News & events

Day in the Life - English PhD student Alana Sayers

English PhD student Alana Sayers isn’t afraid to create space for herself and other Indigenous students. Sayers is the Department of English’s first Indigenous support officer and teaching assistant in Indigenous literature. Her role is to provide a safe and welcoming space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff to receive support and information on Indigenous-related matters.

Holocaust survivor speaks to Germanic Studies students about jigsaw puzzle of his life

Julius Maslovat has only one memory of the Nazi concentration camps in which he was interned as an infant and toddler: an open-roofed cattle car. That car, and a deep emotion that moved him to tears when he heard a particular lullaby, were the only traces of his imprisonment in the camps of Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen before he was four.

Ice-jigging and dynamic learning with CALR course

This summer, while events took place across Canada to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, CBC News launched an in-depth feature story broadcast on CBC TV North and nationally on World Report and the World At Six, highlighting a UVic certificate program provided in partnership with Nunavut Arctic College, the Division of Continuing Studies at UVic and the Department of Linguistics in UVic's Faculty of Humanities.

New course reveals history of Spanish place names

Quadra Street, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Galiano and Cortes Islands—the locations are familiar but do you know about the history of these Spanish place names? Students in Pablo Restrepo-Gautier’s Span 487 class will be taking part in a community mapping project that will reveal the stories behind familiar landmarks and locations in Victoria.

Family values among themes of Latin American and Spanish Film Week

Dan Russek was interviewed by the Times Colonist in the lead-up to next week's annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week. He spoke of the cultural value and community support the festival has received, especially in light of the limited availability of feature films from Latin America and Spain at other local cinemas: "The response has been wonderful." TC

Urban Food Garden Tour Back

In advance of the second Victoria Urban Food-Garden Tour next month, a local reporter interviewed Elizabeth Vibert on what inspired her to develop this event. Vibert also points to farms in South Africa having to "face much more frequent drought and pest pressures as a result of climate change." She is the founder of an innovative UVic field school in Limpopo Province, where she has conducted research for many years.

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.

Lieder at Lunch: Mom and Pop Songs


Surviving in the Intersections: A Sexualized Violence Prevention Event

Duration: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Farquhar Auditorium University Centre

Coffee with Dr. Kurki: How I became a human osteologist

Duration: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: COR A309

(Vectors Symposium) The Uncanny Valley of the Dolls: Hiroshi Ishiguro and his Silicon Sisters - A Presentation by Cody Poulton (UVic Pacific and Asian Studies)

Duration: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Technology Enterprise Facility, rm. 170

Opening Reception - Disobedient Women

Duration: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: McPherson Library, Rm A02 Mearns Centre

Organic Soil Management in 3 Easy Steps: Learn from the microbial world below your garden and harness it for your benefit!

Duration: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-228

Environmental Studies Field School Information Session

Duration: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: DTB B255

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.