Each of our program areas invite renowned scholars, literary and cultural critics who provide campus talks and public presentations demonstrating their expertise in their fields.
2019 Visiting Scholar
Tanya Talaga, Award Winning Author and Journalist
Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult. The book was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction, and it was CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star, and has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. She was also named the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.
Presented by Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan, Talaga will offer two public presentations in the region:
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Okanagan College Signature Speaker Series
Lecture Theatre, Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, 7000 College Way,
Tickets are available online for $15.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
FCCS Visiting Scholar Series
COM 201, UBC Okanagan Campus, 3333 University Way
This is a free event, preregistration is required.
Past Visiting Scholars
2017, Jo-Anne McArthur
Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals around the globe for fifteen years.
McArthur is the author of two books, We Animals, published in 2014, and Captive, published in 2017. McArthur’s newest endeavour, The Unbound Project, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical.
2017, Dra. Marina Kriscautski-Laxague
Marina Kriscautzky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher, here was where she found her biggest passion, to comprehend how children learn to read and write. Kriscautzky moved to Mexico in 1990 to pursue a BA in Education from UNAM and a Masters and PhD in Science from the IPN where she studied the theories of Jean Piajet under the direction of her mentor Emilia Ferreiro, a pioneer in the recent studies on the learning of written language in early childhood.
2016, Claudio Garcia Turza
Claudio García Turza is one of the most renowned scholars worldwide in the study of the history of the origins of Romance languages. He is a Full Professor in History of the Spanish Language at the University of La Rioja in Spain and the Director of the Instituto Orígenes del Español (Origins of the Spanish Language Institute) at the Centro Internacional de Investigación de la Lengua Española. His research focuses especially in Medieval Studies, Spanish Language, Spanish Dialectology and Historical Linguistics of the Spanish Language.
2015, John Greyson
John Greyson is a Toronto film/video artist whose shorts, features and installations include: Fig Trees, Proteus The Law of Enclosures, Lilies, Un©ut, Zero Patience, The Making of Monsters and Urinal. An Associate Professor in Film Production at York University, and a Phd candidate in Sexual Diversity/Drama at U of T, he was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video, 2000, the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007, and the Alanis Obamsawin Cinema Politica Award, 2011.
2015, Juana Muñoz Liceras
Juana Muñoz Liceras is a specialist in the analysis of bilingual language acquisition and an expert in the study of non-native acquisition from a linguistic perspective.Departing from the biological, psychological and linguistic pillars of the Universal Grammar approach to language acquisition, and using both experimental and longitudinal data, Professor Liceras has carried out her innovative research on a wide variety of grammatical processes in child and adult second language acquisition with Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Finnish and Arabic as target or source languages.
2014, Richard Kerridge
Richard Kerridge is a nature writer and ecocritic. Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians, published by Chatto & Windus in 2014, is a mixture of memoir and nature writing. It was adapted for BBC national radio and broadcast as a Radio 4 Book of the Week in July 2014. Other nature writing by Richard has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in BBC Wildlife, Poetry Review and Granta. He was awarded the 2012 Roger Deakin Prize by the Society of Authors, and has twice received the BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing.
2014, Leigh Badgley
Leigh Badgley is a Transmedia Producer, Filmmaker, Writer, Teacher and Speaker, who has created a library of important, inspiring documentaries, including Greenpeace: Making a Stand (Global Television, 2006), winner of the Leo Award for Best Documentary and the Special Jury Award at the Explorers Club Film Festival in New York. The Dolphin Dealer (CBC, 2008) featured Ric O’Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, and exposed a controversial dolphin capture program in the Solomon Islands.