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Humanities’ Jubilee Medal winner dedicated to social justice

Intellectual excellence and a strong commitment to social justice has earned graduating Gender Studies student Emily Wiesenthal the Jubilee Medal in the Humanities. The medal, given for the highest grade-point average in the faculty’s graduating class, was awarded at UVic’s spring convocation for the Faculty of Humanities on June 13.

Robert Waisman On Survival, Truth and Reconciliation

Holocaust survivor and educator Robert Waisman will share insights into a life dedicated to advocacy and peace-building in a special conversation with University of Victoria Chancellor Shelagh Rogers. Waisman will be recognized with an honorary degree at UVic's convocation in June for his work as a community leader, philanthropist and former president of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre for Remembrance and Education.

New Controversial Characters in Context history series launches

To understand the issues raised by recent controversies around renaming and destatuing it is important to learn as much as we can about the historical characters in the news before we decide the best route forward. Four historians will present brief “warts and all” biographies of four historical figures in the news: John A. Macdonald, Joseph W. Trutch, Matthew Baillie Begbie and James Douglas and put them in their historical context to help inform public discussion.

Humanities alum MacKenzie Downing inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Greek and Roman Studies alumna MacKenzie Downing was inducted into the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in April as the most decorated female swimmer in Vikes’ history. A national medalist in all five of her years with UVic’s swimming team, Downing is one of the most accomplished swimmers to ever don Vikes Athletics' blue and gold.

Holocaust research featured on Swiss television

A Swiss television station featured the research of Germanic and Slavic Studies Associate Professor Charlotte Schallié. The SRF television report focused on Schallié's research with Agnes Hirschi, who co-edited Under Swiss Protection: Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime Budapest. The book retraces Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz’s diplomatic rescue efforts during the Second World War.

Get to Know a Teacher - Jentery Sayers

Associate Professor of English Jentery Sayers had students in his graduate ENGL 508 Digital Literary Studies seminar create indie video games that drew on literary history. Two groups of students presented their final projects in December at Open the Arcade, an event hosted in the Digital Scholarship Commons of McPherson Library. Sayers talks to Stephanie Harrington about the process of getting students with little to no coding experience to design the games Somapo and Adventures of a Sticky Leaf-Dweller.

Political and moral beliefs shaped this year’s distinguished alumna

Gender Studies alumna Tamara Napoleon has some advice for University of Victoria students: hold strong to what you believe. This year’s Distinguished Alumna for the Humanities has led a trailblazing career in law, which she says is grounded in her undergraduate degree in Gender Studies

Contemporary Controversies: Diversity, Freedom of Speech and the University

Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Dean of Humanities, this event offers members of the university, and broader communities, an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the tensions, complexities, and possibilities associated with freedom of speech and academic freedom within a post-secondary context that values equity, diversity and inclusion.

Global Experts Meeting on Psychiatry and Mental Health

Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 40 Bloomsbury Way Lower Ground Floor London, United Kingdom

Global Experts Meeting on Psychiatry and Mental Health

Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 40 Bloomsbury Way Lower Ground Floor London, United Kingdom

Strong Sentences and Strategies for Self-editing

Duration: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Library 151b

Spirit Walk- Walking Meditations

Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Lobby of the Interfaith Chapel - parking lot #6

Spirit Walk- Walking Meditations

Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Lobby of the Interfaith Chapel - parking lot #6

Spirit Walk- Walking Meditations

Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Lobby of the Interfaith Chapel - parking lot #6

UVic Engineering 30 Year Reunion