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Masters oral examination announcement: Bryan Benner

Bryan Benner, MA candidate, will be defending his Masters thesis on Thursday September 14th, 2017 (11:30 a.m., Human & Social Development Building, Room A373). The thesis is titled "On the Criminalization of HIV Nondisclosure: HIV Vulnerabilities and Implications for HIV testing among Survival Sex Workers in a Qualitative Study from Victoria, Canada"

Doctoral oral examination announcement: Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl

Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl, PhD candidate, will be defending his Doctoral dissertation on Thursday, August 24, 2017 (10:00 a.m., Clearihue Building, Room B007). The dissertation is titled "Identity, Politics, Organization: A Historical Sociology of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the Kurdish Nationalist Movement".

Sociologist among nation's top gender equity champions

Recognized by Status of Women Canada for her work in gender equality, Dr. Cecilia Benoit has devoted 25 years as a researcher to advancing the social rights of marginalized populations, especially women. On October 18, Benoit and five other women were recognized with the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Graduate School Information Session - Wednesday October 19, 2016

The Department of Sociology will be holding a Graduate School Information event on Wednesday October 19th, 2:30 - 3:30pm in Cornett A125. Come along to learn about the benefits of doing a Master’s degree and some of the resources available to graduate students. Information will be provided on the department’s MA program, along with practical advice on how to put together an application for admission. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. For more information, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Steve Garlick, at

Corporate power, fossil capital, climate crisis

This week-long course is open to social science graduate students from across Canada, May 8-12, 2017 at the University of Victoria. This course will be directed by Dr. William Carroll, but will feature presentations, guest lectures and extensive participation from members of the Corporate Mapping Project network, including representatives from environmental, social justice, labour and First Nations groups.

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Spirit Walk- Walking Meditations

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

MSc Oral Exam; Kristen Kanes (Co-supervisors Dr. Stan Dosso and Dr. Svein Vagle)

Duration: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: BWC A319

Creating culturally safe primary care for people who use substances

Duration: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Jubilee Hospital, Lecture Hall, Patient Care Centre (S169), 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, BC

Graduating Recital: Isaiah Brabazon, guitar

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra: Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Junior Piano and Strings Highlights Concert

Duration: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Philip T. Young Recital Hall

Master's Project Defence - Omolara Awoyungbo

Duration: 8:45 a.m.
Location: CLE B017