Announcements

Wendy Wickwire's book on James Teit covered in The Hill Times

Wendy Wickwire has released a book on 20th-century anthropologist James Teit. The Hill Times, a highly influential publication in Ottawa, takes a closer look at the new book and about Teit himself. Wickwire, an associate professor, emeritus, in History and Environmental Studies, was also interviewed by BBC Shetland's The Books Programme.

Celebrate what makes us human at second Humanities Literacy Week

Celebrate what makes us human at a week-long series of events that showcase exceptional research and people in the Faculty of Humanities. Our second annual Humanities Literacy Week, from January 13 to 19, explores the value and values of our faculty, offering insight into topical historical issues, literature, digital technology, and culture.

Long service recognized at UVic

When Misao Dean started her career in English three decades ago, she was among few women—and even fewer Canadians—in the department. Most professors were men from the United States or England. Dean had the opportunity to reflect on her career at the recent University of Victoria Long Service Recognition Reception, held in November. She marked 30 years at UVic along with French’s Marc Lapprand and Marie Vautier, Gender Studies’ Helen Rezanowich, History’s Timothy Haskett, and Humanities Computing and Media Centre’s Judith Nazar.

Thirtieth anniversary of Berlin Wall's fall remembered 

Erika Goetz-Lad grew up in the socialist German Democratic Republic. The Stasi persecuted her family, and as a result she wasn’t allowed to go to university despite her excellent academic standing. After the Berlin Wall fell, she was able to finally have access to a post-secondary education. Now living in Victoria, Goetz-Lad shared her story during a panel discussion at a special Germanic and Slavic Studies event that marked the 1989 fall of the wall that separated East and West Germany.

Get to Know a Researcher - English's Kim Blank

Eight years ago, Department of English Professor Kim Blank set out to write a book about the poet John Keats (pictured above). Thousands of words, images and webpages later, Blank's book had evolved into an impressive online resource that captures and critically examines the English poet's life and work. Blank talks about Mapping Keats's Progress, and what distinguishes his digital humanities project from traditional academic outputs.

Kimahli Powell shares Rainbow Railroad’s journey

Honorary degree recipient Kimahli Powell gave a public presentation, sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities, about Rainbow Railroad’s work on Nov. 14 to students, faculty and staff at UVic. He outlined the organization’s growth from its founding in 2006 to its high-profile appearance this year on CBS’s flagship news program 60 Minutes.

Humanities announces new human rights academy   

The Faculty of Humanities is proud to announce the inaugural session of UVic’s Summer Academy on Genocide Studies and Human Rights Education in the summer of 2020. Themed "Understanding Atrocity," this week-long course for 15 to 17 year olds features an in-depth introduction to the role individuals play in moments of mass atrocity.

Child’s story of Holocaust survival premieres at Jewish film festival

Holocaust survivor Julius Maslovat's effort to create a narrative of events he hardly remembers has been captured in a powerful documentary, Why Am I Here?, which will premiere on Nov. 5 at the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. Directed by UVic Germanic and Slavic Studies alumna Chorong Kim, the documentary follows Maslovat’s journey to learn the truth about his own past and to discover the people who kept him alive.

Videos help UVic students tackle mental-health problems

The Times Colonist featured a story in its weekend edition about the UVic Bounce initiative. Rebecca Gagan, an assistant teaching professor in the English department, founded UVic Bounce, which was based on a similar project at Stanford University in California called the Resilience Project. Started in 2011, the Resilience Project began by asking faculty to discuss on videos their personal failures and how they have recovered.

Get to Know a Researcher - Chase Joynt

Assistant Professor Chase Joynt joined the Department of Gender Studies in July. His research sits at the intersection of cinema and media studies, gender and feminist studies, documentary film production, trans studies and queer theory. Joynt is also a moving image artist and writer. He talks to Stephanie Harrington about his latest award-winning film project, Framing Agnes.

Op-ed: SNC-Lavalin affair fails the scandal test - so far

The Globe and Mail has published an opinion piece by Penny Bryden in the national edition of the newspaper about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Following breaking news on the ethics commissioner's report released this week, Bryden proposes that the SNC-Lavalin affair has the makings of a political scandal of the highest order, but may not yet meet the three criteria needed for a true scandal in Canadian politics.

In the news: New course connects UVic and incarcerated students

UVic is launching a first-of-its-kind course this fall in partnership with BC Corrections. It brings together 10 UVic students with 10 incarcerated students in a class on philosophy to be held at the Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre. Philosophy Associate Professor Audrey Yap spoke to CTV Vancouver Island, CBC Radio, CFAX Radio and Victoria News about her new course and what students can expect.

Jason Colby comments on the death of three orcas

Three orcas, well-known to local researchers, have been missing for months are now presumed dead. Jason Colby spoke to CTV News about the changes that need to be made to help the species survive. Colby also spoke about the misconceptions of orcas in the 1960s and 1970s for the special CBC series "Killers: J pod on the brink," hosted by Gloria Macarenko.

Ruby Peter receives honorary degree for language revitalization

Nearly five decades ago, sti’tum’at Ruby Peter of the Quamichan First Nation made a daily trip from Duncan, driving north to Nanaimo to collect a passenger, and then onto the University of Victoria. She was among six Hul’q’umi’num’ educators who made the journey together for several months to attend classes at UVic, the first collaboration of its kind in North America. Their mission: to develop Indigenous language teaching training and help pass on their language to younger generations. Peter received UVic’s highest accolade—an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)—at the Faculty of Humanities’ spring convocation on June 10, recognizing her dedication to documenting, teaching and revitalizing the Hul'q'umi'num' language.