News and events
Come hear from faculty and preview 2014-15 History course offerings!
Thursday March 13 3:30 - 4:30
Dr. Jason Colby will give a talk titled The West and US Expansion: The Continental Consequences of the War of 1812
Mar 11 | 7pm
Maritime Museum of BC
28 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC
Specializing in U.S. international relations and modern American history, the University of Victoria’s Dr. Jason Colby speaks to expansion and continental power during and after the War of 1812. Winner of UVic’s Humanities Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, Jason brings an American perspective to the Maritime’s lecture series and highlights the long-lasting consequences of the War of 1812 on the Pacific Northwest.
Please join The City Talks, the Department of History, and the School of Environmental Studies for a special event:
March 5: Building Better Cities: Urban Renewal, State Power, and Democracy in 1960s Halifax and Vancouver
Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia
Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 PM
Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria
Free Public Event
Tina Loo is the former Canada Research Chair in Environmental History and current Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two acclaimed books and numberous award willing articles, including her recentStates of Nature: Conserving Canada's Wildlife in the Twentieth Century, which was awarded the Canadian Historical Association's Sir John A. Macdonald Prize and the Harold Adams Innis Prize of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
This special City Talk is a preview of Professor Loo's current book project. Within this talk, Loo will explore Canada's tumultuous relationship with urban planners and planning. Focusing on the controversies in 1960s Victoria and Halifax, Loo demonstrates that debates about cities are rooted in contests over citizenship and the state.
For more information, please visit www.TheCityTalks.ca
Café historique: a gathering of interesting people in a convivial café setting, to hear and discuss new ideas about how the past has shaped our present and future, to drink, to eat, to converse, meet and make friends, and have an evening to remember.
The theme: in almost every decade there is a day or two that changes everything. Because of the events of these days, the world will never be the same. Each month in this series of café historique, a different UVic historian will introduce one such day in their area of expertise, the events that led up to it, and the how the events that followed transformed history and ultimately our world today. And then we open the floor for discussion and conversation….
Tuesday March 4th, 2014
7:00 pmHermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street
Dr. Oliver Schmidtke will present on:
November 9th, 1989: The day that brought down communism -- the collapse of the Berlin Wall
Like no other date in history November 9, 1989 epitomizes one of the most dramatic and significant developments of contemporary history, namely the collapse of Communism in Europe and the end of the Cold War. When the Berlin Wall fell that day and thousands of East Germans crossed the formerly impenetrable dividing line between the two Germanys, the fate of Soviet-style Communism was sealed.
This talk will highlight two aspects of this dramatic day: First, we tackle the question why Communism could be defeated so rapidly, unexpectedly and without any violence that is often associated with such fundamental changes in politics. What were the structural reasons that led to the demise of Communism and who were the actors involved in bringing it about? Second, we will address the effects of this momentous day more than twenty years ago. How has Europe changed with the collapse of Communism in Central Eastern Europe and what kind of long-term implications are there for contemporary politics?
Tickets are free but must be presented at the door by 6:40 on the day of the Cafe or they will be released.
Tickets can be reserved at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cafe-historique-tickets-10218623177
We suggest you come earlier to get a good seat. Full food and beverage service is available.
At least 10 tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis at 5:30. Others may be available at 6:40 if ticket holders have not yet presented their tickets.
More information: www.cafehistorique.ca
As one of Canada’s leading research universities, the University of Victoria is home to a wealth of world-class expertise across a broad range of disciplines. More than 800 faculty researchers are at the forefront of discovery—on everything from aging to music to zoology—and are working with community, government and business partners to turn that new knowledge into action.
Who are these researchers? What do they study? And how is their work relevant to our lives? Find out in the newly launched “Faces of UVic Research” video series, in which individual researchers give a short and succinct “elevator pitch” on their work—in everyday language—that quickly gets to the heart of what they do and why it matters.