Continuing Studies

Deans' Lunchtime Lecture Series

Research is reshaping the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties at UVic and learn about their research interests. Find out what's new and shape your understanding of the world around you.

GVPL LogoThe series is presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences.

All lectures are held at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street. Parking is available underground and you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Admission to these popular lectures is free and registration for the fall term will open on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Please register online or by calling 250-472-4747 to reserve your seat. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can offer a seat to someone on the waitlist.

What's New in Fine Arts?

Performing Diversity: Using Dance to think about Race and Ethnicity in Canada
Friday, October 3: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Allana Lindgren, PhD, Department of Theatre, UVic
Course Code: ASDS267 2014F E01

Multiculturalism has been critiqued for emphasizing cultural difference and for negating the history of discrimination in Canada. In this presentation we will examine what we can learn from contemporary choreographers and dancers who are challenging traditional ideas about racial and ethnic plurality.

Dr. Allana C. Lindgren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at UVic. Her research has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity, American Journal of Dance Therapy, Dance Research Journal and Theatre Research in Canada. She is the Dance Editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, the author of From Automatism to Modern Dance, and the co-editor of Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s. She also has hosted post-show chats for the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and pre-show chats for Dance Victoria.

What's New in Engineering?

Situation-Aware Smart Applications
Friday, October 10: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Hausi Múller, PhD, Department of Computer Science and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Engineering, UVic
Course Code: ASDS281 2014F E01

The growing proliferation of smart devices and applications is accelerating the convergence of the physical and the digital worlds. Smart apps allow users, with the help of sensors, networks and clouds, to do a great variety of things from tracking their friends to controlling remote devices and machines. At the core of such smart systems are self-adaptive systems that optimize their own behaviour.

Dr. Hausi Múller is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Engineering at UVic. He is Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering. He is a principal investigator in the NSERC Strategic Research Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure. In 2011 Dr. Múller’s research team won the IBM Canada CAS Research Project of the Year Award. He was the founding Director of BSEng, the Bachelor of Software Engineering degree program at UVic and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

What's New in Education?

Exemplars of Servant Leadership in Sport: Henrik and Daniel Sedin
Friday, October 17: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Carolyn Crippen, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Course Code: ASDS280 2014F E01

“Someone who is admired, as a leader in sport often is, can change the significance of what might otherwise go unnoticed.” (Shogan, 2007, p. 16)
Servant leadership develops caring, respectful, inclusive communities. In this presentation Dr. Crippen will discuss a portion of her investigation for the presence of servant leadership from the perspective of two elite NHL hockey players and their leadership style on and off the ice. A face-to-face interview was conducted with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, of the Vancouver Canucks. This longitudinal case study provides evidence to support the existence of the servant leadership philosophy in sport. In this time of societal violence, especially in hockey, perhaps the Sedins’ modeling of a servant-leader attitude, coupled with their elite status can be a beacon for youth today.

Dr. Carolyn Crippen is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies in the Faculty of Education at UVic. She is the former Assistant Dean of Education at the University of Manitoba. Her research areas include servant leadership, healthy learning communities and senior administration. She has published and presented globally and is involved in ongoing research in Iceland. Presently she is working on a servant-leadership-followership longitudinal study. Carolyn has been a classroom teacher, special education resource, vice-principal, principal, curriculum consultant, and superintendent of schools. Carolyn works collaboratively with public, private and non-profit organizations and is particularly focused on the creation of caring, effective, inclusive, learning communities. Carolyn has designed and presently teaches two graduate level courses on servant-leadership-followership. She is also a member of the UVic Human Research Ethics Board.

What's New in Humanities?

Do No Harm: Human Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice in Canada
Friday, October 31: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Annalee Lepp, PhD, Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, UVic
Course Code: ASDS259 2014F E01

Since 2000, human trafficking has caught the attention of international agencies, national governments, non-governmental organizations, and the media. Within this broader global context, how has Canada responded to trafficking in persons—as a cross-border and domestic phenomenon? Are media discussions of this issue accurate? What does it mean to take a “do no harm”, human rights, and social justice approach to human trafficking? What, if anything, needs to change in order to achieve these goals?

Dr. Annalee Lepp is the Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at UVic and a recent winner of the Harry Hickman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was trained as a historian and her historical research has focused on Canadian gender, family, and legal history. Another main area of Dr. Lepp’s research concentrates on trafficking in persons, transnational labour migration, and irregular border movements in the global and especially the Canadian context. She was a co-founder in 1996 and is the current director of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Canada, a member organization of GAATW whose international secretariat is in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work in this area has included human trafficking crisis intervention, advocacy, and acting as the principal investigator for a number of funded collaborative research projects on human trafficking and irregular cross-border movements from a human rights perspective.

What's New in Social Science?

Deciphering Transgender Identities
Friday, November 7: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Aaron Devor, PhD, Department of Sociology, UVic
Course Code: ASDS240 2014F E01

Pretty much everybody has heard of transgender people by now. A lot of people know someone who openly identifies as transgender. However, most people are not really clear about what transgender really means or what trans people want. This lecture will give you a chance to find out more.

Aaron Devor has been studying and teaching about transgender-related questions for thirty years. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the widely-acclaimed books Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989) and FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1997). He has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 20 keynote and plenary addresses; he is a national-award-winning teacher; an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research; a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; and an author of the last two versions of the international Standards of Care for gender non-conforming people. Aaron Devor is also the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives, a professor of Sociology, and he was the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria (2002-2012).

The European Union in Transition: Toward a European Federation or the Resurgence of the Nation-State?
Friday, November 28: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Oliver Schmidtke, PhD, Departments of Political Science and History and Director of the Centre for Global Studies, UVic
Course Code: ASDS240 E02

The process of European integration is a unique experiment in history. Over the past 60 years independent states have gradually handed over sovereignty to the European Union in key policy areas. An integrated market, high mobility across borders, a common currency, the peaceful inclusion of many post-Communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe and an emerging common foreign policy are some important achievements of this process. In 2012 the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the advancement of peace and reconciliation on the continent. However, over the past years the project of European integration has faced severe challenges: the lack of popular support, the severe economic crisis and the growing division between have and have-not countries have tested the member states resolve to move toward an “ever closer union”. In this talk, Dr. Schmidtke will highlight the nature of the European integration process, its historic achievements and current challenges.

Oliver Schmidtke is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History at UVic where he also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics. He currently serves as the director of the Centre for Global Studies in Victoria. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has been a JF Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Humboldt University Berlin, a F. Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University. His research interests are in the fields of the European integration, the political sociology and politics of migration, citizenship, nationalism, and the governance of migration and integration in Europe and Canada.

What's New in Science?

The Science of Sticky
Friday, December 5: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Dennis Hore, PhD, Department of Chemistry, UVic
Course Code: ASDS268 2014F E01

While some molecules are accustomed to spending time with each other, others must make decisions during an initial foreign encounter. For example, when proteins in the body come across plastic implants, they may choose to irreversibly stick to the surface. Understanding these events and their consequences requires probing the fundamental molecular interactions that lead to sticking. In this talk Dr. Hore will provide some glimpses into how high power lasers and computers are put together to shed light on such molecular mysteries.

Dennis Hore is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at UVic. He obtained his BSc from McMaster University, and PhD in Physical Chemistry under the joint mentorship of Almeria Natansohn (Queen's University, Chemistry) and Paul Rochon (Royal Military College, Physics). Following a post-doctoral fellowship with Geri Richmond at the University of Oregon, he joined the Chemistry Department at UVic in 2006. His group is interested in how light may be manipulated as a tool for understanding how molecules come together.

What's New in Law?

Litigating Historical Injustices: Class Actions, Redress, and Legal/Practical Challenges
Friday, December 12: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Rodney Hayley, JD, Professor of Law and Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence, Faculty of Law, UVic
Course Code: ASDS255 2014F E01

A decade ago the Chinese Head Tax class action, seeking redress for Canada’s discriminatory conduct in the 19th and 20th centuries towards Chinese immigrants, was struck by way of a preliminary challenge on the basis that the case disclosed no reasonable cause of action. However, subsequently the Canadian government did apologize to Chinese Canadians and provided some “symbolic” payments by way of redress. Class actions with varying degrees of success (or failure) in and outside the courtroom have been brought in Canada and elsewhere concerning such injustices as the aboriginal residential school system, the Japanese internment in World War II, the Holocaust, and slavery. In this talk, Professor Hayley will identify the potential advantages of class actions as a means of seeking redress for historical wrongs committed by government and others, and at the same time he will explore some of the practical and legal problems facing claimants.

Rodney Hayley is currently Professor of Law and Lawson Lundell Practitioner in Residence at UVic. He is also Senior Counsel with Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver, where throughout his career, he has practised in the area of complex civil litigation, including class actions. He is a member of the bars of BC and Saskatchewan, and has had cases in other Canadian provinces and various American states. Recently, Rod acted for the Government of Canada in multi-billion dollar tobacco litigation (including class actions). He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Task Force on multijurisdictional class actions. In addition to teaching for many years at UVic, Rod has also been an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Faculty of Law, has lectured on legal topics in UBC’s Faculty of Engineering, and has been a guest lecturer in the law program in Arctic College, Iqaluit, Nunavut. He has published and presented many papers on various legal topics and chaired conferences throughout Canada. A graduate of UVic (B.A., Hon.), Rod obtained his J.D. degree from Queen’s University and has a Ph.D. from the University of London, where he studied as a Commonwealth Scholar. As an English professor, Rod has taught at various universities including the University of Ottawa, where he was Chair of the Honours English program. He is the author of a book and various articles on eighteenth-century literature and other literary topics.

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