Community outreach

Our faculty members are actively engaged in community outreach. Our mission is to disseminate the rich cultures of Latin America, Spain and Italy beyond the classroom. This includes theatre, music and radio programming, among other activities.

Drs. McBee and Russek attend Mosqoy's appreciation gathering

On Tuesday March 29 members of the Department were invited to a Donor Appreciation Gathering with Mosqoy's founder Ashli Akins, alumna of the Department. In attendance were two graduates visiting from Perú, Adrián Jiménez Suma and Lisbeth Mónica Chávez Monge. It was a lively event where Adrián played the traditional Andean flute and Lisbeth delivered an emotional speech. It took place at the home of Vicky Husband and Patrick Pothier, long-time supporters of Mosqoy. Check out the website of this charitable Society and their amazing work promoting education and preserving traditional weaving techniques in the Peruvian Andean region.

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Dr. Restrepo-Gautier delivered a talk about Spanish explorer of the Northwest

Dr. Pablo Restrepo-Gautier gave a talk entitled "The Last Spaniard At Nootka: José Tobar y Tamariz Sails to the Pacific Northwest in 1796”. It took place on March 5, 2016 at "Nootka connections”, a conference organized by the Captain Cook Society, Victoria Chapter. 

Great turnout at Victoria Film Festival for Argentine film

The Department co-sponsored Out last tango, an engaging documentary by German Krall about iconic tango dancers María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. The show took place on Sunday February 14, 2016. Thanks to all who attended, and to the Victoria Film Festival for allowing us to participate in this community event.

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Audience members at the Odeon Theatre during the presentation of the movie.

2014 Tango Festival

June Waters (on left) from the Passion for Tango Society, with Chrissie Forster doing a live on-site interview via cell phone with CFUV Radio, at the 2014 Tango and Latin Festival (August 2014).


Community Outreach 2014

Prof. Dan Russek (second from left) during a round table at Simon Fraser University organized by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver celebrating Mexican poet Octavio Paz's 100th birth anniversary (March 2014).

Community Outreach 2013

Alec Dempster playing the guitar during the presentation of his Loteria Jarocha at the Ceremonial Hall of the First Peoples House (March 2014).


Community Outreach 2014

Learning some dancing steps during Alec Dempster's presentation of his Loteria Jarocha. Students, Faculty and community members had a good time listening to Alec playing sones jarochos, the traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz, and playing Mexican bingo (March 2014).

Community Outreach 2013

(L to R) Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (Department of Anthropology), and Dr. Beatriz de Alba-Koch, organizers of the Salsa Night at the Victoria Event Centre (January 2013).


Community Outreach 2013

Community members dancing to the music of the West Coast Cuban All Stars at the Victoria Event Centre (January 2013).

Community Outreach 2013

(L to R) Prof. Chrissie Forster with community members Alberto Callo and Steven Baileys, and student Nadia Cornejo, from the radio program Postales Musicales de Latinoamérica (CFUV 101.9 FM, Sundays from 12.30 to 2 PM).


Community Outreach 2013

(L to R) Prof. Chrissie Forster, Lina de Guevara from Puente Theatre, and students Sara Tabet and Ana Clara Sosa Cazales after a reading of the radioplay "Evita y Victoria" by Mónica Ottino (April 2013).

Community Outreach 2013

(L to R) Dr. Marina Bettaglio with Dr. Konrad Eisenbichler, President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, Cristiana Pegoraro, pianist, and the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria (June 2013).