Gail Anderson @ VIU, Nanaimo – Dec 3

Maggot Tales

Forensic entomology is the study of insects, their life cycles, and their succession on decomposing bodies. Dr. Anderson will discuss how insects can be used to determine time since death and to pinpoint the location of wounds in human and animal crime scene investigations.

Gail Anderson, forensic entomologist extraordinaire, will be speaking at the Nanaimo Campus of Vancouver Island University, Tuesday, December 3. There will be two presentations: 1:30-3:00pm, and 3:00-4:30pm; both will be held in Building 356, Room 109.

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Free and open to all!

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.

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.