Colloquium Series - Fall 2013

The Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series. Talking Arts. Seeing Ideas.

Previous Presentations

Fall 2013


SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

Back Before We Got There: North American Back-to-the-Land Narratives

Dr Anna Atkinson & Dr Toni Smith, English Department

Today, leaving the city for a rural life may appeal to people striving for sustainability. Yet narratives of “returning” to a simpler life in harmony with nature often recycle colonial ideas, including those arising from religion. Are these narratives still useful?


OCTOBER 18, 2013

Amundsen Then and Now: The End of the Age of Heroic Exploration 1912

Jay Ruzesky, English Department and Department of Creative Writing and Journalism

One hundred years after Roald Amundsen set foot on the South Pole, his descendent Jay Ruzesky followed his ancestor to Antarctica and returned to write a memoir about his experience. How have the Pole and its exploration changed?


NOVEMBER 22, 2013

BC’s 1983 Solidarity Movement 30 Years on: Something for the Left to Celebrate or Best Forgotten?

Dr Gordon Hak, History Department

Thirty years ago unionists, community groups, and political activists marched and went on strike against the Social Credit government’s neo-liberal legislative agenda: B.C.’s massive Solidarity movement was born. Why does Solidarity still conjure up mixed reactions? What is its place in the history of the left?



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