News & events

Ryan Tonkin Volunteers his time with the less fortunate, because he’s walked in their shoes

Ryan Tonkin (Philosophy) was featured by CHEK in its "Vital People" program this weekend on how his life experience has informed his research and work to support members of the street community and those living in poverty. He pointed to encouragement from Colin Macleod (Philosophy/Law) as a catalyst to his application to Harvard Law School. Macleod spoke to Tonkin's character and "profound sense of compassion and care for others."

Rome wasn't built in a day, but its concrete has lasted centuries

Researchers are attempting to recreate ancient Roman concrete from rare minerals, CBC reports. Efforts to find the ingredients that make this material, which was designed to get stronger as it reacts to various elements in seawater, have been supported by a book co-authored by professor emeritus, John Oleson. Oleson, whose expertise on ancient Roman marine concrete is internationally recognized, has recreated ancient concrete and built a reproduction of an underwater Roman pier. CBC

UVic students receive Trudeau doctoral scholarships

The Times Colonist wrote about Ryan Beaton and Ryan Tonkin, UVic PhD students who were awarded the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships, Canada's most prestigious doctoral awards in social sciences and humanities. Beaton and Tonkin, both Harvard Law School graduates, are two of 15 Canadians to receive the honour of this three-year scholarship. TC

Universities host hundreds of events to mark Canada 150

John Lutz reflects on the symposium earlier this year hosted by Songhees First Nation and UVic, which included the unveiling of the first-ever translation of the BC treaties into local Indigenous languages, as part of a larger feature story in University Affairs magazine on Canada 150 events at universities across Canada. Six of the 600 events, including UVic's, are highlighted in this story. UA/AU Canada 150 at UVic

Brittney Slayes of Unleash the Archers to Speak at Upcoming Metal Music Conference

Brittney Hayes (known professionally as Brittney Slayes), a UVic alumna and the lead singer of Victoria-born metal band Unleash the Archers, will be giving a keynote talk on July 10th for UVic’s upcoming conference Boundaries and Ties: The Place of Metal Music in Communities. Her talk is entitled “View from the ‘Apex’: A Metal Musician’s Views on Metal and Community” and will draw on her firsthand experience with local, national, and international metal communities.

New classical music piece pairs Toronto composer with Indigenous community

UVic alumni Richard Van Camp (Writing / Lansdowne Speaker of 2017) and Rosa Mantla (CALR/Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization), now a master's student in the program, were interviewed yesterday by Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto's morning show, ahead of a world première concert last night at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music featuring Tłı̨chǫ language lyrics. CBC

Award winners bring Holocaust lessons alive for new generation

Two University of Victoria professors whose efforts to infuse their teaching and research with lessons from the Holocaust are among 10 faculty members and three graduate students receiving top awards this week at the university’s REACH Awards. The awards—which combine existing Teaching Excellence Awards with the Craigdarroch Research Awards into a single event—celebrate the extraordinary teachers and researchers at UVic who are making an impact in the classroom and beyond. “The REACH Awards mark a new era of recognition for our university,” says UVic President Jamie Cassels. “By honouring teaching and research together, we acknowledge how they’re inextricably linked for the betterment of our students, our university, our partners, and society at large.” Music scholar Suzanne Snizek is an expert in “suppressed music”—the classical music silenced under the Nazi regime because of the composers’ ideologies, aesthetic or Jewish heritage. Through audio recordings, publications, performances and lectures around the world, she’s part of a global effort to bring these forgotten treasures back to life. “If it’s a good piece of music, it should be played,” says Snizek, who was delighted when one of her music students picked two suppressed pieces for her end-of-year recital. “One of the challenges for this music is that it gets ghettoized again as ‘suppressed music.’ So I’m trying to present it on its own terms, and include it in my teaching here so students can encounter this music for themselves.” Helga Thorson leads UVic’s I-Witness Holocaust Field School, an intensive semester of lectures (including some by Holocaust survivors), presentations and travel to Central European Holocaust memorials. The field school has dramatically influenced the lives and career choices of many students who take the course, says Thorson. “The combination of a scholarly way of looking at things and the students’ emotional reactions to the memorials—something about that awakens something much more in them than would classroom learning alone,” she says. “It leads them to a point of deep learning and often becomes transformational in both their personal and professional lives.” The awards are being presented at an evening ceremony on May 25 at the Royal British Columbia Museum. A full list of recipients:

The clock is ticking on BC's election. Is it ticking even faster for salmon, whales and bears?

In a National Observer story on the outlook for coastal wildlife, Jason Colby (History) talks candidly about the dismal prospects for endangered southern resident killer whales off southern Vancouver Island, in the face of increased shipping related to oil and gas production and transport. N Observer

The plan to 'reawaken' cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them into someone else's skull

Eike-Henner Kluge was quoted in the National Post's report of an Italian surgeon, who plans to perform the world's first human head transplant within the next 10 months and is now preparing to "reawaken" cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them into someone else's skull. NP

Chronicling 19th-century First Nations societies

To mark Canada's 150th birthday, the Vancouver Sun is profiling 150 noteworthy British Columbians, including James Alexander Teit, "one of the least recognized but most significant of North America's anthropologists." Professor Emeritus Wendy Wickwire, who authored three books on Teit, was quoted for today's story (also published in The Province). VSun

Summer session Term 7 classes end


Narratives of Memory, Migration, and Xenophobia: An International Symposium


Copyright 101: Tools and Tips for ensuring that your course is copyright compliant

Duration: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: McPherson Library, Room 219

Let's Talk About Teaching


International Student Welcome


Copyright 101: Tools and Tips for ensuring that your course is copyright compliant

Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: McPherson Library, Room 219

Graduate Student Orientation

Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: University Centre lobby (check-in), Farquhar Auditorium, Petch Fountain, Engineering & Computer Science Building (ECS), Grad House restaurant, Halpern Centre for GraduateStudents

REACH Awards

This May, an inaugural event—the REACH Awards—will combine the Teaching Excellence Awards with the Craigdarroch Research Awards into a single event that celebrates the extraordinary teachers and researchers who lead the way in dynamic learning and make a vital impact at UVic, in the classroom and beyond.