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Terri Doughty, a VIU English Professor, will use Swedish artist Elsa Beskow’s work to illustrate how children’s picture books can contribute to a shift in perspectives in the plant-human relationship, during her Colloquium Series lecture.

VIU's Colloquium Series Lectures Live Streaming this Fall

September 17, 2020

Annual lecture series delves into a variety of topics including respectful relations between humans and plants, understanding women’s pain and examining London’s last Frost Fair.The show will go on for Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) popular Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series this fall.“The Colloquium committee is excited to be able to continue the Series in this academic year,” says Dr... Read more


Cold War Propaganda, Graphic Narratives and Magical Music Explored in Series

January 22, 2020

Spring Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series allows faculty to share their scholarly and creative work. Action-packed television shows in the 1950s entertained many children, but also served as a powerful Cold War propaganda tool that conveyed messages about security, ethnicity and gender, say VIU History professors Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh and Dr. Katharine Rollwagen.They’ll... Read more


VIU Music Department Instructor Hans Verhoeven sits on a rock near a pond holding a drum.

Cozy Classrooms, Biomusical Beats, and Crime and Punishment Explored in Colloquium Series

September 23, 2019

Lectures allow VIU faculty to explore questions and share their passions with students, colleagues and the public.This fall, three Vancouver Island University (VIU) drummers will attempt to merge into a single entity of sound during a performance of Nebojša Živković’s Trio Per Uno.The piece, which requires the musicians to play on multiple percussion setups, combines quick tempos,... Read more


VIU English Instructor Belinda Williams

5 Questions with Belinda Williams

February 14, 2019

VIU English Language Instructor Belinda Williams is passionate about sharing her love of language with her students. Whenever she’s able, she also works as an Education Assistant in the public-school system for Port Alberni, where she supports learners with special needs. Outside of the classroom, she’s an avid wilderness hiker, active member of the Portal Players Dramatic Society and... Read more


Renowned BC Poet Lorna Crozier Comes to VIU for Gustafson Lecture and Reading

October 23, 2018

VIU’s Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2018 is Lorna Crozier, one of Canada’s literary giants. She will participate in three events, including a free reading and a lecture that are both open to the public on November 7 and 8.  Sometimes it can be a risk to speak your mind, but Lorna Crozier learned early that writing poetry that matters means taking that risk again and again. ... Read more


Drummer Brain, Prison Theatre and Heritage Graffiti Featured in Colloquium Talks

September 24, 2018

Free public lecture series hosted by the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities covers range of themes From how drummers, prisoners and 16th Century Scottish women think; to the role graffiti plays in the art world; to an investigation of how media creates a sense of belonging, a free public lecture series at Vancouver Island University (VIU) investigates a wide range of topics. Every year,... Read more


VIU English Professor Explores Inter-cultural Dialogue with Play Collaboration

August 3, 2018

Dr. Nelson Gray and renowned Métis playwright Marie Clements tackle one storyline from two different perspectives How we perceive the world through our cultural beliefs can vary so much that if two people are asked to recount the same event, the result can be two radically different stories. That is certainly true in Vancouver Island University (VIU) English Professor Dr. Nelson Gray’s latest... Read more


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