Speakers Bureau 2017-2018 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
ScienceALTAIR: Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology (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 Contributions to the Discovery of the Higgs Boson at the ATLAS Experiment (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesVikes Nation: Building an Inclusive Community (E M S)This presentation covers how Vikes Nation was built at UVic to form an active, inclusive, community that students and community members are proud to join. Vikes Nation spans activities in athletics and recreation but also serves as an identity for everyone at UVic.Andrus, Mr. ZacAthletics Marketing and Campus Engagement Coordinator Vikes Athletics and Recreation
PoliticsThe Elephant in the Room: Politics and Social Media in America (M S) NEWThis talk covers current events in US politics, paying special attention to social media.Aragon, Dr. JanniDirector Technology Integrated LearningDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsProtect Your Digital Footprint: Digital Reputation Maintenance (M S) NEWAragon, Dr. JanniDirector Technology Integrated LearningDepartment of Political Science
Languages and LinguisticsThe Benefits of Bilingual Education (S) There are many advantages—linguistic, cognitive and scholastic—to studying a second language. This is of interest if you’re in a bilingual program, or if you’re considering one for your child.Archibald, Dr. JohnProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsThe Linguistics of a Second-language Accent (S)There are more bilingual brains on this planet than monolingual ones. When we speak (and listen to) a second language, we probably have an accent. Come and find out about the linguistics of second-language speech.Archibald, Dr. JohnProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Earth and 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 Niño/La Niña affect them?Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansHow Storms Impact the Coasts How do storms affect the ocean and impact the coast? How does the nature of the coast—water depth, type of beach material, coast shape—affect how a storm can cause impact? How do features like sandbars and rip-currents work? Why there are bigger waves in winter? Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansField Research in the Arctic The Canadian high Arctic is a place most people have never seen. In this photo tour, you’ll see what the it looks like—landforms, animals and some of the research taking place there.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansThe Coastal Regions of Alaska and the Arctic This presentation gives 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 and the Northwest Passage opening. Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansWeather Stations in the Icefields of the RockiesThis presentation includes an overview of how 10-metre weather towers were installed on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper and Banff, and an icefield in Nahanni National Park Reserve in the NWT. See examples of data and photos sent back from the stations, and learn about some of the problems with this sort of science.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Music, Film and TheatrePopular Music and Society (E M S)This customizable presentation uses popular music as a way to discuss some of the “big issues” in today's society, such as race, gender, feminism, social media, technology, copyright and fandom. Avdeeff, Dr. MelissaLimited term Assistant teaching ProfessorDepartment of Music
PsychologyHow to Study Based on Memory Research ǂ (S) What’s the best way to study and remember stuff? This talk reviews the best ways to study based on memory research by cognitive psychologists. It includes topics such as distinctiveness and levels of processing, desirable difficulties, and the importance of building contextual networks. Come away with a better idea of how people should study complex information—and remember most of it for a fairly long time!Baldassari, Mr. MarioGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyPsychology’s Effect on Eyewitness Identification: Past and Future ǂ (S) Police procedures involving suspect lineups and eyewitnesses have changed significantly in the last 30 years, due in large part to recommendations made by experimental psychologists. This talk covers the major changes that have taken place, outlines the hottest current debate in the field, and introduces several new tools and types of lineups that psychologists are testing for implementation in the future.Baldassari, Mr. MarioGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Work and EmploymentDesigning, Managing and Evaluating Projects and Programs (in English and French) (E M S) NEWThis talk highlights various approaches to program and project design, management, and evaluation. A focus on innovative and practical tools and processes that ensure effective outcomes and accountability is provided. Attention is paid to complex and collaborative projects and programs.Barnes, Dr. MariaAdjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Personal InterestsMentoring (in English and French) (E M S) NEWThe benefits of mentoring are extraordinary, and provide one of the biggest returns on investment when it comes to individual and organizational learning and outcomes. How to be a mentor or protégé is explored, and facilitation of speed-mentoring sessions is available.Barnes, Dr. MariaAdjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Personal InterestsHow the Federal Government Works (in English and French) (E M S) NEWGovernments are in our lives in countless ways, many of them not readily apparent to citizens. With a focus on the federal government, learn how Canada remains a safe, healthy and prosperous nation, and why we’re the envy of other countries around the globe.Barnes, Dr. MariaAdjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Personal InterestsDecision-making, Governance and Accountability (in English and French) (E M S) NEWWe make decisions every day. What are the cognitive biases that shape our thinking? What role does risk play? At the organizational level, to what extent does evidence-based deliberation take place? What elements and best practices exist to ensure decision-makers are accountable for their actions?Barnes, Dr. MariaAdjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Personal InterestsLean Back: The Mindfulness Guide to Making Life's Difficult Decisions (in English and French) (E M S) NEWThe achievement of individual objectives is a prevalent force in North American society. Exploring the juxtaposition of our everyday reality with the wisdom of "being in the moment" and developing contentment is the focus of this presentation. Academic insights and personal reflections from a certified yoga teacher and executive are offered to provide perspective on when it’s optimal to "push forward" and when it may be a better strategy to "lean back."Barnes, Dr. MariaAdjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Health Care and MedicineMachine Learning and Cancer: Improving Radiation Therapy (M S) NEWAbout half of all cancer patients receive radiation as a form of treatment. A challenge of radiation therapy is that the tumour can move during radiation treatment. This talk describes powerful computer algorithms can be used to predict how much a tumour moves, helping to reduce the side-effects from this treatment.Basran, Dr. Parminder S. Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy/Medical Physics
Health Care and MedicineHitting the Target: Big Data, Medical Physics, and What You had for Dinner in Precision Radiation Therapy (M S) NEWWhen using radiation for cancer therapy, the precision of treatments needs to be very high—typically millimetres or smaller! This talk describes how we deliver high-precision radiation and how simple things— like what you had for dinner last night—can affect the targeting of cancer.Basran, Dr. Parminder S. Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy/Medical Physics
Health Care and MedicineImaging in Cancer: Past, Present and Future (M S) NEWToday, most people would have likely received a CAT (CT) scan, PET scan or MRI scan, but what does all that mean? How are these images formed? This talk describes the basics of these powerful imaging techniques, along with their origins and future directions.Basran, Dr. Parminder S. Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy/Medical Physics
Personal InterestsSocial Media in the Medical Sciences (M S) NEWSocial media is a powerful tool. And it’s highly addictive and often distracting. Can social media be used for "useful" purposes in health care? This talk explores some ways patients, researchers and educators have used social media within the health care environment.Basran, Dr. Parminder S. Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy/Medical Physics
Personal InterestsBeer, Physics and Medicine (M S) NEWWhat do beer, physics and medicine have in common? Much more than you think!Basran, Dr. Parminder S. Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy/Medical Physics
Personal InterestsMarie Curie: Legacy of the Worlds' First Medical Physicist (M S) NEWAnyone with a scientific background will likely know of Marie Curie—the only woman to have won two Nobel prizes, and in different subjects! But do you know how she transformed health care?Basran, Dr. Parminder S. Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy/Medical Physics
Ethics and PhilosophyExistential Philosophy (S) This talk explores some fundamentals of Existentialist philosophy through some of its iconic literary narratives: Dostoevsky, Sartre and Camus.Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyImagining Perfection: The Importance of Utopian Ideals (S) This talk offers 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 and PhilosophyEthics by Example? The Hero in Contemporary Cinema (S) How can we think about the moral affect popular cinema has on our culture? This talk suggests how action films, through their portrayal of heroes and heroic behaviour, provide us with an ethical landscape for the narratives of our lives.Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
History—GeneralCafés and Canvases: Parisian Modernity in the Second Empire (E M S) NEWThe Second Empire birthed what we now know as Modern Paris, a place of romance and spectacle. Those witnessing the changes first-hand were overwhelmed, but these changes were not always appreciated and often heightened social tensions. Residents of Paris all engaged with these major shifts in a variety of ways, and artists provide us with tangible reactions to the modernity of 1850-1870.Berry, Dr. MelissaSessional Lecturer Department of Art History and Visual Studies
Art and ArchitectureThe Birth of Impressionism (E M S) NEWImpressionism is too often fodder for calendars and greeting cards but its emergence coincided with a politically tumultuous period in France. Beneath the surface of these popular works are themes of social unrest, class tensions, and a revolution of the engrained academic structures of art production and distribution. Berry, Dr. MelissaSessional LecturerDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Art and ArchitectureHow to Sell a Shark: Art Market Strategies from the 19th Century to Today (E M S) NEWToday's art market emerged in the late 19th century and while the art has changed drastically, the structures surrounding its distribution have not. Walking through the birth of the modern art gallery in London and then Paris, as well as dealers' early selling tactics, demonstrate that indeed there’s nothing new under the sun.Berry, Dr. MelissaSessional LecturerDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Cultures Around the WorldItalian Culture (in English or Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldItalian Language (in English, Spanish or Italian) (S) NEWBettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldMothering Studies (in English, Spanish or Italian) (S)Bettaglio, Dr. MarinaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Languages and LinguisticsTeaching Pronunciation in the Context of Indigenous Language Revitalization (in English or French) (M S) This talk addresses normal variation in the way people pronounce things; how pronunciation can differ between generations and between speakers with different fluency levels; how pronunciation might be affected by learning through literacy (rather than strictly orally); and what teachers and learners of a second language can expect in terms pronunciation challenges.Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsTeaching Pronunciation Through Visual Feedback Techniques (in English or French) (M S) This talk addresses pronunciation challenges that are faced by people with specific speech impediments, or who are learning an additional language. Starting with 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 is 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) This talk explores the challenges and rewards of taking small children into the wild. In her spare time, the speaker goes on extended wilderness canoe paddles with her husband and two young children.Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
World AffairsBeyond Minorities: The Many Histories of Islam in India (in English or Bengali) (S) Bose, Dr. NeileshAssistant Professor and Canada Research ChairDepartment of History
World AffairsContemporary Indian Politics (in English or Bengali) (S) NEWBose, Dr. NeileshAssistant Professor and Canada Research ChairDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldReligion in India (in English or Bengali) (S) NEWBose, Dr. NeileshAssistant Professor and Canada Research ChairDepartment of History
World AffairsIslam in South Asia (in English or Bengali) (S) NEWBose, Dr. NeileshAssistant Professor and Canada Research ChairDepartment of History
World AffairsSouth Asian Migrations (in English or Bengali) (S) NEWBose, Dr. NeileshAssistant Professor and Canada Research ChairDepartment of History
Music, Film and TheatreO Brother Where Art Thou and The Odyssey (M S) This talk discusses 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 and TheatreHercules: Greek Myth or Disney? (M S) This talk compares the Greek myths about Hercules to the Disney version of the story.Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralCleopatra, Hellenistic Queen (M) This talk discusses 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)This talk discusses 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 S) Are 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’ll 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 (E M)Bowman, Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Child and Teen DevelopmentPromoting Healthy Living for Children through Self-regulation and Emotion Regulation (E) NEW“Father pleads for the arrest of uncontrollable son,” “Public pressure grows to try teenager as adult in brutal attack on senior,” “Child threatens father with knife.” These news headlines illustrate the increasing challenges faced by parents and educators in supporting the ability of children to self-regulate their emotions. What do parents and pre-school educators say? This presentation examines how 150 parents and 15 pre-school educators defined self-regulation and emotion regulation, explained how self-regulation and emotion regulation are acquired, and explored their roles as caregivers in this process. They also identified how self-regulation and emotion regulation in the pre-school years can support the transition from pre-school to the primary years. Boyer, Dr. WandaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsSavvy Self-Management for Caregivers (E) NEWThis presentation encourages us to explore the topic of care- giving with dignity and self-respect. We need to ask ourselves: what tools do we need to deal with the demands placed on us?Boyer, Dr. WandaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Environment and SustainabilityThe Future of Water Law and Policy NEWThis presentation explores the elements and attributes of modern water law and focuses on the emerging model for watershed governance in BC. It also addresses the successful conditions for watershed governance, and explores how a watershed governance regime can build resilience in dealing with an increasingly uncertain world and the priority of water sustainability.Brandes/Simms, Mr./Ms. Oliver/RosieCo Director/Researcher and Coordinator Centre for Global Studies, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Environment and SustainabilityPutting the "Sustainable" in BC's New Water Law With elements of BC’s new Water Sustainability Act in force since February 2016, the province has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a leader in freshwater protection. This presentation highlights the critical legal components needed to put the "sustainable" in the Water Sustainability Act, including protection of groundwater and flows for nature, and improved planning and governance.Brandes/Simms, Mr./Ms. Oliver/RosieCo Director/Researcher and Coordinator Centre for Global Studies, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Environment and SustainabilityCollaborative Consent: Moving Toward Co-governance for BC’s Water NEWCollaborative consent is a concept that has emerged from the Northwest Territories to describe the decision-making process used to develop Mackenzie River water management agreements. This presentation introduces the concept of collaborative consent as a pathway to building respectful shared-decision making processes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, highlighting the opportunity to adopt collaborative consent in freshwater decision-making in BC.Brandes/Simms, Mr./Ms. Oliver/RosieCo Director/Researcher and Coordinator Centre for Global Studies, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Earth and OceansOil Spills and their Impacts on Shorelines ǂ (E M S) NEWThis talk discusses oil spills in Canada, response methods and remediation (clean up) strategies. Britton, Mr. LeeGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansOil Spill Preparedness in Canada ǂ (E M S) NEWBritton, Mr. LeeGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansSpills of Diluted Bitumen in Canada ǂ (E M S) NEWThis talk discusses bitumen refining and diluted bitumen production.Britton, Mr. LeeGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography
World AffairsBorders, Boundaries, Frontiers and Borderlands (in English or French) (S) More than ever before in this complex world, borders are playing a very important role in filtering migrations and trade. This talk describes and how states, primarily in North America and in Europe, are re-thinking their bordering policies, affecting both trade and migration policies.Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsBrexit and the EU Migration Crisis (in English or French) (S) NEWBrunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
History—GeneralA History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (S) (Jan-April)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
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesPhysical Literacy: Staying Physically Active for Your Life ǂ (M S) NEWIndividuals who are “physically literate” move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments. This talk review processes to help people prioritize movement and physical activity as part of their lifestyle.Buxcey, Mr. JohnGraduate StudentSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsTouring the Yukon and Alaska (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of these northern frontiers.Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education in the SchoolsHow to Measure a School? (S)This presentation offers various ways to decide how well a given school performs: academically and socially, compared to other schools, including similar schools. How does a parent decide which school he or she prefers?Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education in the SchoolsThe Fraser Institute’s Report on Schools: What Does it Really Mean? (S)This presentation compares the Fraser Institute report on a given school with other similar schools, and analyzes the causes of differences.Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTouring the Midi Canal in Southern France (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of this region.Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsThe Baja Bash: Mazatlan to San Diego by Boat (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of this region.Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsA Band Trip to Cuba (S) NEWThis presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of this island nation.Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Environment and SustainabilityCorporate Power, Fossil Fuels and Climate Crisis Although climate scientists agree that massive reductions in carbon emissions must be made to prevent runaway global warming, deeply entrenched corporate interests present many obstacles to change. This presentation analyzes those obstacles and asks what strategies and policies might promote the transition to a post-carbon economy.Carroll, Prof. WilliamProfessorDepartment of Sociology
History—Victoria and BCBishop’s Beautiful Books: The Seghers Collection at UVic (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S)This presentation showcases some of the treasures in a collection of ancient books initiated by the second bishop of Victoria, Charles Seghers (1839-1886) and now on permanent loan at UVic. Some 3,500 titles attest to the Catholic culture of the first decades of Victoria Western settlement.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsThe Magic of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S)The comic series Calvin and Hobbes provides an escape, “out of the box" to its readers. This presentation takes 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"? 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 (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S) What is a city? How does it change through the ages and keep its own distinct identity? This virtual visit to Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods that 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 (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S)Christine de Pizan (1364–c. 1430) became one of the most important French authors when (and because) she was widowed. An exceptional writer and fighter for women's rights, she wrote poetry and prose on the 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 (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S) What is a city? How does it change through the ages and keep its own distinct identity? This visit of Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods that 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 (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S) What is a city? How does it change through the ages and keep its own distinct identity? This visit of Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods that 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
Music, Film and TheatreEdith Piaf, the Parisian “Sparrow” (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S) Spend half an hour with the music, the lyrics and the life of an iconic singer of the 20th century. This talk includes slides and songs, giving context to the phenomenal success met by a street singer, now a symbol for French culture across the world. Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureThe Revolution of Anatomy: the Renaissance Discovery of the Human Body (Jan-April) (in English or French) (S) In 1543, young physician, Andreas Vesalius published what has been called "the most beautiful book" ever made: a splendid album of anatomy where the 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? This presentation comprises many photographs of this masterpiece; UVic owns a copy of this treatise.Cazes , Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
ScienceCancer Nanotechnology: Improving Cancer Treatment (S) NEW Cancer treatment can be improved using the latest technologies, such as nanotechnology. Better knowledge of the nano-bio interface will lead to improved tools for diagnostic imaging and therapy. As a step in this direction, gold nanoparticles are being used to understand how size, shape and surface properties of nanoparticles affect their intracellular fate. These studies will help us build better nanotechnology-based platforms for cancer care.Chithrani, Dr. DevikaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Personal InterestsThe Battle Against Cancer: The Scientific Approach and the Individual Approach (S) NEWCancer can be prevented in some cases by improving the immune system early in life. This includes proper diet and physical exercise. This presentation focuses on the missing piece—the mental discipline needed to develop a strong mind as well.Chithrani, Dr. DevikaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Health Care and MedicineA Look into the Eye: How the Retina Works and Advances in 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 it. 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
Health Care and MedicineConcussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (E M S) This talk presents some of the issues around diagnosis of concussions and discuss new research on the topic. The speaker can also talk about potential new therapies for speeding up recovery from concussion. Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineThe Benefits of Exercise for Your Brain (E M S) NEWThis talk discusses the benefits of exercise and how it impacts the structure and function of the brain. Learn about recent research findings in a way that will engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
History—GeneralGood Food, Bad Sex: Connections Between Food and Sex from the Ancient Greeks to Today NEWThis talk combines the history of sexuality and the history of food to explore how ancient ideas about the sexual risks associated with certain foods have transformed and continued throughout the centuries, with a focus on Anglo-American history.Cleves, Dr. Rachel HopeProfessorDepartment of History
Health Care and MedicinePersonal and Professional Perspectives of Dementia Care (S) NEWCloutier , Dr. DeniseAssociate ProfessorInstitute on Aging and Lifelong Health
Health Care and MedicineUsing an Assets-based Approach in the Care of Older Adults (S) NEWCloutier , Dr. DeniseAssociate ProfessorInstitute on Aging and Lifelong Health
History—GeneralThe First Treaties: The Roots of Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada (in English or French) (M S)This talk explores the 500-year history of alliances and treaties involving the Indigenous peoples of what is now Canada and settlers who arrived from Europe and elsewhere after 1500. Its focus is on the lesser-known treaties negotiated before Confederation in 1867, from the Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes. Cook, Dr. PeterAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Environment and SustainabilityMicroplastics in the Marine Environment: Context and Prevention ǂ (E M S)This talk focuses on marine microplastic pollution in BC and ingestion by cultured and wild shellfish. It also includes information on global microplastic research and what each of us can do to reduce plastic use and microplastic release into the ocean in everyday life—such as avoiding single use plastic, recycling, and avoiding synthetic clothing and other products.Covernton, Mr. GarthGraduate StudentDepartment of Biology
Earth and OceansEarthquake Early Warning for BC (S)UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada is in a unique position to detect subduction earthquakes through the operation of sensor networks on land and on the seafloor. Learn about the prototype earthquake early warning system already in place, and how it will be expanded and enhanced to provide early warning to the residents of southwestern BC.Crosby, Mr. BobRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Earth and OceansThe Fukushima Disaster and Radiation in the Pacific Ocean: What Does It Mean for BC? (M S)The mega-thrust earthquake in March 2011 off the coast of Japan and the subsequent tsunami led to globally significant releases of radioactive elements from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. 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
Personal InterestsWhat Does It Take to Be Canada’s Next Astronaut? The 2016 Astronaut Recruitment Campaign (M S) NEWIn June 2016, the Canadian Space Agency issued the fourth call in its history to recruit two new astronauts. There have been only 12 astronauts in the history of the agency, eight of whom have flown in space. Canadian astronauts must be resourceful, experienced in a technical profession and display integrity and the best judgment. The selection process is difficult, both physically and mentally, and competition is fierce to earn one of the spots. This presentation chronicles the speaker’s own journey and experiences in the competition, from one of almost 4,000 applicants to the shortlist of 72 candidates and beyond.Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
ScienceLearning about Conspiracy Theories: Why Do People Choose to Reject Science? (M S) NEWThe triple disaster of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdowns that struck Japan in March 2011 led to the release of massive amounts of radioactive isotopes into the environment. Despite the high local levels in Japan, and global reach of contamination from Fukushima, the international scientific community has determined that the short and long-term impacts on environmental and human health will be difficult to detect. While most public response to the speaker’s work on the Fukushima disaster has been positive, he has faced attacks on his professional and personal integrity. This lecture explores how and why individuals choose to reject science and expertise, and what the consequences of such a mindset are for public policy on complicated and/or controversial matters.Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Languages and LinguisticsThe Myth of Kids These Days and the Ruin of the Language(M S) NEWLiving languages are in a constant state of change. This talk reviews common myths on the language of youth and discusses the critical role they play in the ongoing evolution of individual languages, focusing in particular on English.D’Arcy, Dr. AlexandraAssociate Professor Department of Linguistics
Education—GeneralThe Value of Being a Volunteer (E M S)The 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.Davie , Ms. MarleneAlumni Engagement OfficerAlumni Relations
Law and Justice IssuesLegalizing Paid Gestational Surrogacy in Canada: What, Why and How (M S) NEWThis talk explains the current ban on commercial surrogacy and why it should be eliminated. Included are the basics of how a public-run paid surrogacy system could work.Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaProfessorFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesEntangled Oppressions: Race, Gender and Species (M S) NEWThis talk explains why sexism, racism and species-ism are entwined concepts and oppressive forces.Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaProfessorFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesAnimals, Culture and the Law: What's Wrong with Treating Animals as Property (M S) NEWThis talk explains the cultural roots of law's dismal treatment of animals and the arguments for why the status of animals as property should change. The talk also outlines proposed alternatives to treating animals legally as objects.Deckha , Prof. ManeeshaProfessor Faculty of Law
History—GeneralThe British Monarchy: Why Does the Royal Family Travel So Much? (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe War of the Windsors: Charles and Diana, 1981-1997 (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralMurder and the Media in Victorian England (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Road Hill Murder of 1860: A Great Victorian Mystery (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralJack the Ripper and the Royal Family: Murder and Myth (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
LiteratureThe Birth of the English Detective Novel (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralBad Kings: Edward VIII and the Abdication Crisis (1936) (M S) NEWDevereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Earth and OceansOcean Networks Canada: Operating the World’s Leading Ocean Observatories (MS) Starting with the installation of VENUS in the Salish Sea in 2006, NEPTUNE in the northeast Pacific in 2009, and the Cambridge Bay Observatory in the Arctic in 2012, UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada is the world leader in the design, operations and innovation associated with advanced ocean observatory systems. Observing sensors are installed across a wide range of marine environments, from near the Fraser River out to the Endeavour Hot Vents in the open ocean. The presentation provides a broad overview of the observatories and the pure and applied science they support.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, Science ServicesOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansReal-time Monitoring of the Arctic: ONC’s Cambridge Bay Ocean Observatory (S) In 2012, UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada installed a real-time cabled ocean observatory in the Arctic waters of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. This Arctic observatory includes a weather station and in-water, under-ice sensors that monitor in real-time the marine conditions in this coastal region. Seasonal sea-ice forms above the sensors, which include a shallow water ice profiler to measure the sea-ice thickness. All this and real-time data will be presented.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, Science ServicesOcean Networks Canada
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesHealth and Staying Physically Active as We Grow OlderThis presentation addresses the importance of staying active as we grow older, dealing with some important health issues in a lighthearted way. The presentation covers 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 are included with time to address specific questions.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFun, Fitness and FatnessThis presentation asks the question—are you eating right and getting enough physical activity to have health benefits? —and discusses the merits of different types of physical activity. The presentation examines some serious health issues in a lighthearted way (no pun intended!).Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and 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 and 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 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 ways to improve 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 and 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 and Healthy LifestylesBoosting or Maintaining 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 completed by a group in Victoria (For The Love of Africa Society) in the area of Dodoma, Tanzania, and the cumulative impact they’re now having. Since 2004, teams have gone to work in Dodoma alongside the local people—a rewarding experience for the locals and team members. The presentation describes the projects and the measured impact they’re having.Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesYour Amazing Brain: A Look at How It Works and What It Does (E M)This is an interactive session with lots of Q and A’s and some hands- on learning for younger children.Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and 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 of 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
LiteratureAmerican Literature and the Religious Right (S) NEWThis talk discusses the surprising re-emergence of conservative Christianity as a powerful political and social force since the 1960s, and the consequences of that emergence for mainstream American literature. Douglas, Dr. ChristopherProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureFundamentalism and Literature (S) NEWThis talk discusses how Christian fundamentalism shows up in famous novels like Left Behind, The Shack, and This Present Darkness.Douglas, Dr. ChristopherProfessorDepartment of English
Business and EconomicsRupture and Recovery: Small BC Communities and Global Capital ǂ NEWThis talk examines how small resource-dependent communities are affected by ruptures associated with global recessions and how they respond. It examines: the degree to which communities understand their relationship with the global economy and how that affects their response to rupture; how attitudes toward place shape community responses to rupture; how community perceptions about the nature and attributes of their local economies affect the decisions they make; the strategies employed to address economic and social challenges; and how the deployment of governance at various scales impact the social and economic health of the community.Dunsmoor-Farley, Ms. DyanGraduate StudentInterdisciplinary Program INTD
LiteratureLiterature of the Victorian Era (1837-1901) ǂ (M S) This talk focuses on “the sage,” a well-remarked figure in Victorian studies whose writings respond to the political, economic, religious, scientific and technological changes of the 19th century. The sage acts as a social commentator to call attention to issues of injustice. Sage writing offers an ideal starting point for addressing questions about how and why to read Victorian literature. This presentation focuses on the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the novels of George Eliot, but can include a wider range of writers, such as Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, Matthew Arnold and Christina Rossetti.Dyck, Ms. DenaeGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Child and Teen DevelopmentChildhood Stress (E M)This talk looks at types and sources of childhood stress and suggests ways that parents and teachers can help reduce this stress.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child and Teen DevelopmentParenting Preschool Children (E M)This presentation talks about the needs of young children and how parents, teachers and child care professionals can help promote their social development.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Languages and LinguisticsLaryngeal Function in Voice Production (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsAccents, Dialects and Voice Qualities (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsSounds of the World's Languages (S) Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsHow Babies Acquire the Capacity to Speak (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsThe International Phonetic Alphabet (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsBeekeeping (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Environment and SustainabilityUsing Tree Rings to Prepare for the Future ǂ (in English or French) (E M S) NEWThis talk presents basic knowledge of tree-ring science (aka dendrochronology) and how tree rings are used to study environmental change of the past such as drought, ice ages, glacier loss, and so on. Knowing more about past environmental changes gives us an idea of what climate might be like in the future.Farmer, Ms. LaurenGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityClimate Change: Long-term and Global Modelling (in English and Dutch) (E M S) NEWFeddems, Dr. Johannes ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityGlobal Land Cover Change and Impacts on Climate (in English and Dutch) (E M S) NEWFeddems, Dr. Johannes ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityUrban Climate (in English and Dutch) (E M S) NEWFeddems, Dr. Johannes ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Law and Justice IssuesConvicting the Innocent: Wrongful Convictions in Canada (Sept-Dec) (S)In recent years, an alarming number of incidents have been uncovered involving the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of innocent people. Donald Marshall, David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin are a few of the better-known examples. In this talk, the common causes for these miscarriages of justice and the possible remedies to reduce or eliminate these failures in our justice system are explored.Ferguson, Prof. GerryDistinguished ProfessorFaculty of Law
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesEating Well 101: Hungry for Knowledge (E M S) NEWThis is an interactive presentation on the basics of healthy eating that can be geared to any age group from kindergarten to seniors.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFuel Your Fire (E M S) NEWThis talk explores the physical and mental symptoms that many people experience from poor food and drink choices and makes practical recommendations for improving what you eat and how you feel.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesDiet and ADHD (E M S) NEWThis talk explores the connection between nutrition and mental health and provides practical recommendations for improving food and drink choices to support the management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFad Diets: Health or Hype? (E M S) NEWThis interactive presentation examines various trendy fad diets (e.g. paleo, intermittent fasting, gluten-free, cleanses) and the pros and cons of each one.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesTop Five Nutrition Questions: How Eating Influences Performance and Well-being (E M S) NEWThis presentation is geared toward those working with students and how to recognize symptoms of poor nutrition and its impact on performance and well-being. Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFood Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances (E M S) NEWThis presentation teaches the basics of food allergy management, anaphylaxis treatment and the prevention of reactions through minimizing cross-contamination and maximizing consumer communication.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesLiving on Less: Eating Well on a Budget (E M S) NEWThis presentation dispels the myth that healthy food costs more and takes too long to prepare, providing practical recommendations for grocery shopping and food preparation that are sustainable and affordable.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Personal InterestsEat Well, Age Well (E M S) NEWThis talk explores the nutrition and food concerns of older adults and reviews the Anti-Inflammatory diet, making practical recommendations for healthier food choices as we age.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Personal InterestsKnow Your Ingredients: A Critical Assessment of What You Put On and In Your Body (E M S) NEWWhat we put on and in our bodies may be having an impact on our health, from inflammation to cancer risk. This talk will help you understand more about food additives and preservatives, as well as common ingredients of concern in body care and household products.Fetterly, Ms. Nicole Registered DietitianFood Services (and Student Health)
Environment and SustainabilityFrom Trees to Bluebirds: The Communication of Conservation on Vancouver Island (MS) NEWThis presentation looks at how we talk about science and conservation, and what the barriers are to uptake and engagement among target audiences.Fisher, Mrs. AlinaResearch ManagerSchool of Environmental Studies
Languages and LinguisticsTeaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (S) Teaching ESL refers to teaching English to speakers of other languages within a country where English is spoken as a native language. Teaching EFL refers to teaching English overseas, in the learners' native culture. There are very different approaches depending where English is taught, and this talk reviews the key issues. Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsSwitching Languages While Talking (S) Many bilingual families wonder why and how their children switch back and forth so easily between English and their native language. This talk reviews the fascinating topic of such switching, or "codeswitching," emphasizing that it’s usually grammatical and serves important communicative functions.Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Environment and SustainabilitySolar Cells and Alternative Energy Technologies: Challenges and Prospects (E M S) This talk covers the history of the science behind photovoltaics (solar cells, inorganic and organic), trends in new types of solar cells, energy requirements, political and economic considerations, and comparison to other alternative energy technologies.Frank, Dr. NatiaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceMagnetism: Its History and Implications in Technology and Health (E M S) This talk looks at the origin of the magnetic fields in planetary dynamics, the Earth's magnetic field and its reversals over history, the role of magnetic fields in the migratory behaviour of hundreds of species, and the role of magnetism in medicine and data storage technologies.Frank , Dr. NatiaAssociate Professor Department of Chemistry
Personal InterestsNutrition Management: Do We Care? (in English or French) (E M S) NEWTeaching this summerFrankl, Dr. MilanSessional Instructor School of Health Information Science
Personal InterestsDecision-making: Experience or Science? (in English or French) (E M S) NEWTeaching this summerFrankl, Dr. MilanSessional Instructor School of Health Information Science
World AffairsRussian Foreign Policy NEWThis presentation looks at how US President Trump is considering accepting a Russian zone of influence in Eastern Europe to reach reconciliation with Russia. The president is unlikely to achieve his goal. What Russia is seeking is more than a zone of influence—it wants to be recognized as a great power equal in status with the US.Fraser, Dr. DerekAdjunct Professor, Associate FellowCentre for Global Studies
World AffairsUnderstanding Ukraine NEWThis presentation looks at how Ukraine has been hampered in achieving a stable democracy. Ukraine had no previous experience as an independent state, it lacked much of the apparatus of a state, had never experienced democracy, had no knowledge of a market economy, and did not receive an offer of EU membership. Russia has sought to block Ukraine’s move toward democracy and the West.Fraser, Dr. DerekAdjunct Professor, Associate FellowCentre for Global Studies
World AffairsUkrainian-Russian Relations NEWThis presentation looks at how Russia has long sought to bring the Ukraine back under its control. The invasion in the Donbas region of the Ukraine part of that effort.Fraser, Dr. DerekAdjunct Professor, Associate FellowCentre for Global Studies
Animals and PlantsCarnivore Ecology Using Motion-activated Remote Cameras ǂ (E M S) NEWThis talk is focused on the activity patterns of mammalian carnivores over a 24-hour cycle and how different species divide their activity time to make co-existence easier.Frey, Ms. SandraGraduate StudentSchool of Environmental Studies
Education—GeneralThe Humanities and the Sciences: The Concept of Experience (in English or French) (S) This presentation looks at an alternate way of understanding the difference between the humanities and the other sciences.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Ethics and PhilosophyThe Philosophy of Giorgio Agamben (in English or French) (S) This talk focuses on this important philosopher, known for his approach to theories of biopolitics/biopower and potentiality.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralEuropean Thought and Culture Since 1700 (in English or French) (S) This talk examines European thought and culture since 1700: on topics related to enlightenment, romanticism, modernism and postmodernism.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Literature19th-Century French Literature and Culture (in English or French) (S)This talk discusses 19th-century French literature and culture: the role of science, industry and politics in literary production.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Music, Film and TheatreFrench Cinema (in English or French) (S) This talk examines 19th-century French literature and culture: the role of science, industry and politics in literary production.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsThe Tour de France (in English or French) (S)Learn about the Tour de France from its many aspects as a dynamic sporting event, and as a historical, cultural, political and economic phenomenon.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Cultures Around the WorldSports as Cultural Practice: Taking an Anthropological Approach (in English or French) (S) While sport increasingly participates in the process of globalization, it nonetheless has a history and culturally specific differences which contradict universalizing conceptions of human behaviour such as those of game theory. Anthropology has shown a different way of understanding this behaviour, and sports is an ideal ground to examine such questions.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureEuropean Literature Since 1700 (in English or French) (S) This presentation can discuss any topic in literature from the Enlightenment onward, from Voltaire to the present. It can also include topics such as the Enlightenment novel, romantic and modernist poetry, and postmodern culture.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyWhat Does Language Look Like in the Brain? (S) NEWThis talk explores how we can use computers and brain imaging to chart the flow of information in the human brain during reading.Fyshe, Dr. AlonaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Environment and SustainabilityA Private and Social Costs Comparison of New Electric vs Hybrid vs Gasoline Vehicles in BC NEWHow economical are green vehicles? This talk presents a five-year cost and monthly payment comparison of the 2017 Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Prius and Corolla. The comparison estimates costs to the buyer, but also calculates total social costs (costs to the buyer plus the cost of CO2 emissions). Also up for discussion—other issues to take into account when choosing between electric, hybrid, and gasoline vehicles.Gagne, Dr. LyndaAssistant ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesExercise is Medicine (E M S) NEWPhysical inactivity is among the top four modifiable risk factors related to non-communicable disease. This talk discusses how exercise and physical activity is effective across all ages (children to seniors) in enhancing health and treating, managing and preventing a large number of chronic diseases.Gaul, Dr. KathyProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesUsing Physical Activity to Reduce Your Health Risks (E M S) NEWPhysical inactivity is among the top four modifiable risk factors related to non-communicable disease. This talk discusses how exercise and physical activity is effective across all ages (children to seniors) in enhancing health and treating, managing and preventing a large number of chronic diseases.Gaul, Dr. KathyProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesExercise for People with Chronic Disease (E M S) NEWPhysical inactivity is among the top four modifiable risk factors related to non-communicable disease. This talk discusses how exercise and physical activity is effective across all ages (children to seniors) in enhancing health and treating, managing and preventing a large number of chronic diseases.Gaul, Dr. KathyProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
PsychologyBrain and Behaviour: A Beginners Guide to Functional Neuroanatomy (E M S) Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyNeuroimaging: Translating Advances in Neuroimaging into Clinical Applications (E M S) Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineAging and Alzheimer's Disease: Psychological Factors Involved in Aging (E M S) Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyConcussion: What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and How Does It Impact Behaviour? (E M S)Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyMultiple Sclerosis: Changes in the Brain and Cognition Function (E M S) Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
ScienceImaging Worlds Beyond Our Solar System ǂ (S) NEWThe past 20 years has seen the dawn of a new field in astronomy—the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, which are planets orbiting around stars in other solar systems. This talk explores exoplanet imaging, which uses powerful telescopes and specially designed optical systems to distinguish an exoplanet from the overwhelming glare of its host star. Come prepared to see real pictures of other worlds! Gerard, Mr. BenjaminGraduate StudentDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
PsychologyThe Dragons of Inaction: Why We Don't Do What We ShouldWe 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 climate change and sustainability actions, but the dragons might also apply to diet, exercise and other good works.Gifford, Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyModern Views of PersonalityGifford , Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
History—GeneralThe Fort at Yorke Island, 1937-1945 ǂ (in English or French) (E M S) NEWMany Canadians, including British Columbians, have never heard of Yorke Island north of Campbell River, and are unaware that a substantial defence fort was built there in the late 1930s. This pictorial presentation answers questions about where Yorke Island is, why its location was considered strategic to the war effort, and what the soldiers and sailors who were posted there did as part of their military duties. Much of the research is derived from personal interviews with veterans who served at the fort and interviews with local residents who lived near the island and remember what it was like when hundreds of men descended on their communities to build and man the fort.Gilbert, Ms. CatherineGraduate StudentDepartment of History
History—GeneralIt’s a Maritime War: The Boats and Men that Protected BC and Beyond During WWII ǂ (in English or French) (E M S) NEWDuring WW II, the Canadian army, navy and air force each constructed their own boats and ships to be employed in service of the war. Many of these vessels, including fishermen’s boats and other commercial vessels, patrolled the west coast. Their crew performed a variety of duties including mine-sweeping, looking out for enemy submarines, laying cable, bringing supplies to coastal defence sites and transporting military personnel. It was dangerous work! Many images used in this presentation come from private collections and the stories told are personal recollections.Gilbert, Ms. CatherineGraduate StudentDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCNaming the Named: The Surveying, Mapping and Naming of BC’s Coast ǂ (in English or French) (E M S) NEWHow did all the islands and features around Vancouver Island and the region of Victoria get their names? When Captain George Vancouver came to the west coast in 1792 aboard HMS Discovery, he named many of its geographical features without adopting Indigenous place names. In 1860, Captain George Richards of the Royal Hydrographic Society came to Esquimalt to begin a thorough survey of the coast based on Vancouver’s work. Richards retained many of the Indigenous names we recognize today. Find out more at this fascinating historical presentation.Gilbert, Ms. CatherineGraduate StudentDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCThe Nootka Crisis ǂ (in English or French) (E M S)NEWIn June 1789, the Spanish, under the leadership of Esteban Jose Martinez, built a substantial fort at Friendly Cove (Yuquot) at Nootka Sound, below where the lighthouse stands today. What became of the fort? Why did the Spanish abandon Friendly Cove? These and other questions about the settlement of Nootka Island are explored in this pictorial presentation on the Nootka Sound Controversy, sometimes known as the Crisis, that in 1789, almost resulted in war between Britain and Spain. Included is a discussion about the important role played by the Mowachaht, whose territory was at the centre of this dispute.Gilbert, Ms. CatherineGraduate StudentDepartment of History
Education—GeneralThe Therapeutic University: The Purpose of Higher Education in an Ailing World (S) NEWThis presentation discusses the role and purpose of the university in today's world, focussing on its moral and ethical responsibilities and functions. It considers the responsibility of the university to cultivate happiness and well-being, as well as technical skills.Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisProfessor and DeanDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyMartial Arts and Liberal Arts: Kung Fu Panda as a Manifesto for Freedom (S) NEWThis presentation uses the film Kung Fu Panda to discuss a model of an ethical, liberal education, seeing parallels between the ethical mission of the martial arts and the ethos of the liberal arts.Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisProfessor and DeanDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyThe Virtual Ninja Manifesto: How Video Games Make You Into a Better Person (S) NEWBased on original research, this presentation explains how persistent, long-term engagement with violent video games need not lead to more violent behaviour, but actually can lead to ethical self-cultivation and self-improvement. It draws on work in the digital humanities and texts from classical Japan.Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisProfessor and DeanDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyFighting Thoughts: Martial Arts, Mindfulness and Self-cultivation (S) NEWThis presentation considers the recent rise in popularity of mindfulness and meditation in the context of parallel movements in the martial arts. It asks whether the martial arts involve a form of mindfulness and what, if any, relationship mindfulness has with skilled action and the possibility of violence.Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisProfessor and DeanDepartment of Philosophy
Business and Economics“Nudged" Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy for Smart Development and Peace (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) Guitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsLegitimacy of Decision-making in Organizations: a Post-Rationality Paradigm (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) Guitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsThe Power of Networking (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) Guitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsManaging the Global Value Chain (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) (Jan to April) NEWGuitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsDiversity and Inclusion Agenda: Lessons from the Victoria Forum (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) (Jan to April) NEWGuitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Computers, Engineering and TechnologySustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (in English or Hindi) (M)This speaker’s current research is focused on cement-based composites containing sustainable construction materials and fibres. His areas of interest include masonry structures, and structural health monitoring using non-destructive techniques such as drones.Gupta, Dr. RishiAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
ScienceARC Across the Sky: What's New at Victoria's Astronomy Research Centre? (E M S) NEWEver since the construction of the observatory on Little Saanich Mountain, Victoria has been a hotbed of astronomy research. Almost 100 years after the Plaskett telescope saw first light, the Astronomy Research Centre was founded to bring together scientists and engineers from UVic, the NRC Herzberg Institute in Saanich, the NRC DRAO in Penticton, and TRIUMF in Vancouver, creating one of the largest concentrations of astronomy-related talent in Canada. ARC researchers are involved in everything from searching for exoplanets, to coding simulations of how stars burn and galaxies form, to building the next generation of powerful telescopes. In this talk, you'll learn about the latest research and discoveries being made by members of ARC.Gwyn, Ms. MargaretARC Communications SupportAstronomy Research Centre
Law and Justice IssuesIndigenous Law and Aboriginal Law: The Distinction Between the Two ǂ (M S) NEWThis talk centres on how First Nations can rely upon their legal traditions to express their laws in contemporary society. There are a variety of different sources to identify Indigenous law, including the oral traditions of a First Nation, practices of artistic expression, ceremony, feasts, and the land and environment. The speaker is a lawyer practising Aboriginal law, which is the Canadian law applied to First Nations. Increasingly, Indigenous law is being called upon to inform Aboriginal law. Hanna, Mr. AlanGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
History—GeneralHow WWI Ended (M S) NEWThis talk looks at how the years 1917 to 1923 saw a revolutionary transformation of the world, ending empires, creating new countries, setting new ideologies in motion, giving unprecedented opportunities to previously ignored sections of the population such as women. Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralCanadians and the Spanish Civil War (M S) NEWThe Spanish Civil War (1936-39) galvanized a volatile world, pitting democracy against fascism in a struggle that was joined by 40,000 volunteers from 70 different places. This talk tells how Canadians distinguished themselves in the effort to defeat the advance of fascism to another country, with men and women joining the battle.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralAn Uncomfortable Hero—Norman Bethune (M S) NEWRenowned in China and Spain but ignored in his homeland of Canada, Dr. Norman Bethune has been described as “arrogant in the service of humanity.” Few other Canadians have painted such a vibrant mark on history in such a short time. Bethune introduced medical innovations into two of the great anti-fascist struggles of the 1930s. Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Cold War in Canada (M S) NEWCanada is usually seen as having avoided the eruption of paranoia and persecution that preoccupied the United States in the second half of the 20th century. In fact, Canada and Canadians fell into what Prime Minister Lester Pearson called the "dark madness" of the Cold War in a profound way, and many Canadians suffered in it, including prominent people on Vancouver Island and in Victoria.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
Education in the SchoolsNew Curriculum: First People's Principles of Learning (in English, French or Spanish) (E M S) NEWThis talk explores the new school curriculum infused with First People's Principles of Learning. Handouts are provided and the session includes classroom-ready activities.Harte, Ms. KindraSessional Lecturer Curriculum and Instruction
Education in the SchoolsAssessment: Making the Paradigm Shift with the New Curriculum (in English, French or Spanish) (E M S) As we embark on an exciting journey in K-12 and post- secondary education with the launching of a new school curriculum for all areas of teaching, how do we assess today's learners? We need to clearly define the purpose of grades and grading, and update learning and grading management systems. Do they best fit the needs of today's learners? Do they fit well with the new curriculum? This presentation explores some innovative tools that will help us meet the needs of today's learners. Harte, Ms. KindraSessional LecturerDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsSecond Languages: New Curriculum (in English, French or Spanish) (E M S) NEWIn this workshop, teachers will learn some innovative ways to develop students’ oral language skills in French. We share activities that can be used in any unit, as well as some unit-specific activities that are grade-appropriate, interesting for students, and have a purpose for language development. We share ways of using technology in the language classroom, and will have on hand sample materials for inclusive Aboriginal education. Favourite songs and games that develop student abilities in French will also be shared. A literacy-based approach, some intensive French methodology, and tried-and-true activities will be presented. Regardless of abilities in French, teachers will go away with some new and fun ideas to use immediately in their classrooms. Harte, Ms. KindraSessional LecturerCurriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsTechnology in Today's Classroom: Let's Explore Apps, iPads, Google Classroom, and More! (in English, French or Spanish) (E M S) NEW It’s time to streamline our workload and help make our work more effective and more efficient! Let's play and practise with some innovative tools. In this session, we explore paperless options and bring innovation to our work. We try some fun apps and share resources that help instructors create low-prep but high-engagement activities for today's learners.Harte, Ms. KindraSessional LecturerCurriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsEnglish Language Learners: Strategies and Approaches (in English, French or Spanish) (E M S) NEWThis session gives tips and tricks for bringing the English Language Learners (ELL) classroom to life. Handouts provided with classroom-ready activities.Harte, Ms. KindraSessional LecturerCurriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsAssessment in Today's Classrooms (in English, French or Spanish) (E M S)This talk shares assessment strategies as we delve into the new curriculum and set our learners up for success. Included are hands-on activities as we explore gradebooks, google classroom, descriptive feedback, and more.Harte, Ms. KindraSessional LecturerDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralLetting Go: Creating Space for Learner Inquiry and Encouraging Teacher Empowerment ǂ NEWHow do we avoid interacting with kids in a way that teaches them to be docile, obedient and disconnected? Despite ongoing efforts of the “progressive education” movement, parents and teachers remain preoccupied with compliance and uncomfortable with child/student empowerment. This presentation examines barriers that keep us in a system based on the belief that without control of children, chaos would ensue. The speaker proposes the simple act of “letting go” to reveal its empowering qualities.Harvey, Ms. LyndzeGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralLetting Go: Parenting with Reflection for a Deeper Connection and Empowerment ǂ NEWThis presentation is about resolving or reconciling an approach to our relationships with children (and others). In this workshop, the speaker highlights elements of a story we all know and live, and encourages the audience to rethink the roles of ‘control,’ ‘compassion,’ and ‘connection’ in our parenting. By asking three questions—on power and systems, barriers and benefits, and solidarity and creativity—this process is about leading ourselves through a process that encourages connection between beliefs, practice, and reflection. Harvey, Ms. LyndzeGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
PoliticsThe Politics of Anger: Neoliberalism, Populism, and Colonialism ǂ (S) NEWNeoliberalism is a term widely used to describe policy frameworks that cut taxes and social services, reduce state involvement in labour issues and increase a focus on global trade systems. This talk covers Canadian politics, with a particular emphasis on political culture, social justice and issues surrounding colonialism. Henderson, Mr. PhilGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsColonialism and Settler Responsibilities ǂ (S) NEWThis presentation looks at Canadian politics, with an emphasis on political culture, social justice and issues surrounding colonialism. Settler colonialism describes a political formation in which the occupation of Indigenous peoples’ territories by non-Indigenous peoples continues despite an official narrative of the settler colony as a democratic or liberal political community.Henderson, Mr. PhilGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
Personal InterestsYoga Psychology (E M S) This talk discusses how yoga psychology harnesses the powers of awareness, attunement and embodied learning to foster an inquiry into the foundation 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 well-being. In this session, learn more about yogic living.Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
Education—GeneralBreaking Down Barriers: Students’ Use of their Own-Language NEWThere’s a growing recognition of the role played by learners’ first languages/own-languages in learning an additional language. This session draws on insights from recent literature and the presenter’s own scholarly and professional work on learners’ use of their own languages to give instructors practical suggestions on how to incorporate them into teaching.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Education—GeneralTeachers' Research Toolkit for Implementing Critical Learner Reflection NEWThis interactive workshop is designed to dispel trepidation among educators who have contemplated engaging in practitioner research that involved critical learner reflection. This session describes what practitioner research is, and discusses how to problem-solve challenges commonly encountered in the practitioner-research process. Bring your practitioner research questions and ideas with you! This workshop guarantees to help you make informed decisions and get you excited about embarking on your own practitioner-research journey.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Art and 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
Art and ArchitectureNot Just a Pretty Picture: The Role of Art Museums to Effect Social Change (S) NEWIn a world where commercialism, political manipulation and “fake news” dominate, museums are considered some of the most trusted institutions. Given this privileged position, should museums do more than entertain? This presentation explores how UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery aims to encourage deeper discussion and affect social change through art exhibitions.Hughes, Ms. Mary JoDirectorUniversity of Victoria Art Collections
Health Care and MedicineWhat We’ve 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 explores 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 is 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 is 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 spectres of new human health problems, environmental disasters, and economic issues. This unbiased presentation focuses on positive and negative issues surrounding GMOs with illustrations and scientific data. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineAllergies: Dysfunction in the Immune System (E M S)How allergies arise, the role of the immune system in this process, and the basis for treatment strategies is described. Allergies are not only common, their prevalence has continued to increase over the past 50 years, especially in industrialized countries. Current theories for this are considered. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineNew Emerging Human Infectious Diseases in a Changing WorldNew human infectious diseases previously unknown to science—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 focuses 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 and MedicineWhat Everyone Should Know about Listeria, Salmonella, Norovirus and Other Food-borne Pathogens (E M S)An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are affected by food-borne infections every year. These illnesses result in at least 4,000 hospitalizations and 105 deaths. The most common causes of food-borne illnesses are pathogens that have emerged only within the last 50 years, such as norovirus, Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli. This presentation focuses on the epidemiological basis for the recent rise of food infections as a public health problem and the challenges in preventing them.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineThe Biology of AgingThis presentation summarizes recent advances in our understanding of aging, and how this information has led to new strategies for slowing down the process. The speaker 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 and MedicineSuperbugs: The Alarming Spread of Bacterial Drug Resistance (E M S)Superbugs are bacteria that have developed resistance to multiple antibiotics. They’re currently a global problem, representing the most serious challenge to the treatment of infectious diseases. Experts warn that immediate action is required to reduce the impact of superbug infections. This presentation focuses on the underlying causes of bacterial drug resistance and the current state in the quest for solutions.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Fitness, Athletics and 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 have ranged from improved digestive function to bolstered immune systems, and the scientific validity for these claims are critically examined. This presentation focuses mainly on how recent research findings could lead to the development of more effective probiotics. The potential application of these new improved probiotics to treat various digestive tract disorders, including infections, is discussed. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceGut-Brain Communication: the Possibility of Mind-controlling Bacteria Recent research findings demonstrate that bacteria in the digestive tract regulate the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin. This presentation describes evidence suggesting that this phenomenon may be related to conditions ranging from depression to autism spectrum disorder. The possibility of new strategies for treatment or intervention of these disorders is also discussed.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and 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 and MedicineThe Next-generation Vaccines: More than Just a Poke in the Arm The traditional vaccines that have been in use for over a century are designed to prevent infectious diseases. In this presentation, they’re 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, is also 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 is examined.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineWhat’s Wrong (and What’s Right) About the Flu Vaccine? (E M S) This presentation explains the composition of the flu vaccine, how it’s supposed to work, why it’s never fully effective, and why you should get vaccinated anyway. The speaker will also explain why you need to be vaccinated annually, and discuss recent strategies for creating a more effective vaccine that will provide a longer lasting immunity to influenza. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceCurrent Virus Threats: Zika, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Ebola and More NEWEpidemics caused by viruses have been all too common in recent years. At least two of them, Ebola in 2013 and Zika in 2016, have caught medical workers unprepared, forcing the World Health Organization to declare them as global health crises. The main problem is that most of the recent problem viruses are very poorly understood. This presentation covers: the key research questions for Zika and an update on progress made to date; what we learned about Ebola during the recent epidemic and consider the question of whether we will be prepared next time; and other current viral pathogens currently circulating globally, e.g., Dengue fever, Chikungunya, yellow fever, and MERS, and an assessment of their level of threat. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceHuman Diet and Nutrition: The Influence of Gut Bacteria (E M S) Most of us know something about basic human nutrition. This presentation focuses on an aspect not as well known: the role of our gut bacteria in the digestive process. The presentation includes new research approaches to determine the impact of nutrition on cultivating a healthy gut bacterial population, and what we’re learning about the contributions made by these bacteria on our overall health. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceHow the Immune System Works (E M S) NEWThis is a general introduction to how our immune system protects us from harmful substances in our environment, such as infectious agents. The level of detail can be adjusted to suit the audience, i.e., any level ranging from novice to proficient.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineUnderstanding Inflammation NEWInflammation is a natural response of the immune system to any form of tissue injury and is designed to achieve a protective function. In this presentation, the events involved in the inflammatory response and their contributing symptoms are described. The challenges of treating chronic inflammatory conditions are discussed.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineNot as Advertised But Perfectly Legal: Some Health Products to be Aware Of NEWThis presentation focuses on common merchandise with health-related applications that come with unproven claims. Examples to be discussed include personal care products, “health foods” and supplements, including various types of probiotics, non-prescription medications like cold remedies (including some that actually claim to prevent illnesses), and weight-loss products. Learn what the law says regarding claims made on labels for such products and some hints on the types of claims to watch out for.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceThe Gut Immune System Over the Lifespan NEWOur digestive tract is one of the most vulnerable sites in our body to infection. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the largest and most active tissue in our immune system is localized around our gut. We’re born with an undeveloped immune system, and immune maturation occurs over the few months of life. Sadly, the efficiency of our gut immune system often deteriorates as we age. This presentation introduces you to the healthy development of gut immunity over the lifespan, as well a brief update on aspects of the dysfunctional gut immune system. Note that this presentation is at least 45 minutes long.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
Law and 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 and 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 recent years.Isitt , Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
PoliticsUnderstanding Local Government ǂ (E M S) Drawing from his expertise in public office, the speaker 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 and Justice IssuesReconciliation Syllabus: An Introduction to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (E M S) This presentation (which can be geared for any age from elementary to adult, from expert to generalist) gives an accessible introduction to the legal history of residential schools, legal activism leading to the TRC, and the resulting 94 calls to action. It involves exercises to facilitate meaningful engagement with the calls, as well as ideas about innovative and concrete action.Johnson, Dr. RebeccaProfessorFaculty of Law
Languages and LinguisticsStrategies for Working with Differently-abled Adult English Language Learners ǂ (E M S) There’s been a growing interest among ELL instructors and administrators in exploring ways to meet the varied needs of learners with different backgrounds. Due to diverse linguistic backgrounds, disabilities are mostly unidentified among adult ELLs, which makes it challenging for instructors to accommodate differently-abled learners. In this session, the presenter discusses the procedures he employed when working with adult ELLs who have been formally identified as learners with disabilities. The presenter also shares the strategies he incorporated for the ELLs who have not been formally identified but may require special assistance. Participants have opportunities to reflect, identify, and discuss these procedures and strategies, including universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring in relation to their own teaching contexts. Khatri, Mr. RajGraduate StudentDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsUsing the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model with English Language Learners ǂ (E M S) This presentation will discuss a variety of classroom strategies from Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), a content/language teaching framework teachers can use when working with English language learners (ELLs). Participants will interactively identify different components and features of the SIOP framework, which caters to students’ needs, learning styles, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Participants can also reflect on strategies to create a non-threatening atmosphere that helps students spontaneously participate in classroom interactions. Participants will watch vignettes, engage in discussions, and receive handouts that demonstrate the way students can be actively engaged authentic ways.Khatri, Mr. RajGraduate StudentDepartment of Linguistics
Ethics and PhilosophyEthical Issues in Animal Experimentation (in English or German) (S) NEWKluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyEthics of Medical Assistance in Dying (in English or German) (S) NEWKluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyReproductive Technologies: Ethical Issues (in English or German) (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyPatenting of Genes and Ethics of Patient Information (in English or German) (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyEthical Issues in Dementia Care (in English or German) (S) NEWKluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyEthics of Police Conduct (in English or German) (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care and MedicineHealth Care Professionals and the Pharmaceutical Industry (in English or German) (S) NEWKluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care and MedicineDementia and Alzheimer’s ǂ (M S) Dementia is not a natural part of aging. It’s an umbrella term that encompasses over 100 neurodegenerative diseases that affect memory, judgment and cognitive skills severely enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and comprises nearly 70 per cent of cases. To date, there’s no cure and there are no disease-modifying treatments available. Find out what the research history has looked at regarding this topic and what the latest researchers are doing to solve the issue of dementia. Knight, Ms. JamieGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
ScienceHuman Smell and Its Relationship to Disease and Dementia ǂ (M S) NEWHumans can smell better than you think. In fact, the idea that humans can’t smell as well as other mammals is a myth. In this talk find out how your sense of smell (olfaction) works and how it’s involved in diagnosing several diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Knight, Ms. JamieGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Personal InterestsGlobal Change and Sustainability (in English or Hindi or Punjabi) (M S) NEW What led us as a human race to evolve to a level where we stopped considering this planet as our home, leading it to its steady destruction? As a community are we capable of coming up with solutions and implementing them to right the wrongs? Find out why globalization is more important now than ever.Kochhar, Ms. SnehCommunity LeaderResidence Life and Education
Cultures Around the WorldThe Indigenous and Cultural Studies ǂ (in English or Hindi or Punjabi) (M S) NEWHow do past cultures define our relationship with present generations and shape our understanding of future beings and their existence? Find out how there’s similarity in every culture that exists.Kochhar, Ms. SnehCommunity LeaderResidence Life and Education
PsychologyWhen We Begin to Fall Apart: The Neuroscience and Physiology of Aging NEWAs we age, the neurons in our brain begin to die at an ever-increasing rate. This talk reviews why this happens and what issues can result from this (e.g., dementia). The session will also discuss other neural disorders seen in an aging population, such as Parkinson's disease. Find out what we can do to potentially offset these age-related effects.Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Associate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
LiteratureGeorge Herbert and the Anglican Tradition (S) NEWGeorge Herbert is considered the most influential practitioner of the religious lyric in English. He’s celebrated within the Anglican tradition, and has helped shape what the tradition has become. This talk explains how Herbert's broader contribution to the Anglican tradition results from how he negotiated two contrary aspects of reformation spirituality as he inherited it: the impulse to certainty, assurance and security; and the impulse to mystery, wonder and wise ignorance.Kuchar, Dr. GaryAssociate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureShakespeare and Religion (S) NEWAlthough Shakespeare is widely viewed as a non-religious or "secular" playwright, his plays are richly interwoven with scriptural allusion. They also demonstrate a sustained, if oblique, concern with the sectarian religious conflicts of his age. This talk provides a general overview of Shakespeare's plays in some of their religious and biblical contexts.Kuchar, Dr. GaryAssociate ProfessorDepartment of English
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesTaking Risks and Embracing Change (S)Life is a balancing act between forces for and against change. This session outlines steps on how you can respond to change you initiate or change you have little control over. It can assist you to evaluate your ability to take risks and “embrace change.”Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssociate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Work and EmploymentReframing Your Organization: Are You Working Well? (S)Multi-frame thinking and decision-making can help managers and leaders develop a strategic planning process 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. LaraAssociate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFor the WELLth of It (S)Are you making healthy lifestyle choices? This session focuses on a number of wellness models that incorporate physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, occupational and environmental wellness dimensions. This session is valuable for anyone who finds themselves better at taking care of others than taking care of themselves.Lauzon, Dr. Lara Associate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
World AffairsChasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel (S) NEWChasing Utopia: the speaker's "investigative travel memoir" provides an introduction to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as seen through the rise, fall and transformation of the legendary kibbutz movement.Leach, Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Writing
Education—GeneralEmotional Intelligence (EQ) and Academic Success (S)This presentation is designed for students (high school/university) to gain a greater understanding of EQ and how it impacts their social and academic lives. Leacock, Prof. BrianAssociate Director, International ProgramsPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentEmotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity (S)This presentation is designed for organizations (profit/non-profit) to enhance their understanding of EQ (within leadership and management) and how to embrace cultural diversity using emotional intelligence. Leacock, Prof. BrianAssociate Director, International ProgramsPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Education—GeneralCultural Intelligence (S) NEWThis presentation is designed for schools (high school/universities) and organizations (profit/non-profit) to understand the importance of cultural diversity using the Cultural Intelligence model.Leacock, Prof. BrianAssociate Director, International ProgramsPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Environment and SustainabilityHow Being in Nature Affects Happiness and Well-being and how We can Encourage People to Treat the Earth Better ǂ (M S) NEW Connecting with nature is an inherent human desire. But humans have increasingly moved away from nature in recent centuries. This has led to nature deficits and the loss of opportunities for improved well-being. The move away from nature has also led to a decrease in concern and care for the Earth. This talk explores the well-being benefits of getting out into nature and applies motivation theories to get people out into nature more often and willingly. Why is nature is good for us, how can we take advantage of that, and how can we prolong it? And how can psychology be used to encourage people to behave in a more environmentally friendly way?Lee, Mr. Elliott S.Graduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Languages and LinguisticsAll About Learning a Second Language Pronunciation (in English or Chinese)Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsAbout the Chinese Language (in English or Chinese) Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
ScienceThe "Replication Crisis" in Psychology and Other Sciences (S) NEWPsychology, biology, medicine, and even physics have been shaken by recent evidence that discoveries published in prestigious journals often fail to be reproduced when other researchers attempt to replicate the original experiments. This talk explains flaws in widely used research procedures that contribute to high rates of non-replicability.Lindsay, Dr. SteveProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyThe Psychology of Eyewitness Identification Evidence (S) NEWHundreds of North Americans who had served lengthy prison sentences have been exonerated based on DNA evidence. In most cases, faulty eyewitness identification evidence played a role in the miscarriage of justice. This talk reports on research aimed at developing better ways of collecting and assessing identification evidence.Lindsay, Dr. SteveProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyFalse Memories and Distorted Beliefs (S) NEWFor the past 30 years the speaker has been studying basic mechanisms of memory that usually serve us well but sometimes lead us to remember events that never happened or to believe things that aren’t true. This talk summarizes some of that research.Lindsay, Dr. SteveProfessorDepartment of Psychology
History—GeneralThe Monk and the King: How Monasteries Under Charlemagne Were Crucial to the Future of Europe (M S) NEWCharlemagne (742-814) is known as the founding figure of Europe. His support of monasteries was a key element in his statecraft, and had both positive and negative ramifications. This talk describes how monasteries were the seed beds of literacy, science and universities and how they also generated an early form of colonialism.Lines, Mr. MichaelLearning and Research LibrarianWilliam C. Mearns Centre for Learning
Personal InterestsBookbinding for Kids and Teens (E M S) This hands-on workshop enables each student to make either a mini-book charm or a small notebook.Lines, Mr. MichaelLearning and Research LibrarianWilliam C. Mearns Centre for Learning
Personal InterestsSri Lanka: Contrasts and Complexities—a Short TourThis presentation provides a brief history and tour of this beautiful island, which has survived both natural and man-made disasters.Livingston, Dr. NigelProfessorSchool of Public Health and Social Policy
Personal InterestsA First-World-War Canadian Sapper Talks about the Trenches (S)Captain (Retired) Don Lovell, CD, PPCLI reads selections from his grandfather's first-hand accounts from WWI as an engineer sapper at Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge and other bloodied fields.Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsPowerlifting for Young Athletes (S)In this presentation, a national champion and record-holder provides tips for high-school-age athletes. A gym facility with Olympic weights for demonstration is 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
PsychologyLiving in the Moment (S) NEWTime is an illusion; time stands still and yet time flies. Often people live in the past remembering or regretting, and people plan for the future or are afraid of what the future will bring. This talk discusses how being in the “now” moment enables us to create a memorable past and a hopeful future.Lum, Ms. WendyRegistered Clinical CounsellorDepartment of Counselling Services
History—Victoria and BCEarly Environments and Archaeology of the BC Coast (S) NEWThis presentation discusses archaeology highlights of the BC coast from 14,000 to 10,000 years ago. In the beginning, there was a grassland bordered by ice, populated by bison, mastodon, short-faced bear, and people. Archaeologists are exploring this early period, which is also described in oral records of coastal First Nations. Mackie, Dr. QuentinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
Earth and OceansEarly Environments and Archaeology of Haida Gwaii (S) NEWThis talk explores the archaeology of Haida Gwaii from 13,000 to 9,000 years ago. This was a time of very rapid sea level rise and dramatic climatic fluctuations—a time of transformation as also told in Haida oral records. Archeologists are looking in bear-hunting caves, on ancient shorelines, and even under the ocean to find the early archaeological record of the Haida Nation. Mackie, Dr. QuentinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
History—Victoria and BCArchaeology of the Salish Sea (S) NEWThe Salish Sea has a long archaeological record dating back at least 14,000 years. For reasons that include environmental change and the poor preservation of organic material, the archaeological record is not well known until about 3,000 years ago. This talk outlines the archaeological record of Coast Salish First Nations, with an emphasis on archaeological research challenges.Mackie, Dr. QuentinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
Ethics and PhilosophyDemocratic Ethics (S) This talk discusses the ethical responsibilities of politicians, members of the media and citizens in contemporary Canadian democracy. It 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 and PhilosophyContemporary Theories of Justice (S)This talk is a discussion of recent developments in political philosophy about the nature of a just society. It addresses 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 and PhilosophyEducational Equality (S) This talk is 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 and 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)Although 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 and 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 and EmploymentIntercultural Conflict Resolution (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
World AffairsRural Landscapes of Transformation in China (S) NEWThis presentation is a visual exploration of rapid changes in the Chinese countryside over the past 35 years.Marton, Dr. AndrewDirector and ProfessorCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsCreative Spaces in China (S) NEWThis presentation gives an overview of the development of creative industries in China and the transformation of urban space in Beijing, Shanghai and Ningbo.Marton, Dr. AndrewDirector and ProfessorCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsUnequal Treaties in China: Contemporary Legacies NEWThis talk explores the contemporary international legal implications of Chinese resistance to foreign imposition of the Unequal Treaties. Marton, Dr. AndrewDirector and ProfessorCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
Personal InterestsTravelling Lightly and Safely: Tips for Women TravellersThis session gives ideas 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 are included.Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritaDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—GeneralWomen Travellers Throughout the Ages This session presents the lives and experiences of nine exceptional, interesting and enthusiastic women travellers from the 4th to the 21st century who wrote about adventure. Reading list included. Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritaDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
PsychologyBrain and Behaviour ǂ (E M S)This lecture summarizes basic brain structure, function and the relationship between our brain and our behaviours.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineNeuroimaging: Seeing the Brain in Action ǂ (E M S) This lecture summarizes basic brain imaging techniques such as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)). Research and clinical applications are also discussed.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineBrain Trauma and Disease ǂ (E M S)This lecture summarizes how brain trauma and disease affects the brain. The content of this lecture can be tailored to the interest of the group. Possible topics include: multiple sclerosis, mild traumatic brain injury, or Alzheimer's disease.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyNeuropsychology and Cognitive Assessment ǂ (E M S) What is a neuropsychologist? When might someone seek a cognitive assessment? This talk summarizes the role of modern-day neuropsychology.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineThe Aging Brain ǂ (E M S) This talk highlights the effects of aging on our brain and behaviours. In addition, it discusses the differences between Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as compared to healthy aging.Mayo , Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
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 lets students learn at their own pace. 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 does and doesn’t work well—along with equity issues to keep in mind when implementing.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Computers, Engineering and TechnologySmartPhones and Tablets: Educational Distractions or Homework Tools? (M S)Can smartphones and tablets be more than distractions and actually help with homework? This session will look at different strategies to reduce social media distractions, and at apps that can help turn smartphones into serious homework tools. The talk is aimed at non-technical users.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Environment and SustainabilityConserving 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 and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Education—GeneralIs Educational Technology Worth the Investment? (M S)Are new educational technologies more effective in helping students achieve learning objectives than the old technologies they replace? This interactive talk explores the intersection of educational technology and teaching methods, looking at the relative effectiveness of educational technology tools such as: MOOC’s, digital textbooks, clickers, flipped classrooms, streaming video lectures, PowerPoint, mobile learning, Google Drive, virtual labs, and learning management systems (LMS). Participants leave with a better understanding of how to assess the value of educational technology and teaching method pairings.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
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 centre of their work. This presentation draws from a recently completed study of this network, showcasing key strategies for successful inclusion that make a difference for all learners.McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
History—GeneralGod’s Tribunal: Execution as a Political Forum in 17th-and 18th-Century England (in English or French) (S) NEWMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—General The Bloody Code: Criminal trial in 17th and 18th Century England (in English or French) (S) NEWMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—General The Great Fire of London 1666 (in English or French) (S) NEWMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—General Royal Martyr or Man of Blood? The Execution of Charles I in 1649 (in English or French) (S) NEWMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—General The Mystery of the Lost Norse Colony of Greenland (in English or French) (S) NEWMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralSir Edward Grey and the Balkan Wars, 1912-1914 (M S) Asking for new description not in GermanMcKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Limitations of the Politician-Historian: Winston Churchill and Appeasement (M S) Asking for new descriptionMcKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralIssues Relating to the Origins of War in the Modern Period (M S) Learn about the origins of wars in the modern period since 1815— they’re complex, involving a mixture of nationalism, imperialism, national security, and a quest to protect or expand a country's national interests abroad. The notion underlining this complexity is the view that the international system is an “anarchy” of competing national interests.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralNations and Their Strategies Since 1945 (M S) During and since the Cold War period, understanding differing national strategies is important for explaining how and why international relations evolved. This presentation explores how the Cold War saw the advent of a bipolar world dominated by the US and Soviet Russia. There were neutral powers—chiefly in the Third World—but Soviet-American rivalry affected all international politics. Since the end of the Cold War, a multi-polar world has emerged, making international politics more like pre-1939.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Origins and Course of the First World War (M S) This talk explores the complex origins of the First World War, which involved a mixture of nationalism, imperialism, national security, and the quest by great powers to protect or expand their national interests abroad. The war itself was devastating, seeing the collapse of four great powers—Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia and Turkey—and the problems of fighting an unexpected war of attrition.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Origins and Course of the Second World War (M S) The origins of the Second World War are less complex than other modern wars. At this presentation find out how WWII stemmed from the aggrandising and racial policies of Adolf Hitler, and how there were ultimately five wars fought within the rubric of the Second World War: an Anglo-French war against Germany (1939-1940); Britain fighting alone against the Axis (1940-1941); a Soviet-German war (1941-1942); an Anglo-American war against the Axis (1941-1945); and an American war against the Japanese (1941-1945).McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Cold War: Cause and Course (M S) The Cold War was a unique period in international history. While the superpowers never fought “hot” wars against one another, they supported proxies to do their fighting or fought themselves against smaller powers. In this presentation, find out how this era was defined as much by an intense diplomatic struggle between two power-blocs of propaganda, and building armed forces to deter one another. Whether neutral or not, all countries of the world were affected.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralCanadian Society and War Since 1867 (M S) Canada has been divided over issues of war and peace since its creation in 1867. From the Nile expedition of 1885 to modern peace-keeping under UN or NATO leadership today, the use of military power and the place of the Canadian armed forces as an expression of national strength has been the subject of great debate. In this presentation, learn how it’s not just the division between English Canada and Quebec that’s important—so too are the beliefs of pro-military Canadians and others than can be broadly categorized as pacifists. McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Anglo-American Special Relationship Since 1941 NEWMcKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
Work and EmploymentPreparing Global-ready Graduates: The Development of Intercultural Competencies Workplaces are increasingly diverse both in the composition of staff and in interactions with the external world. Graduates require the intercultural competencies to effectively navigate this diversity. This presentation covers the framework and strategies used to prepare global-ready graduates, as well as research findings from our award winning CANEU co-op program, which exchanges students between Europe and Canada for study and co-op abroad.McRae, Dr. NorahExecutive DirectorOffice of Community-University Engagement
Work and EmploymentTransforming Students and Workplaces Through Co-op and Work-integrated Learning Increasingly, post-secondary institutions are looking to experiential education to enhance the education of their students. This presentation will focus on these experiences in workplaces and how they have the potential to transform not only the student learner but the workplaces in which they occur.McRae, Dr. NorahExecutive DirectorCo-operative Education Program and Career Services
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesIs Your Leisure Portfolio Ready for Retirement? Many of us focus on our financial portfolio to prepare to retire but how many of us consider our leisure portfolio? Retirement brings opportunities to learn new things, build grow our networks and help our communities. Learn how to be ready to grow your leisure portfolio!Meldrum, Dr. JohnDirector and Assistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Work and EmploymentGrant-writingThis session covers the basics of grant writing and basic fundraising for non-profits.Milnes, Ms. LynneDevelopment and External Relations OfficerDevelopment Office
ScienceBetter Living Through Chemistry: Removing Wrinkles, Adding Hair and Muscle, Improving Your Sex LifeChemicals are often thought of as bad. That is, unless we really need them—for example, to remove wrinkles and make our skin look young again; to enhance our sexual prowess; to stave off the effects of aging. This talk takes a light-hearted look at the effects (good and bad) of some of the chemicals we happily use to enhance our bodies—steroids, botox, anti-wrinkle creams, skin peels, hair growth (propecia, rogaine), Viagra, herbal V, female V (Addyi). Questions welcome.Mitchell, Dr. ReginaldProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Chemistry
PsychologyAssessment and Treatment of Violent and Sexual Offenders This presentation discusses the typology of sexual and violent offenders—why do they offend?Monkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional Instructor Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
PsychologyRisk Assessment with Sexual and Violent OffendersThis presentation describes how individuals are assessed for the likelihood of sexual and violent reoffending. What are the clinical issues and methods that can be used?Monkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional Instructor Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
PsychologyHigh Risk Offenders and Community SafetyThis presentation discusses managing sexual offenders in the community—clinical issues.Monkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional InstructorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
PsychologyPsychological Adjustment Issues for New ImmigrantsThis presentation outlines the various psychological, emotional and cognitive issues that new immigrants face when they come to Canada. The issues of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic variables are discussed.Monkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional InstructorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Health Care and MedicineThe Opioid Crisis: Harm Reduction NEWThis presentation looks at the various factors that contribute to opioid overdose deaths and the need for dramatic and radical change in philosophy and approach to address the issue.Monkhouse, Dr. BruceSessional InstructorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child and Teen DevelopmentElectronic Media and Young Children: Positive and Negative Effects on Development (S) Electronic media are ubiquitous in children’s lives. This presentation discusses what goes on in children’s minds when they are exposed to electronic media. It explores research on how child comprehension of messages conveyed by electronic media changes with age. And it summarizes what research tells us about the positive and negative effects of traditional media such as TV, as well as new media such as iPads, on a variety of aspects of child functioning, including language development, attention and social skills. Mueller, Dr. UlrichChair and ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child and Teen DevelopmentChildren and Nature: What are the Benefits of Outdoor Play? (S) There’s increasing concern about the decline of outdoor play by children, and the potentially negative effect of this decline on their attention and attitudes toward nature. It’s argued that the decline in outdoor play leads to an overall disconnection from nature— termed nature deficit disorder. This talk summarizes empirical research on this issue.Mueller, Dr. UlrichChair and ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child and Teen DevelopmentIs Play Important for Development? (S)Play is a universal phenomenon that can be found among children around 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. This talk reviews the research and discusses ways that play can be used in educational and clinical practice with children.Mueller, Dr. UlrichChair and ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Business and EconomicsCross-cultural Management: Managing Diversity (in English or Korean) (S)This presentation discusses how to manage cultural diversity: culture clash, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, culture shock and living and working overseas.Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsOrganizational Behaviour: How to Manage People (in English or Korean) (S) This presentation discusses how to manage people effectively within an organization: motivation, leadership, teamwork, and conflict management.Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Health Care and MedicineNeuroimaging of the Brain ǂ (M S) NEWThis talk discusses the anatomy of the brain and different neuroimaging methods such as: functional magnetic resonance imaging (1MRI), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and electroencephalography (EEG). Clinical applications of some of these brain imaging methods will be discussed or can be adapted based on the community group (e.g., Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury).Ohlhauser, Mr. LisaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineParkinson's Disease ǂ (M S) NEWThis talk discusses research on detecting biomarkers of Parkinson's disease through neuroimaging. It also explains the disease, its causes, symptoms and progression, and discusses current and future research in diagnosis and treatment.Ohlhauser, Mr. LisaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineGeneral Mental Health and Well-being ǂ (M S) NEWHealth is more than just physical. This workshop is all about mental health and wellness. Research findings on the current state of mental health in Canada are presented, along with practical advice for improving mental health and wellness. Find out how to increase happiness and how to maintain work-life balance based on findings from psychology and recommendations from the Canadian Mental Health Association.Ohlhauser, Mr. LisaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Education—GeneralLand-based Teachings: Indigenous Post-secondary Education NEWThis talk addresses the importance of land-based teachings through cultural camps.Ormiston, Dr. ToddSessional Lecturer School of Social Work
Personal InterestsCanoe Journeys and Indigenous LeadershipNEWThis presentation discusses the importance of land-based teachings through cultural camps and how they lead to Indigenous pedagogues being realized in higher education.Ormiston, Dr. ToddSessional LecturerSchool of Social Work
Earth and OceansHot, Sour and Breathless: Oceans Under Stress (in English or Mandarin) (M S) The global ocean is under stress from warming, acidification and oxygen declines. Why are these changes happening and what impacts can we expect? This talk outlines these three interrelated stressors, examining impacts and actions we can take to counteract them.Owens, Mr. Dwight User Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansSunken Treasure: Canada’s Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area (in English or Mandarin) (M S) NEWVisit an alien realm 2,300 metres below the ocean surface. In this volcanically active rift valley, superheated mineral-rich fluids jet from the seafloor, forming towering and baroque sulfide chimneys. Here, scientists have discovered an astonishing array of life. Learn how deep-sea installations by UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada support cutting-edge science in one of Canada’s oldest Marine Protected Areas.Owens, Mr. Dwight User Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Personal InterestsClimate Change and the New Energy Renaissance (in English or Mandarin) (M S) Our world is changing. As the planet warms, the weather is getting more extreme and consequences could be dire. But the apocalypse is not guaranteed. Our global response to the threat of climate change is happening faster than you may think. New attitudes, agreements and technologies are driving the transition into an exciting new world of opportunities.Owens, Mr. Dwight User Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Environment and SustainabilityClimate Change Fore and Aft: Where On Earth Are We Going? (S) Pedersen, Dr. TomProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Personal InterestsLiving Well with a Mental Health Diagnosis (E M S) NEWWhen you or someone you care about realizes you’re experiencing mental health difficulties or receive a diagnosis of mental illness, it can feel catastrophic. In spite of improvement in recent years, mental illness is still stigmatized. That stigma can have a greater negative effect on a person than the symptoms of mental illness. This presentation/workshop will assist you in identifying and working against stigma and developing strategies for living well.Player, Ms. CindyFormer Director Department of Equity and Human Rights
Personal InterestsConversations about Mental Health (E M S) NEWFear and stigma make it difficult for all of us to have open-minded conversations about mental health and mental illness. At the same time, these conversations where sharing of experiences and support take place are necessary to break down and eliminate stigma. Participants in this session will identify the kind of opportunities or situations in their lives for conversations about mental health and have the opportunity to practise in a supportive environment.Player, Ms. CindyFormer Director Department of Equity and Human Rights
LiteratureInto the Woods with German Myths and Fairy Tales NEWThis presentation is about the enduring relevance of fairy tales and addresses the following questions: Why do we need fairy tales? What is a hero? What is a quest? Why do fairy tales often take place in a forest environment? What is the cultural significance of wolves and ogres?Pnevmonidou, Dr. ElenaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
Education—General Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op Education Programs (S)Poulson, Dr. RozanneCo-op CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Education—General Science Co-operative Education Programs (S)Poulson, Dr. RozanneCo-op CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Music, Film and TheatreThe Non-human in Japanese Theatre: Spirits, Animals and Technology (in English or Japanese) NEW Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Personal InterestsWashoku: Japanese Food Culture (in English or Japanese) NEW Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Personal InterestsKumano Kodō: Hiking Ancient Pilgrim's Routes in Japan (in English or Japanese) NEWPoulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Music, Film and TheatreJapanese Theatre in General (in English or Japanese) NEWPoulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Education—GeneralMoving Forward Through the Rearview Mirror: Future, Change and Indigenous Education (E M S)This session explores Aboriginal perspectives on special education practice, including alternatives.Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralEducation for Social Justice and Reconstruction (E M S) Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralBoards of Education: Governance and Vision in BC Education (E M S) NEWPrice, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child and Teen DevelopmentThe UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Possibilities and Promise (E M S)This session explores the power and potential of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for changing schooling.Price , Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
PoliticsFederal Politics (Jan-April)Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsProvincial Politics (Jan-April)Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsMunicipal Politics (Jan-April)Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsSocial Policy Issues in Canada (Jan-April)Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
History—GeneralThe 18th-century Spanish Exploration of the Pacific Northwest (in English or Spanish) (S) This talk gives an 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 and TheatreProducing Non-profit Theatre in Canada A multi-award winning director, this speaker has created nearly 200 professional productions for many of the major theatres across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe and Mexico, and has worked with many of his generation’s leading playwrights in developing their work. He’s also former chair of the Department of Theatre at UVic, and a professor who offers courses in the areas of producing, directing and acting.Richmond, Dr. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film and TheatreDirecting the Classics Richmond, Dr. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film and TheatreNew Play Development in Canada Richmond, Dr. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Education—GeneralIndigenous Ways of Being Through Photography (in English or Spanish) (E M S) This session offers hands-on “discovery” of Indigenous ways of being through the lens of a camera, paying attention to immediate surroundings such as land, imagery, cultural representations, language, etc.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Personal InterestsMystical, Magical México (in English or Spanish) (E M S) This presentation takes you on a tour of the bounty of natural resources found only in México, from flora and fauna, to pyramids and other forms of cultural representations.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Personal InterestsThe Mexican Revolution: History and Songs (in English or Spanish) (E M S) Learn about the period of Mexican history between 1900-1930 through story and song Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Education—GeneralIndigenous Education: What Have We Learned in 50 Years? (in English or Spanish) (E M S) Explore the history of Indigenous education in BC through policy and curriculum.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Education—GeneralIndigenous Arts in the Classroom: A Hands-On Presentation.This is a hands-on presentation using diverse art forms.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Personal InterestsSe Habla Español! (in English or Spanish) (E M S)Have some fun in an interactive session learning simple greetings, songs and poems in Spanish.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Child and Teen DevelopmentIndigenous Literature for Young Readers (in English or Spanish) (E M S) NEWThis presentation offers examples of resources that can be used with young readers to introduce them to Indigenous worldviews, spirituality, beliefs, and ways of being.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Personal InterestsWomen of the Mexican Revolution: Hidden Stories (in English or Spanish) (E M S) NEWRodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
LiteratureHow Ghost Stories Work—and Why (E M S) NEWIn this presentation I discuss some of the hallmarks of effective ghost stories. I show how they achieve the uncanny effects that make the hairs on our necks stand up and give us goose-flesh. I talk about both the cultural elements of popular ghost stories and the very particular rhetorical features that make them so enduringly enticing.Ross, Dr. StephenProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureFrom Teddy Boys to Trainspotting: Post-War British Youth Cultures (E M S) NEWThis presentation traces the development of post-war British youth cultures from their emergence in the rowdy Teddy boys of the 1950s through the rockers, mods, skinheads, hppies, glam rockers, punks, ravers, and heroin chic kids of the 1990s. Along the way, learn about some keystone novels and films in which these youth cultures have been represented, and play some music as well.Ross, Dr. StephenProfessorDepartment of English
History—Victoria and BCBC's Ambiguous Relations with the Rest of Canada (S)From the time they first considered joining Canada, British Columbians have had an ambiguous relationship with the rest of the country. They’re proud of their province and of being Canadian but they’ve frequently felt that the rest of the country doesn’t appreciate them and exploits them. This talk is illustrated with editorial cartoons.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCBoundless Optimism: Richard McBride's British Columbia (S)Learn about Richard McBride, who 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. He even had the province purchase two submarines on the eve of the First World War.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History—Victoria and 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
History—Victoria and BCA Humorous History of Highways in BC (S)With the help of several generations of editorial cartoonists, this presentation 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
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
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature and Visual Arts (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Music, Film and TheatreLatin American Film (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Culture (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsVictoria’s Earliest Architects: The People Who Designed the City Before Rattenbury and Maclure NEWEnjoy 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 This is 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 six-foot-wide watercolour bird's-eye view painted of Victoria by a totally unknown local artist. The talk includes many "before-and-after" pictures, showing how scenes in the old pictures look today.Russell , Dr. NickRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsGlorious Victorians: A Celebration of Victoria's Residential Heritage This is 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 Find out 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
Health Care and MedicineWorking with Women with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Promising Approaches (S) NEWRutman, Dr. DeborahAdjunct Associate ProfessorSchool of Social Work
Health Care and MedicineBecoming FASD-informed: Strengthening Practice and Programs Working with Children, Youth and Adults Living with FASD (S) NEWRutman, Dr. DeborahAdjunct Associate ProfessorSchool of Social Work
Music, Film and TheatreTheatre in War and (Post) Conflict Zones: The Importance of Laughter, Time and Place (in English or Dutch) (S) These 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 and TheatreTheatre and Human Rights: What Kind of Theatre Takes Place in an Unwanted Space? (in English or Dutch) (S) These 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
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyCyber Security: Game of Threats ǂ (S) NEWAs we know, we’re all connected to the internet almost all the time. Although this connectivity brings a lot of opportunity, it raises unprecedented threats for some of us, too. In this talk, we introduce a brief history of computer security and the most known threats in cyberspace. Some of the best practices and well-known stories on this subject will be described in detail for the audience to get more familiar with the risks and countermeasures. Sajjadi, Mr. DawoodGraduate StudentDepartment of Computer Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyThe History of Computer Science ǂ (S)For many of us, life without the internet seems unthinkable yet most of us don’t have any idea how it works. In this workshop, get a simple introduction to the emergence of computer networks and their applications, and their impact on our lives. Also learn about different components and technologies of these networks. This information is especially helpful for younger people to get a sense how their wi-fi home router works! Sajjadi , Mr. Dawood Graduate StudentDepartment of Computer Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyThe History of Communication Networks ǂ (S)For many of us, life without the internet seems unthinkable yet most of us don’t have any idea how it works. In this workshop, get a simple introduction to the emergence of computer networks and their applications, and their impact on our lives. Also learn about different components and technologies of these networks. This information is especially helpful for younger people to get a sense how their wi-fi home router works!Sajjadi , Mr. Dawood Graduate StudentDepartment of Computer Science
Ethics and PhilosophyLove, Morality, Power—Do They Go Together? (in English or Persian) (S) NEWWe fall in love, love to be in love, and love to be loved, but what is this “love”? Does love have a moral dimension? This talk, drawing on the ethical philosophy of Emanuel Levinas, examines the potentiality of human love relations outside relations of power, calculations and possessions.Sakhi, Dr. ShokoufehAdjunct Affiliate ProfessorDepartment of Sociology
World AffairsResisting Victimization: Agency Against All Odds (in English or Persian) (S) NEWThis presenter spent eight years of her life behind bars as a political prisoner in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In this talk, she draws on her experience of torture, solitary confinement and mock execution to show how even in the direst circumstances human beings can resist victimization and be an agent of their own destiny.Sakhi, Dr. ShokoufehAdjunct Affiliate ProfessorDepartment of Sociology
Personal InterestsA Clown’s Gift: Sue Morrison’s Theatre (in English or Persian) (S) NEWThis talk/workshop draws on Sue Morrison’s pioneering work in exploring the character of the “Clown Through Masks” to show how the various masks we wear in our daily lives both facilitate and hinder our ability to see and be seen even by ourselves. We will practise the art of presenting ourselves and receiving the presence of the other.Sakhi, Dr. ShokoufehAdjunct Affiliate ProfessorDepartment of Sociology
Education—GeneralVideo Games and Learning (E M S)Video games provide rich sites of learning for today's children and youth, offering meaning, engagement and interaction to these experiences. This presentation talks about ways that educators can capitalize on the already well-developed skills of young people, as well as competencies and understandings of the world via video games. Sanford, Dr. KathyProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralAssessment in a Time of Change (E M S) NEWEducation is never neutral. This presentation explores how students are affected by narrow representation and the privileging of particular types of knowledge in their schooling. Providing students with choice and voice in methods of assessment reflect real world application and practice, and help eliminate the bias of culture, gender, language and ability. The presentation highlights how alternative assessment practices, complement and support the new BC curriculum. Sanford, Dr. KathyProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralDigital Portfolios (E M S) NEWThis graduate student in clinical neuropsychology studies how brain imaging technology is used to identify early biomarkers of disease progression in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. She can speak on topics such as Alzheimer's disease, as well as the neurobiological and psychological changes associated with aging more generally. She can also talk about the basics of functional neuroimaging (specifically fMRl), brain anatomy, and brain-behavior relationships, geared towards younger or community audiences.Sanford, Dr. KathyProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—GeneralMontreal Chic: A Locational History of Montreal Fashion (in English or German) (M S)This book presentation discussion of the challenges of doing fashion research in Canada.Sark, Dr. KatrinaSessional InstructorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
Health Care and MedicineAging and Alzheimer's Disease: Psychological Factors Involved in Aging ǂ (M S) This graduate student in clinical neuropsychology studies how brain imaging technology is used to identify early biomarkers of disease progression in neurodegenerative disorders. She can speak on topics such as Alzheimer's disease, as well as the neurobiological and psychological changes associated with aging more generally. She can also talk about the basics of functional neuroimaging (specifically fMRl), brain anatomy, and brain-behavior relationships, geared towards younger or community audiences.Scarapicchia, Ms. VanessaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Business and EconomicsAngels and Venture Capitalists: Financing “High-growth” Start-up Companies Schure, Prof. PaulProfessorDepartment of Economics
Business and EconomicsFinancial Crises and Economic Crises Schure, Prof. PaulProfessorDepartment of Economics
Business and EconomicsThe Euro and Financial Markets in the EurozoneSchure, Prof. PaulProfessorDepartment of Economics
Ethics and PhilosophyPhilosophy and the Personal (S) Philosophy is often viewed as a dispassionate, objective search for truth on the deepest and broadest questions we’re capable of posing, such as: why is there anything at all? This description, while accurate, masks the fact that philosophers who pursue these grand questions frequently, and of necessity, also perceive themselves to have "skin in the game.” This talk 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 (S)This presentation explores Jane Austen’s unique narrative style, which relies on blending the narrator’s voice with the voice of a given character in the text. This sophisticated narrative voice dominates Austen’s fiction and is one of the many defining factors of her works. Speaking on this topic works best as a collaborative reading, where the audience is engaged with the text and is prepared to focus on the minute details to gain a new understanding of the power of Austen’s narrative style.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyCreating a Digital Edition Using WordPress ǂ (S) With the growing interdisciplinary study of digital humanities, manipulating and presenting texts online is a growing practice. This graduate student speaker offers two different formats for her topic: as a presentation of the content in her own digital text, or as a tutorial for creating a digital edition on WordPress. A content-based presentation would run similar to a guest-lecture with opportunities for audience interaction. A tutorial-based presentation would run as a workshop where the audience is guided in assembling their own literary editions. This would require Internet access, computer access, and at least two hours of time.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureJane Austen: Past and Present ǂ (S) NEWThis general presentation looks at Jane Austen's life, her works of literature, and her impact on culture—both past and present. Formulated as an introduction to Austen, or as a delightful reintroduction for long-time lovers of her works, this presentation blends an informative lecture format with short readings from many of Austen's beloved texts.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Music, Film and TheatreThird-world Film and Third-world Cinema Filmmaking (E M S) NEW Shlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
World AffairsThe Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from the Perspective of a Diaspora Jew (E M S) NEWShlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
Music, Film and TheatreWho are the Jews? Jewish Filmmakers and Films (E M S) NEWShlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
Music, Film and TheatreWho are the Israelis? Israeli Filmmakers and Films (E M S) NEWShlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsPolitical Activism and Religion: A Jewish Perspective (E M S) NEWShlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
Business and EconomicsEconomic Development in Rural Communities: Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship This talk reviews 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
Law and Justice IssuesCan You Patent a Frog? Patents, Trademarks and Copyright (S) Sirk, Dr. AislinnIndustrial Liaison OfficerResearch Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization
Personal InterestsCrossing Cuba from Havana to Santiago (S)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. Includes slides of preparations and the beautiful altars that are created to remember those who have passed away.Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsSouthern Spain During Holy Week (S) Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsA Canal Boat in England and a Cruise in the Baltic (S) Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsNorthern Spain from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela (S) Stewart, Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsCentral and Southern Spain (S)This slide show takes you on a tour 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
Personal InterestsTouring through England, Scotland and Ireland (S) This slide show features a bus tour of this beautiful region starting with several days in London and then Edinburgh, the shores of Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Manchester, Dublin, Killarney, Bath, Stonehenge and several other places.Stewart , Prof. RosaAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Health Care and MedicineHealth IT, Systems Biology, and the Future of Personalized, Integrated Medicine (in English or German) NEWIf biological science is to deliver on its promise to improve human health care, an integrationist perspective of systems biology is needed. If the future of integrated medicine is to become reality, we need digital health service innovations and we must look for the business case for all key players involved.Stroetmann, Dr. Karl A. Adjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyA Global Perspective of eHealth Platforms—Meeting Citizen and Health System Needs (in English or German) NEWMost people can look forward to long, mostly healthy lives. This is perhaps the most significant achievement of modern civilization. In the wider context of aging societies, medical innovations and recent health and disease trends show health care costs are rising. Around the globe, national health systems are setting new policy priorities— where digital systems play a dominant role. This presentation offers a review of global good eHealth practice and national eHealth platforms on five continents, putting Canadian achievements into perspective and helping us learn for the future. Stroetmann, Dr. Karl A. Adjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care and MedicineBig Data Analytics in Health Care: Toward Predictive, Personalized, Integrated Medicine (in English or German) NEWIn 1979, Douglas Adam published The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Earth is a supercomputer to calculate the answer to what “life, the universe and everything” are about. But in the last minute, psychiatrists have Earth destroyed, fearing for the loss of their careers when the meaning of life became known. Today, medicine promises predictive, personalized health care for all and big data allows for integrating health data as foundation for a learning health systems.Stroetmann, Dr. Karl A. Adjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care and MedicineGrowing and Guiding New Neurons in the Healthy and Injured Brain (M S) This presentation provides participants with a basic understanding of the brain and nervous system, as well as a brief insight into the speaker’s research program, which seeks to understand the development of brain cells.Swayne, Dr. Leigh AnneAssistant ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Computers, Engineering and TechnologySpatial Computing and the 3D Sensing Revolution (in English or Italian) (S)Humans have an excellent understanding of the 3D environment. The imminent advent of virtual and augmented reality relies on computers to achieve a similar level of comprehension of the 3D scene—including what objects can be seen, and their geometry and position in space. All this computation must happen in real-time to ensure highly responsive applications. Spatial computing, a mix of computer graphics and computer vision, addresses these challenges. It does so with the help of machine learning, as well as modern sensing technology—sensors that not only measure colour, but also the 3D geometry of what is being observed.Tagliasacchi, Dr. AndreaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyIntroduction to Graphics and Game Development with the Unity Game Engine (in English or Italian) (S) The core mission of computer graphics is to create images that look photorealistic. In video games, this synthesis must happen efficiently, so that the game remains responsive to user actions. To achieve this high-performance, computer graphics leverages hardware acceleration on the GPU (graphics processing unit). Dealing directly with the GPU is difficult, tedious and error-prone. This is why the industry makes use of “game engines”—software that abstracts away the GPU and leaves the programmer to focus on game development. This presentation uses the Unity3D game engine to briefly introduce fundamental concepts from computer graphics. By the end of this hands-on talk, you’ll know how to build a simple 3D game!Tagliasacchi, Dr. AndreaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
PsychologyThe Experience and Effects of Homicide on Siblings of Victims NEWTasker, Dr. SusanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
ScienceTour of the Astronomical Observatory at UVic ǂ (E M S) This tour is intended for groups of up to 24. Approximately 20 minutes are spent in the astronomy lab answering questions, 20 minutes observing the sun, and 20 minutes in the dome observing Venus.Thanjavur, Dr. Karun Senior Lab InstructorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Law and Justice IssuesUnderstanding Your Legal Rights ǂ (S) NEWLegal rights are extended to every person living in Canada, yet few of us truly understand them. What are those rights and how do we protect them? What do we do when our rights are infringed? Who is there to help us? What are the responsibilities that go along with these rights? Tailored to a high school audience, this talk discusses the BC Human Rights Code, our rights in the workplace, how to protect yourself from discrimination, and what to do when faced with infringement of your rights.Thombs , Ms. Sherry (Paige)Graduate StudentDepartment of History
Law and Justice IssuesLGTBQ Rights ǂ (S) NEWThis workshop focuses on the specific rights and discrimination faced by LGTBQ members and how to exercise those rights.Thombs , Ms. Sherry (Paige)Graduate StudentDepartment of History
Law and Justice IssuesSelf-advocacy Skills ǂ (S) NEWWhat is self-advocacy? What are the skills needed to be a good self-advocate? This workshop takes youth through the ins and outs of being an effective self-advocate in various situations. Thombs , Ms. Sherry (Paige)Graduate StudentDepartment of History
Law and Justice IssuesReligious Freedom ǂ (S) NEWReligious freedom is an often talked-about topic these days in the media, in the workplace and at school. What is religious freedom? How is it protected? How is it practised? What do we do when religious rights are perceived as stepping on the rights of others?Thombs , Ms. Sherry (Paige)Graduate StudentDepartment of History (History and Culture, Social and Political Thought)
History—GeneralUVic’s I-witness Holocaust Field School: Holocaust Memorialization in Central Europe Today (in English or German) (M S) This talk describes the I-witness Holocaust field school and highlights, through a variety of visuals, the different ways the Holocaust is being memorialized in Germany, Austria and Poland.Thorson, Dr. HelgaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
History—Victoria and BCLocal Stories and Experiences of the Holocaust Archival Project (in English or German) (M S)This talk discusses the UVic Holocaust archival project and 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. HelgaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
World AffairsIndia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and KashmirTremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsMulticulturalism—South Asia a Comparative PerspectiveTremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsRegional Security and Peace in South Asia Tremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsComparative Federalism, Multicultural FederalismTremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyAnalyzing 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 and 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 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 and 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. This talk traces 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
Cultures Around the WorldThe Story of an African (Women's) Farm (M S) This talk tells the story of an inspiring farm set up during a food crisis in the early 1990s and its ongoing contributions to women's lives and their community.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldFood Sovereignty and Sustainability: a South African Case Study (M S) This presentation uses two South African collaborative farms as examples of how local, small-scale agriculture can change lives and communities.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldMicro-managing: Household Economies in Southern Africa (M S) This talk discusses how households in South Africa were used as case studies to examine how “the poorest of the poor” carefully manage scarce resources and diversify activities to support themselves.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldThe Thinking Garden: A Film About a South African Women's Farm (M S) This is an inspiring film about a South African women's cooperative farm; 35 minutes in length. [2016]Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldWhy is Africa Poor and Food-insecure (and is it)? (M S) This presentation looks at historical and contemporary factors shaping the ongoing challenges of sub-Saharan Africa, questions standard narratives, and considers some success stories.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralHow “Race” is Made Historically (S) NEWThis presentation explores how ideas of “race” emerged and took shape historically, beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 1600s. Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate Professor Department of History
Earth and OceansHow We Change the Land Surface and the Soils—and Why it Matters ǂ (E M S) NEWAre you aware of how we change the Earth surface? Human activities such as agriculture, overgrazing, deforestation and building of cities, have altered more than half of the land surface worldwide in the past 150 years, causing profound soil degradation. Yet soils play an important role in global water, energy and human food production that supports all living things. By using slices, computer animations and live demonstrations, this talk will help you know more about the environment we depend on and help you better understand our role in environmental processes. The goal is to understand how each individual can make a difference. The talk can be customized according to the time available and the age and educational background of the audiences.Wang, Ms. Pei-LingGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography
Ethics and PhilosophyPolitical Correctness, Inclusivity and Freedom of Speech (M S) This talk explores research and debates on the origins of “political correctness.” The focus is on PC as a description of measures to reform language and practices to reduce social injustice, notably discrimination by race, gender, sexual orientation, disability etc.; and as an ideological tool used by those who oppose such measures.Warburton, Dr. RennieProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Sociology
Law and 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 been ignored or would have wound their way through a lengthy court process. The police and the schools refer youth and adult cases to our community group. Restorative justice brings the victim(s), those harmed, and the harm-doers together whenever possible to determine what happened and how amends can be made. The process is both powerful and productive. This presentation gives examples of situations from the police or schools that have been dealt with in this potentially transformational way, followed by a discussion. Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmeritusSchool of Social Work
Law and Justice IssuesHarassment and Human Rights: Problem, Response and Remedy For the last 25 years the speaker has 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’s important that the policy responses that organizations develop don't also become part of the problem. Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmeritusSchool of Social Work
World AffairsEthiopia: UVic Partnerships in Human Rights and Social Work Education In the last 10 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. BarbaraProfessor EmertitusSchool of Social Work
Personal InterestsCo-housing: What Is It and Is It For You? NEWCo-housing began in Denmark and the idea has migrated to Canada with 13 cohousing communities completed, most of those in BC. This presentation looks at the phenomenon, in which a community is designed and maintained collectively using consensus decision-making with all households participating. Each household is owned privately (strata-titled) yet has the best of a village life. Some are senior-focused, while others are multigenerational, but all share a commitment to living lightly on the planet. Those who have experienced co-housing speak of its affordability and warmth. There are communities in the formation stage on the Saanich Peninsula and in Sooke, with completed cohousing villages in Sooke, Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmertitusSchool of Social Work
Animals and PlantsA Guide to the Ecology, Identification and Food Preparation of Local Seaweeds ǂ (E M S) Seaweeds play an important role in marine ecosystems by providing food and habitat to oceanic species. But did you know they’re equally important to many land animals such as birds and bears? This talk explains how seaweeds provide much-needed nutrients to our own terrestrial environment. It also describes the health benefits of eating seaweeds, suggests some fun recipes for cooking with seaweeds, and explains how to identify our many local species. Wickham, Ms. SaraGraduate StudentSchool of Environmental Studies
Education—GeneralInspiring Creativity (S)This session examines how every human has the capacity for creativity, and how learning to harness that capacity is worthwhile. There are easy-to-learn approaches that can help each of us live more creative lives.Wiebe, Dr. MichelleAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
PsychologyRecognizing Visual Persuasion (S)Visuals are a powerful persuasive tool harnessed by the media to convince us to undertake specific courses of action. Learning to recognize the subtle tools of visual persuasion can help us be more aware of the messages that impact our lives.Wiebe, Dr. MichelleAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Animals and PlantsBones, Beaks and Teeth: A Comparative Look at Animal Skeletons (E M S)This talk is a hands-on look at different animal skulls, including mammals and birds. It can be tailored for any age group. Wigen, Ms. BeckySenior Lab Instructor and Co-undergraduate AdvisorDepartment of Anthropology
Work and 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 you can use to manage this process for yourself and for others.Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Business and EconomicsStrategic PlanningWikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Business and EconomicsProfessional Selling Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
ScienceThe Search for Life in the Universe (M S) Do aliens exist? Where might we find them? How will we recognize them? This talk presents the science of astrobiology—the scientific search for alien life. Take an astrobiological tour of our solar system and the newly discovered planets of our Milky Way galaxy in the quest for contact.Willis, Dr. JonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceEverything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Big Bang but Were Afraid to Ask (M S) How big is the universe? How old is it? What happened before the Big Bang? What exactly are we expanding into? The universe we live in is as big as anything gets, with big questions to match. That doesn't mean the answers have to be complicated though. Get straightforward answers to all of the above—plus bring some of your own!Willis, Dr. JonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
LiteratureHugh Thomson’s Illustrations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ǂ (E M S) NEWThis talk showcases Hugh Thomson’s 1894 illustrations of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice—including the iconic peacock that decorates the front cover—and discusses how they affect our reading of the novel. Winter, Ms. CarolineGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureThe Origins of the Gothic ǂ (E M S) NEWGothic literature emerged in the late 18th century in Britain, and it remains one of Romanticism’s most enduring legacies. This talk discusses how, why and where the Gothic originated, what we mean when we talk about “the Gothic,” and how it has transformed over the centuries. It also explores reasons why the Gothic has remained such a popular genre.Winter, Ms. CarolineGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureGothic Illustrations ǂ (E M S) NEWHow was the Gothic visualized in the 19th century? This talk uses a number of examples of illustrations of well-known Gothic works to discuss how illustrators interpreted the Gothic visually and how they affect how we interpret the text.Winter, Ms. CarolineGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureGothic Colours ǂ (E M S) NEWLiterary critics have long recognized that the well-known Gothic writer, Ann Radcliffe, was strongly influenced by picturesque landscape paintings by artists like Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorrain. But how similar are Radcliffe’s literary landscapes to these paintings? What is the colour palette of the Gothic? This talk seeks to answer these questions through an analysis of the use of colour words in 19th-century Gothic texts.Winter, Ms. CarolineGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Business and EconomicsUniversity Athletics, Academics and the Challenge of Congruence (in English or French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct Professor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsWest Meets East: Sport as a Lens for Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending (in English or French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct Professor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsSport and Economics: Exploring Research Synergy (in English or French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct Professor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentUnderstanding Passion in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English or French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct Professor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsUnderstanding Innovation in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English or French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct Professor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsSport Analytics: Limitations and Promise (in English or French) (S) NEWWolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct Professor Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsTwenty-five Years of Retrenchment in Employment Insurance and Social Assistance in Canada (S) NEWIncome inequality has grown in Canada, with the deterioration of our social protection system for the unemployed identified as a key factor. This talk looks at retrenchment in employment insurance and social assistance since the 1990s, the consequences, and what might be done to bring redistribution back. Wood, Dr. DonnaAdjunct Assistant ProfessorPolitical Science
ScienceWhere Do Drugs Come From? (M S) This talk looks at how new medicines are designed, synthesized, evaluated and brought to market. Examples will include highlights and low points from the past few decades in the pharmaceutical world, and will discuss drugs from nature, as well as synthetic creations.Wulff, Dr. 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 US and not to the Netherlands? This talk raises these and other examples, in an examination of history from a chemical perspective.Wulff, Dr. JeremyAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyBuilding Robots for Use in Complex Environments (S) NEWHow do you gather information from an unsafe environment so that you can make informed decisions? This presentation uses the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan to talk about how sophisticated robotic systems can be developed to gather visual and tactile information from complex environments where no human dares to tread. With this system, a local robot remains in a safe place, and a remote robot works in the dangerous situation. The remote robot mimics and repeats the movements of the local robot. By using this robotic system, humans can remain safe and order the remote robot to perform complicated tasks the dangerous environment. The system has potential applications in many other areas, such as robotic surgery, space exploration and industrial production.Yang, Ms. YuanGraduate StudentDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Cultures Around the WorldChanging Organizational Culture: A Simple Model for Not a Simple Task (in English or Turkish) (M S) NEWThis 30-minute presentation describes a model developed in the 1980s in the UK for understanding organizational culture. It elaborates on how to use this model to modify organizational culture to support a common strategy.Yazganoglu, Prof. ErdemSessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care and MedicineHow to Decide for a Medical Intervention (in English or Turkish) (M S) Health care providers and patients need to make decisions about medical interventions. In many instances, there’s no structured approach to these decisions. This presentation highlights the difficulties with these decisions and suggests a new approach.Yazganoglu, Prof. ErdemSessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care and MedicineDiagnostic Errors: How They Happen (in English or Turkish) (M S) Diagnostic errors are more prominent that other kinds of medical errors but they aren’t caught easily. This presentation discusses how they happen and what can be done to reduce them.Yazganoglu, Prof. ErdemSessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care and MedicineBringing Research into Practice: Improving Outcomes for People and the Health Care System (S) NEWParticipants will learn about the collaborative knowledge translation activities that are increasing the preproduction and use of evidence in decision-making and policy-setting at Island Health.Young, Dr. WendyAdjunct Professor School of Nursing
ScienceIs There a Superhero in You? (S) Batman, Iron Man, Batgirl and Captain America 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