News and Events

19 October 2018 - Arts and Humanities Colloquium: Dr. Cathryn Spence
The Rights of the Dead: Women and Wills in Early Modern Scotland
Dr. Spence will be giving a presentation as part of the Colloquium series on Friday, October 19th, at the Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), from 10 am - 11:30.
"Making a will in the 16th century was no less important than it it today. The will-making practices of early modern Scottish women were shaped by gender, marital status, and place. How these women chose to disseminate their worldly goods, and the exhortations and rebukes that accompanied their bequests, provides a window into early modern gender relations and family bonds, and gives a lively voice to the departed."

President's Awards for Community Engagement, September 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Davies for receiving an inaugural President's Award for Community Engagement - in particular, the Community-Engaged Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Award.

Dr. Cheryl Warsh, FRSC, September 2017
Dr. Cheryl Warsh was elected as a Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). She is the first VIU faculty member to be elected to the prestigious RSC. Announcing the news, VIU president Dr. Ralph Nelson noted that this distinction "is a remarkable accomplishment bestowed on scholars and researchers who have made exceptional contributions to their field. Election to the RSC is considered the highest academic honour a scholar can receive....[Professor] Warsh was recognized for her groundbreaking work in Canadian healthcare history, which has given a voice to vulnerable populations including people with mental health issues, addictions, and children in the 19th century. She was also recognized for shaping a flourishing research field in her area of study, as editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History." Congratulations, Cheryl, from your colleagues in the History Department.

Retrospect - BC Studies Conference, May 2017: (Un)Settling British Columbia
Vancouver Island University, in association with BC Studies, the British Columbian Quarterly, and with support from the Royal British Columbia Museum, was proud to host the multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference from 4-6 May 2017, on the theme (Un)Settling British Columbia. The conference was a great success, with over 150 registered participants and guests from the community. The three-day conference featured over 100 presentations on a wide range of topics. Special thanks to History department colleagues Dr. Kelly Black, Dr. Timothy Lewis, and Dr. Katharine Rollwagen for organizing this memorable event.

What Can You Do With A Degree in History?
The Canadian Historical Association has addressed this question in a new website. As the profiles on the website show, you can do more with a History Degree than you think, precisely because precisely because historical training teaches you how to think, analyze, communicate, write, organize and create. History nurtures our curiosity, our openness to new ways of understanding our world, both past and present. As we read, research and write about history, we question taken-for-granted ideas, assess the complexities of social change, dissect evidence and sources, and probe the why, when, and how of human evolution across temporal, spatial and global boundaries.

Like other Humanities and Social Sciences degrees, History is a passport to many opportunities and careers, especially those involving problem solving, creative intelligence and excellent communication and writing skills. Some students use their History degree as a pathway to further training (such as law), but others employ the skills and knowledge acquired with a BA to work in areas such as heritage and museums, business, government, policy, advocacy, politics, non-profits – to name only a few areas. Not only do studies show that a university degree in History/Humanities opens up employment opportunities, but historical knowledge, ever changing, ever debatable, ever fascinating, is also our invitation to lifelong curiosity, learning and reflection.

Canadian Letters & Images Project
Alex Trebek, the popular television game show host, posted a video message indicating the importance of the Canadian Letters & Images Project and recalling a Remembrance Day event that affected him profoundly. His message is posted here. He is one of the distinguished Guest Readers who are featured on the Canadian Letters & Images Project website. VIU History professor Dr. Stephen Davies is the Project Director.

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