SoSc Grad Info Night, Nov 12

The Sociology Students’ Union is organizing a Social Sciences Graduate Information Night.

WHEN: November 12 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
WHERE: Building 355, Room 211 (the lounge), Nanaimo campus.

The event is multidisciplinary with faculty representation from SoSc departments.

Pizza will be available from 5:30 PM and participants will be seated for the event to begin at 6:00 PM. Introductions (5-minutes each) by various instructors will include mention of credentials, graduate and work experience, etc.

Anthropology Student Forum – April 14


WHERE:  VIU Cowichan. 2011 University Way, Duncan, BC. Lecture hall.
WHEN:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, on 14 April 2015.
WHAT:  VIU Anthropology students will be presenting on their work locally and internationally.
Special Guest: Chris Arnett, UBC PhD candidate, speaking on the issues around Grace Islet.

Refreshments provided by Cowichan Campus Student Affairs.

Admission is FREE!
Open to the all VIU Students, Faculty, and Staff* and the Public!

The forum is hosted by the Anthropology Student Club (ASC) and the Department of Anthropology. The forum gives student the chance to present on their field schools, internships, research projects they have participated in, plus more! Plus the Department of Anthropology will be presenting student awards.

Presentation sneak peek:

  • Katriona S. Auerbach will be discussing her time spent working at Omaere Ethnobotanical Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon. During this internship she worked closely with Shuar Indigenous groups and learned much about both the Shuar and Waorani cultures with an emphasis on their practical, medicinal and spiritual use of plants.
  • Vic did an internship at Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, and will be talking about working with vulnerable populations, the importance of volunteerism, and the relevance of feedback.

For more information, contact the ASC at

*Students, faculty and staff may contact the ASC about carpooling.

Vancouver Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map

For those interested in Vancouver’s heritage landscape, you might find this interactive map of interest.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has transformed the multi-page PDF of the Vancouver Heritage Register into an interactive map with 2000+ sites and some municipal or provincially designated locations. Eventually every site will include building information and history as well as pictures. Currently still in beta form, not all sites have complete information but more are being added all the time.

Go to Vancouver Heritage Site Finder.  [Although the instructions say that the site is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox, I found that it worked in Internet Explorer and Chrome, but NOT Firefox.]

NPS Archeology Program Posts Webinars

The NPS Archeology Program has posted on their public website the webinars from a series the program hosted in Fall 2013-Winter 2014. The lecture series was devoted to dissemination of information about developments in archeological site locational technologies including LiDAR, metal detecting, ground penetrating radar, satellite imagery, and underwater locational technologies. The posted webinars are:

A Short History of Technological Innovations in Geo-spatial
Methods in Archeology — Fred Limp, Leica Chair in Geospatial Imaging, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Arkansas

Metal Detecting for Archeologists: Recent Advances in Methods
and Equipment — Douglas Scott, NPS Archeologist (retired)

Geophysical Prospecting in Archeology — Kenneth L. Kvamme, Director, Archeo-Imaging Lab, University of Arkansas

Capturing Cultural Landscapes: GIS and Historical Imagery at
Voyageurs National Park — Andrew LaBounty, Integrated Resources Technician, Voyageurs NP

Direct Predictive Modeling of Regional Archaeological Phenomena
with Satellites — Alan P. Sullivan, Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati

Heritage Preservation and 3D Immersive Learning Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Combined Spatial, Imaging, and Visualization Tools — Lori Collins and Travis Doering, Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, University of South Florida, School of Geosciences

Advancing Archeology in the Midwest Region through GIS: Information Management, Modeling, and Analysis — Anne Vawser and Amanda Davey Renner, NPS Midwest Archeological Center

Business in Great Waters: A Review and Assessment of Marine
Archeological Remote Sensing Techniques and Technology — Dave Conlin, NPS and James Delgado, NOAA

To view the webinars, go to

Reminder! Guest Lecture by Daryl Fedje: Sea Levels and Archaeology on the Northwest Coast

The VIU Department of Anthropology and Anthropology Student Club are pleased to present a free public lecture by

Daryl Fedje

Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria

Sea Levels and Archaeology on the Northwest Coast

The early archaeological record on the BC coast is poorly known, partly as a consequence of relative sea level change. Sea level history varies considerably along the coast with early shorelines having shifted rapidly during early post-glacial to early Holocene time. On parts of the coast early shorelines are now drowned up to 150 m while in other parts they are stranded 150 m or more above modern levels. By developing regional sea level histories, archaeologists are now able to design investigations to locate archaeological sites dating to this early time.

Daryl Fedje’s research interests are focused on Quaternary paleoecology and the early human history of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Where: VIU Nanaimo campus, Building 356, Lecture Hall 109

When: Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM


Daryl Fedje VIU ANTH Talk

JAIC: six issues free (to Feb 15)

JOURNAL OF THE MONTH: Journal of the American Institute for Conservation

Six issues of JAIC are free to download until 15th February 2014

Visit the JAIC Journal of the Month page

The page also offers a wealth of content including videos, opinion pieces from experts on textiles, electronic media, archaeological artefacts and more.

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.

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 or 250-753-3245, extension 2140.

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: with the following in the body of the message (the Subject: doesn’t matter):  SUBSCRIBE WORKABROAD

To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to:  and in the body of the message type: UNSUBSCRIBE WORKABROAD