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    University Librarian's Lecture: 'You don't like those ideas? I got others!'*
    (2023-06-19) Denham, Elizabeth; Kahle, Brewster; Khokhar, Masud; Ridley, Michael
    The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and quantum computing is fundamentally transforming the way we process and understand information, and will have far-reaching implications for human culture and society. This panel of distinguished international experts will explore the shining lights and dark shadows of AI, quantum technologies, and social media platforms. The panel will explore the need for developers and policymakers to prioritize ethical considerations in the development and deployment of these technologies and strategies to combat the spread of misinformation. They will also discuss the ethical implications of these technologies, particularly in terms of privacy and bias as we navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of information technology. Moderated by Dave Obee. *The title of this event is inspired by a quote from Marshall McLuhan from the lecture The Medium Is the Message (1977) part 1, volume 3.
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    University Librarian's Lecture: Truth and Healing through Story-telling: Indigenous Podcasting
    (2022-10-11) Walker, Connie
    Critically acclaimed Cree journalist from Okanese First Nation and one of the most important voices in podcasting today, Connie Walker will discuss the work behind her podcast Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s (2022), the process of understanding the effects of the residential school system on her family, her team’s struggles in getting access to residential school records, and why she decided now was the time to tell this story.
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    Gender, justice and the church
    (2019-02-05) DiNovo, Cheri; Henry, Jennifer; Messina, Gina
    The longstanding and systemic mistreatment, underpayment and sexual harassment of women and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community has been firmly in the public spotlight this past year thanks to movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up. But how have Christian communities wrestled with these issues? Have there been gains in equality, empowerment and safety in Christian settings? Have Christians been advocates for change in wider society? Three leading women reformers reflect on the implications of biblical teachings and tradition in the struggle for justice in church and society.
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    Reforming tradition : a conversation with Remi De Roo
    (2018-11-09) Alexander, Ian; De Roo, Remi J.
    One of Canada’s longest serving Catholic bishops, participant in Vatican II, scholar, author, advocate on behalf of the poor and critic of capitalism--Remi De Roo has led a remarkable 94 year life of faith in action. Join him for an intimate encounter that includes a public interview with former CBC host Ian Alexander, and questions from the audience.
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    Russia washed by blood : transformations of the revolutionary narrative in Russian film since the 1960s
    (2017-11-06) Lipovet︠s︡kiĭ, M. N.
    Recently, many commentators noticed obvious resilience and anxiety of Russian authorities associated with the approaching celebration of the centennial of the 1917 revolution in Russia. In Ilya Kalinin’s words, “The common past is used as a screen on which to project the fears of those who are currently in power.” In his opinion, today Russian authorities seek to create “a national historical narrative that denies revolution altogether.” Having no objections to this diagnosis, Mark want to add that such historical narrative has been created by Soviet and post-Soviet intelligentsia throughout entire Soviet period and especially since the 1960s; but only now it has been adopted as the official “ideology”. In his paper Mark will outline main phases of this process focusing on the post-Stalin period. Transformations of the revolutionary narrative in Russian literature and film of the 1960s-2010s, on the one hand, forefront associations of revolution with violence and thus transforms it into a symbol of national self-suicide. On the other, constant rewritings of the revolutionary narrative reduce and eventually eliminate completely any emancipatory aspects of the revolution. Mark will also address the attempts to restore the emancipatory meaning of revolutionary signifiers in today’s left poetry and actionism.
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    Reshuffling the seen and the unseen : a reappraisal of the legacy of the reformation
    (2017-10-24) Eire, Carlos M. N.
    Over one hundred years ago, Max Weber argued that Prot-estantism “disenchanted” the world and eliminated “magic” from it. Today, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and ask what effects it may still have on us, this assertion needs to be reappraised. Did Protestants really vanquish “magic,” and, if so, what was that “magic”, exactly, or the “disenchantment” that accompanied its demise? Exploring the various ways in which Protestantism redefined the sacred might yield useful answers to such questions and allow us to appreciate more fully what the Protestant Reformation bequeathed to the world.
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    Indian self-government in Canada
    (2017-10-17) Wharf, Brian; Wilson, Bill; Penner, Keith
    Presents a taped discussion with Bill Wilson and Keith Penner, moderated by Brian Wharf, regarding First Nations self-government in Canada. Points covered include strategies for achieving self-government, attitudes toward native people in Canada, and the role that has been played by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. This program was sponsored by Project North, The University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Faculty of Human & Social Development, University Extension & Community Relations
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    Aboriginal title, rights and the Canadian constitution
    (2017-10-17) Neilson, William A. W.; Robinson, Roderick; Watts, George; Wilson, Bill; Mathias, Joe
    Presents two sets of interviews by Professor Bill Neilson, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, with Native leaders in B.C. The discussion concerns aboriginal land title and rights, and covers three main aspects of the issue: what is meant by aboriginal land rights and title; why the Native community in B.C. is pressing its case for recognition of those rights; what is likely to happen in the near future in the federal and provincial forums. With Roderick Robinson, George Watts, Bill Wilson, Joe Mathias. Program team: Murray Edwards, Margaret Haughey, Brishkai Lund, Garry McKevitt. Advisory committee: Mavis Gillie, Keith Jobson, Richard King, Robert Warren. Production crew: Gord More. Cam Scott, Scott Summerfeldt, Michael Wegerif. This program has been sponsored by The Nishga Tribal Council, The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, United Native Nations, The Assembly of First Nations, Project North Faculty of Law, UVic and partially funded by The Secretary of State.
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    Unfinished business : the native land question in British Columbia
    (2017-10-17) Neilson, William A. W.; Richardson, Miles G; Sterritt, Neil J
    Presents Miles Richardson and Neil Sterritt in conversation with William Neilson, Dean, University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Reviews the situation through 1986 regarding solutions to aboriginal land title and self-government in B.C., highlighting attempts of Native and Canadian societies to come to a consensus. Produced at Audio and Video and Television Services, University of Victoria. The preceding was an extension program of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Project team: Keith Jobson, Richard King, Brishkai Lund, Maureen Maloney, William Neilson, Arlene Zuckernick; director: Garry McKevitt.
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    Beyond transgression : breaking metal's boundaries
    (2017-10-04) Kahn-Harris, Keith
    In his address, Dr. Harris attempts to reconsider the nature of metal’s transgression in a digitally abundant age, in which boundaries of the ‘sayable’ and the ‘doable’ are being continually challenged and transformed. His talk aims to question the role transgression plays in metal and its conceptual effectiveness when applying it to studies of metal music and its cultural practices.
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    Safer science: making psychological science more replicable
    (2017-03-23) Vazire, Simine
    A fundamental part of the scientific enterprise is for each field to engage in critical self-examination to detect errors in our theories and methods, and improve them. Psychology has recently been undergoing such a self-examination. Psychological scientists arguably tackle one of the hardest phenomena to understand and predict: human behavior. Naturally, our data are noisy and our findings are often tentative. However, we are slowly building knowledge and making our theories more complete. The recent self-analysis has revealed several ways we can further improve our research practices to make our findings more sound, including: collecting larger datasets (more participants, more kinds of measures, more observations), being more transparent about our research process and results, and conducting more replications. These new norms are gaining steam within psychology and beyond, making science stronger.
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