Masterminds lecture series

The Masterminds Lecture Series returns for 2019! Register now to attend each Wednesday evening in April to hear the story of an early 20th Century Indigenous lands right case, understand how live performers compete in the age of the personal playlist, consider how the digital humanities are changing the research landscape, and learn how to make the Greater Victoria area a healthier and more sustainable city.

This free lecture series running from April 3 to April 24 is presented by the University of Victoria Retirees Association and the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health—with support from the university.

Our speakers

Claire Carlin

Humanities in the digital age: a quiet revolution

How the digital humanities are changing the research landscape

Digital Humanities has become an academic discipline unto itself, with its own national and international conferences, its sub-disciplines, and theory underpinning its practice. Clair Carlin explores the ways in which digital humanities has changed the research landscape over the past 20 years, often—though not always— for the better.

April 3, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Human and Social Development Building, Room A240

Claire Carlin

Alexandra Pohran-Dawkins

Music from the inside: the 'flow' of live performance

Staging musical performances in the era of personal playlist

Music is an integral part of human experience. Today, we can carry our entire music libraries in a back pocket. Has this changed the way we experience music? How does today’s musician incorporate this new reality and still experience ‘flow’ and spontaneity in live performance? Alexandra Pohran Dawkins will play live and recorded music and share stories from her 40-plus years as a musician and teacher.

April 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Human and Social Development Building, Room A240

Alexandra Pohran-Dawkins

Hamar Foster

Arthur O'Meara and land claims in BC, 1900-1928

The story of an early 20th Century Indigenous land rights case

In the early 20th century, various organizations worked to settle what was then known as the "British Columbia Indian Land Question." Indigenous leaders and their lawyer, Arthur O’Meara, didn't live to see the legal case they put before BC and Ottawa succeed in court, half a century later. Hamar Foster tells a part of that story.

April 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Harry Hickman Building, Room 105

Hamar Foster

Trevor Hancock

Creating a "One Planet" region: Healthy cities in the 21st century

How to make a healthier and more sustainable Victoria

The greatest challenge we face in the 21st century is to create communities that are healthy, just and sustainable, ensuring high levels of human and social development and a low ecological footprint. Trevor Hancock discusses how we can achieve this in the Greater Victoria Region without taking more than our fair share.

April 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Harry Hickman Building, Room 105

Trevor Hancock

Register now

Please register online or by calling 250-721-6369.

General seating. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for all lectures.

Locations and parking

Masterminds lectures are held on the University of Victoria campus, Victoria, BC.

View and download campus and parking maps.

There is a $3 charge in all campus parking lots after 6 p.m.