• Deans’ Lecture Series

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Our popular Deans' Lecture Series is moving online so that you can stay connected to what's going on at UVic. 

Research is continually reshaping the way we live and think. In these online talks you'll hear from distinguished members of the faculties at the University of Victoria and learn about their research interests. 


There is no need to register for these free online lectures. Pre-recorded talks will be added to this page. If you would like to sign up to be notified when the talks are available, please fill out the form to join our mailing list. 

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  • Photo of a lingcod

    The Fish Sound Project:
    Unraveling the Identity of Fish Sounds in British Columbia

    Xavier Mouy

    Some fish produce sounds to find mates, defend their territory, or keep cohesion within their group. These sounds can be used to detect the presence and potentially the number of fish in an environment, over large areas and long time periods. However, many fish sounds have not yet been associated to specific species, which limits the usefulness of this approach. The work presented here aims to address this knowledge gap in British Columbia.

  • Screenshot from the film Framing Agnes

    The Agnes Project

    Dr. Chase Joynt

    Inspired by the discovery of never-before-seen case files from transgender history, filmmaker and Assistant Professor Chase Joynt presents Framing Agnes, a film made in collaboration with University of Chicago sociologist Kristen Schilt, which blends sociological research, historical archives, and contemporary performance.

  • Collage art piece

    From a Distance: Paris and the Transposition of Chineseness

    Dr. Angie Chau

    This talk on Chinese art and literature in 1920s-1940s Paris highlights the work of four figures: the artist Chang Yu, the poet Li Jinfa, art critic Fu Lei, and the writer Xu Xu. Drawing on the musical concept of transposition, Dr. Angie Chau argues that Paris is a unique site of negotiation where Chinese writers and artists are motivated to emphasize recognizable markers of Chinese culture.

  • Map of groundwater

    Why is Groundwater Sustainability Important?
    And, Should the Pandemic Change What I "Do" as a Sustainability Scientist?

    Dr. Tom Gleeson

    Groundwater resources are the most reliable source of freshwater on the planet, so long as they are sustainably managed. Dr. Gleeson will reveal some secrets about this invisible water beneath our feet, to help us better understand this crucial resource. He will also reflect on how his research group and colleagues are questioning how, or if, to change their research priorities and practices in response to the pandemic.

  • Photo of a bear looking into a dumpster

    Of Conflict and Co-existence:
    Understanding Human-Wildlife Relationships in a Complex World

    Lauren Eckert

    In British Columbia and beyond, conflict between humans and black bears is on the rise. In this talk, Lauren explains her research aimed at better understanding human-wildlife conflict in Coastal BC towards promoting co-existence. Lauren's research employs multiple methods to understand and suggest solutions to conflict by collecting data on black bears alongside data regarding the values, beliefs, and opinions that drive their complicated human neighbors.

  • Graph of COVID-19 cases in BC

    How to Use Mathematical Models to Study the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Dr. Junling Ma

    In this talk, we will review what mathematical models are, how they are constructed to study the spread of COVID-19 in the population, and what these models can tell us about the outbreak.

  • Illustration of the Wurst Girl

    Good Food, Bad Sex: A History of Illicit Appetites, 1750 - Today

    Dr. Rachel Hope Cleves

    In 1947, when Elizabeth David wrote her first Mediterranean cookbook, introducing recipes for olives, almonds, apricots, and lemons for a postwar British readership, she later reflected, "those were dirty words that I was putting down." This talk explores how good food and illicit sexuality became associated in the Anglo imagination, how that association changed over time, and how it fell apart following the countercultural revolution of the 1970s.

    Coming soon
  • Image of Migrant Youth

    Forced Migrant Youth Reconstructing their Identity, Belonging and Future

    Dr. Jessica Ball & Debra Torok

    Dr. Jessica Ball is a Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. She leads the Youth Migration Project and Debra Torok is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at the University of Victoria. View handout: The Youth Migration Project (PDF)

    Photo credit: Ball/Lamouchi/Tse, 2019

    Coming soon
  • Coming soon

    Global Methane: Environmental and Economic Considerations

    Dr. Michael Whiticar

    Dr. Michael Whiticar's current research, GHGMap, focuses on remote sensing of climate-relevant gases (e.g., methane and carbon dioxide) on land and waters using optical micro-sensors on Autonomous Underwater and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    Coming soon

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