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Lecture/Seminar CSRS Public Lecture - The Bishop's Books: The Seghers Collection at the University of Victoria 2013-05-28 18:00:00
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Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Public Lecture

The Bishop’s Books: The Seghers Collection at the University of Victoria

Dr. Hélène Cazes, University of Victoria
Department of French

From Ghent, Belgium, to the American College in Louvain (founded in 1857 for the training of missionaries leaving for the Pacific Northwest), to Victoria and onward to Yukon and Alaska, the travels of Charles John Seghers (bishop of Victoria from 1873 to 1886) tell the story of heroic dreams of evangelization, journeys to the extremities of the world, the birth of Canada, and struggles for the Catholic school system, ending tragically in death from a shotgun during the winter of 1886 somewhere between Alaska and Yukon.

Leaving aside the larger story of Segher’s legacy in the establishment of missions in Alaska and Yukon, the lecture will focus on the unique and extensive library of rare books he left behind, currently held at University of Victoria Libraries’ Special Collections. Some 3,500 volumes published before 1886 (5,000 in total including later acquisitions and donations) are whispering the name of the illustrious bishop in the vaults of the UVic library. Which books are these? Where do they come from? Which layered stories and memories do they hold?

Hélène Cazes studies cultural legacies and transmission, notably the history of the book and humanism. Trained in France at École Normale Supérieure, Paris-Sorbonne, Paris Ouest-Nanterre, she teaches in the UVic Department of French, where she coordinates the Humanities Diploma Program with UVic Continuing Studies and the Medieval Studies Program. With the support of librarians at the Mearns Centre for Learning, she has been actively engaged in the study of UVic Special Collections in the past few years and has organized seminars and workshops to make these resources better known and more accessible for the Victoria and Canadian communities.

Keynote lecture for the Catholic Legacies in Victoria Community Seminar.

Related Website http://csrs.uvic.ca/events/seminars_conferences/community_seminar.php
Location HICKMAN BUILDING
105
Times 18:00:00 to 19:00:00
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All welcome, admission is free. Thanks to support from UVic Libraries, the UVic 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and the Sisters of St. Ann.

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Lecture/Seminar Martyr or Misfit? Re-examining Archbishop Seghers' Great Adventure and Tragic Death 2013-05-28 16:00:00
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Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

Martyr or Misfit? Re-examining Archbishop Seghers’ Great Adventure and Tragic Death
David Kingma, Gongaza University


Followers of Archbishop Charles Seghers’ quest to establish Catholicism in Alaska were rewarded with a vivid firsthand account of his travels in the December 23, 1886 issue of Portland’s Catholic Sentinel. As classic 19th-century adventure the tale lacked nothing—Indian troubles, charging bears, churning rapids, all faced with indomitable will and good-humoured camaraderie. Sentinel readers that day could not have known, however, that their revered bishop was then nearly a month deceased, murdered by his own hand-picked companion.  Drawn from unpublished historical sources, this presentation will apply a contemporary lens to this story of authentic heroism and its aftermath.

The lecture will be followed by a viewing of selected rare editions from the Seghers Library, housed at UVic Libraries Special Collections.

David Kingma received his M.A. in history and archives management in 1993 from Western Washington University, Bellingham. Since 1994, he has served as administrator of the Jesuit Oregon Province Archives housed at the Foley Center Library at Gonzaga University, Spokane. David’s principal research interest has been the role played by Rev. Joseph Cataldo, S. J., in the religious history of the Pacific Northwest. That focus has broadened in recent years to include the missionary history of Alaska.

This is a keynote lecture for the Catholic Legacies in Victoria Community Seminar.  

 

Related Website http://www.csrs.uvic.ca/events/seminars_conferences/community_seminar.php
Location MEARNS CENTRE / MCPHERSON LIBRARY
Special Collections, Rm A003
Times 16:00:00 to 17:00:00
Pricing

All welcome, admission is free.  Support for this event is generously provided by University of Victoria Libraries, the UVic 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and the Sisters of St. Ann.

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Lecture/Seminar CSRS Conference - Une Bibliotheque de memoires : le fonds Seghers a l'Universite de Victoria 2013-05-28 19:00:00
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Center for Studies in Religion and Society Conférence

Une Bibliothèque de mémoires : le fonds Seghers à l'Université de Victoria
Dr. Hélène Cazes, Université de Victoria
Départment de Français

Le fonds Seghers, conservé à l’Université de Victoria depuis 1976, comprend plus de 3500 volumes, qui constituaient originellement la bibliothèque du diocèse Catholique de Victoria. Bibliothèque initiée par l’évêque Charles Jean Seghers lors de sa résidence en Colombie Britannique et en Orégon (1863-1886), bibliothèque nommée en souvenir de son fondateur, assassiné lors d’une mission en Alaska en 1886, la collection semble ordonnée par le souvenir de bibliothèques européennes (en particulier la bibliothèque de Louvain, en Belgique) et par le désir de perpétuer la tradition scholastique, en Colombie Britannique alors même que l’Europe est de moins en moins catholique. Quels modèles transmet-elle pour la tradition, pour le patrimoine et pour notre identité collective?

La conférence présentera quelques livres des 16e et 17e siècles, qui racontent par leur assemblage plusieurs histoires aux durées fort différentes : tradition catholique, missions et séminaires, colonisation. Cette collection constitue également une bibliothèque en soi, au fonds ancien  exceptionnel et à l’histoire exceptionnelle : implantation tardive, augmentation continue, déménagements successifs. L’histoire se continuera-t-elle par la visite de lecteurs et chercheurs?

Spécialiste de Littératures et Cultures du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance, Dr. Hélène Cazes étudie les patrimoines culturels et leur transmission, tout particulièrement l'histoire du livre et l'humanisme. Nourrie aux études en France ((Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris-Sorbonne, Paris Ouest-Nanterre), elle enseigne à UVic pour le département de Français, le programme Humanities (où elle coordonne le Humanities Diploma Program avec la faculté de Continuing Studies) et le programme de Medieval Studies. Grâce au soutien des bibliothécaires du Mearns Centre for Learning, elle a pu s'engager ces dernières années dans l'étude suivie des Collections de Livres Rares à UVic.
Mardi, 28 Mai, 2013, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
 

Conférence de séminaire “Patrimoines Catholiques à Victoria.”

Related Website http://csrs.uvic.ca/events/seminars_conferences/community_seminar_fr.php
Location HICKMAN BUILDING
105
Times 19:00:00 to 20:00:00
Pricing

Ouvert à tous, entrée libre. Avec le soutien de UVic Libraries, UVic 50th Anniversary Committee, Sisters of St. Ann.

Sponsor CSRS
250-721-6325
csrs@uvic.ca
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