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

Join us for a REFLECTIVE and INTELLECTUALLY ENGAGING series of faculty presentation followed by discussions and accompanied by refreshments!

Since its beginning in 2009, the presentations of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium have engendered conversations about ideas among members of the Arts and Humanities Faculty and their communities both at VIU and in the mid-Island region. Our presenters have shown how important the arts and humanities are to understanding today’s world. We are delighted to share our scholarly and creative work with our audiences and invite you to join us.  Spring 2018 Colloquium Series Poster

All presentations take place from 10 to 11:30 am in the Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo campus. Courtesy parking is available. Come anytime after 9:30 am for coffee and snacks!

Spring 2018


Writing Sonnet’s Shakespeare: A Poet Overwrites The Bard 

January 26, 2018

Sonnet L’Abbé, Creative Writing Department

What if a woman of colour took Shakespeare’s place? Letter by letter, Sonnet L’Abbé has settled her own language into the white space of Shakespeare’s poems. Her current work is intent on overwhelming the original text and effectively erasing Shakespeare’s voice by assimilating his words into hers. L’Abbé’s process grappled with her own Black identity and settler privilege, and offers no easy resolutions.

The Importance of Being Seamus: Heaney as Local and Global Poet

February 16, 2018

Timothy Brownlow, English Department

Irish poet Seamus Heaney reached a huge audience at a time when respect for poetry seemed to be waning. Drawing on his personal memories of working with the young Heaney, Timothy Brownlow will evaluate Heaney’s place in English-language poetry, and set his work in the context of his Irish background, his international reputation, and his significant achievement. 


A Tale of Two Playwrights: Writing Across Culture and Gender

March 23, 2018

Nelson Gray, English Department

What happens when two playwrights from differing cultures and genders investigate racism and misogyny in the same small B.C. mill town? Nelson Gray will explain the traumatic event that sparked his play and the turn of events that led to his cross-cultural collaboration with Métis playwright Marie Clements. Readings from the recently-published plays, Gray's Talker's Town and Clements' The Girl Who Swam Forever, will reveal the surprising results. 


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