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AreaTopicDescriptionPresenterRoleDepartment
ScienceBatman vs. Iron Man: Who is on the Side of Science? (S)Batman and Iron Man are two 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 two classic comic book superheroes to answer the question, "Which of these heroes is actually supported by science?" Zehr, Dr. E. PaulDirectorCentre for Biomedical Research
Health Care & MedicineCare Transitions for Seniors (S) Exploring the Challenges of Transitions in Care for Older Adults. Along with a colleague, I am studying transitions in care – moving from home care to hospital care to assisted living and residential care for example. Using quantitative data collected from assessment tools and hospitalization records, we are trying to understand the common pathways through these systems of care, and the predictors of how people move through these pathways (e.g., age, gender, marital status and income). We have just begun the second year of this study. Cloutier , Dr. DeniseAssociate ProfessorCentre on Aging and the Department of Geography
Personal InterestsMaking and Breaking the Narrative of Urban Decline in Detroit (S) The decline of the City of Detroit from the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II, with a population of 2 million, to its current often-lamented state as home to 700,000 mostly poor, underserved residents is a story of many strands and claims, involving planning decisions, race, class and the central role played by the automobile in the city during the 20th century. This talk addresses the traditional narrative of Detroit's rise and fall, as well as the counter-narratives and other realities that are often forgotten when we focus on the city's decline. Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications + Marketing
Personal InterestsThe Changing Economics of Book Publishing in Canada (S) This talk will introduce audiences to the hidden economics of traditional book publishing in Canada, including discussion of royalties, government supports, distribution costs, marketing, bookstore discounts and returns. We will also explore the ways that e-books and the rise of alternate distribution models (in particular Amazon) are changing the nature of publishing, in both positive and negative ways. Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications + Marketing
Personal InterestsUrban Marginalization and the Birth of House and Techno Music (S)House music, emerging from Chicago, and techno, which was born in Detroit, have intertwining narratives of cross-pollination beginning in the mid-1980s. This talk focuses on the development of these two distinct styles of music as responses to the stratification of commercial radio in the 1970s and 80s and to the increasingly narrow expectations of racialized performance during that era.Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications + Marketing
Personal InterestsIndigenous Leadership in the 21st Century (E M S) Indigenous leadership is critical to a nation’s cultural, social, political, economical and spiritual survival. As Indigenous peoples we have a responsibility not only to our families, community and nation, but to our surrounding environment. Therefore, it is necessary to critically evaluate the success, or lack thereof within the present leadership.Smith , Ms. DawnAboriginal Student AdvisorCommunity Internship Coordinator for the LE, NONET Project
Personal InterestsThe Disappointments of the BC Treaty Process: A Nuu-chah-nulth Perspective (E M S) For the last 12 years the Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) have been actively involved in the BC Treaty Process with the hopes of achieving a fair and just agreement that would provide the opportunities for a brighter future. Why, after 12 years, are the NCN are only left with disappointment and a huge debt?Smith , Ms. DawnAboriginal Student AdvisorCommunity Internship Coordinator for the LE, NONET Project
History - GeneralMuseum Collections and their Management Art and Artifact Authentication: Forgery and Fakes (M S) NEW This speaker's career spans over 30 years as an archaeologist, material historian, museum registrar, and university lecturer and author. He joined the City of Toronto's Museum Services in 1987 as an archaeologist. In 2010 the City appointed as historian at Fort York National Historic Site where he is researching the continuous occupation of the sire since the late 18th century. Since 2005 he's taught collections management for UVic’s Cultural Resource Management program. Gerrard, Mr. Richard HenryDistance Education Services LecturerCultural Resource Management Program (Distant)
Personal InterestsCanadian Military History from the War of 1812 to the Great War: Battlefield Archaeology (M S) NEW This speaker's career spans over 30 years as an archaeologist, material historian, museum registrar, and university lecturer and author. He joined the City of Toronto's Museum Services in 1987 as an archaeologist. In 2010 the City appointed as historian at Fort York National Historic Site where he is researching the continuous occupation of the sire since the late 18th century.Gerrard, Mr. Richard HenryDistance Education Services LecturerCultural Resource Management Program (Distant)
Animals & PlantsPolar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change (M S)Polar bears are remarkably resilient to changing climate, attested to by their survival through a multitude of past climate shifts, some of inconceivable magnitude. This talk incorporates little-known biological and historical facts commonly omitted from popular polar bear accounts into a balanced overview of life and adaptation on Arctic sea ice. Skulls of a polar bear and grizzly bear provide a hands-on component.Crockford, Dr. SusanAdjunct Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
Animals & PlantsBones, Beaks and Teeth: A Comparative Look at Animal Skeletons (E M S)This talk is a hands-on look a different animal skulls including mammals and birds. Can be tailored for any age group. Wigen, Ms. BeckySenior Lab Instructor and Co-undergraduate AdvisorDepartment of Anthropology
ScienceWolf to Woof: Updating Darwin on Dog Origins (A Darwin Day Lecture) (M S)Charles Darwin devoted a large portion of his career to the study of domestic animals and plants. In this “Darwin Day” lecture, Dr. Susan Crockford (author of Rhythms of Life: Thyroid Hormone and the Origin of Species) will provide an easy-to-understand explanation of her theory for the role of thyroid hormone in dog domestication and breed development. Crockford, Dr. SusanAdjunct Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesProbiotics for Better Health: Time to Change Gears Claims that live bacterial cultures, known as probiotics, are beneficial to human health date back over 100 years. Yogurt and similar fermented milk products, the most popular forms of probiotics, have been widely adopted as health foods. The health claims associated with these products range from improved digestive function to bolstered immune systems, and the scientific validity for these claims will be critically examined. The main focus of this presentation will be on current research on the development of more effective probiotics. The potential use of probiotics to treat various digestive tract disorders, including infections, will be discussed. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineAllergies: Cases of Mistaken Identity by the Immune System NEWHow allergies arise, the role of the immune system in this process, and the basis for treatment strategies will be described. Not only are allergies common, their prevalence has continued to increase over the past 50 years, especially in industrialized countries. Current hypotheses that attempt to account for this will be considered. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineDemystifying Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza There are two distinct forms of human influenza, the localized seasonal epidemic form that routinely appears annually during winter months and the rare but more virulent pandemic form, such as the H1N1 virus of 2009. This talk will focus on the basic molecular biology of influenza virus (in lay language), the distinction between seasonal and pandemic flu viruses, and how pandemic flu strains evolveIshiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineNew Emerging Human Infectious Diseases in a Changing WorldNew human infectious diseases are evolving at an unprecedented rate in recent years. Over 40 new diseases have been recognized since 1970. This talk will focus on the impact such diseases have had on global health, with an emphasis on how and why they are apparently evolving.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineNext-Generation Vaccines: More than Just a Poke in the Arm NEW The classical strategies used in vaccine design will be compared to new innovations that will soon lead to what have been termed next-generation vaccines. The future prospects for novel uses of vaccines, for example, in curbing drug addictions, will also be described. Vaccinations have been credited with saving countless lives from infectious diseases for over 200 years. Yet, controversy regarding vaccine safety is still exist, and this issue will be examined. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineThe Rise of Superbugs: The Alarming Spread of Bacterial Drug Resistance, its Underlying Causes and the Quest for Solutions NEW Superbugs are bacteria that have developed resistance to multiple antibiotics. They are a global problem representing the most serious challenge to the treatment of infectious diseases. Experts have maintained that “the struggle against antibiotic resistance is a war we will never win.” A major report released in September 2013 now warns that continued inaction will have catastrophic effects, and that efforts to reduce the impact of superbugs will require concerted commitment and immediate action. This presentation will focus on what we have learned about the underlying causes of bacterial drug resistance, and how this knowledge may guide us in the quest for solutions.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care & MedicineWhat Everyone Should Know about Listeria, Salmonella and Other Food-borne Pathogens Gastrointestinal infections have been among the top 4 leading causes of death worldwide for several decades. The vast majority of mortalities have been in developing countries and primarily attributable to substandard sanitary conditions. My presentation will focus on Canada and other developed nations where circumstances are quite different and yet the incidence of foodborne infections has been on the rise in recent years. Our major problems relate to the emergence of a growing list of foodborne pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli O157:H7 . Using specific examples, I will discuss the apparent roots of our problems and the challenges they impose on public health organizationsIshiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceWhat We Have Learned From the Human Genome The decoding of the human genome, first reported in February 2000, heralded the beginning of a new era in biomedical research. What has the past decade of research on our genome has taught us about ourselves and our place in the biological world? Using cancer as an example, we will look at how genomics has contributed to our understanding of the genetic basis of human disease. The prospect of applying genome information for administering personalized or tailor-made medical diagnoses and treatments has received much hype. The status of this practice and recent insights on the organization of our genome, how our genes are controlled, and how their control may be influenced by environmental cues will also be discussed. Progress, of course, is often accompanied by controversy, and the issue of genetic engineering as a means of curing human diseases will be raised. Ishiguro, Dr. EdwardProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceGenetically Modified Organisms: Frankenfood or Cornucopia? The introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has resulted in an unprecedented level of controversy and debate. GMOs, on one hand, come with promises of improvements in characteristics that are unattainable by traditional plant or animal breeding. On the other hand, GMOs bring specters of new human health problems, environmental disasters, and economic issues. This presentation will be an unbiased (if, in fact, complete neutrality on this topic is at all possible) and will focus on both positive and negative issues surrounding GMOs with illustrations and scientific data. Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceThe Biology of AgingThis presentation will summarize recent advances in our understanding of the process of aging, and how this information has led to new strategies for slowing down the process of aging. I will critically evaluate some of the major strategies, e.g., anti-aging drugs, diets and dietary supplementsIshiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceThe Biology of Aging Part 2: The 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
ScienceThe Microbial Colonists of the Human Gut: Sorting Out the Good, the Bad and the Ugly NEWThe human digestive tract is colonized by about 100 trillion bacteria, collectively referred to as the gut microbiome. The bacterial colonization of the gut starts at birth, and the population undergoes changes in composition during early life before eventually stabilizing to resemble the adult gut microbiome when an infant reaches two years of age. Diet appears to be a significant factor that shapes the final composition of the gut microbiome. Recent studies have augmented what we knew about the direct involvement of these bacteria in our digestive metabolism. But, we now know that the activities of gut microbiome are far more diverse and extend well beyond the digestive tract; for example, these bacteria play an important role in regulating the immune system and brain function. Accumulating evidence indicates that the types of bacteria comprising the gut microbiome are important determinants of health and disease. Thus, the gut microbiome has been linked to metabolic (e.g., obesity), immunological (e.g., inflammatory bowel diseases), and neurological (e.g., autism spectrum disorder) diseases.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E. Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Co-operative Education Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-operative Education (S)Poulson, Dr. RozanneCo-op CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Co-operative Education Science Co-operative Education Programs (S)Poulson, Dr. RozanneCo-op CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Animals & PlantsSpace Dust, Bugs and Tao: Bacteria and the Origin of Life in a Backyard (in English or French) (E M S)This talk presents the origin of life in the context of what we can see from a backyard in Victoria using as a guide some ancient taoist text on cosmology.Roy, Dr. Réal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Health Care & MedicineA Look into the Eye: How the Retina Functions and Recent Advances for Treating Retinal Disease (M S)This talk is an introduction to the anatomy of the eye and the retina, explaining how the retina works, and the diseases that affect the retina. The role of basic research, and what kinds of therapies are being developed to treat retinal diseases, are also addressed. Chow, Dr. BobAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Health Care & MedicineEarly Scientific Debates and the Evolution of Vaccination Refusal (Society and Health) (in English or French) (E M S) There is a growing skepticism toward vaccination. Yet this is not a new phenomenon. This talk discuss early scientific debates in refusal of smallpox inoculation marking the origin of smallpox vaccination. Roy, Dr. Réal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Health Care & MedicinePlagues: Past and Present (Society and Health) (in English or French) (E M S)A review of plague epidemics in the past from famous historical or literary accounts and a discussion of what we know of plague and its epidemiology now. Roy, Dr. Réal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Personal InterestsThe Bride Stripped Bare: The Nude Throughout Art The Bride Stripped Bare presents the evolution of the depiction of the nude throughout the history of art and especially looks at the relationship between photography and painting of the nude. It especially considers recent trends and directions in figurative art.Gore, Mr. TomRetirees AssociationDepartment of Biology
Personal InterestsThe Good, the Bad and a Few of the Ugly: Deconstructing the Portrait The Good, the Bad and a few of the Ugly looks at the portrait over the past two thousand years and especially considers new approaches that evolved in response to the introduction of photography. It looks at cultural and gender issues as well as evolving artistic styles.Gore, Mr. TomRetirees AssociationDepartment of Biology
Personal InterestsThe Francophone Community of British Columbia (in English or French) (M)There are no francophones in BC! This talk presents data on the presence today and in the past of Francophones and their contribution to the cultural, intellectual and economic wealth of British Columbia. Roy, Dr. Réal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
ScienceNutrition and the Brain (S) There is no doubt that the food we consume impacts our brain. In this presentation I will start by discussing the basics of brain structure and function and then talk about various food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fats etc) and how they can impact cognition. I will also discuss omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants and their ability to improve cognition. Patten, Ms. AnnaSessional InstructorDepartment of Biology
Personal InterestsYoga Psychology (E M S) Yoga psychology harnesses the powers of awareness, attunement and embodied learning to foster an inquiry into the foundation of your unique expression of self-awareness, health and wellness. Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
Personal InterestsYogic Living (E M S) Many people practice yoga - but yoga is not only a soothing workout. It is also a lifestyle, helping people embrace states of wellbeing.Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceInstinctive Science: Will Chips Beat Brains? (S) Artificial Intelligence is now widely used to solve problems in science. At present computers are just tools for scientists, but the situation is changing. Within a few decades, computers will be far better at doing science than scientists are; we will become their tools. Should we be worried? This talk introduces some simple ideas from Artificial Intelligence and explains why Artificial Intelligence has such potential in science. This talk is suitable for both scientists and non-scientists.Cartwright, Dr. HughRetirees AssociationDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceSolar Cells and Alternative Energy Technologies: Challenges and Prospects (E M S) The history of the science behind photovoltaics (solar cells, both inorganic and organic), trends in new types of solar cells, energy requirements, political and economic considerations, and comparison to other alternative energy technologies is discussed.Frank, Prof. NatiaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceMagnetism: Its History and Implications in Technology and Health (E M S) The origin of the magnetic fields present in planetary dynamics, the earth's magnetic field and its reversals over history, the role of magnetic fields in migratory behaviour of hundreds of species, and the role of magnetism in medicine and data storage technologies are discussed.Frank , Prof. NatiaAssociate Professor Department of Chemistry
ScienceChemistry and Society: Molecules Matter in Modern Medicine (S) This talk explores the connections between modern chemical and biochemical research with current issues in human health. Cancer is a special focus. By understanding the molecules in our own cells that drive diseases like cancer, we can build new molecular approaches to the treatment of disease. Hof, Prof. FraserCanada Research ChairDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceNew and Better Tools for Cancer Diagnostics: a Case for Interdisciplinary Teamwork NEW Nanotechnology offers some unique properties to materials, opening the possibilitiy for better contrast agents for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which is one of the modern (cancer) imaging tools that gives us very detailed information. Despite all previous R&D there is still ample room for improvement. van Veggel, Dr. FrankProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceBetter Living through Chemistry: Removing Wrinkles, Adding Hair and Muscle, Improving your Sex Life NEW Mitchell, Dr. ReginaldProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceWhere Do Drugs Come From? (M S) NEWA look at the process by which new medicines are designed, synthesized, evaluated and brought to market. Examples will include highlights and low points from the past few decades of the pharmaceutical world, and will incorporate drugs from nature together with wholly synthetic creations. Wulff, Prof. JeremyAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceMolecules that Changed History (M S) Have you ever wondered about the connection between Nazi gunpowder and modern agriculture? Or about the close molecular relationship between the mustard gas used in WWI and the early drugs used for cancer chemotherapy? What about the historical connection between the octane rating scale on gasoline and the invention of the birth control pill? Or about the molecular reason that Manhattan belongs to the United States and not to the Netherlands? This talk raises these and other examples, in an examination of history from a chemical perspective. Wulff, Prof. JeremyAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry and Centre for Biomedical Research
Music, Film & TheatreA History of Music Technology from Antiquity to Today (M S) NEW The way music is produced, distributed and consumed has always been influenced by technology. This overview highlights some interesting moments in time when particular technologies had a dramatic impact on music. Starting from the hydraulis, the first organ and keyboard instrument, to the availability of thousands of songs in portable music players today, we will travel through history making interesting stops along the way. This presentation focuses on moments when technology drastically changed how music was produced, distributed and consumed - and speculates about where this trend will take us in the future. Tzanetakis, Dr. GeorgeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Music, Film & TheatreAnalyzing Music Using Computers (M S)Humans are remarkably good at extracting information from organized combinations of air pressure waves that we call music. Even toddlers are able to recognize melodies, dance in rhythm with music, and express music preferences. Computers are increasingly being used to perform similar tasks of information extraction from music signals. Accomplishing these seemingly simple tasks requires sophisticated techniques from digital signal processing and machine learning. Such systems enable new ways of interacting with the large amounts of music material available digitally. Tzanetakis, Dr. GeorgeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Music, Film & TheatreMusic Instruments as Harbingers of New Forms of Human/Computer Interaction (M S) NEWThe playing of musical instruments is one of the most complex possible interactions between a human and a sophisticated tool. In this talk I will trace how the use of computers has transformed music making and how research in new instruments for music expression provides a glimpse to the future of human-computer interaction. Tzanetakis, Dr. GeorgeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
PsychologyKnow Thyself: Our Inner World (S)Wendy will present a concept of the inner experience of a person and present process questions that will help participants to better understand themselves in relationship to themselves, another or a situation.Lum, Ms. WendyRegistered Clinic CounsellorDepartment of Counselling Services
Art & ArchitectureBelling the Cat: The Artful Subversion of Advertising (S)Advertisers pride themselves in knowing consumers better than we know ourselves. Perhaps this is why we accept so much advertising uncritically. This presentation looks at the work of artists within the industry who have used humour to subvert advertising, exposing its methods and assumptions.   Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitectureLooking at Others Looking at Us: Portraiture by Leading Photographers (S)Great photographs tell us more than what people look like, they “speak” through them, revealing character, commenting on human virtue or folly, and even presenting a portrait of the way we were. This presentation reviews great portraits of ordinary people and of influential people of the 20th century - a century of dramatic change. Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitecturePopular Myths about Art and Artists (S)Stereotypes and 'myth-conceptions' about art and artists are deeply embedded. Those narrow views and gross exaggerations are commonly found in comics and editorial cartoons. This presentation looks at the changing role and status of artists and their art to expose those stereotypes and provide a more fair and accurate view of the art world. Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitectureWar and Peace: Children’s Drawings Promoting Peace (S)Children's voices are seldom heard on social and political issues yet children and youth have the ability to speak across barriers of language through their drawings. Viewing and discussing their art, we can understand perspectives and insights that they couldn't easily articulate in words and we are reminded of our obligation to them to make the world a better/safer place. Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Art & ArchitectureYoung at Art: Elderly Artists and Their Work (S)There are well known artists who continued to demonstrate artistic powers late into life; then there are others who only 'discovered' art as older adults. Involvement in art can be extremely satisfying, providing a new lease on life with a form of learning that draws upon life experience and awakens creative powers. This presentation introduces some of these fascinating artists and dispels misconceptions about what it takes to become an artist. Dalton, Dr. Robert Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentEmpathy and Visual Literacy (S)Communication in the world today is increasingly reliant upon image rather than text. A picture is instantly grasped and is worth "a thousand words." Art education can teach us to critically engage with pictures and more fully interpret their messages. Perhaps visual literacy's most important contribution is to teach us to read one another, to understand others by imaginatively putting ourselves in their place, of viewing the world through their eyes. Empathy is an essential human quality and art can help to develop that skill. Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentSurvivors of War: Children Draw Their Experiences (S)Perhaps the greatest tragedy of human history is that of armed conflict. In war, civilians and especially children are the ones who suffer most. This presentation looks at childrens' drawings from around the world to hear a story seldom heard. Their drawings are a sobering reminder to seek better ways to resolve our differences and protect the innocents. Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentThe Importance of Arts Education in Child Development (S)The arts are often regarded as a "frill" in education, a temporary break from the "real work" of literacy and numeracy - the so-called "basics." The arts are in fact essential to the development of children and youth, first because they develop the full capacities of mind and second, they provide quality of life beyond simple providing of basic needs. The arts have always been part of human history because they are essential to our survival as a species. Dalton, Dr. RobertAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentEarly Literacy Development of Young Children Presents brief background to young children's literacy development followed by ten key activities and practices that families can do to foster this development. Several handouts and time for questions.Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritusDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child & Teen DevelopmentWant To Help Your Child Learn Math? There Are Apps for That! iPod Touch/iPhone devices provide unique opportunities for parents to engage their children in anytime, anywhere, micro-tutoring activities. There are thousands of educational apps available on the App store – but only a fraction of them can be recommended. We examine features of educationally sound apps and suggest tutoring strategies for parents.Pelton, Dr. TimAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralChildren’s Rights Education: Empowering Children to Uphold Justice for Peace ǂ (E M S)A paradigm-shifting proposal to reform the current education system is offered to establish a global foundation of freedom, justice and peace as proclaimed by the United Nations Charter in 1945. Based on the principles and provisions outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the purpose of education is suggested to empower children to become critically literate citizens so that they can shape a future that recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. A comprehensive children’s rights education curriculum that incorporates Montessori pedagogical methods and principles is presented that enables signatories to the CRC to fulfill the legal and moral obligations to “make the principles and provisions of the Convention widely known, by appropriate and active means, to adults and children alike” (Article 42). The purpose of this integrated curriculum is to empower children with knowledge of their rights so that they can act as agents of change to uphold these rights for all children as they promote social progress and better standards of life in a larger freedom (UN 1945 Charter).Friedmann, Ms. LesleyGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralConstructing Understanding by Explaining Everything: One Way iPads can Enhance Education In this presentation we will focus on the creative potentials of iPads as tools to enhance the educational process. Teachers can create interactive learning resources to support student explorations and discussions, and generate animations to demonstrate procedures and concepts and support individualized student review (flipped classroom). Then these same resources can be used as exemplars for learners to build upon as they generate learning artifacts (interactive objects and animations) on their own iPads. By consolidating, representing and communicating their understandings they are demonstrating true mastery. Pelton, Dr. TimAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralEducation for Social Justice and Reconstruction (E M S) Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralMoving Forward through the Rearview Mirror: Future, Change and Indigenous Education (E M S)Aboriginal perspectives on special education practice, including alternatives.Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralNew Digital Technologies: Hope and Possibility in Open Education (E M S)Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralThe UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Possibilities and Promise (E M S)Explores the power and potential of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for changing schooling.Price , Dr. Jason M.C.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralBeyond the Shadow of the Residential School: Understanding the On-reserve Day School in the History of Indigenous Education The history of Indian day schools has been eclipsed by the vast scholarship on residential schooling. This talk presents the experiences of students who attended Port Essington Indian Day School during the 1930s and 1940s. It illustrates how pupils successfully negotiated through two educational worlds: formal schooling where they were “Anglicized” and traditional learning taught by their elders. The day school was less benign than previously thought, contributing to the loss of ancestral language and culture. Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralEnding the Reign of the Fraser Institute School Rankings The Fraser Institute's school rankings have won the hearts of parents and the press, despite the fact that they distort test scores. For over a decade, the rankings have been particularly burdensome for low-ranking (usually low socio-economic status, high-poverty) schools when parents of high achieving children move them to higher-ranking schools. This talk explores the nature of the rankings and the many factors that have ensured their long media reign. Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralPlanning for Effective Schools Since the 1960s, researchers around the world have been studying the elements that contribute to "effective schools"; that is, schools where children's achievement levels surpass what could be estimated by their socio-economic status. This talk focuses on the enduring findings from roughly 50 years of research about what makes for effective schools. Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralIndigenous Arts in Education (in English or Spanish) (E M) Indigenous Arts in schools - adaptable presentation to talk about diverse art forms within Indigenous perspectives. Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralLessons Learned: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Indigenous Education Course (in English or Spanish) (EM) NEWThis presentation is about research findings on what motivated and discouraged pre-service teachers while taking a mandatory Indigenous education course. Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralInspiring Creativity (S) NEWInspiring creativity is a talk about how to develop your own creativity. The discussion covers a little information about the nature of creativity and then turns to processes for developing and harnessing your own creativity. Wiebe, Dr. MichelleSenior InstructorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralPoster or Brochure Design (S)Poster or Brochure Design covers the basic design principles behind creating a successful brochure or poster. These would be two separate talks either brochure design or poster design. Wiebe, Dr. MichelleSenior InstructorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education - GeneralVideogames and Learning (E M S) Sanford, Dr. KathyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History - GeneralWomen Travellers Throughout the Ages Presents the lives and experiences of nine exceptional, interesting, and enthusiastic women travellers from the 4th to the 21st century who wrote about adventures. Reading list included. Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritusDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History - Victoria & BCBritish Columbia's History of Education Education in British Columbia has been intimately intertwined with the growth of Canadian democracy. This presentation focuses on the interplay between education and democracy. It also examines the major forces threatening both education and Canadian democratic principles today. Raptis, Prof. Helen Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsTravelling Lightly and Safely: Tips for Women TravellersIdeas and tips for women travellers to make travel easier and safer while maximizing the travel experience, including what to take and how to pack. Handouts with suggestions. Mayfield, Dr. Margie Professor EmeritusDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsProverbs as Portrayals of Worldview (in English or Spanish) (E M) NEWThis presentation discusses the importance of proverbs, refrains and sayings as a way to reflect on worldview and how language shapes one's identity. Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsThe Mexican Revolution: History and Songs (in English or Spanish) (E M) Mexican history and songs of the Revolution - accompanied by a guitar. I offer a presentation on the role that music played in the years of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1921)Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsThe Role of Women in the Mexican Revolution (in English or Spanish) (E M)This presentation talks specifically about the role of women describing the intellectuals, the mothers, the soldaderas, and women in other roles.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Work & EmploymentDeveloping Persuasive Visuals (S) NEWDeveloping persuasive visuals focuses on understanding the perceptual basis for creating and using visual persuasion. This information is useful so that we can be more aware of the persuasion that surrounds us in addition to understanding how we can harness persuasive techniques to develop visuals ourselves. Wiebe, Dr. MichelleSenior InstructorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Business & EconomicsEconomics and Happiness (S) Does the relentless pursuit of economic growth increase happiness or mire us in a rat race? This talk explores recent research on the connection between the pursuit of prosperity and happiness as revealed in social surveys. Courty, Dr. PascalAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Economics
Business & EconomicsUnderstanding How Firms Set Prices (S) This talk presents research on how popular musicians set ticket prices for concerts, how airlines and hotels sell plane tickets and hotel rooms, and why prices vary at the gas station. Courty, Dr. PascalAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Economics
Business & EconomicsBe the Visionary and the Actionary of Your Life ǂ (S) NEWThis talk focuses on entrepreneurship. In 1997, I started a company - Grandma Emily’s Granola - from my home kitchen in Montreal, Quebec. I was a single mother with three small children, no child support and no income. Today, I am still the company president but am pursuing other life goals such as studying at UVic and living in British Columbia. Using Grandma Emily as a real life case study to illustrate the trials and triumphs of entrepreneurship, topics such as the bootstrapping business model, how to create the life you want, how to survive starting your own business as well as tips for hiring, making decisions, delegating and thriving in a slow-growth world are discussed.Courey, Ms. AndreaGraduate StudentDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child & Teen DevelopmentChildhood Stress (E M)Addresses types and sources of childhood stress and suggests ways parents and teachers may consider to help reduce children's stress.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child & Teen DevelopmentParenting Preschool Children (E M)Explaining young children's needs and main development and recommending how parents, teachers, and child care professionals may guide young children to help promote their social development.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education in the SchoolsHow Good is My School? (M S)Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education in the SchoolsThe Fraser Report on Schools: What Does it Really Mean? (M S)Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesAthletes as Models of Effective Learning: What Benefits can Sport have for Academic Learning? ǂ (M S) NEW Athletes effectively regulate learning in order to achieve training and performance goals, using the same learning processes as the most successful students. Through case studies, I examine similarities and differences in how student-athletes learn in sport and in school, drawing lessons from the approach of athletes for students. McCardle, Ms. LindsayGraduate StudentDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesSuccess in Sport: How Athletes Regulate Learning ǂ (M S) NEW Using a self-regulated learning perspective, I look at athletes' intimate understanding of their sport that guides their deliberate goal-setting. Continual self-evaluation fuels how athletes make changes in their approach on the road to success. McCardle, Ms. LindsayGraduate StudentDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Health Care & MedicineCompassion Fatigue: What it Looks Like and What to Do about itA presentation discussing the special case that we commonly refer to as “burnout.” The presentation will provide a working understanding of what compassion fatigue is and how to proactively guard against its development. Time will be given to the discussion to the co-existence of vicarious or secondary traumatization in some instances of compassion fatigue - especially in those working in the emergency services or in family caregivers of traumatically injured family members. While compassion fatigue is most commonly thought to be a risk factor for those in caregiver and health profession roles, the presenter will also discuss her clinical experience of working with compassion fatigue in school teachers referred to her for stress management and burnout.Tasker, Dr. SusanAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Health Care & MedicineLiving with Brain Injury: Inside Stories from Those Who Know A presentation of research findings describing the lived experiences of a group of adults with traumatic brain injuries. The experience and impacts of brain injury from the research participants’ point of views are discussed in terms of their felt frustrations, losses, needs, and ways of coping. Tasker, Dr. SusanAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Law & Justice IssuesSiblings of Young Murder Victims in Canada: A Nonissue?Children and youth are murdered in Canada and siblings are left behind in difficult circumstances. Few if any studies have looked at this traumatized and vulnerable group of children. Though families are sometimes publically scrutinized by the media and investigated by the criminal justice systems, no empirical work exists on the effects on siblings. Taken together, outside of anecdotal report, there appears to be little knowledge and understanding of the long-term effects of a sibling’s murder. The matter appears to be a nonissue. Preliminary results of a Canadian study are presented and implications for practice and policy across counsellor services, the media, and criminal justice systems are discussed. Tasker, Dr. SusanAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsThe Baja Bash: Mazatlan to San Diego by Boat NEWCameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTouring the Midi Canal in Southern France Cameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTouring the Yukon and AlaskaCameron, Dr. Ian Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education - GeneralAn Introduction to Digital Humanities (M S) NEWMy talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation.Sayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Education - GeneralMaking Things in the Humanities (M S) NEWMy talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Education - GeneralSounding Out the Humanities (M S) NEWMy talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Education - GeneralThe Humanities in a Digital Age (M S) NEWMy talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
History - GeneralWalking to Santiago: A Modern Pilgrimage The Santiago pilgrimage has become a significant cultural phenomenon. This talk records two walks of mine, the first from Roncesvalles to Santiago, the second from Moissac to Roncesvalles. My goal is to situate the pilgrimage in its medieval context, and to bring it life for an audience.Tucker, Dr. JohnProfessorDepartment of English
History - Victoria & BCMedieval Victoria: How the Middle Ages Shape Modern Victoria Although Victoria did not exist in the Middle Ages, it is profoundly shaped by a number of institutions that emerged in the Middle Ages and that still exhibit their medieval heritage in costume and architecture. The institutions that I consider are the university, the law, the Christian church, and commerce.Tucker, Dr. JohnProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureWhy Should You Take Humanities at University? (M S) NEWDean, Dr. MisaoProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureWhy Study Short Stories? An Introduction for High School Students (M S) NEWDean, Dr. MisaoProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureThe Technology of the Book (S) NEWAfter this talk, you'll never see the paperback next to your bed or the textbook in your bag the same way again. Arguing that the everyday object we call a book is a complex information technology, Erin Kelly will introduce you to the material, organizational, and technological innovations that make books possible and pleasurable. Along the way, she will explain how practices of creating and distributing books have shaped literature from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. (Interested groups can make arrangements to come to the Special Collections classroom in the McPherson Library at UVic to have this talk accompanied by a presentation of rare books.) (Appropriate for adult audiences and high school students) Kelly, Dr. Erin E.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureTudor Queens and Other Boleyn Girls (S)Popular films about Queen Elizabeth I, television series like The Tudors, and novels about the wives of Henry VIII are evidence of our culture's fascination with sixteenth century English history and culture, especially as it relates to the lives of powerful women. This talk compares such contemporary texts to historical representations of Tudor queens and even to writings by some of these women to explore how issues of women's political power are raised whenever an author depicts individual women central to the Renaissance royal court.Kelly, Dr. Erin E.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureWhat Shakespeare Knew (S)This talk about the sorts of things Shakespeare would have learned in grammar school, in church services, and from independent reading will include discussions of how such knowledge manifests itself in the author's plays and poems. More importantly, it will suggest what aspects of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and education might offer helpful models to contemporary students, teachers, and writers.Kelly, Dr. Erin E.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureClimate Change and Science Fiction (S)Fiction has always imagined alternate realities. In this time of climate change, we can read contemporary or older science fiction for clues about how to behave both now and in the future, and about what kinds of pressures that climate change may exert on our culture.Pickard, Dr. Richard Senior InstructorDepartment of English
LiteratureJames Joyce's Ulysses: A Masterpiece of Modernism (E M S)I introduce audiences to the mystique of Ulysses, its structure, contents, and stylistic experimentation, while emphasizing that it is a novel of everyday experience and can be read by anyone willing to tackle it. Ross, Dr. StephenAssociate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureThe English Ghost Story (E M S) I provide a brief historical overview of the English ghost story from its emergence out of the gothic tales of the early nineteenth century through its peak during World War I. Ross, Dr. StephenAssociate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureFutures of the Book (M S) NEWMy talks generally cover the intersections of (old/new) media and culture, often with an emphasis on computation. Sayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsThe Black Swans of Climate Science (S) "Black swans" are facts that weaken or falsify a scientific theory. Although many climate scientists are certain that human carbon emissions will cause catastrophic global warming, this talk explores climate facts - the black swans - that undermine this theory. One black swan? The planet has not warmed for 15 years, yet the public is told warming is "accelerating." MacRae, Mr. PaulSessional LecturerDepartment of English
Personal InterestsWhat Is 3D Printing? (M S) NEWSayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsWhat Is Physical Computing? (M S) NEWSayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsWhy Code Today? (M S) NEWSayers , Dr. Jentery Assistant ProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsMy Journeys on the Camino de Santiago (S) NEWOver 11 months, I made two separate Caminos to Santiago de Compostela. In this talk, I will go over what the Camino really is, how to prepare for it, and what I learned on my journeys on "The Way." Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Assistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
PsychologyWhy We Do The Dumb Things We Do: The Neuroscience of Human Decision Making (S) NEWRecent advances in neuroscience can explain how and why we make the decisions we do. This talk will cover both the theory and the neuroscience behind human decision-making.Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Assistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
History - GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages (in English or French) (M S) The talk on Paris is a presentation of the history and monuments attesting the development of Paris into a capital since its inception up until the modern times. Arranged as a guided tour, it offers an overview on the urban plans and extensions of the town, with a special emphasis on the middle ages and the 19th century renovation.Cazes, Dr. HeleneAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
History - Victoria & BCThe Seghers Collection at the University of Victoria (in English or French) (M S) The talk on The Seghers Collection presents the unique collection of ancient books, on loan at the UVic library, coming from the Catholic Diocese of Victoria: these 4000 volumes, or so, tell part of the history of the West Coast, as seen by Charles Seghers (1838-1886), the second Catholic Bishop of Victoria. Cazes, Dr. HeleneAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
LiteraturePierre-Esprit Radisson, the Man who was Red and White (in English or French) (M S) The talk on Pierre Esprit Radisson follows the travels and memoirs of the only 17th century coureur de bois who left a written account of his life: kidnapped and adopted by the Iroquois, the young Radisson escaped twice from his aboriginal new families before escaping from ... France and Europe. A free explorer and fur trader, he was defeated only by the Hudson Bay Company business men. Cazes , Dr. HeleneAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsThe Magic of Calvin and Hobbes (M S) NEW Cazes, Dr. HeleneAssociate ProfessorDepartment of French
Earth & OceansField Research in the Arctic This is more of a picture tour showing what it looks like in the Canadian high Arctic - land forms, research, animals - a place most people have never seen.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansHow Storms Impact the Coasts How storms affect the ocean to cause impact to the coast. How the nature of the coast–water depth, type of beach material, how the coast is shaped–affects how a storm can cause impact. How features like bars and rip-currents work. Why there are bigger waves in winter. Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansPacific Storm Types and Tracks What are the types of Pacific storms? Where do they form, where do they travel, and why do they move as they do? Why do we have more storms in winter than in summer? How do El Nino/La Nina affect them? Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth & OceansThe Coastal Regions of Alaska and the Arctic An overview of the Alaskan and Arctic coastal regions, including who lives there, what the land/coast is like, how important sea ice is, how climate change is manifesting itself in these areas, and new threats/opportunities from oil/gas development or the Northwest Passage opening. Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsA Canadian Living in Peru (M S)UVic retiree relives his time as a grad student working in the Canadian Embassy in Lima, Peru during the tumultuous times of 1988-1990, and personal observations on similarities and differences between our cultures.Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsCusco: Peru’s Modern City of the Ancient Incas (M S)A month in the ancient Andean mountain city of Cusco reveals both ancient and modern urban planning and cultures. Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsMore Sewage Treatment for Victoria? (M S)Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsPeru’s “Volcanic” City of Arequipa (M S)Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsVenezuela: Beautiful Country, Unusual Politics! (M S)Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
Personal InterestsWater Conservation for BC - and You and Me (M S)British Columbian’s greatest resources include water, but as our population grows, we’ll have to meet some challenging water issues. Our success depends a lot on you and me.Newcomb, Mr. John Retirees AssociationDepartment of Geography
History - GeneralUVic’s I-witness Holocaust Field School: Holocaust Memorialization in Central Europe Today (in English or German) (M S) The I-witness Holocaust field school is a four-week course focusing on Holocaust memorialization in Central Europe today. This talk describes the program and highlights, through a variety of visuals, the different ways the Holocaust is being memorialized in Germany, Austria and Poland.Thorson, Dr. HelgaChair & Associate ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
History - Victoria & BCThe "Local Stories and Experiences of the Holocaust" Archival Project: Stories of the Shoah from our Own Community (in English or German) (M S) This talk discusses the UVic “Local Stories and Experiences of the Holocaust” archival project and some ways in which Holocaust survivors in our community have decided to tell their stories. These include the mediums of art, music, video and text. Thorson, Dr. HelgaChair & Associate ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
History - GeneralGrowing up in Athens and Sparta (M) What life was like for young men and women growing up in classical Athens and Sparta.Bowman , Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History - GeneralSacrificial Virgins in Western Culture (S) NEW The "sacrificial virgin" story has been popular in myth, folklore and popular culture for at least 3,000 years. Why is this story told and retold? What cultural work does it do? And how has it changed in recent tellings? Bowman , Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History - GeneralAncient Olympia and the Olympic Games (S) NEWOlympia was a Greek sanctuary and a very important site for the practice of Greek religion. The competitive athletic competitions that we know of as the Olympic games was one aspect. This lecture will look at various monuments and events at Olympia from the Classical periods. Burke, Dr. BrendanAssociate Professor and ChairDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History - GeneralAthens: Birthplace of Democracy (S) NEWThis lecture will look at the monuments and institutions of Classical Athens and highlight aspects of early governance. The invention of democracy and the Greek miracle of the fifth century will be the focus. Burke, Dr. BrendanAssociate Professor and ChairDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History - GeneralExploring Greece: Travels through Time (S) NEWA general lecture on the monuments and history of Greece. Based on my experience leading many different groups around Greece, the lecture can provide useful advice to anyone planning a trip to Greece, or it may give an overview of sites visited previously. Burke, Dr. BrendanAssociate Professor and ChairDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History - GeneralMyths of Midas and Gordion of Phrygia (Turkey) (S) Burke, Dr. BrendanAssociate Professor and ChairDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Film & TheatreHercules: Greek Myth or Disney? (M S) A comparison of the Greek myths about Hercules to the Disney version of the story.Bowman , Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History - GeneralCleopatra, Hellenistic Queen (M) How Cleopatra tried and failed to protect her throne and Egypt. Bowman , Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Film & TheatreBrad Pitt's Troy, Greek Epic and the Archeological Record (M S) How Troy uses Homer's depiction of the Trojan War, where and why it departs from it, and how the film uses the archeological evidence of the period.Bowman , Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Film & TheatreO Brother Where Art Thou and The Odyssey (M S) How the Coen brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou? uses Homer's Odyssey.Bowman , Dr. Laurel Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Cultures Around the WorldMexico’s “Day of the Dead” (S)The fascinating celebration of the "Day of the Dead" is explored in this talk. I have slides of preparations and the beautiful altars that are created to remember those that have passed away.Stewart, Prof. RosaSenior InstructorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
History - GeneralA Tale of Three Mexican Cities: Mexico City, Oaxaca and Xalapa (S)Through "A Tale of Three Cities" we see sites in Mexico City, Oaxaca, in the southern part of the country, and Xalapa, in the highlands near the eastern coast. The sights of Mexico are as colourful and spicy as their food!Stewart, Prof. RosaSenior InstructorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
History - GeneralCentral and Southern Spain (S)This is a slide show of some of the outstanding cities in central and southern Spain, starting in Madrid, visiting Avila, Salamanca, Merida, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and moving up the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona.Stewart , Prof. RosaSenior InstructorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Culture (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature and Visual Arts (in English or Spanish) (S)Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Music, Film & TheatreLatin American Film (in English or Spanish) (S) Russek, Prof. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsEuropean Vacation: London, Paris and Madrid–with Stops Along the Way (S)On this excursion I travelled from London to Madrid visiting some amazing places along the way: London, Paris, various castles in the Loire Valley, the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Barcelona, a bit of the northern coast of Spain and finally Madrid. Stewart, Prof. RosaSenior InstructorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsTouring through England, Scotland and Ireland (S) Touring through England, Scotland and Ireland - We did a bus tour of this beautiful region starting with several days in London and then visiting Edinburgh, the shores of Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Manchester, Dublin, Killarney, Bath, Stonehenge and several other places as well.Stewart, Prof. RosaSenior InstructorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldIslam in the Modern World (S) "Islam in the modern world" addresses debates in the Muslim world about how Islam should be conceived (political, personal, activist etc). While religion certainly does not explain everything that happens in the Muslim world today, some aspects certainly are relevant, especially when seen in a historical perspective. Exploring those topics helps clarify the role of Islamic ideas in the modern world.Rippin, Dr. AndrewProfessor Emeritus of Islamic HistoryDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldThe Qur’an: the Scripture of Islam (S) NEWA basic introduction to the form, content and history of the Qur’an (Koran) along with some consideration of Muslim interpretation of the text. Rippin, Dr. AndrewProfessor Emeritus of Islamic HistoryDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldGlobal Food Security and Small-scale Farming in Africa (M S) NEW Global Food Security and Small-Scale Farming looks at key issues and pressures in food (in)security today and makes the case for supporting small-scale farmers in Africa as part of the shift to greater equity, stability and security. Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldThe Story of an African (Women's) Farm (M S) The Story of an African Farm tells the story of an inspiring women's cooperative vegetable farm in rural South Africa. The farm was established in a period of severe drought, malnutrition, and political tumult. It has delivered material and social value to the community for over 20 years and is a model for such community-rooted enterprise. Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History - GeneralHistory and Impacts of HIV/AIDS (M S) History of HIV/AIDS tells the fascinating detective story of the emergence and spread of the virus from Central Africa in the early 20th century. We look at the virus's global spread from the 1970s and ongoing social impacts today. Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History - Victoria & BCA Humorous History of Highways in BC (S)With the help of several generations of editorial cartoonists, "A Humorous History of Highways" traces the development of the road system of the province and its political manifestations from 1858 to the present day.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History - Victoria & BCBoundless Optimism: Richard McBride's British Columbia (S)Richard McBride was premier of British Columbia from 1903 to 1915, a period of unprecedented growth. A native of the province, he became premier at age 32; brought some order to provincial politics, promoted the development of railways, encouraged British investment and immigration, and played a role on the national and imperial stage and even had the province purchase two submarines on the eve of the First World War. Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History - Victoria & BCBritish Columbia's Ambiguous Relations with the Rest of Canada (S)From the time that they first considered joining Canada, British Columbians have had an ambiguous relationship with the rest of the country. They are proud of their province and of being Canadian but they have frequently felt that the rest of the country did not appreciate them and indeed exploited them. The talk is illustrated with editorial cartoons.Roy, Dr. Patricia Professor EmeritusDepartment of History
History - Victoria & BCCartoonists at Sea: Some Views of BC Ferries and Their Predecessors (S) NEWTransportation 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
Art & ArchitectureAboriginal Art and Representation in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games ǂ (S) I will specifically compare how Aboriginals have been represented in the Vancouver Games, through advertising and art, to the past two Canadian Olympics of Montreal (1976) and Calgary (1988).Shrumm, Ms. ReganGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Art & ArchitectureKachinas: The Making and Meaning of the Southwest American Aboriginal Doll ǂ (S) NEWKachina dolls are wooden dolls which represent spirits in many nations in the Southwest America. The presentation will explore how the dolls are made and how their assimilation into North American cultures has changed their aesthetics. Shrumm, Ms. ReganGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
Art & ArchitectureReligious Significance of Icons ǂ (S)Examining icons, typically a wood painting which is used for veneration and devotion, and their religious significance, history and iconography.Shrumm, Ms. ReganGraduate StudentDepartment of History in Art
History - GeneralCharity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (M S) NEWDrawn from my book Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014), this talk discusses the history of two ordinary women who lived in an extraordinary union in Vermont from 1807 to 1851. The talk covers the women's early lives, how they met, and how they struggled to gain the recognition of their marriage from family, friends, and community. Cleves, Prof. Rachel HopeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History - GeneralCanada's First Treaties: Alliances between Indigenous Nations and Colonizers before 1867 (in English or French) (M S) NEWCanada's First Treaties: An overview of diplomatic relations and enduring alliances between Indigenous Nations of present-day Canada and English and French colonizers over roughly three centuries, between the 1530s and the 1850s, emphasizing that the modern treaty process in Canada has a long and complex history. Cook, Dr. PeterAssistant ProfessorDepartment of History
Education - GeneralThe Importance of Humanities Education (S) NEWThe media today sometimes undervalue the humanities. Learn why studying the humanities is valuable for your future! Archibald, Dr. JohnProfessor and DeanDepartment of Linguistics
Education - GeneralThe Why, What and How of Fostering Learner Reflection Reflection is an integral part of human existence, and, as John Dewey, the father of education, once said: “We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.” This talk is designed for teachers who are interested in integrating learner reflection into their teaching. Following a synopsis of the most up-to-date theory and research on learner reflection, the presenter will focus on sharing theoretically sound and empirically substantiated tips about how to implement learner reflection. Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsThe Benefits of Bilingualism (S) NEWThere are many benefits to bilingualism: cognitive, social, linguistic and economic. If you have children in a second language program, or are thinking about it, this talk will be of interest. Also of interest to teachers and principals. Archibald, Dr. JohnProfessor and DeanDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsTeaching Pronunciation in the Context of Indigenous Language Revitalization (in English or French) (M S) NEW This talk addresses: a) normal variation in the way people pronounce things, b) how pronunciation can differ between generations and between speakers with different fluency levels, c) how pronunciation might be affected by learning through literacy (rather than strictly orally), and d) what teachers and learners of a second language can expect in terms pronunciation challenges. Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsTeaching Pronunciation through the Visual Feedback Techniques (in English or French) (M S) NEW This talk addresses pronunciation challenges that are faced by people either with specific speech impediments, or who are learning an additional language. Starting with the kinds of speech sounds that are typically difficult to pronounce, different techniques for incorporating visual feedback into pronunciation learning and teaching are explored - for example, ultrasound imaging of the tongue as it articulates speech sounds. This talk would be best given to small groups, in an interactive setting. Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAccents, Dialects and Voice Qualities (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsHow Babies Acquire the Capacity to Speak (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsPronunciation Teaching in Second-language Instruction (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSpeech Production in the Pharynx and the Larynx (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor Department of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSpeech Sounds of the Languages of the World (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsThe International Phonetic Alphabet (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSecond Language Acquisition (S) How do people learn languages? What is the critical period for language learning, when languages are learned quickly and naturally, and what happens afterwards? This talk reviews the first/second language learning process for children and the second language learning process for adults. Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSwitching Languages While Talking (S) Many bilingual families wonder why and how their children switch back and forth between English and their native language so easily. This talk reviews the fascinating topic of such switching or "codeswitching", emphasizing that it is usually grammatical and serves important communicative functions. Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsTeaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (S) Teaching ESL refers to teaching English to speakers of other languages within the country where English is spoken as a native language, whereas teaching EFL refers to teaching it overseas, in the learners' native culture. There are very different approaches depending where English is taught, and this talk reviews the key issues to be aware of. Fotos, Dr. SandraAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAssessing English-as-an-Additional-Language Speakers’ Language-learning Needs This talk will share ways and practical tools that attendees can use to assess English-as-an-additional-language speakers’ language-learning needs in different contexts -- institutions, corporations, programs, or courses – in order to understand speakers’ challenges and develop training to meet their communication needs. Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsSpeaking Strategies for English-as-an-Additional-Language Speakers This talk is designed specifically to help those who use English as an additional language to develop strategies to communicate orally in various contexts. In this interactive talk, the attendees will be guided through an exploration of culturally embedded assumptions and expectations about communication and will learn how to develop some effective strategies for enhancement of their oral communication skills. Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAbout the Chinese Language (in English or Chinese) Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsAll about Learning a Second Language Pronunciation (in English or Chinese)Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages & LinguisticsIndigenous Languages of British Columbia (E M S) NEW Introduction to the incredible diversity of the Indigenous languages of British Columbia: where they are spoken, the kinds of knowledge encoded in the languages, and what is being done to revitalize them today. Urbanczyk, Dr. SuzanneAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsWilderness Adventures with Small Children (in English or French) (M S) NEW In my spare time, I spend a fair amount of time in a canoe, on extended wilderness paddles, with my husband and two young children. This talk will explore the challenges and rewards of taking small children into the wild. Bird, Dr. SonyaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsBeekeeping (S)Esling, Dr. John H.ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsRole of Music in Language Revitalization (E M S) NEW Urbanczyk, Dr. SuzanneAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Computing, Engineering & TechnologySustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (in English or Hindi) (M) NEWThis speaker’s current research is focused on studying the early-age properties and plastic shrinkage of cement-based composites containing SCMs and fibers. His areas of interest include masonry structures, structural health monitoring, and non-destructive testing. Gupta , Dr. Rishi Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Personal InterestsAdaptability of Foreign Trained Professionals in the Canadian Job Market (in English or Hindi) (M) NEWGupta , Dr. Rishi Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Personal InterestsCivil Engineering as a Profession (in English or Hindi) (M) NEWGupta , Dr. Rishi Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
World AffairsDynamism in Southeast Asia (in English or Indonesian) (S) NEWRudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
World AffairsIslam and the Future of Finance (in English or Indonesian) (S) NEWRudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
World AffairsIslam and the West (in English or Indonesian) (S) NEWRudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
World AffairsIslam's Response to Global Economic Crisis: Islamic Finance (in English or Indonesian) (S) NEWRudnyckyj, Dr. Daromir Associate ProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Ethics & PhilosophyEthics by Example? The Hero in Contemporary Cinema (S) NEW How can we think about the moral affect popular cinema has on our culture? I suggest that action films, through their portrayal of heroes and heroic behavior, provide us with an ethical landscape for the narratives of our lives. Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyExistentialism: A Philosophical Faith (S) A review of the basic ideas of Existentialism and their relevance for examining and owning our lives. Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyImagining Perfection: The Importance of Utopian Ideals (S) A brief history of the utopian imagination, its fundamental claims and its continuing importance in shaping our communities.Belmonte, Dr. NinaSenior LecturerDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyCollective Responsibility for Wrongdoing (S) We often talk about groups as though they act and are blameworthy for outcomes that involve them. But can groups actually be responsible for wrongdoing? One worry about holding groups responsible is that it seems to let individuals off the hook. But without group responsibility it is hard to see many socially generated wrongs, like vulnerability to violence, as wrongs rather than bad luck. In this presentation I explain how groups may be treated as actors for purposes of assigning responsibility without this giving individuals a free pass. Holder, Prof. CindyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyThe Value of Truth in Transitions from Violence (S) Why is it important to establish the truth about what happened when governments and other groups violate human rights? And what do we mean when we say that one description but not another is true? In this presentation I discuss what the value of truth is for societies recovering from human rights abuses and what makes a description of such abuses true or false.Holder, Prof. CindyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyEnd-of-life Issues (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyEthical Issues in Animal Experimentation (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyPatenting of Genes and Ethics of Patient Information (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyReproductive Technologies: Ethical Issues (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyPhilosophy and the Personal (S) NEWPhilosophy is often characterized as a kind of dispassionate, objective search for truth concerning the deepest and broadest questions we are capable of posing, e.g., why is there anything at all? This description, while accurate, nonetheless masks the personal dimension of this inquiry, i.e., the fact that philosophers who pursue these grand questions frequently, and of necessarily, also perceive themselves to have "skin in the game", as it were. My paper takes a historical look at this side of the discipline. Scott , Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care & MedicineEthical Issues in Medical Informatics (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care & MedicineThe Ethics of eHealth and Telemedicine (S) NEWKluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Law & Justice IssuesGroups and States in International Law (S) International law is state-based. This creates problems when groups boundaries and state boundaries do not line up. That states and groups do not always line up is a challenge for international law; but it is also an opportunity. In this presentation I explain both the problems that groups face in their attempts to use international law as a tool for social justice, and also the potential that international law offers for protecting groups. Holder, Prof. CindyAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Personal InterestsEthics of Police Conduct (S)Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Personal InterestsWhy Bother with Philosophy? (S) NEWScott , Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics & PhilosophyChildren’s Rights (S) Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Ethics & PhilosophyContemporary Theories of Justice (S)A discussion of recent developments in political philosophy concerning the nature of a just society. Addresses issues of how basic political institutions should be structured and how the benefits and burdens of social cooperation should be shared. Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Ethics & PhilosophyDemocratic Ethics (S) A discussion of the ethical responsibilities of politicians, members of the media and citizens in contemporary Canadian democracy. Focuses on the importance to democracy of reasoned debate and discussion and widespread participation in democratic processes.Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
Ethics & PhilosophyEducational Equality (S) A discussion of the nature of justice in the provision of education with special attention to the interpretation of equality in the distributional of educational opportunities.Macleod, Dr. ColinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy and Law
ScienceHow Understanding Fundamental Particle Interactions Helps us Understand the Universe (S) Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceSTARCal: Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology Enabled by a Tunable Laser in Space (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceToward Nature’s Heart of Darkness: New Technologies for Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceUVic’s Discovery of a Particle Consistent with being the Higgs Boson at the ATLAS Experiment at CERN (S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceTour of the Astronomical Observatory at UVic (E M S)This tour is intended for groups of 24. Approximately 20 minutes are spent in the astronomy lab answering questions, 20 minutes looking at the sun, and 20 minutes in the dome observing Venus.Robb, Mr. Russell Senior Lab InstructorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyEducational Technology Tools for Teachers (M S) NEW Are you interested in using some educational technology platforms in the classroom? This talk speaks to the myriad of ways that you can use different platforms to enhance your teaching and learning. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Computing, Engineering & TechnologySocial Media 101 (M S) NEW What is Social Media? Should I blog, Tweet, and vlog? How do I use these tools to build community? This talk is an intermediate level presentation about the ways that you can connect with others using social media platforms. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Computing, Engineering & TechnologySocial Media and Youth: Privacy and Your Digital Footprint (M S) NEW Social media is pervasive. Are we educating our students about the importance of protecting their digital footprints? This talk speaks to the ways in we need to mind our digital footprints and speak about best practices for social media use. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
LiteratureYoung Adult Literature and Politics (M S) NEWYoung Adult literature is popular and much of it has political messages. Why? This talk will focus on dystopic YA lit such as Divergent, Delirium and the Hunger Games. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Personal InterestsPrecarious Employment: is Precarious Work Bad for Your Health? (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsUS Midterm Elections (M S) NEWThe midterm elections are coming! It seems like Americans have elections all the time. Why? This talk demystifies the midterms and will offer analysis and key races. Aragon, Dr. JanniAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsAfrica and International Development (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsAfrica in the Global Economy: From Development to Trade? (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsChina’s Role in Africa (M S) NEWClarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsGlobal Production of Clothing: Who Benefits from a Cheap T-shirt? (M S) NEWClarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsSouth Africa in 2014: 20 Years After the First Democratic Election (M S) Clarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsWorkers, Unions and Civil Society in South Africa’s Democratic Transition (M S) NEWClarke, Dr. MarleaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
Child & Teen DevelopmentChildren and Nature: What are the Benefits of Outdoor Play? (S) There is increasing concern about the decline of children’s outdoor play, and the potentially negative effect of this decline on children’s attention and their attitudes towards nature. In fact, it has been argued that the decline in outdoor play leads to an overall disconnection from nature, a disconnection that has been termed nature deficit disorder (Louv, 2005). In this talk, I will summarize empirical research that speaks to this issue. Mueller, Dr. UlrichAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child & Teen DevelopmentEarly Moral Development (S)The question of how people come to develop inner standards by means of which they judge what is right and wrong has occupied psychologists for decades. Recent research shows that the seeds for moral standards are emerging in infancy and early childhood. In this talk, I will review recent research on early moral development, and what research suggests about factors that promote or hinder moral development. Mueller, Dr. UlrichAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child & Teen DevelopmentIs Play Important for Development? (S)Play is a universal phenomenon that can be found in children across the world. There are different types of play, ranging from physical, rough-and-tumble play to symbolic play with others. Research has shown that different types of play promote development. I will review this research and discuss ways in which play can be used in educational and clinical practice with children.Mueller, Dr. UlrichAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyTranslating Advances in Neuroimaging into Clinical Applications (S) NEWMy presentation talks about using brain-imaging techniques, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, to study the brain and brain-related disordersGawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyThe Dragons of Inaction: Why We Don't Do What We Should We all have intentions to improve ourselves and the world, but we don't always act on those intentions. Why not? This talk gathers together the many "dragons of inaction" that hold us back, and suggests some ways to "slay" them. The focus is on sustainability actions, but the dragons also apply to diet, exercise, and other good works.Gifford, Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyModern Views of PersonalityGifford , Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyBe the Change You Want to See: Can You Make a Difference? ǂ (M S) From climate change to waste management and over-exploitation of natural resources, environmental concerns are growing and becoming increasingly problematic. As individuals, we do our best to work against these environmental and social problems, but do our actions really make a difference? Research conducted at the University of Victoria demonstrates that, although the direct results of individuals’ actions may be small (e.g., turning off the lights), the power of seeing others engage in these actions can be dramatic! The act of using a compost bin in plain view, for example, can greatly increase the percentage of other people who will subsequently use it. This, and other research, attests to the power of the individual to make a change. With many people engaging in these sorts of behaviours (and discussing them), the world can, indeed, become a better place. Sussman, Mr. ReuvenGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyClimate Change Psychology: Believing, Coping, and Acting ǂ (M S) NEWDebate over climate change is over. The most recent report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that climate change is “unequivocal,” and that it is 95% likely to be caused by human action. As the cause of the climate change, we can also be the solution but, in order to do so, we must first recognize the problem, learn how to cope with it, and become motivated to act! This talk will explain why we believe or deny climate change, how we are psychologically affected by climate change, and how we can be motivated to take action to stop it. Fascinating breakthroughs in this field have been made that could be used to help policy makers and everyday people. Sussman, Mr. ReuvenGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Law & Justice IssuesRestorative Justice in the Community: Accountability to Victims Works for AllAs part of a community group, Peninsula Crossroads Community Justice, we work with situations that would normally or previously have either been ignored or would have wound their way through a lengthy court process. The police and the schools refer both youth and adult cases to our community group. Restorative justice brings the victim(s), those harmed, and the harm doers together whenever possible in order to determine what happened and how amends could be made. The process is both powerful and productive. This presentation will give examples of situations from the police or schools that have been dealt with in this potentially transformational way, followed by a discussion.Whittington, Dr. BarbProfessorDepartment of Social Work
Ethics & PhilosophyPolitical Correctness, Inclusivity and Freedom of Speech (M S)Research and debates on the origins of “political correctness”. Focus on PC (1) as a description of measures to reform language and practices in order to reduce social injustice, notably discrimination by race, gender, sexual orientation, disability etc., and (2) as an ideological tool used by those who oppose such measures.Warburton, Dr. RennieProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Sociology
Law & Justice IssuesJuvenile Justice: Why Other Countries Do a Better Job Hackler, Dr. Jim Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Sociology
Music, Film & TheatreDirecting the Classics NEWRichmond, Prof. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film & TheatreNew Play Development in Canada NEWRichmond, Prof. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Film & TheatreProducing Non-Profit Theatre in Canada NEW Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, this speaker is also the Founding Artistic Director of Saskatoon’s Persephone eatre, and past Artistic Director for Montreal’s Playwrights Workshop, under Bay’s Magnus Theatre, and Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille. A multi-award winning director, he has created nearly 200 professional productions for many of the major theatres across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe and Mexico and has worked with many of his generations leading playwrights in developing their work. The former Chair of the Department of Theatre at UVic, the speaker is also a professor who offers courses in the areas of producing, directing and acting. Richmond, Prof. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Education - GeneralCreating Habits for Excellence (M S) NEW Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." This talk will explore the research-supported methods by which we can develop good habits to achieve our goals. Buie, Mr. BradAwards FacilitatorDepartment of Vice President Research
Art & ArchitectureSculpture in a Digital Era Examining the importance of physical objects at a time when most of what we do is mediated by computer technology.Laskarin, Dr. DanielAssociate Professor Department of Visual Arts
LiteratureDrama, Movement, Language and the Performing Arts ǂ (E M S) NEWJaness, Ms. DanielleGraduate StudentDepartment of Writing
LiteraturePoetic Attention ǂ (E M S) NEWJaness, Ms. DanielleGraduate StudentDepartment of Writing
LiteraturePoetry Appreciation ǂ (E M S) NEWJaness, Ms. DanielleGraduate StudentDepartment of Writing
LiteratureTeaching Poetry ǂ (E M S) NEWJaness, Ms. DanielleGraduate StudentDepartment of Writing
LiteratureWriting Poetry ǂ (E M S) NEWPablo Picasso is famously quoted as having said that every child is an artist. Yet in the medium of language arts, excellence in self-expression often takes until mid-life - especially in the discipline of poetry, with its necessity for deep attention, compressed detail, specific language, and associative leaps. Poetry allows few child prodigies. Nevertheless, children often show, quite naturally, some of the qualities that accumulate in a practice of poetic attention: wonder, curiosity, delight in the particular, receptivity to the world and willingness to be moved. Very young children often see the world’s strange depth. Adults might say children are unconcerned with making sense, but such adults might instead notice how near children come to the surprising complexity of things, which sometimes brings about the side-effect of eye-opening metaphor. To return to the other half of Picasso’s thought: if every child is an artist, the question is how to remain so as she grows up? These workshops will bring poetry into the classroom, offering, for teachers, a discussion of how poetry can strengthen the language and observational skill of the student. For students, this will be a fun, interactive approach to writing and appreciating poetry. It may include an exploration of physical movement and gesture, as well as literary-verbal performance. Janess, Ms. DanielleGraduate StudentDepartment of Writing
LiteratureAdventures in Storytelling: Or How to Become a Better Writer While Looking for the Lost City of the Incas (S) NEWLeach, Prof. DavidChairDepartment of Writing
LiteratureAll the News that's Fit to Link: The Problem of Journalism in the Digital Age (S) NEWLeach, Prof. DavidChairDepartment of Writing
LiteratureBack to the Future: The Epic Struggle between Nostalgia and NextGen in Video-game Culture (S) NEWLeach, Prof. DavidChairDepartment of Writing
LiteratureKibbutzing the 'Burbs: Can Sustainable Community be Scaled Up for the Suburbs (S) NEWLeach, Prof. DavidChairDepartment of Writing
LiteratureLook Back to Galilee: What a Hundred Years of Kibbutz Life Can Teach about Cooperation and Community (S) NEWLeach, Prof. DavidChairDepartment of Writing
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyFederated IT Organizations: IT Governance and Management NEW As both practitioner and focus on IT governance, this speaker's passion is improving IT management in not-for-profit, academic, and government sectors that has led to a professional life of building sustainable yet flexible IT portfolios that maximize the unique niches that these communities function in. Mazzuca , Mr. Gaetano Director, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsGreening IT: the Promise and Measurable Possibilities for Small Business NEWMazzuca , Mr. Gaetano Director, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT Big Data for Small Business: Getting the Most of Data Analysis NEWMazzuca , Mr. Gaetano Director, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT in the Not-For-Profit Organization: Data Management NEWMazzuca , Mr. Gaetano Director, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT in the Not-for-Profit Organization: Enterprise Architecture Done Right Sized NEWMazzuca , Mr. Gaetano Director, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsIT in the Not-For-Profit Organization: Into the Cloud NEWMazzuca , Mr. Gaetano Director, Information Technology ServicesDivision of Continuing Studies
Work & EmploymentBeyond Diversity and Human Rights: How to Create Inclusive Spaces for Social Change (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
Work & EmploymentIntercultural Conflict Resolution (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
Work & EmploymentWhen Talks Matter: Respectful and Welcoming Communities (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - Education Equity and Human Rights Office
History - 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
History - Victoria & BCA Peoples' History of Victoria and Canada ǂ (E M S)This “history from below” traces the evolution of southern Vancouver Island and Canada–from contact with First Nations people, through the establishment of Fort Victoria and the colony of Vancouver Island, to BC’s entry into Confederation and interactions between First Nations and newcomers in the recent years.Isitt , Dr. BenjaminGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
History - Victoria & BCThe Long Silence of the Vancouver Island (also known as the Douglas) Treaties of 1850-1854 ǂ (S) NEWBetween 1850 and 1854, 14 treaties were negotiated by a number of Vancouver Island First Nations with James Douglas, a Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Factor acting as agent of the Crown. This presentation is a cautionary tale about the subsequent silencing of the Vancouver Island Treaties (the “VI Treaties”), and also a search for ways to restore their voice. The talk begins with a short description of the creation of the initial, nearly complete, silencing. The next section presents three long-neglected First Nations accounts of the VI Treaties, and juxtaposes them with the standard colonial narratives. The First Nations accounts raise the possibility that the written versions of the treaty do not accurately reflect the terms agreed upon at the treaty meetings. They also offer an alternate narrative in which the agreements made were not to cede but to share land, resources and jurisdiction. The final section describes the imposition of the pernicious second silencing and its possible causes. Taken as a whole, this talk argues for the recognition of the First Nations accounts as the equal of the colonial versions, so that the silencings can be put to rest and the process of reconciliation can begin.Vallance, Mr. NeilGraduate StudentFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesAnimals, Culture and the Law: Understanding the Limits of Anti-Cruelty Legislation (E M S) Covers Canada's anti-cruelty laws and explains why the underlying legal system and cultural values renders these laws ineffective in protecting animals from exploitation. Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaAssociate ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesBabies, Borders and Boundaries: Canada's Legal Role in Regulating Commercial Transnational Surrogacy (E M S) Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaAssociate ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesRace, Gender and Species: Seeing Links Between Oppressions (E M S) Explains how experiences of injustice are a product of multiple socially constructed differences rather than just a single axis of difference. Concentrates on showing how oppression against animals is linked to other forms of discrimination. Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaAssociate ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesConvicting the Innocent: Wrongful Convictions in Canada (S)In recent years, an alarming number of incidents have been uncovered involving the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of innocent persons. Donald Marshall, David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin are but a few of the better-known examples. The common causes for such miscarriages of justice and the possible remedies to reduce or eliminate these failures in our justice system will be explored.Ferguson, Prof. GerryDistinguished ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesOne Hundred Years of Advocating for Justice: Litigating the Calder Case (A presentation on Aboriginal Title in BC, 1849-2010) Using video clips, photographs and other visual aids, Prof. Foster outlines and discusses the legal and historical context of the Calder case, decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1973. Although the case began in the 1960s, its roots reach back as far as the 1870s, and it is one of the main reasons that Canada developed a comprehensive land claims process. The case remains highly relevant today.Foster, Prof. HamarProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesSocial 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
Law & Justice IssuesOccupying Deadwood: Reflections on Law, Economy and Television (S)Links are drawn between the Occupy movement and the TV series Deadwood. In the pleasures it offers, and the spaces of imagination it invites us to occupy, Deadwood offers a space to explore the emotional investments that sustain colonial and capitalist relationships in our contemporary world.Johnson, Prof. RebeccaProfessorFaculty of Law
Law & Justice IssuesThe Murderous Imagination: Colonial Collisions and the Genres of Justice (S) In 1958, international attention turned to the arctic, for the trial of Kikkik, an Inuit woman charged with murder and the criminal abandonment of her children. In this presentation, I explore four different telling of this story: the 1958 trial transcript; Farley Mowatt’s popular 1959 non-fictional account; a set of three Inuit sculptures by Peggy Ekagina long displayed in the Yellowknife courthouse; a documentary film made 50 years after the event by Kikkik’s daughter (who had been a baby carried on her mother’s back at the time of the deaths). The case, situated at the intersection of law, art and culture, opens productive space for questions about the place of murder and the colonial encounter in the making and remaking of the Canadian National imaginary.Johnson, Prof. RebeccaProfessorFaculty 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
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
PoliticsUnderstanding Local Government ǂ (E M S) Drawing from his expertise in public office, Dr. Isitt examines the role of local government within Canada’s constitution, the responsibilities and procedures of municipalities and regional districts, and opportunities for reform aimed at strengthening citizen engagement and public servicesIsitt, 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
Health Care & MedicineHerbal Medicines: Mechanisms, Efficacy and Safety (S) Describe how some commonly used herbal products work, as well as how well they work based on evidence from published studies. Will also include a description of the harmful effects of these products and tips on safe use. Bardal, Dr. StanSenior InstructorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineHow Drugs Work and Why they Sometimes Cause Harm (S)Describe the mechanisms by which drugs act, including a description of how these mechanisms can lead to harmful effects. Will also include tips on safe medication use. Bardal, Dr. StanSenior InstructorIsland Medical Program
Health Care & MedicineBrain Health with Aging (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceBrain Basics (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceConcussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (E M S) Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: New Therapies for the Brain (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceHow Exercise Benefits the Brain (E M S)Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceGrowing and Guiding New Neurons in the Healthy and Injured Brain (S) An introduction and general overview of how the brain 'works'. A primer on neural stem cells and brain plasticity and their relevance to everyday life in health and disease. Swayne, Dr. Leigh AnneAssistant ProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceKeeping a Healthy Brain and Body (S) Keeping a healthy brain and body: lessons learned from cellular and molecular neuroscience. An introduction and general overview of how the brain works, looking at the impact of different life factors on the brain including an introduction to how things are run at the microscopic level. Swayne, Dr. Leigh AnneAssistant ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyConserving Energy One Cubicle (or Home) at a Time (M S)Do you know how much electricity you use in your personal office, cubicle or home? Do you know how much energy your desktop computer or laptop uses? Will you save more electricity by turning off your computer at night or shortening your daily shower by five minutes? Discover some counter-intuitive facts about saving energy, money and the environment.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational Technologist Law Library
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyHow To Prepare Your Home Computer for Everything from Deleted Files to Natural Disasters (M S)Strategies for backing up your computer so that documents and photos don’t get lost, whether by accidental deletion, hard drive failure, or natural disaster. Talk is intended for non-technical computer users.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational Technologist Law Library
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyThe iPhone and iPad: Research Tools for Students? (M S)Can iPhones and iPads be more than just distractions, but actually help with homework and research? This session will look at different strategies and applications that can help turn your iPhone or iPad into a serious research tools. Talk is intended for non-technical users.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational Technologist Law Library
Education - GeneralFlipping the Classroom: A Powerful Teaching Tool, But Not a Panacea (M S) NEWAdopting a flipped classroom approach can free up valuable in-class time by using videos and exercises that students watch and complete as homework, or “pre-work." This allows teachers to more easily differentiate their instruction and allows students to learn at their own pace. Teachers can typically spend more one-on-one time with students who are struggling during class time, and allows for more student selected project based learning to engage students. This talk includes an overview of the flipped learning model, a demonstration of one approach to flipping a classroom, and discussion of where flipped learning works and does not work well - along with equity issues to keep in mind when implementing. McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational Technologist Law Library
Education - GeneralMOOC’s, 1 to 1 Laptop Programs, Flipped Classrooms & iPads: Is Educational Technology Worth the Investment? (M S) Are new educational technologies more effective in helping students achieve learning objectives than the old technology they replace? This interactive talk explores the intersection of educational technology and teaching methods, looking at the relative effectiveness of educational technology implementations as varied as: MOOC’s, Digital Textbooks, Clickers, Flipped Classrooms, Streaming Video Lectures, PowerPoint, Mobile Learning, Google Drive, Virtual Labs, and Learning Management Systems (LMS). Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to assess the value of educational technology and teaching method pairings. McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator & Educational Technologist Law Library
Work & EmploymentOur Learning Trajectories NEW Each of us learns continuously through formal and informal learning situations. In this presentation, we will look into both of these learning domains to recognize, not just our formal learning, but all of the informal learning situations that contribute to a person's lifelong learning trajectory. Korpan , Ms. Cynthia TA Training Program ManagerLearning and Teaching Centre
Art & ArchitectureArt Amongst the Books: The UVic Art Collection’s Library Displays (S) Presentation highlights selected works from the University Art Collection, on display in the Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library. Paintings and sculptures include works by members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) and other noteworthy figures from the Canadian art scene. Wilson, Ms. LaraUniversity ArchivistLibrary
Art & ArchitectureThe Artists Archives at UVic: Documenting Victoria's Influential Art Scene (S) UVic is strategically collecting the archives of historical and contemporary artists with strong links to the University, Victoria and Vancouver Island, and who have established a prominent reputation nationally and internationally. The archives of artists who have taught at UVic and whose works are a part of the University of Victoria Art Collections form a key part of these holdings. Artists include: Ted Harrison, Sandra Meigs, Robert Amos, and Glenn Howarth.Wilson, Ms. Lara University Archivist Library
History - GeneralThe Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Archives: Preserving Chinese Immigration History (S) Founded in 1884, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association was a crucial force in Victoria's immigrant history. The oldest Association of its kind in North America, the CCBA was an active participant in Canadian life, struggling to build an inclusive society and to gain individual and group rights for people of Chinese origin.Wilson, Ms. LaraUniversity ArchivistLibrary
History - GeneralThe Victoria Women's Movement Archives: Documenting Grassroots Feminism (S) The Victoria Women's Movement Archives opened in September 1995. It is a collaborative effort of women's groups in Victoria, the University of Victoria Archives, and the Department of Women's Studies. The Archives recognizes the important contributions that local women have made to the improvement of women's social, economic and political condition in the Victoria area. It provides a record of the events that have lead to the rich legacy of activism which has served all women in the Victoria area.Wilson, Ms. LaraUniversity ArchivistLibrary
Work & EmploymentWhat's an Archivist? Careers in Archives and Related Fields (S) This talk explains how and why I chose a career in archives, and the future opportunities for work in archives and related information management fields. Can also include information on conducting research in archives.Wilson, Ms. LaraUniversity ArchivistLibrary
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyAgile in the Ocean Observatory: Software Development at Ocean Networks Canada (M S) NEWSoftware development at Ocean Networks Canada. How do you design and test software for a massive online ocean observatory? This presentation walks you through the Agile software development method used at ONC. We will present an overview of the Oceans 2.0 software architecture, software engineering processes and some amusing stories. This presentation uses language that is suitable for computing, engineering and the geek-curious. Leslie, Mr. MurraySoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Computing, Engineering & TechnologyOceans 2.0: an Introduction to Searching, Plotting and Sharing Data with Ocean Networks Canada (M S) NEWOceans 2.0: an introduction to searching, plotting and sharing data with Ocean Networks Canada. A how-to tutorial for new users: online tools for searching, visualizing and interpreting data from the Ocean Networks Canada observatories. Using non-technical language, we will show you what types of instruments are available, how to find interesting bits, and how to share your results with online communities. Leslie, Mr. MurraySoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansCitizen Science Using the Digital Fishers Feature from Ocean Networks Canada (M S)See how you can contribute to ocean research from your home. Learn how to use the Digital Fishers tool to observe 15 second clips of video, then record your observations of sea life, water quality, presence of objects, and appearance of the sea floor. Learn how to use the tutorials to increase your knowledge as you move through the various levels of difficulty. Earn playing cards that contain interesting trivia about various sea creatures.Crosby, Mr. BobSoftware Quality Control Specialist Ocean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansResearching Our Ocean Using the Ocean Networks Canada Observatories (M S) Find out what the Ocean Networks Canada observatories (including NEPTUNE and VENUS) consist of. Learn what geographical areas are being studied, and what kinds of sensors are located on the sea floor. See examples of how we are studying tsunamis, listening for whales, and tracking changes in the ocean chemistry. Watch interesting videos of octopus, squid, brittle stars, spider crabs, and hot vents releasing 300 degree water from below the sea floor into the ocean above. Learn how you can contribute to ocean research by viewing videos and recording your observations of sea life. Crosby, Mr. BobSoftware Quality Control Specialist Ocean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansOceans Alive: Tides and Mixing, the Role of the Ocean in Climate, and Noise and Sounds in the Ocean (M S) NEWAn introduction to a wide range of topics related to processes in the ocean. Coastal ocean processes include tides, currents, mixing, dispersion, waves, and dynamics. Off-shore ocean topics are similarly diverse, including: Underwater sound, including natural, mammal and manmade. Measuring various properties in the ocean. The role of the ocean in climate. A scientific understanding of these processes informs the philosophy and reality of operating the world's most advanced ocean observatory.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, ScienceOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansVideo from the Ocean Networks Canada Undersea Observatories (M S)Video from the Ocean Networks Canada undersea observatories. A short presentation showing highlights from VENUS, NEPTUNE, and Arctic observatories, with a tutorial on the various tools for searching, playing and downloading video in education, engineering, citizen science, and for your own enjoyment. (Suitable for general interest and K-12 educators.) Leslie, Mr. MurraySoftware Quality Control SpecialistOcean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansMother Ocean: Why Oceans Matter (M S) A review of how oceans are critically important to our survival and an introduction to key threats to ocean health, including overfishing, marine pollution, global warming and ocean acidification. The talk concludes with a discussion of adaptation strategies and individual actions citizens can take to counteract these threats. Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content Manager Ocean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansSea of Plastic: Trash in Our Oceans (M S) NEWFrom urban shorelines, to isolated atolls, to the deepest recesses of the abyss, discarded plastics and trash can now be found throughout our oceans. This talk outlines the extent of this problem and explores what can be done to clean up our mess. Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content Manager Ocean Networks Canada
Earth & OceansSour Seas: Ocean Acidification Explained (M S) Why are our oceans becoming more acidic? As acidification increases, what impacts can we expect? What can be done to address this dramatic change in the chemistry of our seas? This talk presents recent and projected changes in ocean acidity, examining impacts on marine ecosystems and human society. Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content Manager Ocean Networks Canada
Personal InterestsYacht Racing and Cruising in the Gulf Islands (M S) NEWDewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, ScienceOcean Networks Canada
Personal InterestsClimate Reality: Facts, Impacts and Solutions to the Climate Crisis (M S) NEWClimate change is an ever-intensifying reality, already affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world. This talk presents the truth of climate change, projected impacts for our future, and solutions we must implement to avert this crisis. Owens, Mr. Dwight Web Content Manager Ocean Networks Canada
Personal InterestsThe Climate Crisis: Our Future, Our Choice (S) Climate change is widely acknowledged by scientists, economists, academics and the occasional political leader as the most pressing issue of our time. Extreme weather events, warming oceans and melting polar ice caps are only a few of the many consequences of a warming planet. And they are already impacting not only our natural world, but also our economy and human health. The science is clear and the solutions are at hand - all we need now is the social and political will to make them happen. Fromholt, Ms. RitaSustainability Coordinator Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
Education - GeneralLeaders as Indigenous Allies: Working for Positive Change in Schools (S) NEWAllyship is a critical leadership tool that non-Aboriginal leaders can use in their work with Indigenous communities to support the creation of inclusive learning spaces. The Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) was founded five years ago and has built a network of teachers and teacher-leaders who put Aboriginal student success at the center of their work. This presentation draws from a recently completed study of this network making evident key strategies for successful inclusion that make a difference for all learners. McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Education - GeneralQueerying Leadership: Creating Inclusive Spaces for GLBTQ Children and Youth (S) NEWLGBTQ inclusive policies have been priorities of Human Rights groups and LGBTQ advocates for the past decade. Yet adopting these policies don't necessarily realize safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ children and youth. How are inclusive environments created and maintained? What are the tools leaders can use to engage in such work? This presentation will explore the intersecting terrains of inclusive policy and how organizational cultures must be challenged by leaders for their heteronormative standards that continue to exclude and silence the experiences of LGBTQ children, youth and their families. McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
Education - GeneralThe Power of Interdisciplinary Studies in Higher Education (S) NEWInterdisciplinary studies provides a new way of thinking about how the university can fulfill the call for 21st-century problem-solving in the face of an increasingly complex world. This presentation will discuss the development of interdisciplinary studies, its pros and cons, as well as provide examples of how interdisciplinary scholarship enables innovative spaces in which new forms of knowledge are created and shared. McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorOffice of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs
World AffairsIndia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and KashmirTremblay, Dr. ReetaVice-President Academic and Provost Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost
Earth & OceansDeveloping Environmental Monitoring Technologies Ahead of Deep-sea Mining: Examples from the NEPTUNE Underwater Observatory Off Vancouver Island (M S) Find out what the NEPTUNE Canada and Ocean Networks Canada observatories consist of. Learn what geographical areas are being studied, and what kinds of sensors are located on the sea floor. See examples of how we are studying tsunamis, listening for whales, and tracking changes in the ocean chemistry. Watch interesting videos of octopus, squid, brittle stars, spider crabs, and hot vents releasing 300 degree water from below the sea floor into the ocean above. Learn how you can contribute to ocean research by viewing videos and recording your observations of sea life.Juniper, Dr. KimDirector, Science and User Engagement ONC Observatory Neptune Canada Project
Earth & OceansClimate Change Fore and Aft: Where on Earth Are We Going? (S)Pedersen, Dr. TomDirectorPacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Personal InterestsBuddha Healing and the Mystic Journey (M S) NEWThis presentation on Buddha healing and the mystic journey is based on application of traditional Buddhist teachings - including the teachings on mindfulness and The Heart Sutra - to a modern, non-dogmatic, inclusive approach and understanding of basic health and the healing process. No technical terms or previous meditation experience is necessary, but some meditation will be incorporated into each presentation. Sacamano, Dr. JamesRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsFinding Inner Health to Nurture Self and Others (M S) NEWThe finding inner health to nurture self and others presentation is based on application of traditional Buddhist teachings - including the teachings on mindfulness and The Heart Sutra - to a modern, non-dogmatic, inclusive approach and understanding of basic health and the healing process. No technical terms or previous meditation experience is necessary, but some meditation will be incorporated into each presentation. Sacamano, Dr. JamesRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsThe Four Dimensions of Mindfulness (M S) NEWThe four dimensions of mindfulness presentation is based on application of traditional Buddhist teachings - including the teachings on mindfulness and The Heart Sutra - to a modern, non-dogmatic, inclusive approach and understanding of basic health and the healing process. No technical terms or previous meditation experience is necessary, but some meditation will be incorporated into each presentation. Sacamano, Dr. JamesRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsThe Story, Theory and Practice of Medicine (M S) NEWThis presentation on the story, theory and practice of medicine is based on application of traditional Buddhist teachings - including the teachings on mindfulness and The Heart Sutra - to a modern, non-dogmatic, inclusive approach and understanding of basic health and the healing process. No technical terms or previous meditation experience is necessary, but some meditation will be incorporated into each presentation. Sacamano, Dr. JamesRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Earth & OceansThe Fukushima Disaster and Radiation in the Pacific Ocean: What Does it Mean for British Columbia? (M S) NEWThe mega-thrust earthquake of March 11, 2011 off the coast of Japan and subsequent tsunami led to globally significant releases of radioactive elements from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The atmospheric fallout and direct discharges of radionuclides to the ocean in particular were unprecedented. Radioactive elements from Fukushima arrived on the west coast of North America in the air about 4-5 days after the disaster while the ocean plume of radioactivity was first detectable in seawater along the Canadian west coast in summer 2013. In this presentation, the radioactive releases, transport from Fukushima and expected maximum concentrations on the west coast of North America are discussed in light of naturally occurring radioactivity and historic releases of radioactive elements from human activities. Ongoing monitoring efforts and likely impacts on environmental and public health are also discussed. Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth & OceansBritish Columbia: A Plate-tectonic Odyssey and its Role in the Great Alaskan Terrane Wreck (S)Some 250 million years ago the earth looked very much different than it does now. All the continents were grouped together in a single supercontinent - Pangea. Pangea was surrounded by a global superocean - Panthalassa. The west coast of North America, bordering the eastern margin of Panthalassa, was located near the Alberta - British Columbia provincial border. Almost all of the crust that makes up British Columbia was subsequently added to the west margin of North American during the break-up of Pangea. This begs the questions, where did all this crust come from and how did it get here? I will discuss evidence that suggests that British Columbia was assembled in a "subduction factory" located on the other side of Panthalassa, greater than 15 000 km west of North America; speculate on the long strange odyssey that subsequently brought BC to our shores; and describe the "terrane wreck" that terminated BC's wanderings and which gave rise to the Rocky Mountains and was responsible for the construction of Alaska.Johnston, Dr. Stephen T.ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth & OceansSpain: Rocks, Romans and Rioja in the Geological Heart of the Pangea Supercontinent (S)Between 300 and 400 million years ago, Earth's continents coalesced into one supercontinent, Pangea. What is now Spain lay at the heart of that supercontinent, and the geology of Spain provides us with a record of the monumental continental collisions that give birth to Pangea, and to the faulting and oceanic inundation that attended its subsequent demise. This geological heritage shaped the history of Spain. Rome colonized Spain in order to gain access to the rich Gold deposits that formed during the continental collisions that formed Pangea. The Romans brought with them their wine culture that survives to this day, most notably in the highlands of Rioja. Mercury mined from deposits that characterized Pangea was carried to the New World to aid Spanish gold mining in the Americas. Spain is at the geological heart of Pangea, and an ongoing testament to the significance of the geological history of the crust beneath us. Johnston, Dr. Stephen T.ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth & OceansEnterprising Nature: Should We Monetize Nature in Order to Save it? Turning Biodiversity Loss into a Financial Risk NEW Will monetarily valuing and commodifying non-human nature save it? The answer in nature conservation circles is increasingly, and more loudly, becoming "yes." This talk provides critical insight on this emerging approach, and engages with its challenges: scientific and technical, but also political and economic. Dempsey, Dr. JessicaAssistant ProfessorSchool of Environmental Studies
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesAre You Ready? Free Time, Leisure and the Transition to a Retirement NEWThe presentation helps people consider the importance of planning what they will do in their retirement. How well prepared are you to address issues of meaning and engagement when work, caring for children or other responsibilities are reduced? How have you planned to deal with the constraints that retirement and aging might present? This talk hopes to present you with some practical advice to make the most of your or your partner's retirement.Meldrum, Dr. JohnAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Education in the SchoolsChanging for Good: Choices for Creating a Healthy Living School (E M S) The presentation provides an overview of current Canadian health statistics and images related to obesity, physical activity and healthy eating, then introduces strategies that schools and communities can adopt to try to create an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Naylor, Dr. Patti-JeanAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesHealth and Wellness: Resistance Training and Quality of Life ǂ (S) Quality of Life can be enhanced through resistance training for people of all ages. Speak to myths that surround resistance training and present factual information that is easy to understand and implement. Buxcey, Mr. JohnGraduate StudentSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesHockey and Lacrosse: Unwritten Codes of Conduct ǂ (S) The problem that unwritten rules cause for athletes, coaches, referees, journalists, and fans. Introduce the concept of "Governance" and its relationship to and its responsibility for player safety. Buxcey, Mr. JohnGraduate StudentSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesFun, Fitness and FatnessThis presentation on fun, fitness and fatness asks the question are you eating right and getting enough physical activity to have health benefits as well as discussing the merits of different types of physical activity. The presentation examines some serious health issues in a light hearted way (no pun intended!)Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesHealth and Staying Physically Active as One Grows OlderThis presentation addresses the importance of staying active as we grow older dealing with some important health issues in a lighthearted way! The presentation will cover the many aspects of health that are improved through a commitment to regular physical activity, including some of the recent research showing the value to cognitive functioning. Simple suggestions for staying active and improving strength will be addressed with time to address specific questions. Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesBack Health for Sport and Daily LivingDeveloping the “core” has become very popular for athletes but also those people who suffer from low back pain (LBP) or are just interested in having a healthy back. This presentation starts with a quick look at the structure of the back and why it tends to cause problems with one out of every two people. Approaches to exercise are presented that show simple progressions to improve the stability of the back or spine and how these approaches should be integrated into our daily lives. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesBoosting or Maintaining your Brain Power as You Grow Older This presentation looks at ways to maintain or boost brain power through lifestyle choices, especially the role of physical activity which is the number one way to preserve memory and other cognitive functions. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesStepping into Fitness This presentation looks at the many benefits of walking and the use of the pedometer in reaching and maintaining goals for physical activity. The use of Nordic poles to assist or complement walking is included as well as a demonstration on how to use them. It also looks at the relationship between stepping and caloric intake and expenditure. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesWeight Reduction Using Diet and ExerciseThis presentation examines why diets work for the short term but not for the long term and the importance of including exercise in any effort to lose weight. It also addresses some of the challenges that face people trying to lose weight using diets and exercise. Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesGetting Stronger: You’re Never Too Old Strength training is important for all age groups, including the elderly. This presentation looks at the many benefits that can be derived from a strength training program and provides sample programs using theraband exercises designed for older groups as well as simple exercises to help balance. Docherty , Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesTaking Risks and Embracing ChangeThis session deals with personal and career changes and outlines steps on how you can respond to change you initiate – or change you have little or no control over. A discussion of how risk-taking and change is connected to personal lifestyle is also part of the workshop. Life is a balancing act between forces for and against change and personal wellness is affected by how you adapt to change. This session can help you evaluate or re-evaluate what changes might be needed in your life or what risks you are willing to take to “be well’.Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesFor the WELLth of It This interactive session looks at a number of current wellness models that incorporate physical activity, nutrition, stress management, environmental and self-responsibility dimensions. The session is valuable for anyone who finds themselves better at taking care of others than taking care of themselves. Lauzon, Dr. Lara Assistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsVolunteering in Africa: Making a Difference One Project at a Time This presentation describes six projects that have been completed by a group in Victoria (For The Love of Africa Society) in the area of Dodoma, Tanzania and the cumulative impact they are now making. There are different ways in which groups try to make a difference but the approach of concentrating efforts in one area seems to be very effective. The presentation describes the projects and the measured impact they are having. Since 2004 teams have gone to work in Dodoma alongside the local people which has been extremely rewarding for them and the team who have traveled there.  Docherty, Dr. David Professor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Work & EmploymentWork/Life Balance There are tangible rewards for all of us who can find a way to support a healthy work/life balance. Research has shown that ‘well’ workplaces create a collegial and collaborative work culture, increase employee loyalty, have a reduction in employee turnover, have reduced absenteeism, and enjoy increased employee productivity. Attention to work/life balance is an important key to a healthy organization. This session combines current wellness information and creative examples of agencies that promote and deliver successful employee health and wellness programs and initiatives. Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Work & EmploymentReframing Your Organization: Are You Working Well? Multi-frame thinking and decision making can help managers, administrators, supervisors, and leaders discover how they view their organization and take steps toward a strategic planning process for sifting options and solving problems when an organization is ready for change. This workshop is of value for anyone who has a vision or plan for renewal within their organization–a plan to help their organization, department or section to “work well.”Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Health Care & MedicineDiagnostic Errors: How they Happen (in English and Turkish) (M S) NEWDiagnostic errors are more prominent that other kinds medical errors but not caught easily. This presentation discusses how they happen and what can be done to reduce them.Yazganoglu , Prof. ErdemAdjunct Assistant Professor/Sessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care & MedicineHow to Decide for a Medical Intervention (in English and Turkish) (M S) NEWBoth health care providers and patients need to make decisions about medical interventions. In many instances, there is no structured approach to these decisions. This presentation highlights the difficulties with these decisions and provides an approach.Yazganoglu , Prof. ErdemAdjunct Assistant Professor/Sessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care & MedicineThe Canadian Health Care System: Our Values and Our System (in English and Turkish) (M S) NEWThis presentation reviews the Canadian health care system from the perspectives of Canadian values, and looks at how it was developed, how it affects the health of individuals, and its current challenges. Yazganoglu , Prof. ErdemSessional InstructorSchool of Health Information Science
Music, Film & TheatreMusic and Perception (in English or Spanish) (M S) NEWSchloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreMusic and Technology (in English or Spanish) (M S) NEWSchloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreMusic in the 21st Century (in English or Spanish) (M S) NEWSchloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreThe Evolution of Musical Instruments from the Dawn of History to the 21st Century (in English or Spanish) (M S) NEWThe evolution of music since the age of electricity: how has electricity changed the world of music? How have computers changed the world of music? What new musical instruments have been created, and what will the future bring? Schloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreMusic and WWII Internment (M S) NEW An exploration of the music written in British (and to a lesser extent, Canadian) WWII internment, including the experiences of the musicians interned during that period and the effect of that internment on their artistic output.Snizek, Dr. SuzanneVisiting Assistant ProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Film & TheatreSuppressed Music (M S) NEW This topic deals with music banned or otherwise suppressed by the Third Reich. It also looks at why this music is still relatively obscure today, how a body of work becomes or does not become part of the standard repertoire (issues of reception and related political implications).Snizek, Dr. SuzanneVisiting Assistant ProfessorSchool of Music
Personal InterestsThe Influence of Africa on Popular Music Around the World (in English or Spanish) (M S) NEWSchloss, Dr. AndrewProfessorSchool of Music
Personal InterestsLegal Education and Respectful Workplace Polices: A Quantitative Content Analysis NEW Rocker, Dr. CarolSessional InstructorSchool of Nursing
Personal InterestsNurse-to-Nurse Bullying and Its Influence on the Nursing Shortage NEW Rocker, Dr. CarolSessional InstructorSchool of Nursing
Personal InterestsResponsibility of Frontline Managers Regarding Staff Bullying NEW Bullying: Nurse-to-nurse bullying in the workforce is contributing to the current nursing shortage. The literature reveals both victims and witnesses of bullying suffer silently and are often confused as to what to do when presented with bullying behavior. Rocker, Dr. CarolSessional InstructorSchool of Nursing
Business & EconomicsEconomic Development in Rural Communities: Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship NEW My research interests include rural small business and entrepreneurship and the impact of government policy. In particular, I am interested in the ways that small businesses in rural and remote communities can be successful based on their geographical location. Siemens, Dr. LynneAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
PoliticsHow Much Should We Pay Our Politicians? Some Fundamental Principles to Guide Us (M S)The speaker will use his wide experience in the field of executive remuneration to outline---with concrete examples--how remuneration for politicians at all three levels of government are currently determined. He will outline some defining principles such as work load, cost of living and average earnings of constituents to be taken into account when setting proper and fair remuneration levels. He will outline the tax free allowances only available to elected politicians as well as some of the perks received of which the public have little or no knowledge. Fryer, Dr. JohnAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
PoliticsWhy BC Needs a Public Interest Disputes Commission (M S)Close to 60 per cent of the provincial budget is spent on wages and benefits of those working in the public sector. Our taxes pay for all of it but how can we influence outcomes and stop the disruptions in public services? Find out how a Public Interest Disputes Commission could help. Fryer, Dr. JohnAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Work & EmploymentAre Unions Still Relevant Today? This talk examines the widely held notion that unions and the protection that they offer workers are no longer needed today. It will demonstrate the impossibility of living on the minimum wage. It will demonstrate with current examples why protection is still needed especially for younger workers who have little knowledge of their rights. It will take a look at the Temporary Foreign Worker program and how it is being used to take jobs from Canadian workers as well as driving down wages and benefits. Fryer, Dr. JohnAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Work & EmploymentWhy We Still Need Unions Many people today seem to believe that while unions once performed a useful role in our society they no longer do so. This talk challenges these assumptions. It demonstrates that there is still a definite 'union advantage' in both wages and working conditions. This benefit is particularly significant for women and younger workers. As such the talk will seek to demonstrate that workers are as vulnerable today as they ever were to exploitation even if today that exploitation takes on somewhat different forms.Fryer, Dr. JohnAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsBorders, Boundaries, Frontiers and Borderlands (in English and French) (S) NEW Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsIs it Time to Rethink Canada's Connection to the British Monarchy? (M S) Just about everyone realizes that the Queen of England is our head of state. This talk will examine whether or not this is a good time to be rethinking the situation whereby a foreign hereditary monarch rather than an elected Canadian should play that largely ceremonial role. In particular, the current monarch will not live forever and if a change is desirable now may be a good time to examine this issue. The various alternatives to the British monarch will be canvassed. To do so is to be able to prepare for an orderly change rather than have King Charles III or King William V succeed to the position of Canada's head of state.Fryer, Dr. JohnAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Personal InterestsCompassionate Communication: Four Simple Steps to Improving Connection with Self and Others (S)Four simple steps to improving connection with self and others: nonviolent communication basics–a primer on the process of compassionate communication.Favarger, Ms. MicheleBursary ClerkStudent Awards and Financial Aid
Personal InterestsDon't Just Do Something, Stand There! How to Provide Support to People in Emotional Pain (S)Our society focuses on 'the fix'. Here is an effective alternative which contributes to the well-being of others, and moves us out of the 'fix-it' mode.Favarger, Ms. MicheleBursary ClerkStudent Awards and Financial Aid
Personal InterestsHow Come You Can't Hear Me? Removing Communication Obstacles (S)Identify things we say and do that block our ability to hear and be heard. Learn some other ways of communicating. Favarger, Ms. MicheleBursary ClerkStudent Awards and Financial Aid
Personal InterestsWhat's Really Going On? Dealing with Challenging Interactions (S)In today's challenging workplace environment, with cutbacks and doing more with less, how can we respond in a supportive way when we feel helpless to 'do' anything.Favarger, Ms. MicheleBursary ClerkStudent Awards and Financial Aid
PoliticsFederal Politics NEW Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsMunicipal Politics NEW Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsProvincial Politics NEW Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
PoliticsSocial Policy Issues in Canada NEW Prince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
Art & ArchitecturePortrait of the Artist: William Kurelek’s Developing Sense of Self in Painting (S) Decades after his death William Kurelek (1927-1977) fascinates audiences with his unique expressions of Canadian identity. Throughout his career he wrestled with his own identity as a man and artist through mental illness, family rejection, and religious enlightenment. This presentation traces Kurelek’s developing sense of self through his paintings. Hughes, Ms. Mary JoDirectorUniversity of Victoria Art Collections
Personal InterestsGrammar Instruction and the War Over College Writing Skills (S) Perceptions of the writing skills of inbound college and university students have been part of public debate (or public crisis) for more than a hundred years. This talk looks at what's at stake for the students, teachers, colleges and universities, and for the public itself in this debate, and explores the relationship between grammar instruction and composition on Canadian and American campuses.Christensen, Mr. MarcManager, Internal CommunicationsUniversity Communications + Marketing
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesSociety and Health (E M S) NEWAn overview of the Vikes Athletics and recreation community including how fitness and passion for sports connect. Andrus, Mr. ZacAthletics Marketing & Campus Engagement Coordinator Vikes Athletics and Recreation
Fitness, Athletics & Healthy LifestylesVikes Nation (E M S) NEW Vikes Nation: a presentation outlining the importance of an inclusive, active and healthy community on the UVic Campus. Andrus, Mr. ZacAthletics Marketing & Campus Engagement Coordinator Vikes Athletics and Recreation
Business & EconomicsCross-cultural Management (in English or Korean) (S)Nam, Dr. Sanghoon H.Associate Professor
Business & EconomicsKorean Business and Economy (in English or Korean) (S) NEWHow to do business across cultures, and manage people in companies - the management practices and corporate cultures of Korean companies. Nam, Dr. Sanghoon H.Associate Professor
Business & EconomicsManaging Diversity (in English or Korean) (S) NEWNam, Dr. Sanghoon H.Associate Professor
Business & EconomicsManaging People (in English or Korean) (S) NEWNam, Dr. Sanghoon H.Associate Professor
Business & EconomicsProfessional Selling NEW Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Business & EconomicsStrategic Planning Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Business & EconomicsSport and Economics: Exploring Research Synergy (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor
Business & EconomicsUnderstanding Innovation in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor
Business & EconomicsUniversity Athletics, Academics and the Challenge of Congruence: Insights from Innovation, Organizational Trust and Institutional Theories (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor
Business & EconomicsWest Meets East: Using Sport as a Lens for Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor
LiteratureJoseph Conrad's Life and Literature (S)Joseph Conrad, one of the "great authors" of the English novel, offers a rich oeuvre derived from his life as a youth from the Polish borderland (now Ukraine), a Marseilles coastal pilot, and a British Merchant Service ship master. His tales including Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, Under Western Eyes, and others are profound and prophetic. As valid for our time as for his in the late 19th to early 20th century, many of his works have also been made into world-class films.    Brodsky, Dr. StephenAssociate Retiree
Personal InterestsSex, Love and the Mothers of Confederation (M S) Do you know which Father of Confederation married his secretary’s sister? Which "father" advised his daughters to emulate his mistress, not their mother? And which of our nation's male founders impressed a crowd in Charlottetown in 1864 by showing baby pictures? These questions will be answered (and more detail revealed about Confederation's distaff history) in this talk. “Canadian history is so not boring,” explains this UVic speaker –a former CBC and Globe and Mail staffer who speaks and writes extensively about the social history of the Confederation era. “That era was full of sex and gossip and intrigue and backstabbing and drunken shenanigans." Dann, Ms. MoiraPublic Relations and Communication Officer
Personal InterestsThe Boardroom to the Ballroom: How Canada was Brought to Life Over Dinner (M S) NEWAlmost 150 years ago, the Dominion of Canada was created. The negotiating took place not just at the conference table, but at the dinner table, as well. Suppers, luncheons, balls that went late into the night with dancing and toasting: this is where most of the alliances were forged. Great good, good drink and the company of women greatly helped the Fathers of Confederation with their nation creation. Find out more about the goings-on at the Charlottetown, Quebec and London conferences that produced Canada. Dann, Ms. MoiraPublic Relations and Communication Officer
Personal InterestsA First War Canadian Sapper Talks about the Trenches (S) NEWCaptain (Retired) Don Lovell, CD, PPCLI reads selections from his grandfather's firsthand accounts from the First World War as an Engineer Sapper at Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge and other bloodied fields.  Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees Association
Personal InterestsPowerlifting for Young Athletes (S) NEWA national champion and record holder provides tips for high-school-age athletes. Gym facility with olympic weights for demonstration would be the preferred setting. Basic lifts, squat, bench and deadlift, "Classic" and "Equipped Lifting", training, diet, lifestyle (drug-free), goal setting, competitions are outlined. Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees Association
Personal InterestsA Balkans Odyssey (E M S) NEWJoin us on a photographic odyssey through the fascinating Balkans region of Eastern Europe, where east meets west and ancient meets modern. Explore medieval towns, Roman ruins, Ottoman splendor, the stunning Dalmatian Coast, national parks and much more - through centuries of tumultuous history and vibrant culture in an area that is still relatively untouched by tourism, at least for now. Exotic regions such as Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia all beckon to be explored. You've heard of them; now see what you've been missing. Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsDestination: Amazon (E M S) NEW The Amazon: The name alone conjures up visions of rivers, pythons, lost explorers and Indiana Jones - but this largest freshwater drainage system in the world is so much more. At some 6,900 kilometers long and 48 kilometers wide in some places during the wet season, the Amazon is an alien world unto itself. Join us on a photographic expedition along two stretches of this majestic river system. We'll travel the northeastern corner of Peru as the Amazon flows from Iquitos into the province of Amazonas, Brazil; and the southeastern corner of Peru where the Amazon tributaries and their wildlife border the equally wild regions of Bolivia. Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsFrom Chicken Livers to the Quadrivium (E M S) NEWWhile the Hubble, Spitzer and Webb Space Telescopes have been the talk of the town for more than a decade now, to really appreciate how far we've come in terms of understanding space and our place in it, we have to go back further in time, much further, to cultures who revered astronomy (and astrology) not for its wonders but for the necessary order it kept in our daily lives. Join us as we explore that reverence around the world - from its ancient roots to the Middle Ages; from the night sky to illuminated manuscripts; from science to the liberal arts. Find your place. Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsPeru's Sacred Valley (E M S) NEWAlso called the Urubamba Valley, Peru's Sacred Valley was the heart and soul of the Inca Empire, near the ancient capital of Cuzco and enigmatic Machu Picchu. This valley was the centre of agriculture and administration, religion and natural resources for the largest Empire in the Americas at that time. It was also home to colonial architecture rivaling anything in the Spanish Old World. Peppered with traditional markets and Inca citadels, archaeological sites and natural wonders, El Valle Sagrado is a feast for the senses for any modern-day traveler. Join us on a photographic tour of this amazing valley and its wonders. Mundigler, Mr. Chris Instructor for Continuing Studies
Personal InterestsFrom Chaucer to Chat Rooms: Why English is the Best Language in the World An irreverent, illustrated history of the language. Russell, Dr. NickRetirees Association
Personal InterestsA Bird's-eye View of Victoria and the Mystery of Annie Ross A richly illustrated talk describing the history and appeal of bird's-eye views, which were hugely popular across North America in the late 19th Century, plus a close-up look at an amazing 6-foot-wide watercolour bird's-eye view painted of Victoria by a totally unknown local artist. Talk includes many "before-and-after" pictures, showing how scenes in the pictures look today. Russell , Dr. NickRetirees Association
Personal InterestsGlorious Victorians: A Celebration of Victoria's Residential Heritage A new and richly illustrated talk on what makes Victoria such a wonderful place to live.Russell , Dr. NickRetirees Association
Personal InterestsRoss Bay Villa: From Bulldozer Bait to Showplace How The Land Conservancy rescued and restored one of Victoria’s oldest houses and discovered one of Victoria’s most interesting pioneers. Russell , Dr. NickRetirees Association
Work & EmploymentThe Good Goals Workshop: Strategies for Performing Well in Dynamic Organizational Settings This session examines the issues associated with performance management in changing public sector environments and explores several strategies and tools that one may use to manage this process for oneself and for others. Wikkramatileke, Dr. Rhordon Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Work & EmploymentUnderstanding Passion in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English and French) (S) Wolfe, Dr. RichardProfessor