One Day at UVic


Course description

Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Location: Continuing Studies Building, UVic campus

Are you curious about what Continuing Studies at UVic is all about? Or are you mulling over a few course options but just not sure which one will interest you most? Or perhaps you’ve taken courses with us before and just love the idea of immersing yourself in learning. Whatever your perspective, we invite you to join us for a one-day sampler featuring a selection of 65-minute sessions, covering topics from The Hidden World of Whales to Anything Goes: An Hour with Cole Porter. Try out one or two sessions that interest you most, or stay for them all—the $59 fee includes all sessions, coffee/tea and lunch.

This event features four sessions: some are previews of upcoming courses, while others are encore samplers of our most well-received courses from the last few years. Many sessions are research inspired from Division of Continuing Studies instructors and the wider UVic faculty.

Program Schedule (subject to change)

Brief session descriptions and speaker biographies are available under "Additional course info" below.

Time Session

9:30 – 10:35 am

The Hidden World of Whales – Rianna Burnham

10:35 – 10:55 am Coffee/tea break

10:55 am – noon

Anything Goes: An Hour with Cole Porter – John Lucas

noon - 12:45 pm Lunch Break (provided in the Atrium)

12:45 – 1:50 pm

Re-framing Stress as an Opportunity for Growth! – Maryse Neilson

2 – 3:05 pm

1917-2017: The Rolling World War I Centenary, and the Making of the Modern Middle East – Andrew Wender

The Hidden World of Whales

A whale’s haunting calls are some of the most mysterious sounds on earth, from 'moans' and 'grunts' to song. Dive deep into the scientific studies of ecology and acoustics to get a better understanding of how whales use these calls for finding food, navigating and communicating. Bones, photographs, videos, recordings, and results from cutting edge research will be used to aid the discussion.

Rianna Burnham, BSc MSc, is an environmental scientist specializing in marine ecosystems and mammal ecology.

Anything Goes: An Hour with Cole Porter

Night and Day, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Let’s Fall in Love–– these are just a few from the long list of hit songs by Cole Porter, one of the greatest composers of popular music of the 20th century. Join us as we celebrate his musical genius in song, humour and story by instructor John Lucas and vocalist Michael Arsenault.

John Lucas, MA, BFA, is a teacher, actor, singer and director.

Re-framing Stress as an Opportunity for Growth!

We hear a lot about stress management these days… Most of us feel we have too much to do in too little time, and with far too many distractions––leading to feelings of disconnection, exhaustion, burn-out and even stress related illness. But what if the answer isn't to reduce our stressors, but rather to increase our capacity to maintain perspective under stress?  In this session, you will learn practical and relatively easy ways to shift your perspective and reduce the impact stress has in your life.

Maryse Neilson, MSW, RSW, is the Director of Health Promotion at CFB Esquimalt where she is responsible for one of the largest health and wellness programs in the country.

1917-2017: The Rolling World War I Centenary, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

How are the events that played out in World War I affecting the dynamics taking place in the Middle East today? Why does ISIS claim that the 1916 Sykes-Picot Accord helped to artificially construct the region’s nation-states? Find out the answer to these questions and more in this final session of the day.

Andrew Wender, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in UVic’s Departments of Political Science and History, and Religious Studies Program. He specializes in the politics and history of the modern Middle East.

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