Racism: Understanding the realities and what we can do!

Racism panel screen shotA big thank you to everyone who attended our community panel, “Racism: Understanding the realities and what we can do!” It was an engaging session that we hope is the first of many around anti-racism and community building. Continue reading Racism: Understanding the realities and what we can do!

UVic Events in March

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Friday, March 1, 2019
“Armenian Genocide: Legacies of Denial” lecture by Maral Attallah
1:00 – 2:30 pm in the David Strong Building C122 at UVic
Drawing on the Armenian Genocide, and linking analysis of various genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries, Maral Attallah argues that recognition and reparation (structural recognition) is a necessary aspect of holding active and passive genocide deniers accountable. A call for structural recognition inherently promotes active anti-deniers, those who challenge genocide denial and encourage truth and accountability. This talk discusses the contemporary example of Turkey’s overt denial (active) and the United States’ lack of official recognition (passive denial) as indicative of a larger, more complex, system of genocide denial.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
“Defying Hatred: Responding to Antisemitism in Victoria”; Ideafest 2019
12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Arbutus Room in the Cadboro Commons at UVic
Hate crimes against Jewish people are raising concern in Canada and around the world. Victoria is not immune, with the local synagogue enduring the 2012 desecration of its cemetery and hate letters stating “Jewry Must Perish.” How can the congregation respond to antisemitism in ways that encourage community resilience in the face of hate? This workshop and small-group discussion with UVic scholars and community members aims to answer this question.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Book Launch: Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs, co-edited by Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson, and Elizabeth Vibert
7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street
Educators from around North America came together seeking to better understand the value of off-campus (field school) teaching and learning. Come hear the authors reflect on what they learned and join in interactive fun as we imagine educative pathways to a better world.

Friday, March 8, 2019
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies Graduate Student Conference: Memory, Identity, Nation
9:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Halpern Graduate Centre at UVic
This graduate conference not only features student presentations from all three streams of the graduate program (Germanic Studies, Slavic Studies, and Holocaust Studies) but also invited graduate student speakers from across Canada. It is free and open to the public.

How Can the European Left Deal with the Threat Posed by Xenophobia?

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Legacy Art Gallery & Cafe, 630 Yates Street
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Lecture Begins at 7:30pm

Speaker: Glyn Ford, of the Steering Committee of Unite Against Fascism and former member of the European Parliament

Part of the The City Talks, Spring 2015: Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City, sponsored by the UVic Committee for Urban Studies and the European Union Centre of Excellence

There is a rising tide of Racism and Xenophobia sweeping across the EU, whose electoral face range across from the Fascist Right (Golden Dawn) and Fascist ‘Lite’ (Le Pen’s Front National) onto the Right Populists of Britain’s UKIP. Its public face is mainly, but not exclusively, urban as the horrors of terrorist attacks are utilised to promote Islamophobia, spiralling on to anti-semitism and the promotion of racial and religious hatred. Who are these people, who supports them and how can they be combatted?

Glyn Ford was a Labour Member of the European Parliament (1984-2009) who Chaired the EP’s Committee of Inquiry into the Growth of Racism and Fascism in Europe, the Rapporteur for the 2nd Committee of Inquiry into Racism and Xenophobia and served as the EP’s representative on the Council of Ministers Consultative Committee into Racism and Xenophobia. He was National Treasurer of the Anti-Nazi League and is a member of the Steering Committee of Unite Against Fascism and their European Officer.

This is a free public event at the Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street

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Run by the Committee for Urban Studies at the University of Victoria, The City Talks is a free public lecture series featuring distinguished scholars drawn from the University of Victoria, across Canada, and beyond. Co-sponsored by the European Union Centre of Excellence, the theme for the Spring 2015 series is Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City.

The lectures last an hour and a half, including a question and answer session with the speaker.

For more information, please visit www.TheCityTalks.ca