songs (1920-1970).Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureChristine of Pizan: A Life of her Own (in English or French) (S) NEWChristine de Pizan (1364 – c. 1430) became one of the most important French author when (and because) she was widowed. An exceptional writer and fighter for women's rights, she wrote poetry and prose on burning topics of her time and of her life: love, equality of men and women, royal justice, good government, and Joan of Arc among other subjects. She was forgotten for a long time before the relatively recent rediscovery of her works.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages—The Inspiration of Paris in Songs (in English or French) (S) NEWWhat is a city? How does it change through the ages and remain its self, keeps its own distinct identity? This visit of Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods which have endured, sometimes unexpectedly, in the passing of centuries. This is a series of three talks (which can be enjoyed independently) on Medieval Paris, Modern Paris (19th Century) and Paris as inspiration in songs (1920-1970).Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages—The Museum of Modernity (in English or French) (S) NEWWhat is a city? How does it change through the ages and remain its self, keeps its own distinct identity? This visit of Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods which have endured, sometimes unexpectedly, in the passing of centuries. This is a series of three talks (which can be enjoyed independently) on Medieval Paris, Modern Paris (19th Century) and Paris as inspiration in songs (1920-1970).Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureThe Renaissance of Anatomy: Vesalius' Fabric of the Human Body (1543) (in English or French) (S) NEWIn 1543, a young physician, Andreas Vesalius, published what has been called "the most beautiful book" ever made: a splendid album of anatomy, where the revolutionary text is matched by engravings of a new style. The publication of this book is said to have changed the history of medicine. Has it? How? The presentation comprises many photographs of this masterpiece; the University of Victoria owns a copy of this treatise.Cazes , Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
Health Care & MedicineA Look into the Eye: How the Retina Functions and Recent Advances for Treating Retinal Disease (M S)This talk is an introduction to the anatomy of the eye and the retina, explaining how the retina works, and the diseases that affect the retina. The role of basic research, and what kinds of therapies are being developed to treat retinal diseases, are also addressed.Chow, Dr. BobAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Personal InterestsThe Changing Economics of Book Publishing in Canada (S) This talk will introduce audiences to the hidden economics of traditional book publishing in Canada, including discussion of royalties, government supports, distribution costs, marketing, bookstore discounts and returns. We will also explore the ways that e-books and the rise of alternate distribution models (in particular Amazon) are changing the nature of publishing, in both positive and negative ways. Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications and Marketing
Personal InterestsMaking and Breaking the Narrative of Urban Decline in Detroit (S) The decline of the City of Detroit from the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II, with a population of 2 million, to its current often-lamented state as home to 700,000 mostly poor, underserved residents is a story of many strands and claims, involving planning decisions, race, class and the central role played by the automobile in the city during the 20th century. This talk addresses the traditional narrative of Detroit's rise and fall, as well as the counter-narratives and other realities that are often forgotten when we focus on the city's decline. Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications and Marketing
Personal InterestsUrban Marginalization and the Birth of House and Techno Music (S)House music, emerging from Chicago, and techno, which was born in Detroit, have intertwining narratives of cross-pollination beginning in the mid-1980s. This talk focuses on the development of these two distinct styles of music as responses to the stratification of commercial radio in the 1970s and 80s and to the increasingly narrow expectations of racialized performance during that era.Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications and Marketing
Personal InterestsGrammar Instruction and the War Over College Writing Skills (S) Perceptions of the writing skills of inbound college and university students have been part of public debate (or public crisis) for more than a hundred years. This talk looks at what's at stake for the students, teachers, colleges and universities, and for the public itself in this debate, and explores the relationship between grammar instruction and composition on Canadian and American campuses.Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications and Marketing
ScienceHow Exercise Benefits the Brain (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: New Therapies for the Brain (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceBrain Basics (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineBrain Health with Aging (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineConcussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (E M S) Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Music, Film & TheatreThe (Re-)Signification of the Uncanny Monstrous Simian ǂThe last two decades have seen an explosion in academic publication regarding the cultural politics and sexual repression at play in horror cinema. Much of this criticism has focused on what Robin Wood refers to as the construction of a monstrous Other as a return of social or sexual repression. Wood speaks in predominantly psychoanalytical terms. Early twentieth century horror and fantasy cinema, such as Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) or King Kong (1933), has demonstrated at least one motif that depicts some sort of monstrous ape-man. Authors such as Joshua Bellin and Tom Johnson make compelling arguments to locate this motif as a representation of racial fears based on a white/black binary. This reductive perspective not only reproduces the stereotype of the primitive ape-man as a representation of African ethnicity, it also fails to recognize the possibility of a more fundamental and deeply repressed fear that makes such images universally horrific. Interestingly, both Bellins and Johnson have chosen composite stills from these movies to adorn the covers of their respective surveys of horror cinema as the signifier for the entire contents of the books. This discussion interrogates the re-signification of such images from an iconographic perspective over time and the layers of significance they acquire in different visual contexts. Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Music, Film & TheatreCube and the Postmodern Fear of America ǂCanadian horror films are often relegated to the position of low art and ignored. Recent scholarship has recognized the significance of Canadian horror cinema ventures as both culturally and politically relevant. One of Canada’s greatest horror film successes was the 1997 psychological thriller Cube. So innovative was its premise that American producers quickly acquired the rights to produce and distribute Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) and Cube Zero (2004). This discussion explores Cube and its two sequels in light of the way the films represent a change in the horror film genre to reflect many of the characteristics of postmodernism and how they demonstrate the way in which Canadian constructions of national and cultural identity are negotiated.Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Music, Film & TheatreConcealing Canada in the Thermo-Nuclear Cold War ǂWhose fault was the holocaust that never occurred? In the early 1980s, conservative American President Ronald Reagan amplified the industrial military complex arms race, and squared off politically against the USSR’s Leonid Brezhnev. Although their political rivalry was alarming, the cold war arms race seems to have destabilized even further following Brezhnev’s death in 1982. The tenuous political leadership of Russia that followed with Andropov, Chernenko, and later Gorbachev gave rise to heightened fears of global thermonuclear Armageddon. In 1983 the American made-for-television movie The Day After shocked television audiences with a graphic depiction of a nuclear assault against a sleepy Midwestern town in Kansas. The following year, Canada responded with Countdown to Looking Glass, another made-for-television movie that also addressed the nuclear fear. This discussion explores the way in which these two films locate responsibility and construct an ideology that displaces or effaces each nation’s own responsibility in the threat of thermo-nuclear holocaust.Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Music, Film & TheatreThe Star Wars Prequel Trilogy as Political Allegory ǂ As part of the twentieth century fin de siècle zeitgeist, George Lucas was prompted to revisit his most successful film franchise. In “Postmodernism and Consumer Society,” Fredric Jameson claims that the first Star Wars film is essentially a “nostalgia film” that looks back at Science Fiction conventions celebrated in the “afternoon serial of the Buck Rogers type.” Surely, such conventions as “alien villains, true American heroes, heroines in distress, … and the cliffhanger at the end” are present in the new trilogy as well. However, if the first trilogy is nostalgic and backward looking, the prequel trilogy is anything but. Contemporary American cultural politics are closely reflected in the film. This presentation explores the way in which these films immediately reflect social, economic and governmental politics in a way that betrays the film’s ideological mandate to mask America’s manifestation as a militaristic empire and that provides a fantasy of redemption for the American viewing populace for their part in the devastating Iraq war.Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Music, Film & TheatreRising Cynicism Against Christianity in Modern Horror/Fantasy Film ǂWith the advantage of hindsight, it's easy to ask how classic movies involving monsters or the monstrous—Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Ridley Scott's Alien, or Stephen Spielberg's Poltergeist, for example— articulate or seem to be tied to the social anxieties of their day. Looking at movies from the last ten years, this talk looks at ways that Christian doctrine is increasingly vilified in an atmosphere of increasing lack of faith in traditional sites of authority, and in social anxieties around collective trauma. Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Music, Film & TheatreThe Capitalist and Cultural Work of Apocalypse and Dystopia Films ǂWe are living in a dystopia. Our world is the capitalist aberration dystopia films depict. Much post-modern cinematic narrative has been preoccupied with apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and dystopian fantasies that closely reflect aspects of our lived reality. These three categories are closely related in their ideological underpinnings. Certainly they share certain characteristics, not the least of which is a representation of the repressed anxiety regarding the potential fall of capitalist culture. All are concerned with horrific visions of a world in which patriarchal capitalism has been either annihilated or corrupted, and all three function as warnings or harbingers, cinematic realizations in the tradition of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, of what must be changed and what must be protected in order for patriarchal capitalism to survive. This discussion focuses on the generic differences in these three categories and the ways in which they all work to reproduce the capitalist ideology they challenge. Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Music, Film & TheatreMedEvil Dead: Stereotypes and the Displacement of Industrial Anxiety ǂThe medieval period has long been a dumping ground for the trappings of Gothic superstition and horrific fantasies of archaic devices of torture and ostensibly ‘primitive’ cultures. Historians and art historians alike have challenged these stereotypes and indicated the way in which the medieval period, readily equipped with its own phonetic similarity to the melodramatic word ‘evil,’ because of its historical distance has been a convenient scapegoat for contemporary social contradictions. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, and the recent remake/reboot Evil Dead (2013), make use of these stereotypes in increasingly explicit and comic ways. Each film re-imagines the stereotypes and conventions of medieval influence and magic. These iterations reveal minor differences in the depiction of medieval stereotypes that elucidate the way in which American capitalist culture has used the medieval stereotypes of Gothic superstition, archaic and mechanical devices of torture, and historical primitivism to displace or ameliorate social anxieties regarding the horrors inherent to industrialism and capitalism. This discussion explores the (often comical but always spectacular) stereotypes of medieval culture that these films ascribe and the cultural and historical influences that might have motivated such characterizations. Christopher, Mr. DavidGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
World AffairsSouth Africa in 2014: 20 Years After the First Democratic Election (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsAfrica and International Development (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsAfrica in the Global Economy: From Development to Trade? (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Personal InterestsPrecarious Employment: is Precarious Work Bad for Your Health? (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsChina’s Role in Africa (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsGlobal Production of Clothing: Who Benefits from a Cheap T-shirt? (M S)Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsWorkers, Unions and Civil Society in South Africa’s Democratic Transition (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
History—GeneralWhat, Another Female Husband? The Prehistory of Same-Sex Marriage in America NEWDespite claims that same-sex marriage is newer than cellphones, a careful reading of the evidence shows that marriages between men and between women have been recorded in North America since the beginning of European settlement, and probably took place long before then.Cleves, Dr. Rachel HopeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralCanada's First Treaties: Alliances between Indigenous Nations and Colonizers before 1867 (in English or French) (M S) Canada's First Treaties: An overview of diplomatic relations and enduring alliances between Indigenous Nations of present-day Canada and English and French colonizers over roughly three centuries, between the 1530s and the 1850s, emphasizing that the modern treaty process in Canada has a long and complex history.Cook, Dr. PeterAssistant ProfessorDepartment of History
Business & EconomicsBe the Visionary and the Actionary of Your Life ǂ (in English or French) (E M S) With first hand experience at creating my life from a difficult place, this talk emphasizes more the personal aspects of how to navigate difficult times. As a single mother and the sole breadwinner for three young children, I discuss the tools that helped me create the life I envisioned. Today, it is a reality. This is possible for anyone willing to put in the effort.Courey, Ms. AndreaGraduate StudentDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Business & EconomicsEntrepreneurship: Bootstrap Your Way to Success ǂ (in English or French) (E M S) NEWWith 18 years experience running a small business, I can speak on subjects ranging from hiring and training employees to navigating government food safety regulations, to product innovation, selling, distribution, marketing and the value of the bootstrapping business model.Courey, Ms. AndreaGraduate StudentDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Animals & PlantsPolar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change (M S)Polar bears are remarkably resilient to changing climate, attested to by their survival through a multitude of past climate shifts, some of inconceivable magnitude. This talk incorporates little-known biological and historical facts commonly omitted from popular polar bear accounts into a balanced overview of life and adaptation on Arctic sea ice. Skulls of a polar bear and grizzly bear provide a hands-on component.Crockford, Dr. SusanAdjunct Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
ScienceWolf to Woof: Updating Darwin on Dog Origins (A Darwin Day Lecture) (M S)Charles Darwin devoted a large portion of his career to the study of domestic animals and plants. In this “Darwin Day” lecture, Dr. Susan Crockford (author of Rhythms of Life: Thyroid Hormone and the Origin of Species) will provide an easy-to-understand explanation of her theory for the role of thyroid hormone in dog domestication and breed development. Crockford, Dr. SusanAdjunct Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
Earth & OceansResearching Our Ocean Using the Ocean Networks Canada Observatories (M S) Find out what the Ocean Networks Canada observatories (including NEPTUNE and VENUS) consist of. Learn what geographical areas are being studied, and what kinds of sensors are located on the sea floor. See examples of how we are studying tsunamis, listening for whales, and tracking changes in the ocean chemistry. Watch interesting videos of octopus, squid, brittle stars, spider crabs, and hot vents releasing 300 degree water from below the sea floor into the ocean above. Learn how you can contribute to ocean research by viewing videos and recording your observations of sea life.Crosby, Mr. BobSoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansCitizen Science Using the Digital Fishers Feature from Ocean Networks Canada (M S)See how you can contribute to ocean research from your home. Learn how to use the Digital Fishers tool to observe 15 second clips of video, then record your observations of sea life, water quality, presence of objects, and appearance of the sea floor. Learn how to use the tutorials to increase your knowledge as you move through the various levels of difficulty. Earn playing cards that contain interesting trivia about various sea creatures.Crosby, Mr. BobSoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansThe Fukushima Disaster and Radiation in the Pacific Ocean: What Does it Mean for BC? (M S)The mega-thrust earthquake of March 11, 2011 off the coast of Japan and subsequent tsunami led to globally significant releases of radioactive elements from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The atmospheric fallout and direct discharges of radionuclides to the ocean in particular were unprecedented. Radioactive elements from Fukushima arrived on the west coast of North America in the air about 4-5 days after the disaster while the ocean plume of radioactivity was first detectable in seawater along the Canadian west coast in summer 2013. In this presentation, the radioactive releases, transport from Fukushima and expected maximum concentrations on the west coast of North America are discussed in light of naturally occurring radioactivity and historic releases of radioactive elements from human activities. Ongoing monitoring efforts and likely impacts on environmental and public health are also discussed.Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Child & Teen DevelopmentSurvivors of War: Children Draw Their Experiences (S)Perhaps the greatest tragedy of human history is that of armed conflict. In war, civilians and especially children are the ones who suffer most. This presentation looks at children’s drawings from around the world to hear a story seldom heard. Their drawings are a sobering reminder to seek better ways to resolve our differences and protect the innocents.Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Business & EconomicsBelling the Cat: The Artful Subversion of Advertising (S)Advertisers pride themselves in knowing consumers better than we know ourselves. Perhaps this is why we accept so much advertising uncritically. This presentation looks at the work of artists within the industry who have used humour to subvert advertising, exposing its methods and assumptions. Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentThe Importance of Arts Education in Child Development (S)The arts are often regarded as a "frill" in education, a temporary break from the "real work" of literacy and numeracy—the so-called "basics." The arts are in fact essential to the development of children and youth, first because they develop the full capacities of mind and second, they provide quality of life beyond simple providing of basic needs. The arts have always been part of human history because they are essential to our survival as a species.Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentEmpathy and Visual Literacy (S)Communication in the world today is increasingly reliant upon image rather than text. A picture is instantly grasped and is worth "a thousand words." Art education can teach us to critically engage with pictures and more fully interpret their messages. Perhaps visual literacy's most important contribution is to teach us to read one another, to understand others by imaginatively putting ourselves in their place, of viewing the world through their eyes. Empathy is an essential human quality and art can help to develop that skill.Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitecturePopular Myths about Art and Artists (S)Stereotypes and 'myth-conceptions' about art and artists are deeply embedded. Those narrow views and gross exaggerations are commonly found in comics and editorial cartoons. This presentation looks at the changing role and status of artists and their art to expose those stereotypes and provide a more fair and accurate view of the art world.Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitectureYoung at Art: Elderly Artists and Their Work (S)There are well known artists who continued to demonstrate artistic powers late into life; then there are others who only 'discovered' art as older adults. Involvement in art can be extremely satisfying, providing a new lease on life with a form of learning that draws upon life experience and awakens creative powers. This presentation introduces some of these fascinating artists and dispels misconceptions about what it takes to become an artist.Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitectureLooking at Others Looking at Us: Portraiture by Leading Photographers (S)Great photographs tell us more than what people look like, they “speak” through them, revealing character, commenting on human virtue or folly, and even presenting a portrait of the way we were. This presentation reviews great portraits of ordinary people and of influential people of the 20th century — a century of dramatic change.Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitectureWar and Peace: Children’s Drawings Promoting Peace (S)Children's voices are seldom heard on social and political issues yet children and youth have the ability to speak across barriers of language through their drawings. Viewing and discussing their art, we can understand perspectives and insights that they couldn't easily articulate in words and we are reminded of our obligation to them to make the world a better/safer place.Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
LiteratureWhy Study Short Stories? An Introduction for High School Students (M S)Dean, Dr. MisaoProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureWhy Should You Take Humanities at University? (M S) Dean, Dr. MisaoProfessorDepartment of English
Earth & OceansOcean Networks Canada: Operating the World’s Leading Ocean Observatories (M S) NEWOcean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, operates some of the world’s leading ocean observing systems. Starting with VENUS in the Salish Sea, installed in 2006, NEPTUNE in the northeast Pacific in 2009, and the Cambridge Bay Observatory in the Arctic in 2012, ONC is the world leader in the design, operations, and innovation associated with advanced research ocean observatory systems. The presentation provides a broad overview of the observatories and the science they support.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, ScienceOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansTides, Currents and Sailing the Coastal Waters of BC (M S) NEWThe coastal waters of BC represent some of the most beautiful sailing environments in the world. Understanding how to best sail and navigate in bays, inlets, channels, passages and basins requires knowledge of the tides and currents. This presentation will review the dynamics of the tides, the resulting currents, and how to best plan and navigate while cruising along BC coast.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, ScienceOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansThreats to Orcas in British Columbia(M S) NEWThe iconic Orca whales of BC face a number of immediate challenges. Some of the key threats are due to the activities of humans and our continued exploitation of the marine environment. This presentation will review the social structure of the Orca communities in BC and highlight the threats associated with food availability, pollution and noise.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, ScienceOcean Networks Canada
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesFun, Fitness and FatnessThis presentation on fun, fitness and fatness asks the question are you eating right and getting enough physical activity to have health benefits as well as discussing the merits of different types of physical activity. The presentation examines some serious health issues in a light hearted way (no pun intended!)Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesWeight Reduction Using Diet and ExerciseThis presentation examines why diets work for the short term but not for the long term and the importance of including exercise in any effort to lose weight. It also addresses some of the challenges that face people trying to lose weight using diets and exercise. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesBack Health for Sport and Daily LivingDeveloping the “core” has become very popular for athletes but also those people who suffer from low back pain (LBP) or are just interested in having a healthy back. This presentation starts with a quick look at the structure of the back and why it tends to cause problems with one out of every two people. Approaches to exercise are presented that show simple progressions to improve the stability of the back or spine and how these approaches should be integrated into our daily lives. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesStepping into Fitness This presentation looks at the many benefits of walking and the use of the pedometer in reaching and maintaining goals for physical activity. The use of Nordic poles to assist or complement walking is included as well as a demonstration on how to use them. It also looks at the relationship between stepping and caloric intake and expenditure. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesBoosting or Maintaining your Brain Power as You Grow Older This presentation looks at ways to maintain or boost brain power through lifestyle choices, especially the role of physical activity which is the number one way to preserve memory and other cognitive functions. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsVolunteering in Africa: Making a Difference One Project at a Time This presentation describes six projects that have been completed by a group in Victoria (For The Love of Africa Society) in the area of Dodoma, Tanzania and the cumulative impact they are now making. There are different ways in which groups try to make a difference but the approach of concentrating efforts in one area seems to be very effective. The presentation describes the projects and the measured impact they are having. Since 2004 teams have gone to work in Dodoma alongside the local people which has been extremely rewarding for them and the team who have traveled there.Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesHealth and Staying Physically Active as One Grows OlderThis presentation addresses the importance of staying active as we grow older dealing with some important health issues in a lighthearted way! The presentation will cover the many aspects of health that are improved through a commitment to regular physical activity, including some of the recent research showing the value to cognitive functioning. Simple suggestions for staying active and improving strength will be addressed with time to address specific questions. Docherty , Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesGetting Stronger: You’re Never Too Old Strength training is important for all age groups, including the elderly. This presentation looks at the many benefits that can be derived from a strength training program and provides sample programs using theraband exercises designed for older groups as well as simple exercises to help balance. Docherty , Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Law & Justice IssuesLawyering for “the Mad”: Pathology, Experts, and the Law ǂ For lawyers, challenging a psychiatric opinion is not easy, whether in the context of criminal or civil justice system. It is even more difficult when a system is characterized by low accountability and low responsiveness to complaints and legal challenges. In this lecture, I explore challenges to the implementation of rights of ‘mentally ill’ patients in the context of a legal procedure of an involuntarily admission to psychiatric facilities. Drawing on my ethnographic study in Poland, I demonstrate how discourses and relations of psychiatric-legal regimes socially organize the practice of silencing voices of patients and those advocating on their behalf.Doll, Ms. AgnieszkaGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
PsychologyMental Health Recovery: Exploration at the Intersection of Gender, Psychiatry and Religion ǂ Professional and academic literature in psychiatry increasingly encourages the involvement of clergy and religious communities in service-delivery to mental health patients. However, it is crucial to recognize that such involvement may also bring with it a deeply gendered ideology shaping meaning of normality and abnormality. Using Poland as an example, I illuminate the often-invisible ways in which the Catholic Church reinforces traditional gender order through its involvement with psychiatry.Doll, Ms. AgnieszkaGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
Child & Teen DevelopmentChildhood Stress (E M)Addresses types and sources of childhood stress and suggests ways parents and teachers may consider to help reduce children's stress.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child & Teen DevelopmentParenting Preschool Children (E M)Explaining young children's needs and main development and recommending how parents, teachers, and child care professionals may guide young children to help promote their social development.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Music, Film & TheatreShakespeare on Film (S) NEWSince the early days of cinema, filmmakers have been enthralled by the possibilities afforded by adapting Shakespeare's theatre for the screen. This talk will offer a survey of Shakespearean film. The films under consideration will range from classics, to cross-cultural adaptations, to recent, popular renditions of Shakespearean plots. Ellerbeck, Dr. ErinAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Languages & LinguisticsSpeech Production in the Pharynx and the Larynx (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor Department of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAccents, Dialects and Voice Qualities (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSpeech Sounds of the Languages of the World (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsPronunciation Teaching in Second-language Instruction (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsHow Babies Acquire the Capacity to Speak (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsThe International Phonetic Alphabet (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsBeekeeping (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Law & Justice IssuesConvicting the Innocent: Wrongful Convictions in Canada (S)In recent years, an alarming number of incidents have been uncovered involving the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of innocent persons. Donald Marshall, David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin are but a few of the better-known examples. The common causes for such miscarriages of justice and the possible remedies to reduce or eliminate these failures in our justice system will be explored.Ferguson, Prof. GerryDistinguished ProfessorFaculty of Law
Languages & LinguisticsSecond Language Acquisition (S) How do people learn languages? What is the critical period for language learning, when languages are learned quickly and naturally, and what happens afterwards? This talk reviews the first/second language learning process for children and the second language learning process for adults.Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsTeaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (S) Teaching ESL refers to teaching English to speakers of other languages within the country where English is spoken as a native language, whereas teaching EFL refers to teaching it overseas, in the learners' native culture. There are very different approaches depending where English is taught, and this talk reviews the key issues to be aware of.Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSwitching Languages While Talking (S) Many bilingual families wonder why and how their children switch back and forth between English and their native language so easily. This talk reviews the fascinating topic of such switching or "codeswitching", emphasizing that it is usually grammatical and serves important communicative functions.Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
ScienceSolar Cells and Alternative Energy Technologies: Challenges and Prospects (E M S) The history of the science behind photovoltaics (solar cells, both inorganic and organic), trends in new types of solar cells, energy requirements, political and economic considerations, and comparison to other alternative energy technologies is discussed.Frank, Prof. NatiaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceMagnetism: Its History and Implications in Technology and Health (E M S) The origin of the magnetic fields present in planetary dynamics, the earth's magnetic field and its reversals over history, the role of magnetic fields in migratory behaviour of hundreds of species, and the role of magnetism in medicine and data storage technologies are discussed.Frank , Prof. NatiaAssociate Professor Department of Chemistry
PsychologyThe Dragons of Inaction: Why We Don't Do What We Should We all have intentions to improve ourselves and the world, but we don't always act on those intentions. Why not? This talk gathers together the many "dragons of inaction" that hold us back, and suggests some ways to "slay" them. The focus is on sustainability actions, but the dragons also apply to diet, exercise, and other good works.Gifford, Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyModern Views of PersonalityGifford , Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Computers, Engineering & TechnologySustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (in English or Hindi) (M)This speaker’s current research is focused on studying the early age properties and plastic shrinkage of cement-based composites containing SCMs and fibers. His areas of interest include masonry structures, structural health monitoring, and non-destructive testing. Gupta, Dr. RishiAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Personal InterestsAdaptability of Foreign-trained Professionals in the Canadian Job Market (in English or Hindi) (M)Gupta, Dr. RishiAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Personal InterestsCivil Engineering as a Profession (in English or Hindi) (M) Gupta, Dr. RishiAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Law & Justice IssuesJuvenile Justice: Why Other Countries Do a Better Job Hackler, Dr. Jim Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Sociology
Education—GeneralSelf-Regulation for Parents of Elementary School Children (Jan-April)Hadwin, Dr. AllysonAssociate ProfessorDeptartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Art & ArchitectureShoppin’: The End of Over-the-top Consumption (in English or French) (S) NEWThis contemporary art presentation takes the name of my latest art project, “Shoppin’: the end of over-the-top-consumption.” The Powerpoint images include shopping carts in nature, actual shoppers in the following media—an animation/video, drawings, digital prints and an artist book. I will discuss my research, my creative process and other artists that work within this theme. This involves a history of my practice with a focus on the most recent work as well as my influences (artists, themes, issues) along the way. This way, the audience can see the threads of influence that have shaped my work as well as the work of other artists, contextualizing my practice as fitting into a specific time and place. I would like to show how we work with wealth of ideas that potentially effect our society.Hibbard, Ms. KarenSessional LecturerDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsIllustration: How to Enter the Marketplace as a Freelancer (in English or French) (S) NEWIllustration: How to enter the Marketplace as a Freelancer focuses on my experience as a freelance illustrator for children's picture books and editorial magazine publication. The talk uses a Powerpoint presentation to show images of my work, creative process, other illustrators’ work, and guidelines for entering the marketplace.Hibbard, Ms. KarenSessional LecturerDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
ScienceBetter Living through Chemistry: Molecules Matter in Modern Medicine (S) NEWWhat makes some cancers happen? What makes some aggressive? What can we do about it? The talk starts with a historical tour through our understanding of cancer that runs from ancient times up to modern day. Highlights of major 20th century developments are given. The talk ends with a description of how chemistry and molecular information play a role in 21st-century cancer research.Hof, Prof. FraserAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
Health Care & MedicineThe Mighty Methyl: How One Carbon Atom Controls Life and Death Within your Own Cells (S) NEWWhat makes some cancers happen? What makes some aggressive? What can we do about it? The talk starts with a historical tour through our understanding of cancer that runs from ancient times up to modern day. Highlights of major 20th century developments are given. The talk ends with a description of how chemistry and molecular information play a role in 21st-century cancer research.Hof, Prof. FraserAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
Ethics & PhilosophyThe Value of Truth in Transitions from Violence (S) Why is it important to establish the truth about what happened when governments and other groups violate human rights? And what do we mean when we say that one description but not another is true? In this presentation I discuss what the value of truth is for societies recovering from human rights abuses and what makes a description of such abuses true or false.Holder, Prof. CindyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyCollective Responsibility for Wrongdoing (S) We often talk about groups as though they act and are blameworthy for outcomes that involve them. But can groups actually be responsible for wrongdoing? One worry about holding groups responsible is that it seems to let individuals off the hook. But without group responsibility it is hard to see many socially generated wrongs, like vulnerability to violence, as wrongs rather than bad luck. In this presentation I explain how groups may be treated as actors for purposes of assigning responsibility without this giving individuals a free pass. Holder, Prof. CindyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Law & Justice IssuesGroups and States in International Law (S) International law is state-based. This creates problems when groups boundaries and state boundaries do not line up. That states and groups do not always line up is a challenge for international law; but it is also an opportunity. In this presentation I explain both the problems that groups face in their attempts to use international law as a tool for social justice, and also the potential that international law offers for protecting groups.Holder, Prof. CindyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Personal InterestsYoga Psychology (E M S) Yoga psychology harnesses the powers of awareness, attunement and embodied learning to foster an inquiry into the foundation of your unique expression of self-awareness, health and wellness.Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
Personal InterestsYogic Living (E M S) Many people practice yoga—but yoga is not only a soothing workout. It is also a lifestyle, helping people embrace states of wellbeing.Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
Education—GeneralThe Why, What and How of Fostering Learner Reflection Reflection is integral to human existence; as John Dewey, the father of education, once said: “We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.” This talk is designed for teachers who are interested in integrating learner reflection into their teaching. Following a synopsis of the most up-to-date theories and research on learner reflection, the presenter will focus on sharing theoretically sound and empirically substantiated tips about how to implement learner reflection in the classroom.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate Professor, Learning & Teaching Scholar in ResidenceDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSpeaking Strategies for Speakers of English as an Additional LanguageThis talk is designed specifically to help those who use English as an additional language develop strategies to communicate orally in various contexts. In this interactive talk, the attendees will be guided through an exploration of culturally embedded assumptions and expectations about communication and will learn how to develop some effective strategies for enhancing their oral communication skills.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate Professor, Learning & Teaching Scholar in ResidenceDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAssessing the Language-learning Needs of Speakers of English as an Additional LanguageThis talk will share ways attendees can assess the language-learning needs of speakers of English as an additional language and practical tools they can use in different context –institutions, corporations, programs, or courses–to understand the special challenges of speakers and develop training to meet their communication needs.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate Professor, Learning & Teaching Scholar in ResidenceDepartment of Linguistics
Education in the SchoolsPractical Tips for Teacher Research as a Professional Development Tool NEWThis talk is designed to dispel trepidation among practitioners who have  contemplated teacher/practitioner research in their own teaching. The talk will guide attendees through methods for tackling teacher-research projects and challenges commonly encountered, and help them make informed decisions for undertaking their own teacher-research journey. Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate Professor, Learning & Teaching Scholar in ResidenceDepartment of Linguistics
Art & ArchitecturePortrait of the Artist: William Kurelek’s Developing Sense of Self in Painting (S) Decades after his death William Kurelek (1927-1977) fascinates audiences with his unique expressions of Canadian identity. Throughout his career he wrestled with his own identity as a man and artist through mental illness, family rejection, and religious enlightenment. This presentation traces Kurelek’s developing sense of self through his paintings.Hughes, Ms. Mary JoDirectorUniversity of Victoria Art Collections
Health Care & MedicineWhat We Have Learned From the Human Genome (E M S)The decoding of the human genome, completed over a decade ago, heralded the beginning of a new era in biomedical research. This presentation will explore what our genome has since taught us about ourselves and our place in the biological world. How genomics has contributed to our understanding of the genetic basis of human disease will be discussed using cancer as an example. The prospect of applying genome information for administering personalized or tailor-made medical diagnoses and treatments has received much hype, and the status of this practice will be summarized.Ishiguro, Dr. EdwardProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceGenetically Modified Organisms: Frankenfood or Cornucopia? (E M S)The introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has resulted in an unprecedented level of controversy and debate. GMOs, on one hand, come with promises of improvements in characteristics that are unattainable by traditional plant or animal breeding. On the other hand, GMOs bring specters of new human health problems, environmental disasters, and economic issues. This presentation will be an unbiased (if, in fact, complete neutrality on this topic is at all possible) and will focus on both positive and negative issues surrounding GMOs with illustrations and scientific data.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineAllergies: Cases of Mistaken Identity by the Immune System (E M S)How allergies arise, the role of the immune system in this process, and the basis for treatment strategies will be described. Not only are allergies common, their prevalence has continued to increase over the past 50 years, especially in industrialized countries. Current hypotheses that attempt to account for this will be considered. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineNew Emerging Human Infectious Diseases in a Changing World (E M S)New, i.e., previously unknown to science, human infectious diseases, such as SARS, MERS and Ebola, have appeared at an unprecedented rate in recent years. Over 40 new infectious diseases have been recognized since 1970. This talk will focus on the impact such diseases have had on global health, with an emphasis on how and why they are apparently evolving.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineDemystifying Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza (E M S)There are two distinct forms of human influenza, the localized seasonal epidemic form that routinely appears annually during winter months and the rare but more virulent pandemic form, such as the H1N1 virus of 2009. This talk will focus on the basic molecular biology of influenza virus (in nontechnical language), the distinction between seasonal and pandemic flu viruses, and how pandemic flu strains evolve. Particularly important aspects of this discussion are how the influenza vaccine works and what the annual flu vaccination program is supposed to achieve. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineWhat Everyone Should Know about Listeria, Salmonella and Other Food-borne Pathogens Gastrointestinal infections have been among the top 4 leading causes of death worldwide for several decades. The vast majority of mortalities have been in developing countries and primarily attributable to substandard sanitary conditions. My presentation will focus on Canada and other developed nations where circumstances are quite different and yet the incidence of foodborne infections has been on the rise in recent years. Our major problems relate to the emergence of a growing list of foodborne pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli O157:H7. Using specific examples, I will discuss the apparent roots of our problems and the challenges they impose on public health organizations.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceThe Biology of AgingThis presentation will summarize recent advances in our understanding of the process of aging, and how this information has led to new strategies for slowing down the process of aging. I will critically evaluate some of the major strategies, e.g., anti-aging drugs, diets and dietary supplements.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineThe Rise of Superbugs: The Alarming Spread of Bacterial Drug  Resistance, its Underlying Causes and the Quest for Solutions (E M S)Superbugs are bacteria that have developed resistance to multiple antibiotics. They are a global problem representing the most serious challenge to the treatment of infectious diseases. Experts have maintained that “the struggle against antibiotic resistance is a war we will never win.” A major report released in September 2013 now warns that continued inaction will have catastrophic effects, and that efforts to reduce the impact of superbugs will require concerted commitment and immediate action. This presentation will focus on what we have learned about the underlying causes of bacterial drug resistance, and how this knowledge may guide us in the quest for solutions.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesProbiotics for Better Health: Time to Change GearsClaims that live bacterial cultures, known as probiotics, are beneficial to human health date back over 100 years. Yogurt and similar fermented milk products, the most popular forms of probiotics, have been widely adopted as health foods. The health claims associated with these products range from improved digestive function to bolstered immune systems, and the scientific validity for these claims will be critically examined. The main focus of this presentation will be on current research on the development of more effective probiotics. The potential use of probiotics to treat various digestive tract disorders, including infections, will be discussed. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceGut-Brain Communication: the Possibility of Mind-controlling Bacteria NEWRecent research findings demonstrate that bacteria in the digestive tract regulate the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin. The evidence suggesting that this phenomenon may be related to conditions ranging from depression to autism spectrum disorder will be described. The possibility of new strategies for treatment or intervention of these disorders will be discussed.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineThe Quest for Longevity Genes Long lifespans are common in certain families, raising the possibility that this characteristic is inherited. Is there a longevity gene? This presentation summarizes recent attempts to identify and characterize genes that influence lifespan.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineNext-Generation Vaccines: More than Just a Poke in the Arm (E M S)The traditional vaccines that have been in use for over a century are designed to prevent infectious diseases will be compared to new innovations that will soon lead to what have been termed the next-generation vaccines. The future prospects for novel uses of vaccines, for example, in curbing drug addictions, will also be described. Vaccinations have been credited with saving countless lives from infectious diseases for over 200 years. Yet, controversy regarding vaccine safety still exists, and this issue will be examined.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineMaking Sense of the Bacteria in the Human Digestive Tract: Implications on Health and Illness Over the LifespanAn enormous, diverse population of about 100 trillion bacteria, collectively referred to as the gut microbiome, lives in the human digestive tract. These bacteria perform an integral role in our digestive metabolism. The bacterial colonization of the gut starts at birth, and accumulating evidence indicates that the types of bacteria that eventually comprise the gut microbiome are important determinants of health and disease. Thus, the gut microbiome has been linked to metabolic (e.g., obesity), immunological (e.g., inflammatory bowel diseases), and neurological (e.g., autism spectrum disorder) diseases. The composition of the gut microbiome may change over the course of one’s lifetime, and key factors that influence these changes will be discussed. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
History—GeneralFrom Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 ǂ (E M S)Uncover the forgotten journey of 4,200 Canadian soldiers from Victoria to Vladivostok, Russia in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution. This thought-provoking multimedia presentation challenges how Canada's military history and foreign relations have been remembered. Isitt, Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
PoliticsLabour in British Columbia ǂ (E M S) Work and relations between workers and employers have been hotly contested in BC - from bitter coal-mining strikes in the 19th century to recent disputes involving teachers, hospital workers and other public-sector workers. This multi-media presentation explores these controversies and future directions for labour relations in BC and beyond.Isitt, Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
PoliticsJ.S. Woodsworth and the Social Gospel in Canada ǂ (E M S)Religion and politics have shaped Canadian society, with the Social Gospel representing a faith-based commitment to build the new Jerusalem on earth. This multimedia presentation explores the Social Gospel’s impact through the life of former Methodist minister J.S. Woodsworth, founding president of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner to today’s NDP.Isitt, Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
World AffairsRevolution and Military Intervention in the Middle East ǂ (E M S)Recent revolutions in Egypt and across the Arab world and NATO’s military intervention in Libya and other states have highlighted long-standing social tensions in the region. This multimedia presentation provides historical context for current events, while exploring difficult questions of democracy, human rights and foreign policy.Isitt, Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
PoliticsUnderstanding Local Government ǂ (E M S) Drawing from his expertise in public office, Dr. Isitt examines the role of local government within Canada’s constitution, the responsibilities and procedures of municipalities and regional districts, and opportunities for reform aimed at strengthening citizen engagement and public services.Isitt, Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesProperty, Social Movements and the Law ǂ (E M S)What is the relationship between social movements and the law? This multi-media presentation examines the response of judges, courts, lawyers and other legal actors to protests over labour rights, environment protection and First Nations land claims.Isitt, Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
History—Victoria & BCA Peoples' History of Victoria and Canada ǂ (E M S)This “history from below” traces the evolution of southern Vancouver Island and Canada–from contact with First Nations people, through the establishment of Fort Victoria and the colony of Vancouver Island, to BC’s entry into Confederation and interactions between First Nations and newcomers in the recent years.Isitt , Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
Animals & PlantsWould You Like Carbon or Chimps With That? Restoring African Tropical Rainforests (M S) NEWBased on conditions in western Uganda, this talk explores the opportunities and challenges involved in restoring degraded forest in a manner that provides good habitat for wildlife (e.g., primates, elephants) while at the same time providing forest products for people.Jacob, Dr. AerinPostdoctoral FellowDepartment of Geography
Animals & PlantsGoing, Going, Gone: Primates and Forest Fragments in Western Uganda (M S) NEWThis talk explores changes in the size and composition of forest fragments, and the primates that live in them, near Kibale National Park over a 15-year period. Jacob, Dr. AerinPostdoctoral FellowDepartment of Geography
Animals & PlantsLogging and Elephants: Cascading Effects on Tropical Rainforests (M S) NEWThis talk explores the relationships between high-and low-intensity logging, and elephant abundance and behaviour, in an African tropical rainforest, affecting tree growth, species composition and forest recovery.Jacob, Dr. AerinPostdoctoral FellowDepartment of Geography
Law & Justice IssuesOccupying Deadwood: Reflections on Law, Economy and Television (S)Links are drawn between the Occupy movement and the TV series Deadwood. In the pleasures it offers, and the spaces of imagination it invites us to occupy, Deadwood offers a space to explore the emotional investments that sustain colonial and capitalist relationships in our contemporary world.Johnson, Dr. RebeccaProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesThe Murderous Imagination: Colonial Collisions and the Genres of Justice (S) In 1958, international attention turned to the arctic, for the trial of Kikkik, an Inuit woman charged with murder and the criminal abandonment of her children. In this presentation, I explore four different telling of this story: the 1958 trial transcript; Farley Mowatt’s popular 1959 non-fictional account; a set of three Inuit sculptures by Peggy Ekagina long displayed in the Yellowknife courthouse; a documentary film made 50 years after the event by Kikkik’s daughter (who had been a baby carried on her mother’s back at the time of the deaths). The case, situated at the intersection of law, art and culture, opens productive space for questions about the place of murder and the colonial encounter in the making and remaking of the Canadian National imaginary.Johnson, Dr. RebeccaProfessorFaculty of Law
LiteratureTudor Queens and Other Boleyn Girls (S)Popular films about Queen Elizabeth I, television series like The Tudors, and novels about the wives of Henry VIII are evidence of our culture's fascination with sixteenth century English history and culture, especially as it relates to the lives of powerful women. This talk compares such contemporary texts to historical representations of Tudor queens and even to writings by some of these women to explore how issues of women's political power are raised whenever an author depicts individual women central to the Renaissance royal court.Kelly, Dr. Erin E.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureWhat Shakespeare Knew (S)This talk about the sorts of things Shakespeare would have learned in grammar school, in church services, and from independent reading will include discussions of how such knowledge manifests itself in the author's plays and poems. More importantly, it will suggest what aspects of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and education might offer helpful models to contemporary students, teachers, and writers.Kelly, Dr. Erin E.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureThe Technology of the Book (S) After this talk, you'll never see the paperback next to your bed or the textbook in your bag the same way again. Arguing that the everyday object we call a book is a complex information technology, Erin Kelly will introduce you to the material, organizational, and technological innovations that make books possible and pleasurable. Along the way, she will explain how practices of creating and distributing books have shaped literature from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. (Interested groups can make arrangements to come to the Special Collections classroom in the McPherson Library at UVic to have this talk accompanied by a presentation of rare books.Kelly, Dr. Erin E.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
History—Victoria & BCThe Experience of People in Victoria During the Great War 1914-1918 ǂ (M S) NEW The presentation is based on material from acitygoestowar.caKempling, Mr. JimGraduate StudentDepartment of History
PoliticsPolitics of Food Systems and Food Security ǂ (E M S) NEW What are the political mechanisms at play behind the food on your plate? This talk is adaptable and explores the various facets of food as a political tool—as a weapon, as a social conditioning, as a community-builder, as a resource and more.Kim, Ms. SusanGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsPolitics and Science in Society ǂ (E M S) NEW The role of science in driving or deterring political change may be determined by exploring the history of scientific thought, one that is both informed by and informs social opinion. This talk places a particular emphasis on scientific research within environmental political topics.Kim, Ms. SusanGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
Health Care & MedicineThe Ethics of eHealth and Telemedicine (S) Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyPatenting of Genes and Ethics of Patient Information (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care & MedicineEthical Issues in Medical Informatics (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Personal InterestsEthics of Police Conduct (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
History—GeneralChildhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800 CE ǂ (E M S)This talk will provide a glance into childhood during medieval and early modern Europe (spanning the years 1000-1800 CE). My presentation includes information about society, religion, gender, family structure and children’s literature. Presentation combines research with interactive and imaginative elements—and complements school history curriculums by helping students imagine what their lives would have been like if they lived in the past.Kort, Ms. MeghanGraduate StudentDepartment of History
History—GeneralPostwar 1945 History and its Continuing Effects in Everyday Life ǂ (S) NEW These fields are important when many curricula primarily focus on domestic politics and students are introduced to international politics only later on. Public discourses are full of buzzwords like ‘globalization’ and ‘international community’ that have a rich and healthy debate surrounding their meaning in academic and policy circles. I hope to make students aware of my field so they may be more attuned to foreign policy and its impact on world events.Kovalchuk, Mr. AlexanderGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsGlobalization vs. the International: International Politics Beyond a Journalistic Account ǂ (S) NEW These fields are important when many curricula primarily focus on domestic politics and students are introduced to international politics only later on. Public discourses are full of buzzwords like ‘globalization’ and ‘international community’ that have a rich and healthy debate surrounding their meaning in academic and policy circles. I hope to make students aware of my field so they may be more attuned to foreign policy and its impact on world events.Kovalchuk, Mr. AlexanderGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
Law & Justice IssuesInternational Humanitarian Law: The Red Cross and Refugees ǂ (S) NEW These fields are important when many curricula primarily focus on domestic politics and students are introduced to international politics only later on. Public discourses are full of buzzwords like ‘globalization’ and ‘international community’ that have a rich and healthy debate surrounding their meaning in academic and policy circles. I hope to make students aware of my field so they may be more attuned to foreign policy and its impact on world events.Kovalchuk, Mr. AlexanderGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsThe Complexity of International Politics: How Issues at the United Nations (UN) are not so Black and White ǂ (S) NEWThis talk presents issues around international law and war to high school students. My topic concerns the complexity of international politics, and how issues at the United Nations (UN) are not so black and white. The presentation explores world history, political theory and legal developments surrounding international human rights and humanitarian law that show another side of war other than combat. Rather than painting foreign events in a sensationalized narrative of good versus evil which overshadows the complexity and nuances of war, my research concentrates on UN peacekeeping and serves as an entry point to the discussion because it is a popular component of the Canadian narrative and a popular go-to solution in political rhetoric.Kovalchuk, Mr. AlexanderGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
PsychologyWhy We Do The Dumb Things We Do: The Neuroscience of Human Decision Making (S) Recent advances in neuroscience can explain how and why we make the decisions we do. This talk will cover both the theory and the neuroscience behind human decision-making.Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Exercise, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsMy Journeys on the Camino de Santiago (S)Over 11 months, I made two separate Caminos to Santiago de Compostela. In this talk, I will go over what the Camino really is, how to prepare for it, and what I learned on my journeys on "The Way."Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Exercise, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsThe Road Less Travelled: My Journeys in the Andes (S) NEW While most associate the Peruvian Andes with Machu Pichu, some of the worlds best and most remote trekking occurs a bit further north in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. The Cordillera Huayhuash for example is the home of Siula Grande, one of the hardest mountains to climb in the world and the mountain where the story "Touching the Void" is set. Dr. Krigolson will take you on a journey through his trekking and climbing experiences in the Peruvian Andes and show you the back country of Peru—a journey of summits, high mountain passes, and some of best backcountry trekking in the world as ranked by National Geographic magazine. Dr. Krigolson will also touch on his experiences in Lima, a city with a population that equals one third of Canada and give you a quick glimpse of Machu Pichu and the Inca Trail as well.Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Exercise, Physical and Health Education
Education—GeneralStudent-Centred Approaches to Learning: Fostering Meaningful Experiences (S) NEWWhat are obstacles that students and teachers face in making learning meaningful? This talk highlights research on teaching and learning in higher education, and how students and teachers can make the most of learning experiences. Topics include deep/surface learning, constructive/destructive friction and student engagement.Lam, Mr. LawrenceCoordinator, Community Development and Student LeadershipResidence Services
Education in the SchoolsUsing Restorative Justice to Build Citizenship (S) NEWRetributive discipline processes lack focus on student learning. These types of processes also pose many challenges by hindering ongoing student support both academically and socially by creating an adversarial relationship between parties involved. Restorative justice focuses on repairing harm, learning and relationships, all of which provide benefits for individuals and the community.Lam, Mr. LawrenceCoordinator, Community Development and Student LeadershipResidence Services
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesTaking Risks and Embracing ChangeThis session deals with personal and career changes and outlines steps on how you can respond to change you initiat –or change you have little or no control over. A discussion of how risk-taking and change is connected to personal lifestyle is also part of the workshop. Life is a balancing act between forces for and against change and personal wellness is affected by how you adapt to change. This session can help you evaluate or re-evaluate what changes might be needed in your life or what risks you are willing to take to “be well’.Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Work & EmploymentReframing Your Organization: Are You Working Well? Multi-frame thinking and decision making can help managers, administrators, supervisors, and leaders discover how they view their organization and take steps toward a strategic planning process for sifting options and solving problems when an organization is ready for change. This workshop is of value for anyone who has a vision or plan for renewal within their organization–a plan to help their organization, department or section to “work well.”Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Work & EmploymentWork/Life Balance There are tangible rewards for all of us who can find a way to support a healthy work/life balance. Research has shown that ‘well’ workplaces create a collegial and collaborative work culture, increase employee loyalty, have a reduction in employee turnover, have reduced absenteeism, and enjoy increased employee productivity. Attention to work/life balance is an important key to a healthy organization. This session combines current wellness information and creative examples of agencies that promote and deliver successful employee health and wellness programs and initiatives.Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesFor the WELLth of It This interactive session looks at a number of current wellness models that incorporate physical activity, nutrition, stress management, environmental and self-responsibility dimensions. The session is valuable for anyone who finds themselves better at taking care of others than taking care of themselves.Lauzon, Dr. Lara Assistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Earth & OceansCitizen Scientists: Coastbuster, Digital Fishers and the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (S) NEWThe internet is full of fascinating citizen science projects: Zooniverse, Galaxy Zoo, and Plankton Portal and many others. This talk will highlight three Ocean Networks Canada citizen science initiatives: Coastbuster, Digital Fishers and the Salish Sea Marine Survival project.Leslie, Mr. MurraySoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansA Video Tour from the Bottom of the Sea: High Definition Searchable Video on Oceans 2.0 (S) NEWA visual tour of highlights from the many underwater videos taken over the past six years at Ocean Networks Canada’s VENUS, NEPTUNE and Cambridge Bay ocean observatories.Leslie, Mr. MurraySoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyAgile Software Development and Usability Testing for Oceans 2.0 (M S) NEWSoftware development is a creative process as much as coding. This will provide an overview of how Ocean Networks Canada applies agile development process and usability testing.Leslie, Mr. MurraySoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Languages & LinguisticsAll about Learning a Second Language Pronunciation (in English or Chinese)Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAbout the Chinese Language (in English or Chinese) Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyBooks and eBooks: Why Do We still Love the Print? (E M S) NEWPresenting current research on the relative strengths of print and electronic media.Lines, Mr. MichaelLibrarianLaw Library, Medieval Studies
Law & Justice IssuesDeeds and Acts, Oaths and Promises: Medieval Legal Conventions as a Response to an Unknown Future (E M S) NEWResearch from a normally little-known topic highlights interesting points about written and oral legal traditions, and the questions they raise regarding the present and the futureLines, Mr. MichaelLibrarianLaw Library, Medieval Studies
Personal InterestsBookbinding for Kids (E M S) NEWLines, Mr. MichaelFaculty and Student Services LibrarianLaw Library, Medieval Studies
Personal InterestsSri Lanka: Contrasts and Complexities—a Short TourDr. Livingston will provide a brief history and tour of this beautiful island that has survived both natural and man-made disasters.Livingston, Dr. NigelDirectorCanAssist
Personal InterestsA First-World-War Canadian Sapper Talks about the Trenches (S)Captain (Retired) Don Lovell, CD, PPCLI reads selections from his grandfather's firsthand accounts from the First World War as an Engineer Sapper at Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge and other bloodied fields.Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsPowerlifting for Young Athletes (S)A national champion and record holder provides tips for high-school-age athletes. Gym facility with olympic weights for demonstration would be the preferred setting. Basic lifts, squat, bench and deadlift, "Classic" and "Equipped Lifting", training, diet, lifestyle (drug-free), goal setting, competitions are outlined.Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Ethics & PhilosophyDemocratic Ethics (S) A discussion of the ethical responsibilities of politicians, members of the media and citizens in contemporary Canadian democracy. Focuses on the importance to democracy of reasoned debate and discussion and widespread participation in democratic processes.Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Ethics & PhilosophyContemporary Theories of Justice (S)A discussion of recent developments in political philosophy concerning the nature of a just society. Addresses issues of how basic political institutions should be structured and how the benefits and burdens of social cooperation should be shared. Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Ethics & PhilosophyEducational Equality (S) A discussion of the nature of justice in the provision of education with special attention to the interpretation of equality in the distributional of educational opportunities.Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Ethics & PhilosophyChildren’s Rights (S) Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Personal InterestsFalse Alarm: A Climate Skeptic’s View of Global Warming (M S) NEWAlthough the science of human-caused, catastrophic climate change is now considered settled and certain, this talk presents 10 scientific facts—not computer-generated theories—suggesting that claims of dangerous global warming are exaggerated, misleading or just plain wrong. First among these facts: the planet has not warmed significantly since at least 1998.MacRae, Mr. PaulSessional LecturerDepartment of English
Work & EmploymentBeyond Diversity and Human Rights: How to Create Inclusive Spaces for Social Change (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
Work & EmploymentIntercultural Conflict Resolution (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
Work & EmploymentWhen Talks Matter: Respectful and Welcoming Communities (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
History—GeneralRural Landscapes of Transformation and the Chinese Peasantry (S) NEWAn introduction to changes in the Chinese countryside since the early 1980s—with a particular focus on agriculture, the emergence of rural industries and the profound social and environmental implications of rapid transformation.Marton, Dr. AndrewProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Business & EconomicsCreative Spaces and Urban Transformation in China NEWAn overview of the development of creative industries in China and the transformation of urban space in Beijing and Shanghai.Marton, Dr. AndrewDirectorCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
Personal InterestsTravelling Lightly and Safely: Tips for Women TravellersIdeas and tips for women travellers to make travel easier and safer while maximizing the travel experience, including what to take and how to pack. Handouts with suggestions.Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritusDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—GeneralWomen Travellers Throughout the Ages Presents the lives and experiences of nine exceptional, interesting, and enthusiastic women travellers from the 4th to the 21st century who wrote about adventures. Reading list included.Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritusDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyFederated IT Organizations: IT Governance and ManagementAs both practitioner and focus on IT governance, this speaker's passion is improving IT management in not-for-profit, academic, and government sectors that has led to a professional life of building sustainable yet flexible IT portfolios that maximize the unique niches that these communities function in. Mazzuca, Mr. GaetanoDirector, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsGreening IT: the Promise and Measurable Possibilities for Small Business Mazzuca, Mr. GaetanoDirector, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT Big Data for Small Business: Getting the Most of Data Analysis Mazzuca, Mr. GaetanoDirector, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT in the Not-for-Profit Organization: Data ManagementMazzuca, Mr. GaetanoDirector, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT in the Not-for-Profit Organization: Into the CloudMazzuca, Mr. GaetanoDirector, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT in the Not-for-Profit Organization: Enterprise Architecture Done Right Sized Mazzuca, Mr. GaetanoDirector, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Education—GeneralFlipping the Classroom: A Powerful Teaching Tool, But Not a Panacea (M S) Adopting a flipped classroom approach can free up valuable in-class time by using videos and exercises that students watch and complete as homework, or “pre-work." This allows teachers to more easily differentiate their instruction and allows students to learn at their own pace. Teachers can typically spend more one-on-one time with students who are struggling during class time, and allows for more student selected project based learning to engage students. This talk includes an overview of the flipped learning model, a demonstration of one approach to flipping a classroom, and discussion of where flipped learning works and does not work well—along with equity issues to keep in mind when implementing.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational TechnologistLaw Library
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyHow to Prepare Your Home Computer for Everything from Deleted Files to Natural Disasters (M S)Strategies for backing up your computer so that documents and photos don’t get lost, whether by accidental deletion, hard drive failure, or natural disaster. Talk is intended for non-technical computer users.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational TechnologistLaw Library
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyThe iPhone and iPad: Research Tools for Students? (M S)Can iPhones and iPads be more than just distractions, but actually help with homework and research? This session will look at different strategies and applications that can help turn your iPhone or iPad into a serious research tools. Talk is intended for non-technical users.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational TechnologistLaw Library
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyConserving Energy One Cubicle (or Home) at a Time (M S)Do you know how much electricity you use in your personal office, cubicle or home? Do you know how much energy your desktop computer or laptop uses? Will you save more electricity by turning off your computer at night or shortening your daily shower by five minutes? Discover some counter-intuitive facts about saving energy, money and the environment.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational TechnologistLaw Library
Education—GeneralMOOCs, 1-to-1 Laptop Programs, Flipped Classrooms & iPads: Is Educational Technology Worth the Investment? (M S)Are new educational technologies more effective in helping students achieve learning objectives than the old technology they replace? This interactive talk explores the intersection of educational technology and teaching methods, looking at the relative effectiveness of educational technology implementations as varied as: MOOC’s, Digital Textbooks, Clickers, Flipped Classrooms, Streaming Video Lectures, PowerPoint, Mobile Learning, Google Drive, Virtual Labs, and Learning Management Systems (LMS). Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to assess the value of educational technology and teaching method pairings.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational TechnologistLaw Library
Education—GeneralLeaders as Indigenous Allies: Working for Positive Change in Schools (S) Allyship is a critical leadership tool that non-Aboriginal leaders can use in their work with Indigenous communities to support the creation of inclusive learning spaces. The Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) was founded five years ago and has built a network of teachers and teacher-leaders who put Aboriginal student success at the center of their work. This presentation draws from a recently completed study of this network making evident key strategies for successful inclusion that make a difference for all learners.McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Education—GeneralQueerying Leadership: Creating Inclusive Spaces for GLBTQ Children and Youth (S) LGBTQ inclusive policies have been priorities of Human Rights groups and LGBTQ advocates for the past decade. Yet adopting these policies don't necessarily realize safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ children and youth. How are inclusive environments created and maintained? What are the tools leaders can use to engage in such work? This presentation will explore the intersecting terrains of inclusive policy and how organizational cultures must be challenged by leaders for their heteronormative standards that continue to exclude and silence the experiences of LGBTQ children, youth and their families.McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Education—GeneralThe Power of Interdisciplinary Studies in Higher Education (S) Interdisciplinary studies provides a new way of thinking about how the university can fulfill the call for 21st century problem-solving in the face of an increasingly complex world. This presentation will discuss the shift towards interdisciplinarity in post secondary education, UVic’s approach to interdisciplinary studies  and consider how the habits of interdisciplinary thinking provide civic, social and knowledge benefits to students and communities.McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Work & EmploymentPreparing Global-ready Graduates: the Development of Intercultural Competencies NEWWorkplaces are increasingly diverse both in the composition of staff and in the interactions had with the external world. Graduates require the intercultural competencies to effectively navigate this diversity. This presentation will cover the framework and strategies used to prepare global ready graduates as well as research findings from our award winning CANEU Co-op program that exchanges students between Europe and Canada for study and co-op abroad.McRae, Ms. NorahExecutive DirectorOffice of Community University Engagement
Work & EmploymentTransforming Students and Workplaces through Co-operative and Work-integrated Learning NEWIncreasingly, post-secondary institutions are looking to experiential education as a way to enhance the educational experiences of students. This presentation will focus on these experiences that occur in workplaces and how they have the potential to transform not only the student learner but the workplaces in which they occur.McRae, Ms. NorahExecutive DirectorCo-operative Education Program & Career Services
ScienceBetter Living through Chemistry: Removing Wrinkles, Adding Hair and Muscle, Improving your Sex Life Dr. Mitchell requires 60 minutes to convey his presentation. Mitchell, Dr. ReginaldProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Chemistry
PsychologyAssessment and Treatment of Violent and Sexual Offenders NEWTypology of sexual and violent offenders—why do they offend?Monkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional InstructorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
PsychologyRisk Assessment with Sexual and Violent Offenders NEWMonkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional InstructorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
PsychologyHigh Risk Offenders and Community Safety NEWManaging sexual offenders in the community—clinical issuesMonkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional InstructorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child & Teen DevelopmentElectronic Media and Young Children: Positive and Negative Effects on Development (S) NEWMueller, Dr. UlrichProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child & Teen DevelopmentChildren and Nature: What are the Benefits of Outdoor Play? (S) There is increasing concern about the decline of children’s outdoor play, and the potentially negative effect of this decline on children’s attention and their attitudes towards nature. In fact, it has been argued that the decline in outdoor play leads to an overall disconnection from nature, a disconnection that has been termed nature deficit disorder (Louv, 2005). In this talk, I will summarize empirical research that speaks to this issue.Mueller, Dr. UlrichProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child & Teen DevelopmentIs Play Important for Development? (S)Play is a universal phenomenon that can be found in children across the world. There are different types of play, ranging from physical, rough-and-tumble play to symbolic play with others. Research has shown that different types of play promote development. I will review this research and discuss ways in which play can be used in educational and clinical practice with children.Mueller, Dr. UlrichProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Personal InterestsDestination: Iquitos—Gateway to the Amazon (E M S) NEWNot only is Iquitos the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, it's also the largest city in the world that's inaccessible by any roads. Come explore Spanish colonialism mixed with indigenous shanty-towns and a one-of-a-kind market that will amaze and delight. Journey to a world you never knew existed.Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing StudiesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsDestination: Pompeii and Herculaneum (E M S) NEWPompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed during an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. This tragic event may have ended the lives of more than 20,000 Pompeian residents, but the suffocating layers of ash and mud that buried these once vibrant towns also preserved buildings, art, artifacts and the people themselves in an amazing time-capsule for later archaeologists.Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing StudiesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsDestination: Istanbul (E M S) NEWSituated in both Europe and Asia (at the same time), Istanbul, with its exotic Islamic architecture and thoroughly European flavour, is one of the most vibrant, historic and romantic cities in the world. Surviving innumerable invasions, sacks and revitalizations, Istanbul—also known as Constantinople and Byzantium through history—continues to be a one-of-a-kind, continent-spanning city of Legionnaires, Crusaders, mercenaries and tourists.Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing StudiesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsTaking Archaeology Digital (E M S) NEWHow have emerging technologies changed, complicated and advanced the field of archaeology in the past few years? An explosion in the availability of technological tools now offers the potential to transform the practice of archaeology into something never before imagined. But the mere existence of a new tool, no matter how exciting it may seem, does not always mean it can be put to good use in any given discipline, and archaeology is at just such a crossroads today.Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing StudiesDivision of Continuing Studies
Business & EconomicsKorean Management (in English or Korean) (S)How to do business across cultures, and manage people in companies —the management practices and corporate cultures of Korean companies.Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business & EconomicsCross-cultural Management: Managing Diversity (in English or Korean) (S)How to manage cultural differences in business organizations.Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business & EconomicsOrganizational Behaviour: How to Manage People (in English or Korean) (S) How to manage people (Human Resources).Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Education in the SchoolsChanging for Good: Choices for Creating a Healthy Living School (E M S) The presentation provides an overview of current Canadian health statistics and images related to obesity, physical activity and healthy eating, then introduces strategies that schools and communities can adopt to try to create an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice.Naylor, Dr. Patti-JeanAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsA Canadian Living in Peru (M S)UVic retiree relives his time as a grad student working in the Canadian Embassy in Lima, Peru during the tumultuous times of 1988-1990, and personal observations on similarities and differences between our cultures.Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsWater Conservation for BC—and You and Me (M S)British Columbian’s greatest resources include water, but as our population grows, we’ll have to meet some challenging water issues. Our success depends a lot on you and me.Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsCuzco, Peru: A Modern Ancient City in the Andes (M S)A month in the ancient Andean mountain city of Cusco reveals both ancient and modern urban planning and cultures. Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsPeru’s Volcanic City of Arequipa (M S)Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsMore Sewage Treatment for Victoria? (M S)Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsVenezuela: Beautiful Country, Unusual Politics! (M S)Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansSour Seas: Ocean Acidification Explained (M S) Why are our oceans becoming more acidic? As acidification increases, what impacts can we expect? What can be done to address this dramatic change in the chemistry of our seas? This talk presents recent and projected changes in ocean acidity, examining impacts on marine ecosystems and human society.Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content ManagerOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansSea of Plastic: Trash in Our Oceans (M S)From urban shorelines, to isolated atolls, to the deepest recesses of the abyss, discarded plastics and trash can now be found throughout our oceans. This talk outlines the extent of this problem and explores what can be done to clean up our mess.Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content ManagerOcean Networks Canada
Personal InterestsClimate Reality: Facts, Impacts and Solutions to the Climate Crisis (M S) Climate change is an ever-intensifying reality, already affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world. This talk presents the truth of climate change, projected impacts for our future, and solutions we must implement to avert this crisis.Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content ManagerOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansGleanings from the Abyss: Latest Findings from our Ocean Observatories (M S) NEWOcean Networks Canada operates ocean observatories in the northeast Pacific, the Salish Sea and the Arctic, allowing scientists around the world to study everything from acidification to zooplankton. This talk presents the latest findings from these unique observatories.Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content ManagerOcean Networks Canada
ScienceNutrition and the Brain (S) There is no doubt that the food we consume impacts our brain. In this presentation I will start by discussing the basics of brain structure and function and then talk about various food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fats etc.) and how they can impact cognition. I will also discuss omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants and their ability to improve cognition.Patten, Ms. AnnaSessional InstructorDepartment of Biology
Earth & OceansClimate Change Fore and Aft: Where on Earth Are We Going? (S)Pedersen, Dr. TomExecutive DirectorPacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Child & Teen DevelopmentWant To Help Your Child Learn Math? There Are Apps for That! iPod Touch/iPhone devices provide unique opportunities for parents to engage their children in anytime, anywhere, micro-tutoring activities. There are thousands of educational apps available on the App store–but only a fraction of them can be recommended. We examine features of educationally sound apps and suggest tutoring strategies for parents.Pelton, Dr. TimAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralConstructing Understanding by Explaining Everything: One Way iPads can Enhance EducationIn this presentation we will focus on the creative potentials of iPads as tools to enhance the educational process. Teachers can create interactive learning resources to support student explorations and discussions, and generate animations to demonstrate procedures and concepts and support individualized student review (flipped classroom). Then these same resources can be used as exemplars for learners to build upon as they generate learning artifacts (interactive objects and animations) on their own iPads. By consolidating, representing and communicating their understandings they are demonstrating true mastery.Pelton, Dr. TimAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Computers, Engineering & Technology3D Printing is Here—What are You Going to Do with It? NEW3D printers are here and represent a fantastic new tool in our lives. We will explore questions such as: How do they work? What knowledge and skills do we need to use them? What can we make with them? What are the limitations? And do they support learning?Pelton, Dr. TimAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—Victoria & BCIndigenous Education: All My Relations NEWThe story of the local Métis people is mostly invisible and unknown. Local history and the founding of Fort Victoria is part of that story. It integrates with the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada and specifically the settlement of BC, which predates the Louis Riel era.Perkins, Ms. FernSessional LecturerIndigenous Education
LiteratureClimate Change and Science Fiction (S)Fiction has always imagined alternate realities. In this time of climate change, we can read contemporary or older science fiction for clues about how to behave both now and in the future, and about what kinds of pressures that climate change may exert on our culture.Pickard, Dr. Richard Assistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of English
Co-operative Education Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-operative Education (S)Poulson, Dr. RozanneCo-op CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Co-operative Education Science Co-operative Education Programs (S)Poulson, Dr. RozanneCo-op CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Education—GeneralMoving Forward through the Rearview Mirror: Future, Change and Indigenous Education (E M S)Aboriginal perspectives on special education practice, including alternatives.Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralEducation for Social Justice and Reconstruction (E M S) Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralThe UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Possibilities and Promise (E M S)Explores the power and potential of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for changing schooling.Price , Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
PoliticsFederal PoliticsPrince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsProvincial PoliticsPrince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsMunicipal PoliticsPrince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsSocial Policy Issues in CanadaPrince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
Education—GeneralBeyond the Shadow of the Residential School: Understanding the On-reserve Day School in the History of Indigenous Education The history of Indian day schools has been eclipsed by the vast scholarship on residential schooling. This talk presents the experiences of students who attended Port Essington Indian Day School during the 1930s and 1940s. It illustrates how pupils successfully negotiated through two educational worlds: formal schooling where they were “Anglicized” and traditional learning taught by their elders. The day school was less benign than previously thought, contributing to the loss of ancestral language and culture. Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralExamining the Reign of the Fraser Institute School Rankings The Fraser Institute's school rankings have won the hearts of parents and the press, despite the fact that they distort test scores. For over a decade, the rankings have been particularly burdensome for low-ranking (usually low socio-economic status, high-poverty) schools when parents of high achieving children move them to higher-ranking schools. This talk explores the nature of the rankings and the many factors that have ensured their long media reign.Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralAdding Resources to BC's Public Schools Without Increasing Funding NEWTeachers argue that classrooms are increasingly lacking resources with which to do their jobs. On the other hand, government figures indicate ever-increasing budgets. This presentation explains how the claims of teachers and government are both accurate. It also indicates how resources can be added to public schools without increasing government expenditures.Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—GeneralThe 18th-Century Spanish Exploration of the Pacific Northwest (in English or Spanish) (S) NEWAn overview of the 18th-century Spanish exploration of the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the diaries of specific voyages, yet to be chosen.Restrepo-Gautier, Dr. PabloAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Music, Film & TheatreProducing Non-Profit Theatre in CanadaFounder and Producing Artistic Director of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, this speaker is also the Founding Artistic Director of Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre, and past Artistic Director for Montreal’s Playwrights Workshop, under Bay’s Magnus Theatre, and Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille. A multi-award winning director, he has created nearly 200 professional productions for many of the major theatres across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe and Mexico and has worked with many of his generations leading playwrights in developing their work. The former Chair of the Department of Theatre at UVic, the speaker is also a professor who offers courses in the areas of producing, directing and acting.Richmond, Prof. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film & TheatreDirecting the Classics Richmond, Prof. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film & TheatreNew Play Development in Canada Richmond, Prof. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
ScienceTour of the Astronomical Observatory at UVic (E M S)This tour is intended for groups of 24. Approximately 20 minutes are spent in the astronomy lab answering questions, 20 minutes looking at the sun, and 20 minutes in the dome observing Venus.Robb, Mr. Russell Senior Lab InstructorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Art & ArchitectureHuman Rights and Canadian Museums ǂ (S) NEWThis presentation focuses on how human rights have been exhibited in museums. Using examples ranging from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to small, community-run museums, this presentation looks at how museums offer an important educational space to learn about human rights violation.Robinson, Ms. JenniferGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
Art & ArchitectureThe History of Museums, Collecting and Cultural Exhibitions ǂ (S) NEWThis presentation will cover the history of museums, cultural exhibitions and collecting practices from the late 19th century until the present, paying particular attention to development of Canadian museums and their role in contemporary Canadian society.Robinson, Ms. JenniferGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
Personal InterestsNurses Working the Night Shift: Bullying Among Nurses NEWVictims of bullying often feel demoralized, alone and frightened. The International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics remind us that inherent in nursing practice is the right to be treated with dignity and work in a health care environment absent of rivalry, antagonism, and hostility. Ethical leadership requires leaders who create and support a healthy work environment, recognize generational differences, address moral distress, and attend to nurses’ workload, physical working conditions and work environment.Rocker, Dr. CarolSessional InstructorSchool of Nursing
Education—GeneralLessons Learned: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Indigenous Education Course (in English or Spanish) (E M) This presentation is about research findings on what motivated and discouraged pre-service teachers while taking a mandatory Indigenous education course.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsThe Role of Women in the Mexican Revolution (in English or Spanish) (E M)This presentation talks specifically about the role of women describing the intellectuals, the mothers, the soldaderas, and women in other roles.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsThe Mexican Revolution: History and Songs (in English or Spanish) (E M) Mexican history and songs of the Revolution - accompanied by a guitar. I offer a presentation on the role that music played in the years of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1921).Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsProverbs as Portrayals of Worldview (in English or Spanish) (E M) This presentation discusses the importance of proverbs, refrains and sayings as a way to reflect on worldview and how language shapes one's identity.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralIndigenous Arts in Education (in English or Spanish) (E M) Indigenous Arts in schools - adaptable presentation to talk about diverse art forms within Indigenous perspectives.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—Victoria & BCA Humorous History of Highways in BC (S)With the help of several generations of editorial cartoonists, "A Humorous History of Highways" traces the development of the road system of the province and its political manifestations from 1858 to the present day.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History—Victoria & BCBC's Ambiguous Relations with the Rest of Canada (S)From the time that they first considered joining Canada, British Columbians have had an ambiguous relationship with the rest of the country. They are proud of their province and of being Canadian but they have frequently felt that the rest of the country did not appreciate them and indeed exploited them. The talk is illustrated with editorial cartoons.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History—Victoria & BCBoundless Optimism: Richard McBride's British Columbia (S)Richard McBride was premier of British Columbia from 1903 to 1915, a period of unprecedented growth. A native of the province, he became premier at age 32; brought some order to provincial politics, promoted the development of railways, encouraged British investment and immigration, and played a role on the national and imperial stage and even had the province purchase two submarines on the eve of the First World War.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History—Victoria & BCCartoonists at Sea: Some Views of BC Ferries and Their Predecessors (S)Transportation between Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia has often been a source of amusement for local cartoonists. With cartoons going back to the early years of the 20th century and carrying through almost to today, this presentation examines not only the political issues around ferries but describes imaginative suggestions for travel and perennial complaints about the service.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
Health Care & MedicinePlagues: Past and Present (in English or French) (E M S) Plague epidemics have been described in several historical and fictional texts. One can think of the texts of Thucydides and Boccacio as classical examples of description of plague. One may even think of Camus' celebrated novel. What is plague? What does the molecular biology and genomics of plague can tell us of the history of plague in the past and today.Roy, Dr. RéalAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Health Care & MedicineThe Origin of Vaccination and its Refusal (in English or French) (E M S) Vaccination is the most celebrated science application to medicine. In 1980, everyone celebrated the eradication of smallpox following an intensive worldwide vaccination campaign. What is the origin of vaccination and why are some people refusing to be vaccinated or allow their children vaccinated? Can the early history of vaccination and the debates it generated may help us understand why some people refuse to be vaccinated today? Roy, Dr. RéalAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Personal InterestsThe Francophone Community of BC (in English or French) French-speaking Canadians have lived in British-Columbia since the time of Mackenzie and Fraser. They have contributed in the past as well as today to the cultural, intellectual and economic wealth of this province. Who are they?Roy, Dr. RéalAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Animals & PlantsCosmic Dust, Cocci and Dao: the Origin of Life (in English or French) (E M S) NEWAccording to the best estimates, life began on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago as ancestors of bacteria, the simplest living organisms today. Yet in order for life to begin on Earth, chemicals were required This talk will show how we can find traces of this long history that goes from the nebula and stars to children playing in the ruins of Ceesar's forum in Rome.Roy, Dr. Réal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
ScienceFermented Food and its Microbes (in English or French) (E M S) NEWWine, beer, bread and cheese represent major parts of modern cuisine. In a grocery store, this also represents a very important aspect of the food industry. The basis of all this food is the action of communities of microorganisms. Molecular biology provide us with tools to decipher the complexity of these communities and how they make such wonderful food.Roy, Dr. Réal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
World AffairsIslam and the West (in English or Indonesian) (S) Rudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
World AffairsIslam's Response to Global Economic Crisis: Islamic Finance (in English or Indonesian) (S) Rudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
World AffairsIslam and the Future of Finance (in English or Indonesian) (S) Rudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
World AffairsDynamism in Southeast Asia (in English or Indonesian) (S) Rudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Computers, Engineering & TechnologyThe Mathematical Beauty of Venn Diagrams NEWThis talk focuses on the historical and mathematical aspects of Venn diagrams, particularly as they relate to symmetry of the diagrams, both in the plane and on the sphere. The talk is lavishly illustrated with many beautiful diagrams.Ruskey, Dr. FrankProfesorDepartment of Computer Science
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature (in English or Spanish) (S) (Jan-April)Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature and Visual Arts (in English or Spanish) (S) (Jan-April)Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Music, Film & TheatreLatin American Film (in English or Spanish) (S) (Jan-April)Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Culture (in English or Spanish) (S) (Jan-April)Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsFrom Chaucer to Chat Rooms: Why English is the Best Language in the World An irreverent, illustrated history of the language. Russell, Dr. NickRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsA Bird's-eye View of Victoria and the Mystery of Annie Ross A richly illustrated talk describing the history and appeal of bird's-eye views, which were hugely popular across North America in the late 19th Century, plus a close-up look at an amazing 6-foot-wide watercolour bird's-eye view painted of Victoria by a totally unknown local artist. Talk includes many "before-and-after" pictures, showing how scenes in the pictures look today.Russell , Dr. NickRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsGlorious Victorians: A Celebration of Victoria's Residential Heritage A new and richly illustrated talk on what makes Victoria such a wonderful place to live.Russell , Dr. NickRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsRoss Bay Villa: From Bulldozer Bait to Showplace How The Land Conservancy rescued and restored one of Victoria’s oldest houses and discovered one of Victoria’s most interesting pioneers. Russell , Dr. NickRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsBuddha Healing and the Mystic Journey (M S) This presentation on Buddha healing and the mystic journey is based on application of traditional Buddhist teachings —including the teachings on mindfulness and The Heart Sutra—to a modern, non-dogmatic, inclusive approach and understanding of basic health and the healing process. No technical terms or previous meditation experience is necessary, but some meditation will be incorporated into each presentation.Sacamano, Dr. JamesRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Music, Film & TheatreTheatre in War and (Post) Conflict Zones: The Importance of Laughter, Time and Place (in English or Dutch) (S) NEWThese presentations offer an exploration of theatre in (post)-conflict zones and development contexts supported by an analysis of the value of applied theatre practitioners working in these settings. By describing the ethics and techniques on cultural awareness and by showing selected examples of theatre companies globally, these presentations offer a firm foundation in the basic theories, contexts and vocabularies used in the field. Sadeghi Yekta, Dr. KirstenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film & TheatreTheatre and Human Rights: What Kind of Theatre Takes Place in an Unwanted Space? (in English or Dutch) (S) NEWThese presentations offer an exploration of theatre in (post)-conflict zones and development contexts supported by an analysis of the value of applied theatre practitioners working in these settings. By describing the ethics and techniques on cultural awareness and by showing selected examples of theatre companies globally, these presentations offer a firm foundation in the basic theories, contexts and vocabularies used in the field. Sadeghi Yekta, Dr. KirstenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Education—GeneralVideogames and Learning (E M S)Sanford, Dr. KathyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralMaking Things in the Humanities (M S) My talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Education—GeneralAn Introduction to Digital Humanities (M S) My talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Education—GeneralThe Humanities in a Digital Age (M S) My talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureFutures of the Book (M S) My talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Education—GeneralSounding Out the Humanities (M S) My talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsWhat Is Physical Computing? (M S) Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsWhy Code Today? (M S) Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsWhat Is 3D Printing? (M S) Sayers, Dr. JenteryAssistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Health Care & MedicineNursing in Western Canada: Women's Labour, 1957-1976 NEWThe history of nursing as women's labour in western Canada (1957-76) deals with the opportunities that nursing as a women's career offered young girls and women at a time when few opportunities were available for advanced education or a professional career for working and middle-class women.Scaia, Dr. MargaretAssistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing
Health Care & MedicineCancer Nursing: History Nursing and Cancer Care NEWThe history of nursing and cancer care includes an overview of what cancer is, the history of treatment for cancer, and the emerging role of nurses in caring for patients with cancer in the mid-to late 20th century including an overview of the present role of nurses in caring for cancer patients.Scaia, Dr. MargaretAssistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing
Music, Film & TheatreMusic in the 21st Century (in English or Spanish) (M S) Schloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreMusic and Technology (in English or Spanish) (M S) Schloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreMusic and Perception (in English or Spanish) (M S) Schloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreThe Evolution of Musical Instruments from the Dawn of History to the 21st Century (in English or Spanish) (M S) The evolution of music since the age of electricity: how has electricity changed the world of music? How have computers changed the world of music? What new musical instruments have been created, and what will the future bring?Schloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Personal InterestsThe Influence of Africa on Popular Music Around the World (in English or Spanish) (M S) Schloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Ethics & PhilosophyPhilosophy and the Personal (S) Philosophy is often characterized as a kind of dispassionate, objective search for truth concerning the deepest and broadest questions we are capable of posing, e.g., why is there anything at all? This description, while accurate, nonetheless masks the personal dimension of this inquiry, i.e., the fact that philosophers who pursue these grand questions frequently, and of necessarily, also perceive themselves to have "skin in the game", as it were. My paper takes a historical look at this side of the discipline.Scott , Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Personal InterestsWhy Bother with Philosophy? (S) Scott , Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
LiteratureNarrative Style in Austen’s Fiction ǂ (M S)Past projects and my proposed dissertation research focus on exploring Austen’s unique narrative style. Austen employs free indirect discourse: a narrative style that “that relies o blending the narrator’s voice with the voice of a give character in the text”. This sophisticated narrative voice dominates Austen’s fiction and is one of the many defining factors of her oeuvre. The fluidity of free indirect speech in Austen’s works can be parsed and explored to reveal revelations about the text - specifically those related to the triangulated relationship between reader, author, and narrative voice. Speaking on this topic works best as a collaborative close reading: where the audience is engaged with the text and is prepared to focus on the minute details in order to gain a new understanding of the power of Austen’s narrative style.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureCreating a Digital Edition Using WordPress ǂ (M S) With the growing interdisciplinary study of digital humanities, manipulating and presenting texts online is a growing practice. For my final MA project, I created an online, digital edition of lesser-known works by female writers in Britain’s Romantic age (http://digitizingliterature.wordpress.com). Assembling an edition infuses literary scholarship with technological skill and the critical role of editing. Speaking this topic can focus in one of two ways: as a presentation of the content presented on in my digital edition or as a tutorial for creating a digital edition using WordPress. The content-based presentation would run similar to a guest-lecture with moments for audience interaction. The tutorial-based presentation would run as a workshop where I would help to guide the audience through assembling their own literary edition: giving a general tour of my site as well as providing individual guidance for assembling an edition. This type of session would require internet access, computer access, and at least two hours of time. Both would be appropriate for junior scholars interested or engaging with the digital humanities.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Business & EconomicsEconomic Development in Rural Communities: Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship My research interests include rural small business and entrepreneurship and the impact of government policy. In particular, I am interested in the ways that small businesses in rural and remote communities can be successful based on their geographical location.Siemens, Dr. LynneAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Personal InterestsEuropean Vacation: London, Paris and Madrid–with Stops Along the Way (S)On this excursion I travelled from London to Madrid visiting some amazing places along the way: London, Paris, various castles in the Loire Valley, the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Barcelona, a bit of the northern coast of Spain and finally Madrid. Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldMexico’s Day of the Dead (S)The fascinating celebration of the "Day of the Dead" is explored in this talk. I have slides of preparations and the beautiful altars that are created to remember those that have passed away.Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
History—GeneralA Tale of Three Mexican Cities: Mexico City, Oaxaca and Xalapa (S)Through "A Tale of Three Cities" we see sites in Mexico City, Oaxaca, in the southern part of the country, and Xalapa, in the highlands near the eastern coast. The sights of Mexico are as colourful and spicy as their food!Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsTouring through England, Scotland and Ireland (S) Touring through England, Scotland and Ireland. We did a bus tour of this beautiful region starting with several days in London and then visiting Edinburgh, the shores of Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Manchester, Dublin, Killarney, Bath, Stonehenge and several other places as well.Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsA Canal Boat in England and a Cruise in the Baltic (S) NEWStewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsCentral and Southern Spain (S)This is a slide show of some of the outstanding cities in central and southern Spain, starting in Madrid, visiting Avila, Salamanca, Merida, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and moving up the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona.Stewart , Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Health Care & MedicineGrowing and Guiding New Neurons in the Healthy and Injured Brain (in English or French) (S) An introduction and general overview of how the brain 'works'. A primer on neural stem cells and brain plasticity and their relevance to everyday life in health and disease.Swayne, Dr. Leigh AnneAssistant ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineLiving with Brain Injury: Inside Stories from Those Who KnowA presentation of research findings describing the lived experiences of a group of adults with traumatic brain injuries. The experience and impacts of brain injury from the research participants’ point of views are discussed in terms of their felt frustrations, losses, needs, and ways of coping. Tasker, Dr. SusanAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Health Care & MedicineCompassion Fatigue: What it Looks Like and What to Do about itA presentation discussing the special case that we commonly refer to as “burnout.” The presentation will provide a working understanding of what compassion fatigue is and how to proactively guard against its development. Time will be given to the discussion to the co-existence of vicarious or secondary traumatization in some instances of compassion fatigue—especially in those working in the emergency services or in family caregivers of traumatically injured family members. While compassion fatigue is most commonly thought to be a risk factor for those in caregiver and health profession roles, the presenter will also discuss her clinical experience of working with compassion fatigue in school teachers referred to her for stress management and burnout.Tasker, Dr. SusanAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Law & Justice IssuesSiblings of Young Murder Victims in Canada: A Nonissue?Children and youth are murdered in Canada and siblings are left behind in difficult circumstances. Few if any studies have looked at this traumatized and vulnerable group of children. Though families are sometimes publically scrutinized by the media and investigated by the criminal justice systems, no empirical work exists on the effects on siblings. Taken together, outside of anecdotal report, there appears to be little knowledge and understanding of the long-term effects of a sibling’s murder. The matter appears to be a nonissue. Preliminary results of a Canadian study are presented and implications for practice and policy across counsellor services, the media, and criminal justice systems are discussed. Tasker, Dr. SusanAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
History—GeneralUVic’s I-witness Holocaust Field School: Holocaust Memorialization in Central Europe Today (in English or German) (M S) The I-witness Holocaust field school is a four-week course focusing on Holocaust memorialization in Central Europe today. This talk describes the program and highlights, through a variety of visuals, the different ways the Holocaust is being memorialized in Germany, Austria and Poland.Thorson, Dr. HelgaChair & Associate ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
History—Victoria & BCThe Local Stories and Experiences of the Holocaust Archival Project: Stories of the Shoah from our Own Community (in English or German) (M S)This talk discusses the UVic “Local Stories and Experiences of the Holocaust” archival project and some ways in which Holocaust survivors in our community have decided to tell their stories. These include the mediums of art, music, video and text. Thorson, Dr. HelgaChair & Associate ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
World AffairsIndia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and KashmirTremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Music, Film & TheatreAnalyzing Music Using Computers (M S)Humans are remarkably good at extracting information from organized combinations of air pressure waves that we call music. Even toddlers are able to recognize melodies, dance in rhythm with music, and express music preferences. Computers are increasingly being used to perform similar tasks of information extraction from music signals. Accomplishing these seemingly simple tasks requires sophisticated techniques from digital signal processing and machine learning. Such systems enable new ways of interacting with the large amounts of music material available digitally.Tzanetakis, Dr. GeorgeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Music, Film & TheatreA History of Music Technology from Antiquity to Today (M S) The way music is produced, distributed and consumed has always been influenced by technology. This overview highlights some interesting moments in time when particular technologies had a dramatic impact on music. Starting from the hydraulis, the first organ and keyboard instrument, to the availability of thousands of songs in portable music players today, we will travel through history making interesting stops along the way. This presentation focuses on moments when technology drastically changed how music was produced, distributed and consumed—and speculates about where this trend will take us in the future.Tzanetakis, Dr. GeorgeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Music, Film & TheatreMusic Instruments as Harbingers of New Forms of Human/Computer Interaction (M S) The playing of musical instruments is one of the most complex possible interactions between a human and a sophisticated tool. In this talk I will trace how the use of computers has transformed music making and how research in new instruments for music expression provides a glimpse to the future of human-computer interaction. Tzanetakis, Dr. GeorgeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
History—Victoria & BCThe Long Silence of the Vancouver Island (also known as the Douglas) Treaties of 1850-1854 ǂ (S) Between 1850 and 1854, 14 treaties were negotiated by a number of Vancouver Island First Nations with James Douglas, a Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Factor acting as agent of the Crown. This presentation is a cautionary tale about the subsequent silencing of the Vancouver Island Treaties (the “VI Treaties”), and also a search for ways to restore their voice. The talk begins with a short description of the creation of the initial, nearly complete, silencing. I present two long-neglected First Nation accounts of the VI Treaties, and compare them with the standard colonial narratives. I then argue that the written versions of the treaties do not accurately reflect the terms agreed upon at the treaty meetings. In my opinion the First Nations versions offer an alternate (and more convincing) narrative in which the agreements made were not to cede but to share the land and its resources. I describe the imposition and continuation of the second silencing. I compare the VI Treaties with Kemp’s Deed, entered into by Britain with the Ngai Tahu people of New Zealand in 1848, and the treaties entered into by the United States with Native Americans in Washington Territory during the 1850s.Vallance, Mr. NeilGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
Earth & OceansThe Rock Story: How Vancouver Island Came to Be (E M S) NEWRocks are our guide to the long history of planet Earth. Through a hands-on, interactive rock activity, we will hear the story of how Vancouver Island formed. Van der Flier-Keller, Dr. EileenAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Personal InterestsTo Antarctica by Sailboat NEW (E M S)Earth scientists visit some pretty extreme places. Join me for a virtual sailing trip across the Drake Passage to the continent which hosts around 90 per cent of the worlds' ice—and some pretty amazing wildlife. Van der Flier-Keller, Dr. EileenAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Health Care & MedicineNew and Better Tools for Cancer Diagnostics: a Case for Interdisciplinary Teamwork Nanotechnology offers some unique properties to materials, opening the possibility for better contrast agents for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which is one of the modern (cancer) imaging tools that gives us very detailed information. Despite all previous R&D there is still ample room for improvement.van Veggel, Dr. FrankProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
World AffairsThe European Union: Past, Present and Future (in English or Dutch, German French or Italian) (M S) NEWThis presentation introduces listeners to why the EU was created, what it has achieved and what challenges it faces today.Verdun, Dr. AmyProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsThe Euro: Has it Survived the Crisis or are We in for More? (in English or Dutch, German French or Italian) (M S) NEWThis presentation explains why the Euro was created, what challenges it faced during the recent crisis and what governance changes have been made to support the Euro. Has it been enough? What more might need to be done to secure Europe's single currency?Verdun, Dr. AmyProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Personal InterestsA Working Mom: How to have a Busy Job, a Working Husband, Kids and Keep Your Sanity (in English, Dutch, German, French or Italian) (M S) NEWVerdun, Dr. AmyProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Cultures Around the WorldThe Story of an African (Women's) Farm (M S)The Story of an African Farm tells the story of an inspiring women's cooperative vegetable farm in rural South Africa. The farm was established in a period of severe drought, malnutrition, and political tumult. It has delivered material and social value to the community for over 20 years and is a model for such community-rooted enterprise.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldSmall Farmers and Food Security: African Stories (M S) NEWVibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldMicro-managing: Households and Livelihoods in Africa (M S) NEWVibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Ethics & PhilosophyPolitical Correctness, Inclusivity and Freedom of Speech (M S) Research and debates on the origins of “political correctness”. Focus on PC (1) as a description of measures to reform language and practices in order to reduce social injustice, notably discrimination by race, gender, sexual orientation, disability etc., and (2) as an ideological tool used by those who oppose such measures.Warburton, Dr. RennieProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Sociology
Law & Justice IssuesRestorative Justice in the Community: Accountability to Victims Works for AllAs part of a community group, Peninsula Crossroads Community Justice, we work with situations that would normally or previously have either been ignored or would have wound their way through a lengthy court process. The police and the schools refer both youth and adult cases to our community group. Restorative justice brings the victim(s), those harmed, and the harm doers together whenever possible in order to determine what happened and how amends could be made. The process is both powerful and productive. This presentation will give examples of situations from the police or schools that have been dealt with in this potentially transformational way, followed by a discussion.Whittington, Dr. BarbProfessorDepartment of Social Work
Law & Justice IssuesHarassment and Human Rights: Problem, Response and Remedy NEWFor the last 25 years I have worked nationally and internationally, on campuses and communities, with organizations, groups and individuals to address the complicated issue of sexual harassment and to develop workable responses in policy and practice. There are many shades of grey in this work and it is important that the policy responses organizations develop don't also become the problem.Whittington, Dr. BarbProfessorDepartment of Social Work
World AffairsEthiopia: UVic Partnerships in Human Rights and Social Work Education NEWIn the last ten years UVic and Addis Ababa University have forged many creative and useful links. Educators from Ethiopia have traveled to Victoria and interned with various professors and human rights educators. UVic faculty have traveled to Ethiopia and had the opportunity to learn and teach there. Dealing with conflict in the context of culture, the development of teaching capacity and exchanging knowledge and life experience have enriched educators here and hopefully in Ethiopia.Whittington, Dr. BarbProfessorDepartment of Social Work
Education—GeneralInspiring Creativity (S)Creativity is a shared human characteristic. There is strong evidence that we can choose to be creative and this talk discusses the steps that anyone can take to inspire and enhance his or her creativity.Wiebe, Dr. MichelleAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
PsychologyUnderstanding Visual Persuasion (S) NEWWe are surrounded by persuasive visuals that impact our lives on a daily basis. This talk introduces the basic techniques used in persuasive visuals and also discusses how to spot them in visual communication.Wiebe, Dr. MichelleAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Animals & PlantsBones, Beaks and Teeth: A Comparative Look at Animal Skeletons (E M S)This talk is a hands-on look a different animal skulls including mammals and birds. Can be tailored for any age group. Wigen, Ms. BeckySenior Lab Instructor and Co-undergraduate AdvisorDepartment of Anthropology
Work & EmploymentThe Good Goals Workshop: Strategies for Performing Well in Dynamic Organizational Settings This session examines the issues associated with performance management in changing public sector environments and explores several strategies and tools that one may use to manage this process for oneself and for others.Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Business & EconomicsStrategic PlanningWikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Business & EconomicsProfessional Selling Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
History—GeneralThe Victoria Women's Movement Archives: Documenting Grassroots Feminism (S) The Victoria Women's Movement Archives opened in September 1995. It is a collaborative effort of women's groups in Victoria, the University of Victoria Archives, and the Department of Women's Studies. The Archives recognizes the important contributions that local women have made to the improvement of women's social, economic and political condition in the Victoria area. It provides a record of the events that have lead to the rich legacy of activism which has served all women in the Victoria area.Wilson, Ms. LaraUniversity ArchivistLibrary
History—GeneralThe Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Archives: Preserving Chinese Immigration History (S) Founded in 1884, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association was a crucial force in Victoria's immigrant history. The oldest Association of its kind in North America, the CCBA was an active participant in Canadian life, struggling to build an inclusive society and to gain individual and group rights for people of Chinese origin.Wilson, Ms. LaraUniversity ArchivistLibrary
Art & ArchitectureThe Artists Archives at UVic: Documenting Victoria's Influential Art Scene (S) UVic is strategically collecting the archives of historical and contemporary artists with strong links to the University, Victoria and Vancouver Island, and who have established a prominent reputation nationally and internationally. The archives of artists who have taught at UVic and whose works are a part of the University of Victoria Art Collections form a key part of these holdings. Artists include: Ted Harrison, Sandra Meigs, Robert Amos, and Glenn Howarth.Wilson, Ms. Lara University Archivist Library
Business & EconomicsUniversity Athletics, Academics and the Challenge of Congruence: Insights from Innovation, Organizational Trust and Institutional Theories (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business & EconomicsWest Meets East: Using Sport as a Lens for Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business & EconomicsSport and Economics: Exploring Research Synergy (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work & EmploymentUnderstanding Passion in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business & EconomicsUnderstanding Innovation in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
ScienceWhere Do Drugs Come From? (M S) A look at the process by which new medicines are designed, synthesized, evaluated and brought to market. Examples will include highlights and low points from the past few decades of the pharmaceutical world, and will incorporate drugs from nature together with wholly synthetic creations. Wulff, Prof. JeremyAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceMolecules that Changed History (M S) Have you ever wondered about the connection between Nazi gunpowder and modern agriculture? Or about the close molecular relationship between the mustard gas used in WWI and the early drugs used for cancer chemotherapy? What about the historical connection between the octane rating scale on gasoline and the invention of the birth control pill? Or about the molecular reason that Manhattan belongs to the United States and not to the Netherlands? This talk raises these and other examples, in an examination of history from a chemical perspective.Wulff, Prof. JeremyAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
Health Care & MedicineThe Canadian Health Care System: Our Values and Our System (in English and Turkish) (M S) This presentation reviews the Canadian health care system from the perspectives of Canadian values, and looks at how it was developed, how it affects the health of individuals, and its current challenges.Yazganoglu, Prof. ErdemSessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care & MedicineHow to Decide for a Medical Intervention (in English and Turkish) (M S) Both health care providers and patients need to make decisions about medical interventions. In many instances, there is no structured approach to these decisions. This presentation highlights the difficulties with these decisions and provides an approach.Yazganoglu, Prof. ErdemAdjunct Assistant Professor/Sessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care & MedicineDiagnostic Errors: How they Happen (in English and Turkish) (M S) Diagnostic errors are more prominent that other kinds medical errors but not caught easily. This presentation discusses how they happen and what can be done to reduce them.Yazganoglu, Prof. ErdemAdjunct Assistant Professor/Sessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
ScienceIs there a Superhero in You? (S) NEWBatman, Iron Man, and Batgirl are examples of superheroes who are pitched as just human beings grounded in hard work and achievement. This talk explores the kinesiology, neuroscience and biomedical underpinnings of these classic comic book superheroes and relates them back to us regular folks while answering the question, "Is there a superhero in you?”Zehr, Dr. E. PaulProfessor and DirectorCentre for Biomedical Research