UVic Café Historique 2018-19 Season

The Traveller's Guide to History: Stand Where They Stood


Fall is in the air, and up at the University campus, classes are underway. At the same time, our thoughts turn to another annual tradition: the beginning of a new season of Café Historique! Please plan to join us at Hermann’s for great food and drink and excellent company, as we embark on a new series of fascinating historical talks.

Following on the success of the 2017-18 season’s theme, “The Traveller’s Guide to History: Great Cities”, this year we continue the travel theme and invite you to “Stand Where They Stood” – to journey back with six acclaimed speakers to relive critical events and developments in history, and to reflect on what evidence remains on the ground to be seen by the modern traveller.

In the course of the year, we’ll be visiting the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula, the streets of Colonial Victoria, the places of culture and conflict in the sprawling city of Kolkata (Calcutta), the Normandy beaches where Allied soldiers landed on June 6, 1944, and the balcony from which Nelson Mandela gave his famous address in Cape Town. Start making those travel plans now for summer 2019!

Please mark your calendars for the rest of the series :

November 6, Dr. Martin Bunton, “Gallipoli: The First World War in the Middle East”

December 4, Dr. John Lutz, “Victoria in the Steps of the Transformers: Indigenous and Settler Spaces”

February 5, Dr. Neilesh Bose, “Calcutta/Kolkata: Renaissance and Reform in a Company Town”

March 5, Dr. David Zimmerman, “From Mulberries to Calvados: Touring the Beaches and Other Sites in Normandy”

April 2, Dr. Elizabeth Vibert, “Mandela’s Cape Town: Sites of Freedom and Oppression”

As in previous years, doors open at 5, and the talk begins at 6:30. A regular jazz ensemble will take the stage at 8:30 after each of our talks – we encourage you to stay and sample a great treat in this wonderful venue. We look forward to starting the new season off with you on October 2nd!

If you have any questions, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the department via our general mailing address: clio@uvic.ca. (Did you know that Clio was the Greek goddess of History?)

See you there!

Jill Walshaw