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A shifting focus: from photography to film

November 1, 2018 - Ring

Like many outstanding students, the term "overachiever" is a good fit for graduating international Visual Arts major Guochen Wang. Born and raised in Taiyuan, a mid-sized city in China's central Shanxi province, Chen went to a local international high school before looking for overseas post-secondary options. And his reasons for choosing UVic may not be surprising.

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Cultural connection

June 22, 2018 - News

Chantal Adams recalls her first encounter with Sandrina de Finney, an associate professor at UVic's School of Child and Youth Care. Adams was a first-year student when De Finney and a master's student visited one of Adams' classes. They spoke about their work with Indigenous children and families, sang and drummed and discussed the concept of intersectionality.

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When art meets science

March 23, 2018 - News

Ever wanted to have an intimate, interactive moment with a baby orca? A new student-created sculpture allows viewers to have just that, while also learning something about the threats currently facing our local killer whale population.

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Technology bends the academic curve to promote dynamic learning

January 21, 2016 - Ring

Call it learning 360. When writing professor Maureen Bradley teaches digital media for storytellers, her venue is a departure from the typical university lecture hall: no podium, desk seating or front of the classroom. Instead, tables with roller-wheel chairs line the room, with a multi-media teaching island in the centre. Each table serves as a five-student pod, equipped with a 48-inch wireless video screen, audio speakers, laptop plug-ins and writable white board. Bradley displays video or broadcasts audio to any or all dozen screens in the room, or shows individual or group projects to every screen.

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National symposium addresses methods and new horizons in theatre education

March 2, 2015 - Ring

Canadian drama instructors gather at UVic to make sure they're giving students far more than just their next few lines. If you’ve ever seen actors at work—on stage, on screen, on the street or on television—you’ve seen the results of the kind of pedagogy happening daily in the Department of Theatre. But now a first-of-its-kind national symposium co-organized by theatre professor Conrad Alexandrowicz is questioning and examining traditional acting methods, as it addresses what’s been described as “the crisis of actor training in Canada.”

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UVic filmmaker brings trans issues to the Victoria Film Festival

February 5, 2015 - Ring

After 25 years of queer activism, writing professor and filmmaker Maureen Bradley is still changing the world—she’s just having more fun doing it now, thanks to her debut feature film, Two 4 One. Billed as the first transgendered romantic comedy, Two 4 One offers a bittersweet look at a couple in an unimaginable predicament: after an ill-advised one-night stand, Miriam and Adam both wind up pregnant.

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Brian Hendricks: a life lived well in the classroom and through the screen

September 17, 2014 - Ring

Longtime and much-loved instructor, filmmaker and writer Brian Hendricks passed away on August 11 at the age of 57. An alumnus of UVic’s Creative Writing program (he won the Petch Prize on his 1979 graduation), Brian taught at UVic as a Continuing Sessional from 1992 to 2011 in the Department of Writing and in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

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