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Lecture/Seminar WCIRC: What we are and how students are involved 2012-03-30 14:45:00

Lecture by Terry Prowse, Professor, UVic Geography Department
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Times 14:45:00 to 17:00:00
Pricing Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor Kelly Daniels
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Music Fridaymusic 2012-03-30 12:30:00

Featuring School of Music composition students
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Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, Rm B125
Times 12:30:00 to 13:20:00
Pricing Admission by donation
Sponsor School of Music
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Film Victoria premiere! PAYBACK 2012-03-30 15:00:00

Director: Jennifer Baichwal Canada, 2012, 86 minutes. With Margaret Atwood, Karen Armstrong, Raj Patel, William Rees, Conrad Black
What is debt? In this cinematic philosophical inquiry inspired by Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, several disparate notions of payback are explored and interwoven, from the “ecological debt” human beings owe to the planet to the “psychic debt” inherent in notions of revenge. Those expecting a straightforward documentary, with facts and figures, about economic debt crises or the inequities of the IMF should look elsewhere. Payback is a meditative, thoughtful exercise that’s far subtler.
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, known for her stunning 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes, which examined environmental catastrophe through the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, Payback is similarly sophisticated, both visually and intellectually, taking on global issues through an artful lens.
But while the film is never short on beautiful big-screen images, from the haunting cells of a defunct 19th Century Penitentiary to the landscapes of the Albanian mountains, Payback is a limited item, more suited for the most art-house friendly of venues.
Loosely narrated by Atwood herself, seen typing on her computer and delivering her Payback lecture, Baichwal structures the film to keep the viewer on their toes.
Economic concerns underlie a number of the film’s issues (with a sprinkling of harsh capitalist critiques from ecologist William Rees and The Value of Nothing author Raj Patel). But Atwood and Baichwal are primarily interested in those debts that can’t be paid back with money. --Screen International

Related Website http://www.cinecenta.com
Location Student Union
Cinecenta theatre
Times 15:00:00 to 16:30:00
19:10:00 to 20:40:00
21:00:00 to 22:30:00

UVSS Students: $5.60

SPECIAL FOR UVSS STUDENTS - 9pm shows (or later): $2.75

Seniors (65 & over), Children (12 & under): $5.60

Other Students: $6.50

Cinemagic Members: $6.50

Uvic Alumni, Faculty, Staff & their guests (1 only): $6.50

Non-members: $7.75

MATINEES (all seats): $4.75




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Music Graduating Recital - Brooke Wilken, piano 2012-03-30 20:00:00

Pianist Brooke Wilken presents her Masters of Music graduating recital.
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Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, B125
Times 20:00:00 to 21:30:00
Pricing Free admission
Sponsor Kristy Farkas
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Film Reel Spirituality: A Film Series - "The Namesake" 2012-03-30 14:30:00

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Presents
Reel Spirituality: A Film Series

The films in this series explore questions of morality, culture, the search for meaning and other themes arising from the human spiritual journey.
The Namesake
(Mira Nair, USA, 2006, 122 min.)

The Namesake is the story of the Ganguli family, whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Though parents Ashoke and Ashima long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage.

Screening will be followed by a brief moderated discussion with CSRS Associate Fellow Terence Marner.
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Times 14:30:00 to 16:30:00
Pricing This film series is free and open to the public.
Sponsor CSRS
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Lecture/Seminar Top-down vs Bottoms-up! Intermediate phenotypes for cognitive control and personality mediate the expression of dopamine genes in addiction 2012-03-30 15:00:00

Speaker: Travis Baker

Can our genetic makeup predispose us to addiction? Using an intermediate phenotype approach − biological and psychological factors that are relatively proximal to genetic influence and that confer vulnerability to (rather than determine) psychopathology − we combined molecular genetics, electrophysiological and behavioral assays of the integrity of the midbrain dopamine system in humans, and tested the hypothesis that drug dependence results from the impact of disrupted dopamine signals on frontal brain areas that implement cognitive control and decision making: By acting on the abnormal reinforcement learning system of the genetically vulnerable, addictive drugs hijack the control system to reinforce maladaptive drug-taking behaviors. Our results highlight important neurobiological differences between dependent users that can inform the development of individually-tailored treatment programs.
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Times 15:00:00 to 16:20:00
Pricing Free and open to the public
Sponsor Adam Krawitz
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Lecture/Seminar University of Victoria Philosophy Colloquium 2012-03-30 14:30:00

Lexical Norms, Language Comprehension, and the Epistemology of Testimony

Endre Begby

Simon Fraser University
Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN)


In the burgeoning literature on the epistemology of testimony, it is remarkable how rarely focus is brought to bear on the role of language in mediating our testimonial activity. Language comprehension raises many complex epistemological questions in its own right. And if language is our primary medium for giving and taking testimony, it would seem that a full account of the epistemology of testimony must depend on a prior clarification of the epistemology of language comprehension.
One such account of the relation between the epistemology of language comprehension and the epistemology of testimony is found in Sanford Goldberg (2007). Goldberg argues that we could not be epistemically entitled to acquire beliefs on the basis of others’ testimony unless we were epistemically entitled to rely on our immediate and unreflective comprehension of what their utterances mean. In this sense, the epistemology of testimony is in part grounded in the epistemology of language comprehension. But what in turn grounds our entitlement to rely on immediate comprehension? Goldberg argues that “the only remotely plausible account” of our entitlement to language comprehension is that speakers and hearers of the same language share a set of semantic conventions taking the form of robust lexical norms. In brief, reflection on the epistemologies of language comprehension and testimony provides an abductive argument for the existence of lexical norms. Lexical norms offer an explanation – possibly the only explanation – of our entitlements to language comprehension and testimonial belief acquisition.
In the paper’s critical section, I argue that lexical norms – whether or not they exist – cannot play the explanatory role that Goldberg has in mind. What matters to the reliability of knowledge dissemination in language is how people actually use words, not how they ought to use them. In the paper’s positive section, I sketch out a different approach, according to which what goes wrong in arguments like Goldberg’s is the assumption that the epistemology of language comprehension can or must be clarified independently of the epistemology of testimony. I present various kinds of evidence which suggests instead that comprehension and testimony are epistemically interrelated: at a foundational level, to understand is to understand-as-true; conversely, what we understand an utterance as saying – even immediately and unreflectively – is not fully independent of what we are prepared to accept as true.

2:30 PM, Friday, March 30, 2012
Clearihue A212

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Times 14:30:00 to 16:00:00
Pricing Free and open to the public.  Everyone welcome.
(250) 853-3120
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Other Prayer in the Style of Taize 2012-03-30 16:30:00

This is a contemplative form of Christian prayer focused on drawing us into spiritual depths with a meditative rhythm of chant, prayer, and silence. For more information contact United Church Chaplain, Henri Lock at hlock@uvic.ca or Anglican Chaplain, Andrew Armitage at anglican@uvic.ca
Related Website http://web.uvic.ca/multifaith/practicing/taize.html
Location CHAPEL
Main Hall
Times 16:30:00 to 18:30:00
Pricing Free
Sponsor Henri Lock
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Alumni Athena Lecture Series 2012-03-30 14:30:00

Greek and Roman Studies Department

Presents a seminar by

Eva Bullard, Diotima Coad and Georgina Henderson
"Lugdunum and Priene: Two cities in the Roman World"

The Ionian city of Priene in the Roman province of Asia (modern Turkey) and Lugdunum in Gaul (modern Lyons, France) are two of the best-documented cities of the ancient world. This group presentation will bring together the archaeological, literary, and documentary evidence for each, asking, what did it mean to be part of the Roman empire?

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Times 14:30:00 to 16:30:00
All Students and Members of the Greek and Roman Studies Department
are welcome to attend.
Sponsor Sonja Bermingham
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