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Women's Studies Milestone

By Robie Liscomb

UVic women’s studies marks its 20th anniversary this year with events to bring back memories of what one former student calls “the heart, soul, conscience and passion” of her UVic experience.

“UVic’s approach to women’s studies has been unique in Canada,” says department chair Dr. Christine St. Peter. “I believe that we are the only women’s studies program in the country that has permanent and tenure-track faculty with appointments exclusive to our department. We attract top faculty and have one of the best undergraduate programs in the country.”

The department invites former students, faculty and staff to its anniversary events:

  • Caribbean-Canadian writer and activist Makeda Silvera visits UVic as a Lansdowne Scholar. Silvera is a writer, scholar, editor, community activist, mother, and a founder of Toronto’s Sister Vision Press. Since the 1970s she has worked with and followed closely the situation of Caribbean domestic workers in Canada. She presents a public reading of her work Oct. 22. She will be part of a panel workshop “Visions of Social Justice for the Millennium,” with Sunera Thobani, Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair of Women’s Studies at SFU and former NAC President; Mehmoona Moosa Mitha of UVic social work, and Somer Brodribb of UVic women’s studies.
  • A weekend reunion is in January--an opportunity to renew friendships, reconnect with the department and have fun.
  • With sufficient interest, the first women’s studies summer camp will be next July or August with workshops, evening programs around a campfire, and unstructured reflection, discussion and artistic activities.

Former students, staff and faculty members may update contact information via e-mail: wsanniv@uvic.ca; by post to Department of Women’s Studies, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3045, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2; call (250) 721-7378; or visit http://web.uvic.ca/women.

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