Witches of the West: free two-day symposium

Permalink 01/27/15 15:21 , Categories: Uncategorized

UVic will host "Witches of the West" on Feb. 6 and 7 as a sequel to this month’s 28th Annual Medieval Workshop, “Burnt at the Stake.” The free two-day symposium at UVic will more closely explore the topic of witch hunts and the uncanny connection to modern moral panics.

The symposium, co-organized by the Program of Medieval Studies, UVic Libraries and the UVic Centre for Studies in Religion & Society, is named after an original manuscript detailing the first witch-hunt of modern times (in Arras, France at the end of the 15th century), now kept in Edmonton and at the core of Friday’s presentations.

When: Friday, Feb. 6 (3 to 6 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 7 (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Friday: Room A003 of Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library.
Saturday: Room 105 of the Harry Hickman Building.

RSVP to csrs@uvic.ca by February 2.
For a full program: https://mardinalia.wordpress.com/witches-of-the-west/

Decoding Wonderland with David Day

Permalink 01/13/15 12:42 , Categories: Uncategorized

Join author David Day for an early insider glimpse of his newest book, Decoding Wonderland: Ancient Wisdom, a Forbidden Education and Real-Life Drama in Lewis Carroll’s Alice, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Wonderland is a Who's Who of Oxford at the height of its power and influcence. In this one-hour presentation on February 5, Day reveals all the characters in Wonderland to be real Victorians, handily making the book a time capsule of Oxford when it was the centre of an historic point in human intellectual history. Day's book is scheduled for release in October 2015.

Day is the author of more than 40 books of poetry, ecology, history, mythology, fantasy, and children’s literature. Internationally, he is best known for his literary criticism on J. R. R. Tolkien and his works. His books have won numerous literary awards and have been selected as “Books of the Year” by Time Magazine, New Scientist, Parents Magazine and the Observer.

This event, presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum and the Greater Victoria Public Library, will be held at the Royal BC Museum and requires registration. For more information and to register for this free event, visit this link: http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/decoding-wonderland/

Date: February 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Royal BC Museum, Clifford Carl Hall

Kim Nayyer appointed as Associate University Librarian, Law

Permalink 01/08/15 10:06 , Categories: Uncategorized

The University of Victoria Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Nayyer as Associate University Librarian, Law effective January 1st, 2015.

Kim has been with UVic Libraries since 2011, providing research help and instruction in the law library, launching its social media platforms, and having had responsibility for management of the law library collection since 2012. Kim has a BSc from University of Alberta, an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an MLIS from University of Alberta. She is also a member of the Bars of Alberta and Ontario, and since 2013 she has taught introductory and advanced legal research and writing courses for the Faculty of Law.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, January 23rd

Permalink 01/06/15 13:50 , Categories: Uncategorized

Join University of Victoria Libraries and the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon and help us contribute to Wikipedia articles on collections from Special Collections and University Archives. We'll have librarians and other volunteers on site to help you with research and editing. Participants will have an opportunity to hear a talk by Honorary Resident Wikipedian Dr. Christian Vandendorpe.

The event will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and is open to everyone although space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Special Collections: speccoll@uvic.ca

For more information, please visit our Wikipedia page.
For the UVic Communications media release.

The Alchemy of Special Collections

Permalink 12/22/14 15:46 , Categories: Uncategorized

Richard Ring, Head Curator & Librarian of the Watkinson Library Trinity College is the presenter of the University of Victoria, University Librarian’s Lecture Series 2015. He is the Head Curator & Librarian of the Watkinson Library Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut. His talk “The Alchemy of Special Collections”, concerns the nature and magic of rare materials in their ability to transport patrons from the prosaic to the inspirational. Specifically, it will feature the Creative Fellowship program for undergraduates that he implemented at Trinity College in 2011, which now boasts over twenty alumni.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Room 129, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Free admission, but limited seating.

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