Multicultural Speakers Series – month of October

A number of the speakers are VIU students so here’s your opportunity to support peers; one of our own is among the first scheduled!

The Multicultural Speaker Series
Starting October 2, 2013

Stereotypes, racist comments, negative headlines in media about various countries, can leave people who have immigrated here viewed through a single lens. The Multicultural Speaker Series, a partnership of Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society and the City of Nanaimo, aims to widen the lens through which we view other countries, and immigrants in Nanaimo, many of whom are our neighbours.

This free speaker series, open to the public, will take place over four Wednesday Nights in October (Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Rugby Clubhouse, 6700 Dover Road.

Each night two guest speakers from different parts of the world including: Iraq, Israel, China, Sudan and Ethiopia will take the stage to share information and experiences about their country of origin. Each evening will also have a different guest MC who will introduce the speakers and ask questions, including: David Stanley, the author of numerous travel guidebooks (Lonely Planet and Moon Handbooks), Kait Burgan, host of daily magazine show, Go! Island and Katrin Roth Von Szepesbéla Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace at VIU.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to better understand our neighbours, develop respectful relationships and reduce discrimination” says Samantha Letourneau, Diversity Coordinator at the Multicultural Society.

John Horn, Social Planner with the City of Nanaimo, believes that a successful city must include healthy relationships between all residents

To learn more about the IMMIGRANT WELCOME CENTRE and our many services for new immigrants and the community please call, visit or browse our website!

Multicultural Speaker Series Poster 
Updated list of speakers can be found online.

Saturday Speaker: Gail Anderson

Gail Anderson is a renown forensic entomologist whose work attracts the attention of the public, as well as professionals.  As part of VIU’s ElderCollege Saturday Speaker series, Dr. Anderson will be speaking October 26, 2013, 10am-12pm, in Parksville.

Murders and Maggots
Gail Anderson

Forensic entomology is the study of insects associated with a dead body in order to estimate the elapsed time since death. This talk will explain how insects can be used to estimate time of death, as well as other factors such as position and presence of wounds, and analysis of poaching cases. True case histories will be used to illustrate the science.

Murders & Maggots flyer

The Forum, main floor
Parksville Civic & Technology Centre
100 Jensen Avenue, Parksville
$5 for members
$10 for non-members.
Tickets available in advance or at the door.

W5 of Academic Research

The Research and Scholarly Activity Office is launching a NEW lunchtime research discussion series at VIU called: “The W5 of Academic Research: Research Who, Research What, Research Where, Research When, Research Why, (and Research How)”

Are you curious to know more about different academic research theories, methodologies and methods? Are you teaching research methods or supervising student research and would like to connect with others to gather examples/resources to share in the classroom? Are you interested in potential interdisciplinary research collaboration and would like to know more about who is doing what research here at VIU?

This new series will take place every other Friday (and a few extras besides), beginning on Friday September 27, from 12-1pm. Most events will take place in the ICR Lounge (305/4th Floor). A few will happen on the Cowichan Campus.

Next event will be Friday October 11: Warren Weir, Respectful research with Aboriginal communities and institutions

Check VIU’s Research & Scholarly Activity Events & Workshops webpage for updates.

Everyone welcome
Refreshments will be served

UNLEARN, REWILD: A Talk by Miles Olson

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies presents:

UNLEARN, REWILD: A Talk by Miles Olson

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 4:00-5:20pm
Building 355, Room 211 (Lounge)

Free event; all are welcome

What separates us from the rest of the natural world? Why is it that everything on this planet exists in a state of balance and synergy, with the exclusion of us? More importantly, how do we transform that? How do we rewild our minds, unlearn the conditioning, patterns and beliefs that lie at the root of our disconnect from self, others and the living world? Miles Olson uses personal stories and experiences as a springboard into these and other big questions.

Miles Olson has spent the past decade living off the grid, on the forested edge of a sprawling small city on Vancouver Island. During this time he has built a ‘feral homestead’ as a squatter, foraging, hunting, gardening and scavenging among a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to living close to the land, in alignment with their deepest values and truth. Olson’s decade long experiment in deep green simplicity has given him an extensive toolkit of traditional living skills, along with a truly unique and fascinating perspective on the relationship between the human and nonhuman worlds, sustainability, freedom, ecology, and the human experience. Olson is the author of Unlearn, Rewild: Earth skills, ideas and inspiration for the future primitive (2012, New Society Publishers). He has spoken to groups internationally about his journey and revelations.

For more information on this event, contact Dr. Carolyn Swanson at Carolyn.Swanson@viu.ca or 250-753-3245, extension 2140.

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Awards ($17,500)

For those planning on applying to graduate school programmes, consider this scholarship.

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Outstanding students who are in their 4th year of an undergraduate degree program who are planning to pursue graduate school, or those in their 1st year of a master’s program, can apply for the Government of Canada’s, Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS-M) award (worth $17,500).

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have achieved an A- (3.67) average in each of their last two completed years of study. Furthermore, an eligible graduate program must have a significant research component (original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit). Specific eligibility details will be discussed at the information sessions listed below and can be found on the CGS-M web page.

Eligible Canadian universities receive agency-specific allocations based on the 2,500 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) awards available each year. There are 400 CGS M awards available from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), 800 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and 1,300 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Award decisions will be made at each respective institution. VIU will be awarding one SSHRC CGS-M. University allocations can be found on the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocations web page.

The application deadline is December 1, 2013.

Students who are interested in applying to register for a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Information Session, e-mail kathryn.jepson@viu.ca:

CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Wednesday, October 2nd 4:00pm-5:30pm; or
Thursday, October 10th 10:00am-11:30am

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Thursday, October 3rd 4:00pm-5:30pm; or
Wednesday, October 9th 10:00am-11:30am

NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Friday, October 4th 4:00pm-5:30pm; or
Tuesday, October 8th 10:00am-11:30am

American Center of Oriental Research – Fellowships 2014-15

Three fellowships that are available to undergraduates and/or Canadians/landed immigrants have been noted in BOLD font.  The others should be kept in mind for future reference.

THE AMERICAN CENTER OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH (AMMAN)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FELLOWSHIPS 2014-2015

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship: One to two awards of four to six months for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Fields of research include: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for six months is $25,200. Awards must be used between May 15, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

ACOR-CAORC Post-Graduate Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $31,800. Awards must be used between May 15, 2014 and December 31, 2015. Funding for this fellowship provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

ACOR-CAORC Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for masters and doctoral students. Fields of study include all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $23,800. Awards must be used between May 15, 2014 and December 31, 2015. Funding for this fellowship provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Harrell Family Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship: Two awards for one month each or one two-month award for residency at ACOR in Amman. It is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality, except Jordanian citizens, participating in an archaeological project or conducting archaeological work in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $600.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

James A. Sauer Memorial Fellowship: One award of $1,000 to a Jordanian graduate student, in Jordan or elsewhere, to advance his or her academic career in the field of archaeology, anthropology, conservation, or related areas. The award might be used for participation on an archaeological project, for research expenses, academic tuition, or travel to scholarly conferences. For the 2014-2015 funding cycle this competition is open only to Jordanian citizens.

Kenneth W. Russell Memorial Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to assist a Jordanian student, in Jordan or another country, in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, conservation, or related areas. This cycle the fellowship is open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Jordanian citizenship.

Frederick-Wenger Jordanian Educational Fellowship: One award of $1,500 to assist a Jordanian student with the cost of their education. Eligibility is not limited to a specific field of study, but preference will be given to study related to Jordan’s cultural heritage. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a Jordanian university.

ACOR Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship: Four awards of $3,000 each to assist Jordanian graduate students with the annual costs of their academic programs during the period May 1, 2014 through May 30, 2015. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled in either a Master’s or Doctoral program in a Jordanian university. Eligibility is limited to students in programs related to Jordan’s cultural heritage (for example: archaeology, anthropology, linguistics/epigraphy, history, conservation, museum studies, and cultural resource management related issues). Awardees who demonstrate excellent progress in their programs will be eligible to apply in consecutive years.

ACOR Jordanian Travel Scholarship for ASOR Annual Meeting: Two travel scholarships of $3,500 each to assist Jordanians participating and delivering a paper at the ASOR Annual meeting in mid-November in the United States. Academic papers should be submitted through the ASOR’s website (www.asor.org/am<http://www.asor.org/am>) by February 1, 2014. Final award selection will be determined by the ASOR program committee.

Please Note: NEH, CAORC, MacDonald and Sampson (residency option), and Bikai Fellows will reside at the ACOR facility in Amman while conducting their research.

For more information and to download the application forms:
Websites: www.bu.edu/acor and www.acorjordan.org

ACOR 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-6571; Fax: 617-353-6575; Email: acor@bu.edu
or
ACOR P.O. Box 2470, Amman 11181, Jordan
Tel: 9626-534-6117; Fax: 9626-534-4181; Email: acor@acorjordan.org

ALSO NOTE:

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowships:
The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Applications will be available in the fall.
Deadline: January 13, 2014

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowships:
A new focused regional fellowship program enabling U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have recently earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications will be available in the fall.
Deadline: January 13, 2014

For more information and to download the application forms: www.caorc.org/programs
EMAIL: fellowships@caorc.org
TEL.: 202-633-1599
MAIL:
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
PO Box 37012, MRC 178
Washington, DC 20013-7012

New listserve: Overseas internships & jobs

The VIU Education Abroad office has set up an email list-serve that will be used to send out announcements that are received about internships and job postings from overseas organizations, or within Canada, that will appeal to students and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in international education or some sort of development work abroad.  There will probably be 10 to 30 emails per year from this list-serve.

Anyone who wants to subscribe to the list can send an email to:  WorkAbroad-request@viu.ca with the following in the body of the message (the Subject: doesn’t matter):  SUBSCRIBE WORKABROAD

To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to: WorkAbroad-request@viu.ca  and in the body of the message type: UNSUBSCRIBE WORKABROAD

2014 SHA Student Paper Prize

The 13th Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Student Paper Prize will be awarded at the 47th Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, to be held January 8-12, 2014 in Quebec City, Canada. The prize will be awarded to a student, or students, whose written version of a conference paper is judged superior in the areas of originality, research merit, clarity of presentation, professionalism, and of potential relevance to a considerable segment of the archaeological community. One prize will be awarded: The winning author(s) will receive a book prize consisting of titles donated by the many presses and organizations exhibiting in the SHA Conference Book Room (totaling almost $1,500 worth of items in 2013) and a letter of recognition from the SHA President. The winning author (s) will be encouraged to submit his or her paper to be reviewed for possible publication in Historical Archaeology. The results of the competition will be communicated to the entrants prior to the meeting and the winner will be announced at the annual business meeting.

The papers must be submitted by November 11, 2013. Competition guidelines on the SHA website: http://www.sha.org/documents/2014Studentpaperguidelines.pdf

Traditional Pitcook, North Saanich, Sep 21

Hopefully a number of you can attend, this pitcook looks like it will be an amazing opportunity.
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Please come out to what we hope will be the First Annual Traditional Foods Pitcook at the North Saanich Farm Market on Saturday, September 21.  We’re very proud of our little market and for the first time we will be showcasing local traditional foods and traditional food cooking methods.  We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Tseycum First Nation where the market and this event are being held, and look forward to spending time with Chief Vern Jacks and others during this exciting initiative.

NSFM-Pitcook-2013

Here’s a little more detail on the activities:
Friday, Sept. 20: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  Pit #1 is assembled with venison (yes, local) and camas bulbs (courtesy of Swan Lake Native Plant Garden).  This will be a 16 hour pitcook.
Saturday, Sept. 21: 7:00 – 8:30 am
  Pit #2 is assembled with a selection of root veggies.  This will be a 4 hour pitcook.
Saturday: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (approx.), during the Farm Market
  Cordage-making Workshop (with Brenda Beckwith) and Storytelling (with John Bradley Williams, Tsawout).
  Also, over an open fire we will making bannock and Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout) will be cooking salmon, clams, and venison.
  And (yes, there’s more), during the Farm Market, Ken Josephson and others will host an interactive Community Mapping display and table.
Saturday: 12:00 am – 12:30 pm
  Opening the pits!  Farm Market ends.
Saturday: 12:30 am – 1:30 pm (approx.)
  Sampling foods and sharing in wild-crafted tea, all by donation. YUM!
We hope you can make it up to the tippy-top of the Peninsula on Saturday, Sept. 21 It’s really not that far!
Sincerely,
Brenda Beckwith & Penny Gibbs

Approaches to the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Philippe Descola and Bruno Latour at UBC

Approaches to the Anthropocene

Join us September 25th at UBC MOA for a conversation with Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola

Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola are two of France’s most prominent intellectuals, and both have redefined their respective fields of expertise by considering the place of human agency – and non-human actors – in the construction of the modern world. In this conversation, Latour and Descola will discuss the idea of the anthropocene, a new geological era in which humans have become the principal agents for the transformation of our planetary systems: from small-scale consumption of natural resources to large-scale human-induced climate change. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, science studies, and other allied disciplines, these two thinkers will discuss their views on how human intervention in the natural world has not only transformed planetary ecosystems, but also the very ideas and models we use to think about the planet as a whole.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online here.

Doors open at 5:00 PM.

Space is limited and seating is on a first-come basis: *MUST ARRIVE BY 5:15 PM for your registration to be valid*

A reception will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Anthropology, the French Consulate Vancouver, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.

September 25th, 2013 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM
Museum of Anthropology
Great Hall
6393 Northwest Marine Drive
Vancouver,