UVic Libraries’ 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award – Terry Eastwood

  02/01/16 13:34 , Categories: Uncategorized

Terry Eastwood will be recognized as the UVic Libraries’ 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient on February 2 along with 10 other alumni from across the faculties. The UVic Distinguished Alumni Celebration, during Alumni Week 2016, is a presentation of the UVic Alumni Association. Eastwood, nominated by UVic Libraries, is internationally recognized as a pioneer archival educator. In July 1981, he joined the faculty of the School of Librarianship at the University of British Columbia as the inaugural professor in the new Master of Archival Studies (MAS) Program, the first of its kind in North America. From 1981 to 2000, he acted as chair of the MAS program, graduates of which have gone on to play leading roles in their profession in Canada and other countries. On three separate occasions he acted as Director of what became the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC, and retired holding that position in 2010. Aside from his internationally recognized work as a pioneer archival educator, Professor Eastwood is known for his contribution to the development of descriptive standards for archival material. Professor Eastwood is a Fellow of both the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Society of American Archivists.

Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150 panel discussion and closing reception

  01/22/16 15:58 , Categories: Uncategorized

UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, respected broadcaster and long-time advocate for adult literacy, will moderate a Jan. 28 afternoon discussion at UVic on the enduring legacy of Irish poet W.B. Yeats, with panelists Dr. Ann Saddlemyer (Professor Emerita, University of Toronto), Dr. Magda Kay (Department of English, UVic) and Linda Hardy (Department of Theatre, UVic). This event is the closing reception for the Celebrating Yeats at 150 exhibit at UVic, which opened in August 2015.

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Irish poet and Nobel laureate. The exhibit in Legacy Maltwood exploring his creative development as a poet and playwright is on display through Feb. 14 and features artwork, rare books and printed ephemera drawn from UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries, as well as UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

What: “Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150” panel discussion and closing reception
When: Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 129, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Chair in Transgender Studies at UVic Announcement

  01/18/16 12:04 , Categories: Uncategorized

The University of Victoria announced the establishment of the Chair in Transgender Studies—the first of its kind—to tackle essential issues that matter and to inspire research and discussion to help make a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable people in society. A donation of $1 million USD by the Tawani Foundation, founded and led by Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker, US Army (Retired), will install the inaugural chair in UVic’s Faculty of Social Sciences for five years.

As the inaugural Chair in Transgender Studies, Dr. Aaron Devor will work with some of the world’s top researchers and scholars, thought leaders, transgender community activists and students to further research into a broad range of topics concerned with the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people and to explore crucial issues such as healthcare, poverty, discrimination and suicide.

The Tawani Foundation has committed a generous donation of $1 million USD to UVic for the purpose of supporting the world’s first Chair in Transgender Studies. In addition, the foundation has also pledged up to another $1 million USD to match contributions from other donors toward the Chair in Transgender Studies at UVic.

The Transgender Archives at UVic represents 17 countries on five continents, more than a century of research and over 50 years of activism. If the materials were lined up along one long shelf, the collection would stretch the length of a football field.

Devor is an elected member of the elite International Academy of Sex Research, an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and a national award-winning teacher. He is a professor in UVic’s Department of Sociology and a former dean of UVic’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Read more:
WORLD’S ONLY CHAIR IN TRANSGENDER STUDIES UVic Communications Media Release, January 15, 2016
UVic announces world’s first chair in transgender studies Jeff Bell / Times Colonist, January 15, 2016

Treasures and Tea: In Books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: The Statistical Account of Scotland and the Spirit of a Philosophical Age

  01/14/16 16:40 , Categories: Uncategorized

No book better embodies the spirit of “the first … great philosophical age of Scotland” than The Statistical Account of Scotland, which appeared in twenty-one volumes between 1791 and 1799 under the editorship of the noted agricultural improver, Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster (1754-1835).

Using a range of texts held in Special Collections, including a copy of the first edition of the Statistical Account, this talk will trace the origins of Sinclair’s work back to Sir Francis Bacon’s vision of the renewal of human learning and then explore how Sinclair’s collaborative survey of Scotland blends together the nascent science of statistics, natural history, the narrative of the progress of humankind from rudeness to refinement sketched by Scottish philosophical historians, and what in the eighteenth century was known as “the science of man”.

Treasures and Tea in Special Collections and the University Archives brings together researchers, instructors, students, and members of the community to explore and share materials from the collections. The informal show-and-tell presentations are held at 1:30pm every first and third Wednesday of the month followed by discussion and refreshments.

Treasures & Tea "In Books lies the soul of the whole Past Time": The Statistical Account of Scotland and the Spirit of a Philosophical Age with Dr. Paul Wood, Department of History and Scottish Studies Faculty Fellow in the Humanities
When: January 27th, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 210, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

The Book Traces project explores future of print records

  01/04/16 11:14 , Categories: Uncategorized

Unique and endangered 19th-century volumes preserved in library collections have great research value for the history of reading and reception, with marginal inscriptions—such as flowers, bookmarks and notes left by vanished readers—helping to write the history of the reading experience and predict its possible futures. The Book Traces project, a crowd-sourced web project based at the University of Virginia, considers the future of the print record in the wake of wide-scale digitization.

Guest lecturer Dr. Andrew Stauffer (University of Virginia) will present his talk, Book Traces Technologies of Memory and the Future of the Nineteenth Century.

This event is the first lecture of the new year for the SSHRC-supported speaker series Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book, which runs October 2015 through February 2016 and explores book history scholarship and the creation, circulation and reception of knowledge.

When: Thursday, Jan.14 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Where: Room A003, Mearns Centre – McPherson Library

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