Social Justice Studies

News and Events

Social Justice Studies presents:


Annual Lecture - October 13, 2017

7:00 pm, Hickman Bldg. 105

Paul Cheoketen Wagner

Restoring The Circle of Life in this Region


Insights into NGO Management and Design through the Methods and Practice of Anthropology in Brazil

Friday November 4th, 2016 10:30 am

Sedgewick C-Wing, Room C168

Join us to share conversation and ideas with Dr. Willson about concepts related to development work in Brazil and elsewhere. How can the principles central to anthropology and other academic disciplines contribute to more effective engagements with development practices?


Past SJS events, sponsored and co-sponsored


Conversations With Activists - 2015 Series

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Cornett B107 - 7:00 - 8:15 pm

"Capitalism Isn't Working: Another World is possible"

Featured speaker: kym a. hines (aka hothead)


Anarchism, Women and Public Space

A talk by Kathy Feguson, Professor, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Friday November 7th

David Turpin Building DTB B215 ( Formally SSM)

Refreshments 2:45, seminar 3:00

All Welcome ( please bring your coffee mug)


From Charity to Social Justice : Adressing Child and Family Poverty

Thursday Oct 2nd from 7:00-8:45 and Friday Oct. 3rd from 9:30-3:30

Events held at Christ Church Cathedral on Quadra and Rockland

Conversations With Activists - 2015 Series


Seeds of Change Featured Speaker: Robin Tunnicliffe

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Cornett B107, 7:00 - 8:00 pm


Conversations with Activists - 2014 series

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cornett A120 - 7:00 - 8:15 pm

"Homelessness in Victoria: Frontlines of colonialism

Featured speaker: kym a. hines (aka hothead)


Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Cornett A 120 - 7:00 - 8:15 pm

You don't just get to choose to be an ally: Complexities of Intersectionality, Social Justice and Solidarity

Featured Speaker: Sabina Chattterjee

Sabina is a racialized settler who is an activist, artist, and academic currently completing a graduate degree in Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria. She has held leadership positions in service provision agencies focused on providing support for street-involved youth for 17 years and is the Director of *antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women's Network*. Social cohesion, intersectionality, social justice, and decolonization are themes that are deeply woven within Sabina's support provision, activist work and research.  



Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Bob Wright Centre A104 Free admission and door prize

What are the limits to freedom of speech? Can we put a price on our spoken and written words? Following the release of the book “Noir Canada,” author Alain Deneault, his co-writers and his publisher grappled with these questions at great personal expense after being sued for defamation in Quebec and Ontario courts by two large Canadian mining companies. Deneault and his publisher fought back. "Silence Is Gold" is a thriller of a documentary that tells their story, set against the backdrop of the Canadian justice system.
            Filmmaker Julien Frechette's camera and his questions lead us through this little-understood legal territory without judging or wading into the merits of the cases.  “Silence Is Gold” raises crucial questions about Canada’s role and responsibilities in the global mining sector, the limits of free speech and equitable access to the Canadian justice system. Watch the trailer:
        Copies of Deneault’s recent English-language book, “Imperial Canada, Inc.” will be available for purchase.  In his article in the February 2013 Focus Magazine, Rob Wipond called this book a "shocking analysis". The court case which ordered the removal of “Noir Canada” is referenced on the Freedom to Read website, under “Challenged Books.”


Four Good Reasons to Commit Sociology

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Hickman Building room 105 - 7:00 pm

This event responds to Stephen Harper’s statement last spring that, ‘This is not the time to commit sociology’ – implying that exercising one’s sociological imagination may have criminal undertones.  Our panel will include two UVic Sociology faculty members (Helga Hallgrimsdottir and William Carroll), a recently-graduated Sociology PhD (Connie Carter) and Sociology doctoral student and VIPIRG research coordinator Seb Bonet. The event will be chaired by Dr. Margo Matwychuk, Director of Social Justice Studies, and refreshments will be served beforehand.

Annual Lecture 2014

Is there more that Canadians should know about slavery, besides the fact and myth of the Underground Railroad?

January 31, 2014 - 7:30 - 9:00pm

University of Victoria - Hickman Building - Room 105

Yvonne Brown has reinvented herself as an independent researcher and biographer after spending 39 years in the BC Education system. She was recently a post-doctoral fellow at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migration of African Peoples, York University. Her research, writing and workshops focus on how the legalities of the transatlantic slave trade and plantation slavery on the continent of Africa and in its Diasporas are remembered in various struggles for citizenship. Author of "Dead Women Pickney: A memoir of childhood in Jamaica (2010)".

Sponsored by Social Justice Studies, UVic.

Signals and Dangers

Thursday January 23rd - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

University of Victoria - Hickman Building - Room 105

An evening to address the signals and dangers of expanding commercialization and privatization of public education in british Columbia.

Join us for a panel and some discussion on public eduction. Eberyone is welcome, and attendance is free.

Co-Sponsored by UVic Social Justice Studies, Victoria Public Education Coalition and the Social Environmental Alliance.



The Present Situation in GAZA

November 27th - 7:00 pm

University of Victoria - David Strong Building - Room C118

Eva Bartlett has spent much of the past seven years writing from the occupied West Ban and Gaza Strip and doing human rights accompaniment with the International Solidarity Movement. She has reported for Inter Press Services, Global Research, Russia Today and her blog "On Gaza", among others. In November 2008 she sailed with theFree Gaza Movement to Gaza, reporting during the 2008-2009 Israeli attacks on Gaza and later during the November 2012 Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Co-sponsors: Independent Jewish Voices Victoria, and Social Justice Studies, UVic.



Film Screening and Q&A session to follow with Rachel Schmidt, Director and Graham Russell, Rights Action.

Wednesday October 30th, 2013 7:00pm David Strong Building (DSB) C103

Admission by Donation

Sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies and Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC)



Book/CD launch/Live Theatre/Music/Love/Italy

Thursday October 24th 7:00pm MacLauren (MAC) D288

Montreal author/musician/actor Norman Nawrocki will launch his new novel with a theatre piece and live music inspired by the book. CAZZAROLA! spans 130 years in the life of a family if Italian anarchists. They engage in heroic resistance to Fascism in Italy, including the recent wave of contemporary neo-Fascism sweeping Europe. CAZZAROLA! is also a love story about an Italian boy who falls for a Roma refugee girl.

Sponsored by Social Justice Studies


Class, place and cultures: Moving out of poverty in northern Geelong, Australia

October 4, 2013 David Turpin Building B215

Refreshments at 2:45, seminar 3:00 pm.

Louise Johnson, Australian Studies - Deakin University, Australia

Sponsored by the Department of Geography and Social Justice Studies



September 26, 2013 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Harry Hickman Building (HHB) room 105- UVic

A film screening and paneldiscussion with film Director Mitchell Miyagawa and political scientist Dr. Matt James to explore three landmark political apologies and the implications for human rights, social justice, conflict resolution and peace-making.

Co-sponsored by UVic's Centre for Global Studies - Equity and Human Rights Office and the Social Justice Studies Program

Allyship 201: Steps to an Ecology of Activism

Tuesday February 26th

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Social Science and Math Building A104


Julie-Anne Gilchrist
*  Local activist and organizer
*  Associated with VIC FAN, VIPIRG coordinating collective, A Freeskool collective, Camas Collective & the Disruption collective
Shane Calder
* 20+ years in the Victoria area as a facilitator
* Currently working with AIDS Vancouver Island
* Co-facilitator of the Street College program. 
* Member of Allies of Drug War survivors


February 13, 7 pm
UVic, MacLaurin Bldg D116

Rethinking Media
a series of critical and creative workshops
The second of two media workshops will be held February 13. Each event will begin with a presentation followed by participation.

"Islamic Terrorism" and the Media
with Mehdi Najari, radio producer and host of The Hidden News, CFUV

We will analyze "Islamic terrorism" and western media narratives. Is there an alternative narrative?
Free Admission
Sponsored by the Victoria Peace Coalition and UVic Social Justice Studies Program

Miko Peled - Beyond Zionism, A New Paradigm for Palestine/Israel

Friday February 8th, 2013

7:00 pm

David Strong Building (DSB) C103

Join us as Mr. Peled talks about his journey as the son of Israeli general Mattityahu Peled, an Israeli national hero, to extreme disillusionment with and opposition to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territories.


This event is organized by CJPME locally in conjunction with Social Justice Studies.



Robert Fisk - "Arab Awakening, But are we Hearing the Truth?"

Friday February 1st, 2013

7:30 pm - Doors open at 7:15

Bob Wright Building Room B150

Robert Fisk's credentials as a correspondent on the Middle East are second to none - he is world renowned and respected as an independent political, historical and military expert on the Middle East.  He reports from the ground and has been based in Beirut, Lebanon for the past 35 years.  He has also written five books, including the highly significant work, The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East.  Fisk spares none of the players, on any of the issues.  He has strong views on what the role of journalists should be and what it has come to be, specifically as regards reporting on the Middle East.  



Conversations with Activists Series

Documentary Film as a Tool of Social Justice, Community Eduction and Activism

Tuesday January 29th

7:00 - 8:30 pm

SCI A104 (Earth and Ocean Sciences)

Recording of event below.

Mandy Leith is the founder & Program Director for OPEN CINEMA - now in its 10th successful season. A seasoned documentary filmmaker, she now works as a digital alchemist with her company Media Rising and sits on the National Board of Directors for the Documentary Organization of Canada.
For more info: or

Kym Hothead identifies as a “Transgendered Anarcho Anti-Colonial Radical Feminist”. He is a local filmmaker, poet, writer and performer, among other activities. After spending years on the streets, Hothead now keeps a watchful eye out for those who live on the street or are street involved.  
For more info:




Decolonizing the Past and Present in Palestine, Israel and the West - with Basem Ra'ad

Thursday November 29th

7:00-9:00 pm

University of Victoria

Hickman Building 110

Professor Ra'ad will be lecturing on the phenomenon of self-colonization amongst the colonized and colonizers alike, in Palestine, Israel and the West, as it affects such aspects as history, religion, culture, political rhetoric and education; and on the means to overcome its symptoms and reframe perceptions. A Q&A session will follow.


Book Launch and Speaking Tour - Yves Engler will discuss his new book "The Ugly Canadian".

Tuesday November 13th

7:00 pm

University of Victoria

David Strong Building, Room C122


Over Mined, Under Ruled, Justice Activism for Corporate Regulation

Thursday November 15th

7:00 pm

University of Victoria

Harry Hickman Building, Room 105


Spreading the Maple Spring: Lessons from Quebec's Student Strike

Thursday, October 4
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
University of Victoria
Room A120, Social Sciences and Math Building

Part of a Cross-Canada Speaking Tour
The October 4 UVIC event will feature:
 -Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, former spokesperson for CLASSE
 -Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, a former member of CLASSE's executive and a key organizer behind the strike
 -Ethan Cox,'s Quebec correspondent and a former student organizer
 Admission by donation.
 Local sponsors: UVIC Social Justice Studies, Victoria Voice.
 Fighting for Education and Against Austerity Together
 The forum will address what happened in Quebec, but also how the hard-earned lessons of the longest student strike in Canadian history can be applied to organizing across the country. We hope to be able to build bridges of solidarity with movements in other parts of Canada, ties that are critical to mounting a truly national movement against Stephen Harper and austerity.
For CLASSE, the largest of the student unions involved in the Quebec student strike, this victory is merely the start of the next fight. And that fight is against austerity, in all its forms. More importantly, that fight is to not only oppose assaults on our social welfare, but to build a better society.

Eye Witness Update on Gaza and the Plans for Gaza's Ark

Speakers - Kathy Copps and Jase Tanner

October 12th, 2012

7:00 pm

University of Victoria

Cornett A125

Victoria Colloquium:

“Economentality: How the Future Entered Government”
Friday, October 5th
Fraser Building, Room 152
2:30 to 4:30 pm:

Prof. Timothy Mitchell is the 2012 CCCBE Distinguished Speaker.
He is a renowned scholar on political economy. His work has examined the creation of economic knowledge and the making of “the economy” and “the market” as objects of twentieth-century politics; the problems with explaining contemporary politics in terms of globalization or the development of capitalism. He recently published a very well received book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (Verso, 2011). His visit is jointly sponsored with the Victoria Colloquium on Political, Social and Legal Theory

"Current Trends in International Development and the Impact of the Federal Budget on Canada's Contribution to Aid Effectiveness"

with Robert Fox, Executive Director, Oxfam-Canada

Tuesday, May 8th • 7:00-9:00pm • David Strong Building C122 • University of Victoria

View the poster here.

Co-sponsored by: VIDEA; University of Victoria's: Social Justice Studies, Women's Studies, Department of Political Science, School of Public Administration, and Centre for Global Studies.

Lester Pearson's Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt • 28 March, 2012

Yves Engler

Wednesday, March 28, 7:30pm • Harry Hickman Building 105 • University of Victoria

Yves Engler will be launching his new book, an expose of Lester Pearson's imperialist side which raises serious social justice issues and challenges us to be clear-headed and open-eyed in appraising political leaders.

Sponsored by: Victoria Peace CoalitionUVic Social Justice StudiesCouncil of Canadians, Victoria ChapterIndependent Jewish Voices.

View the poster.

Social Justice and the Media Mini-Conference • 25 March, 2012

An afternoon exploration of the relationship between Canada's Corporate Media and Social Justice issues

Keynote address: Steve Anderson,

"Open Media, Open Democracy"

Sunday, 25 March, 1:00-5:00 pm • UVic Legacy Art Gallery • 630 Yates Street (at Broad)

University of Victoria Social Justice Studies and Community Media Canada are pleased to announce an afternoon mini-conference to explore the relationship between Canada's highly-concentrated corporate media and social justice issues.

Internet activist Steve Anderson of will deliver the keynote lecture "Open Media, Open Democracy", followed by a panel discussion on the state of corporate and community media in Canada.

Panelists will include Tyee legislative correspondent Andrew MacLeod, freelance investigative journalist Sean Holman, community video producer Jack Etkin, Street NewZ publisher and editor Janine Bandcroft, and Community Media Canada founder Stuart Hertzog.

Sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies and Community Media Canada.

View the poster.

Conversations with Activists • 13 March, 2012

Resisting Political Violence, Torture & the Death Penalty: Connections and Discernments in Anti-Violence Activism and Work

Vikki Reynolds

Tuesday, 13 March, 7:30 pm • Harry Hickman Building 105 • University of Victoria

Vikki Reynolds is a community activists, instructor and therapeutic supervisor whose experience includes clinical supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, mental health and substance abuse counsellors, community activists, anti-violence counsellors, and working alongside transgendered and queer communities. Vikki's published work addresses social justice, resisting "burnout", supervision, ethics, group work, substance abuse and resisting trauma. She is an instructor with VCC, UBC, and City University where she received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Instruction.

Sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies and UVic School of Child and Youth Care.

View the poster and visit Vikki's website.

Social Justice and the Law Conference • 3 March, 2012

A day long exploration of Social Justice and the Law

Keynote Address: David Eby, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association

"Skunks at the Picnic: The Disruptive But Essential Role of Social Justice Lawyers, Advocates and Law Students in British Columbia"

Saturday, 3 March, 2012 • 8:30am-4:30pm, followed by a reception 4:30pm–6:00pm • Fraser Building, Room 159 • University of Victoria

Fee (sliding scale): $20 waged, free to unwaged people, including students

This important conference aims to build on and stimulate growing discussion and concerns about whether and how law can be used to gain greater social justice in our community and in the world. It is in response to widespread and intense interest in these issues that Social Justice Studies, the Faculty of Law and Together Against Poverty Society decided to co-host a conference. In order to make this event accessible to activists, students, scholars and concerned citizens panels will include a variety of speakers from a range of backgrounds. After a full day of dialogue we invite all attendees to join us for a reception.

Panels will include: Poverty Law & Criminalizaton of the Poor • Indigenous Issues & the Law • Environmental Justice & the Law • Legal Aid & Advocacy.

Presented by: UVic Faculty of LawUVic Social Justice StudiesTogether Against Poverty Society (TAPS) • With financial support from: The Law Foundation of British Columbia

For more info, including panelist bios, visit:

View the poster.

A Commemorative Symposium • 24 February, 2012

70th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Uprooting: Reconciling a Difficult Past

Friday, 24 February, 2:30-6:00pm • Senate Chambers, UC A180 • University of Victoria

On February 24, 1942, the Mackenzie King cabinet passed Order-in-Council 1486. Two days later, the government ordered all people of Japanese heritage out of their homes and sent them into camps in the BC interior or further east. This was followed by the seizure and selling of their properties, and an attempt to prohibit them from ever returning to British Columbia. Japanese Canadians survived this adversity, re-established communities, and in 1988 won the first redress settlement with the Canadian government.

Join this commemorative event to discuss the difficult past and to honour elders from the Japanese Canadian community.

Sponsored by: Department of HistorySocial Justice Studies ProgramCentre for Asia-Pacific InitiativesUVic Asian Canadian Working GroupOffice of the Vice-President Academic and Provost.

View the poster.

Conversations with Activists • 21 February, 2012

Community-Based Research as Community Organizing, with VIPIRG

Cheryl Bryce and Mark Willson

Tuesday, 21 February, 7:30 pm • Harry Hickman Building 105 • University of Victoria

Community-Based Research can mean a lot of things, but within the university it too often means more of the same social scientific research with limited benefits for the communities being studied. Cheryl Bryce (VIPIRG interim Indigenous Research Coordinator) and Mark Willson (VIPIRG interim Research Coordinator) will introduce VIPIRG's approach to CBR through a community organizing lens, with emphasis on current projects engaging with local indigenous sovereignty and anti-poverty struggles. Cheryl's work on indigenous food sovereignty and Mark's work on local harm reduction and policing issues will be presented as a basis for reflecting on the benefits and challenges of community organizing work through community-university alliances.

View the poster and visit VIPIRG's website.

Lansdowne Lecture Series • 22 February, 2012

How Can You Tell if We Are Living in a 'Post-war' Era? Some Feminist Warnings

Dr. Cynthia Enloe

Wednesday, 22 February, 7:00 pm • Harry Hickman Building 105 • University of Victoria

Dr. Cynthia Enloe is a world renowned expert on the gendered politics of militarization and globalization. Her talk will address the gendered implications of Canada's "post-war" eras of World War II and the war in Somalia, and the soon to be "post-war" era of the Afghanistan war. Why do these periods last so long? Do they ever end? Paying close attention to how women experience long "post-wars" will reveal important insights about the actual costs and consequences of war.

Co-Sponsored by: Department of Women's StudiesOffice of the Vice-President Academic and ProvostDepartment of Political ScienceSocial Justice Studies ProgramDean of Social SciencesCentre for Cooperative and Community Based Economy

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The Campaign to End the Blockade of Gaza - Canada's Role • 19 February, 2012

Ehab Lotayef

Sunday, 19 February, 7:00 pm • Harry Hickman Building 105 • University of Victoria

You are invited to attend a public forum and audio/visual presentation on the Israeli blockade of Gaza with Ehab Lotayef, who will share his account of the Freedom Waves to Gaza aid flotilla which took place in November, when Irish and Canadian boats tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Mr. Lotayef is a Montreal-based poet and long-time solidarity activist, who was on board the Canadian humanitarian aid boat, the Tahrir, which was heading to Gaza when it was hijacked by the Israeli navy in international waters. Freedom Waves is part of an ongoing Global solidarity movement challenging the blockade of Gaza and working for freedom for Palestine, which Ehab describes as, "a group of unarmed civilians peacefully confronting Israel's blockade and occupation."
Admission is by donation. Pay parking at the UVic Centennial Stadium lot.

Sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies.

View the poster, and for more information visit

Conversations with Activists • 31 January, 2012

Beyond Occupy, Assembling the Future

Emily Gale, Devon Cowen, Robert Duncan, and Simon Zukowski

Tuesday, 31 January, 7:30 pm • Harry Hickman Building 105 • University of Victoria

The Occupy movement that spread around the globe starting October 15th, 2011 also came to life in Victoria as the People's Assembly of Victoria. The event "Beyond Occupy, Assembling the Future" will feature four panelists (Emily gale, Devon Cowen, Robert Duncan and Simon Zukowski) from the Assembly of Victoria who will share their experiences of being involved in the movement - from both a local and global perspective. Then, drawing on the insights they have gained, they will discuss possible directions for assembling the future. We invite you to be part of the conversation!

View the poster.

Wikileaks: The Haiti Files • 27 January, 2012

Kim Ives

Friday, 27 January, 7:30 pm • David Strong Building 103 • University of Victoria

Kim Ives, journalist, filmmaker and editor of the newspaper Haiti Liberté, reveals U.S. lies about intervention and aid in Haiti. Straight from the U.S. diplomatic cables on Haiti, you will hear how the U.S. conspires to keep Haiti poor, about who is running Haiti, and what happened to the earthquake relief effort.

View the poster.

Co-sponsored by: UVic Social Justice Studies, Victoria Peace Coalition, and Victoria Friends of Cuba.

Our Way to Fight: Peace-Work Under Siege In Israel-Palestine

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

David Strong Building, Room C112, University of Victoria

Michael Riordon is a writer and documentary-maker. He has generated many books and articles as well as documentaries for television, radio, theater and Internet. "Our Way to Fight: Peace-Work Under Siege In Israel-Palestine" is his fifth book.

View the book cover.

Co-sponsored with Independent Jewish Voices, Victoria Chapter (IJV) the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria Chapter (CAIA). Also endorsed by the Victoria Raging Grannies

John Price and Timothy Stanley joint book launch

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 4-5:30 p.m.

Cornett Building, Room B334, University of Victoria

A celebration of the publication of John's Orienting Canada: Race, Empire and the Transpacific, and Tim's Contesting White Supremacy: School Segregation, Anti-Racism and the Making of Chinese Canadians.

View the book cover.

Social Justice Studies Annual Lecture, 27 October 2011

"Exit Environmentalism: Reflections on the past and future of a (failing) social movement"

by Dr Michael M'Gonigle

Eco-Research Chair in Evironmental Law and Policy

University of Victoria

For more details, see the poster.

View the lecture.

Israeli Rejectionism -A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process, a talk by authors Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit Tuesday October 4th, 2011, in Harry Hickman Bldg.(HHB) room 105 at 7:30 pm

For more details, see the poster.

View the lecture

Israel -- Palestine Fear of the Future, a lecture by award-winning Israeli human rights journalist Amira Hass, in Bob Wright Centre, Room B150, 7:30 pm, 27 September 2011

For more details, see the poster.

Facing the Challenge of AIDS in Africa, a lecture and panel discussion featurung Dr. Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, in Cornett Building, Room B143, noon, 21 September 2011


Cindy Sheehan -- Peace Mom.


April 16, 2011, 7 pm in David Lam Auditorium (A144 MacLaurin Building).

U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan spoke in Victoria on Saturday April 16. She gave a short speech at the Victoria Earth Walk, which this year marked its 30th anniversary. At 7:00pm the same day, she spoke at the David Lam Auditorium at the University of Victoria.

Prof. Javier Auyero spoke on Envirinmental Suffering and Poor People's Waiting


April 20, 2011, 5:30 pm in David Strong Building Building, Room C122.

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Workshop FLYER

March 24, 2011, 5:00-8:30 pm in Grad House Room 108. Food and beverages provided.

Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: an eye witness account, with Kevin Neish FLYER

March 29, 2011, 7 pm in SSM Building, Room A110.

Conversations with Activists: A series of dialogues about changing the world

Session 4, 1 March, 7 pm in Hickman 105: Prof Sunera Thobani (UBC) spoke on States of Race and Struggles for Social Justice

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

View the lecture.

Gender and Human Rights in Africa, a lecture by Emily Sikazwe, founder of Women for Change

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7-8:30 pm in SSM Room A102, on campus.

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Conversations with Activists: A series of dialogues about changing the world

Session 3, 15 February, 2011, 7 pm in Cornett B143: Harm Reduction and Illicit Drug Use In Victoria

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

How Canada's Right did Canada Wrong

Author Yves Engler examines why Canada did not get a UN Security Council seat. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 7:30 pm in UVic David Strong Building C118

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

From Endless Growth to Steady State: Defining a Transition

a short conference for those concerned and interested about the changes we must make to the ways we live on this planet. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, January 28, 2011 (7-9 pm) - Saturday, January 29 (10-5) in Strong C103, featuring Professor Andrew Weaver on Friday evening

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Imperialist Canada, a lecture based on a new book by Dr. Todd Gordon, York University

Monday, January 31, 2011 1 pm-2:30 in Hickman 116, on campus. Everyone is welcome!

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Conversations with Activists: A series of dialogues about changing the world

Session 2, 1 February, 7 pm in Cornett B143: Youth Activism with Katie Shaw, Mike Sheehan and Cole Little

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Conversations with Activists: A series of dialogues about changing the world

Session 1, 18 January, 2011, 7 pm in Cornett B143: "Being imperfect and fluid allies: informed by queer theory and the criminalization of dissent"with Vikki Reynolds

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

John Loxley on Privatization

November 26, 2010 at UVic in SSM A102, 7 pm

Prof. Loxley, of the University of Manitoba Department of Economics, lectured on his new book, Public Service, Private Profits.

Sponsored by CUPE, Water Watch, and SJS.


Cedar and Bamboo

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House, UVIC

The Asian Canadian Working Group is proud to present Cedar and Bamboo, a 22-minute documentary that examines the stories of four people of mixed Chinese-Indigenous ancestry: Lilwat elder Judy Joe; Musqueam elder Howard Grant; and two young people, siblings Jordie and Hannah Yow.

Co-sponsored by Social Justice Studies


Derrick Jensen, 17 November 2010, 7:30 pm in MacLaurin A144, UVic


Derrick Jensen is the acclaimed author of 15 books. He has been hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement.

His premise is as profound as it is persistent: industrial civilization is inherently unsustainable.


Beehive Design Collective, 29 October 2010, 3 pm in Strong C122, UVic

"MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL: The True Cost of Coal"

The Beehive mission:

To cross-pollinate the grassroots, by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools.


Ia Iran a Threat to World Peace?, 4 November 2010, 7 pm in SSM A110, UVic

A panel discussion and public forum


Social Justice Studies Annual Lecture, 21 October 2010, 7:30 pm in Hickman 105

"Is the Global Justice Movement Colonial? A Troubling Tale of Indigenous Peoples at the World Social Forum"

by Dr Janet Conway

Canada Research Chair in Social Justice

Brock University


Professor Michael Keefer, Criticize Israel: Go to Jail?. A public lecture. FLYER

Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:30 pm in David Strong Building C116.

Dr. Alice Rothchild, Healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza: Examining the impact of war on a civilian population. A public lecture. FLYER

April 7, 2010, 7 pm in HSD A240. Everyone is welcome!

Conversations with Activists: A series of dialogues about changing the world

January-March, 2010

Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, with Yves Engler, 7:30 pm March 25, 2010, in Hickman 105

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Reproductive Justice and Human Rights, with Loretta Ross, 7:00 pm February 11, 2010, in UVic David Lam Auditorium (MAC D144)

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

The Olympic Torch: Symbolism and Politics. A film/panel discussion/public forum, 7:00 pm February 4, 2010

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Activism and Solidarity -- In Conversation with Vikki Reynolds, in Strong Building, Room C116, 7:30 pm January 19, 2010

For more details, see the poster (PDF).

Malalai Joya, "The most courageous woman in Afghanistan"

2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2009 in David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building

Social Justice Studies Inaugural Lecture

"Changing the World: What Works?" by Dr Mary-Wynne Ashford

7:00 p.m. Thursday October 1, 2009 at Harry Hickman Building room 105
View the lecture; see the poster (PDF).

Media Mind Control: The Covert War on Truth

With the Victoria Peace Coalition, Social Justice Studies is co-sponsoring this free public event. Bo Filter will facilitate.

Wednesday June 10, 2009, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, UVic David Strong Building C113