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FCCS Visiting Scholar Series

Tanya Talaga | Award-Winning Author and Journalist

Tanya TalagaTanya 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.


FCCS Visiting Scholar Series

Jo-Anne McArthur |  Award-Winning Photographer, Author and Educator

J_McArthurJo-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. Thousands of these images are made available for free to anyone helping animals at

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. McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of animals. In 2017, the We Animals team launched the We Animals Archive, a free database of thousands of high-resolution photos available for free to anyone helping animals. 

Jo-Anne McArthur will spend a week on campus from March 19 to 23, 2018 working with students, faculty and offering a public lecture. 

Public Talk | We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation

Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has travelled the world documenting our use and abuse of animals. She will be sharing some of the most compelling stories of the countless non-human animals she has met around the world. This event is co-hosted by Okanagan College.

Thursday, March 22 16, 7:00 pm | Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, room: S104 (student services building)

Dra. Marina Kriscautski-Laxague | Professor of Psycholinguistics and Director of the Centre for Educational Technology at UNAM, Mexico


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. 

For the past twenty years she started working in UNAM where she continues to develop her research, collaborates in the creation of educational materials, and helps in the training of new teachers in the integration of technology in the classroom. In 2011 Marina was named Head of the Coordination of Educational Technologies where she focuses on the training of university professors in the educational uses of IT and the assessment of current students’ and teacher’s IT skills. 

photo: Drs. Kriscautski and Blum with the fellows of the adult literacy project of the Centre of Educational Technology (Coordinación de Tecnologías para la Educación) at UNAM (Mexcico)

As part of her continuous research and her humanitarian work she has created Alfabit, a project with the objective to develop a new literacy methodology of the Spanish language using IT targeted for adults and the elderly.  

Marina Kriscautzky will spend a week on campus from January 13 to 20, 2018 working with students, faculty and offering a public lecture. 

Public Talk | The Alfabit Project: A new methodology for teaching literacy to adult learners in Mexico

Tuesday, January 16, 2:30 pm | UNC 334, UBC Okanagan Campus (Please note the talk will be in Spanish, translated into English)


FCCS Visiting Scholar

Claudio Garcia Turza |  Full Professor in History of the Spanish Language at the University of La Rioja in Spain

ClaudioClaudio 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. For several years he has been the Coordinator and Director of the Department of Hispanic and Classical Philology at the Universidad de la Rioja and the President, Coordinator and member of several doctoral theses defenses.

Claudio Garcia Turza will spend a three weeks on campus from March 4 to 28, 2017 working with students, faculty and offering a public lecture. 


Public Talk | La génesis y los orígenes históricos del español (The genesis and historical origins of Spanish)

Wednesday, March 15, 2:00 pm | UNC 325, UBC Okanagan Campus (Please note the talk will be in Spanish, translated into English)

Min Sook Lee | Assistant Professor, Art and Social Change, Ontario College of Art and Design

MinSookLeeMin Sook Lee is an Assistant Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University where she teaches Art and Social Change. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections of labour, border politics, migration, art, and social change. Min Sook is also an award-winning Canadian filmmaker with a diverse and prolific portfolio of multimedia work. Her filmography includes the Gemini nominated El Contrato (2005), which looks at the lives of Mexican migrant workers in Ontario; Tiger Spirit (2008), a personal reflection on reunification between North and South Korea and winner of the Donald Brittain Gemini for Best Social/Political Documentary; Badge of Pride (2010), which looks at how queer cops in Toronto’s police force deal with being gay in a profession that has traditionally been strongly anti-gay, and Hogtown (2005), a dissection of the politics of policing in Toronto’s city hall, which was awarded the Best Canadian Documentary prize at the Hot Docs Festival. Min Sook’s documentary The Real Inglorious Bastards (2012) was honoured with the Canadian Screen Award for Best History Documentary in 2013. Her latest documentary, Migrant Dreams (2016), a portrait of migrant workers in Canada, debuted at Hot Docs this spring.

Min Sook Lee will spend a week on campus from February 19 to 25 working with students, faculty and offering FREE  public events:

Film Screening | Tiger Spirit: A Journey Through Korea's Divided Heart

Monday, February 20, 6:00 pm | Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel Street, Kelowna 
Hosted by the Okanagan Korean Culture and Knowledge Society
(We regret that washrooms are not wheelchair accessible at this venue)

Research Seminar | Building Resistance Through Art

Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 pm | ARTS 368, UBCO Campus
Starting a Conversation Brown Bag Series Discussion, Hosted by the Institute for Community Engaged Research

Film Screening | Badge of Pride: Gay Cops Come Out

Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 pm | University Theatre, ADM 026, UBCO Campus
Featured event as part of OUTWeek at UBCO

Film Screening & Community Forum | Migrant Dreams: Migrant Workers Resist

Friday, February 24, 6:00 pm | Mary Irwin Theatre, RCA, 421 Cawston Ave. , Kelowna
Hosted by the AlterKnowledge Discussion Series and the Cultural Studies Annual Visiting Speaker Program.
Register here:

Thank you to our sponsors:
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; AlterKnowledge Discussion Series; Cultural Studies Annual Visiting Speaker Program; Equity and Inclusion Office; Institute for Community Engaged Research Community, Culture, and Global Studies (Unit 1) History and Sociology (Unit 6); University of Alberta Press; Okanagan Korean Culture and Knowledge Society; Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA)

Reichwald Germanic Studies Visiting Speaker Program

The Reichwald Germanic Studies Visiting Speaker Program provides an opportunity for UBC faculty, staff, students, and the larger community to interact with an accomplished Canadian or international speaker/scholar with a distinguished career in any field of endeavor. The visiting speakers not only enrich the intellectual life of on- and off-campus communities but also engage those communities in topics that, while drawing from Germanic experiences, have broader significance to society at large.

HARTMUT LUTZDr. Hartmut Lutz | Professor Emeritus University of Griefswald, Germany

Dr. Hartmut Lutz is Professor Emeritus at the University of Greifswald in Germany.  He is a founding member and past president of the Association of Canadian Studies in Germany and his research specializes in Canadian Aboriginal issues.


Public Lecture | Canadian Studies in Germany: Personal Recollections and Future Perspectives

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:00 pm, Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street

Why are Germans fascinated by Canada? From reality shows to academic subjects, Canada has held a special fascination in Germany.  Dr. Hartmut Lutz explores the history and future perspectives of Canadian Studies in Germany.

On Campus Lecture | Building Relationships: Transfers of Indigenous Knowledges to Western Academia

Friday, October 7, 2016, 12 noon, ART 112, UBC's Okanagan Campus

Why have European academics for centuries been unable to listen to and learn from Indigenous North American knowledges? What is it that Western academia has failed to accept and understand about Indigenous epistemes? Today, in settler societies and in European academia, there are attempts to appropriate TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) for economic and ecological purposes, but there is also a growing readiness to accept Indigenous epistemologies both as on a par with Western science and as providing complex paradigms which can help us to understand “nature’s intelligence” (J. Armstrong) more fully.


FCCS Visiting Scholar

John Greyson |  Associate Professor in Film Production at York University

John GreysonJohn 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. Beyond traditional feature and documentary film-­‐making, he has created a number of activist new media projects. 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.

John Greyson will spend a week on campus from March 21 to 25th working with students, faculty and offering a film screening and a public lecture. 

Film Screening | Fig Trees

When: Monday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Where: University Theatre, ADM 026, UBCO Campus

Public Lecture | Narcissus in Cairo

When: Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Blackbox Theatre, 1375 Water Street

Juana Muñoz Liceras | Vice-Dean of Research at the University of Ottawa

Juana LicerasJuana 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.

Juana Muñoz Liceras will spend a week on campus in February from the 15th to 19th, working with students, faculty and offering a public lecture. 

Public Lecture

Title: A Presentation on Bilingual Acquisition and the Interaction of Languages in Contact 
When: Wednesday, February 17, 2:30 p.m.
Where: UNC 334



Reichwald Germanic Studies Visiting Speaker Program

The Reichwald Germanic Studies Visiting Speaker Program provides an opportunity for UBC faculty, staff, students, and the larger community to interact with an accomplished Canadian or international speaker/scholar with a distinguished career in any field of endeavor. The visiting speakers not only enrich the intellectual life of on- and off-campus communities but also engage those communities in topics that, while drawing from Germanic experiences, have broader significance to society at large.

Ursula Heise | How We Learned to Start Worrying and Love Endangered Species

Thursday, October 1, 7 pm | Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street (free admission)

The dodo was not the first creature driven to extinction by human beings, but it was the first whose disappearance was noticed by Europeans. The bird’s reputation for stupidity and laziness, and it’s tough, greasy flesh, ensured that, in the 17th century, few mourned its passing. Even so, some observers feared that extinction had torn a hole in the seamless fabric of God’s Creation, a concern that continues to resonate three hundred years later. Ursula Heise’s wide-ranging talk explains how we came to protect endangered species, and to lament their loss when conservation fails.

Ursula HeiseUrsula K. Heise is a Professor of English at UCLA and a faculty member of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). She was a Guggenheim Fellow and served as President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in 2011. She is currently the Managing Editor of the ACLA’s Report on the State of the Discipline. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary environmental culture, literature and art in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan; theories of globalization; literature and science; and the digital humanities.



RichardKerridgeRichard 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.  

Richard leads the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. A leading ecocritic, he has published essays on ecocritical topics ranging from Shakespeare and Thomas Hardy to present-day fiction, poetry, nature writing and film. He reviews new nature writing for The Guardian. Writing the Environment (Zed Books, 1998), co-edited by Richard, was the first collection of ecocritical essays to be published in Britain. He was a leading member of the team led by SueEllen Campbell that wrote The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science and Culture, (University of California Press, 2011). Richard is also co-author of the first book-length study of the poetry of J.H. Prynne. He has been an elected member of the ASLE Executive Council, and was founding Chair of ASLE-UKI.

Kerridge will be on campus from March 16 to 20th working with faculty, students and giving public talks.  

Public Events

As part of the FCCS Eco Cultures Research Series, Richard Kerridge will discuss his book, Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians | Wednesday, March 18, 2:00-3:30 pm (UBC Okanagan Campus, CCS 227)

Public Reading (Richard Kerridge & Roy Miki) | Thurs. March 19, 7pm, Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street

Roy Miki

Accomplished poet/artist Roy Miki is a Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Simon Fraser University, and has published widely on contemporary Canadian literature and on Japanese Canadian concerns. Miki is the author of several books, his third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Miki received the Order of Canada in 2006 and the Order
of British Columbia in 2009.  

Miki will be on campus from March 19 to 25h working with faculty, students and giving public talks.  

Public Events

Public Reading (Richard Kerridge & Roy Miki)  | Thurs. March 19, 7pm, Kelowna Art Gallery 1315 Water Street

Public Lecture | Mon. March 23, 12:30pm, ART 112 (UBC Okanagan Campus) *seating is limited


Leigh Badgley

Leigh Badgley is a Transmedia Producer, Filmmaker, Writer, Teacher and Speaker. Leigh 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. This film helped preserve the forest homeland of Argentina’s Wichi indigenous people and was showcased at the World Peace Forum in Vancouver. 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.


Public Talk:

As part of the FCCS Eco Cultures Research Series, Leigh Badgley will present the compelling documentary: The Dolphin Dealer

Wednesday, February 18, 3:30-4:15pm (UBC Okanagan Campus, University Theatre, ADM 026)


Stavros photoRenowned Cypriot scholar and belly dance performer Stavros Karayanni will be hosted by Creative Studies as an International Distinguished Scholar from Oct 1-20. Stavros will deliver a series of talks, workshops, and performances at UBCO and in the Kelowna community.

Dr. Stavros Karayanni pursued English studies in Canada on a Commonwealth scholarship. His research interests include postcolonial theory, culture, gender and sexuality, and contemporary Cyprus literature. Oriental dance has been the main focus of his intellectual interest and research. His book Dancing Fear and Desire: Race, Sexuality and Imperial Politics in Middle Eastern Dance (Wilfrid Laurier UP 2004, reprinted 2005 and 2006) reveals the intricate ways in which the present tradition of this controversial dance has been shaped by Eurocentric models that define and control identity performance. Karayanni has broken new ground for this controversial dance by incorporating it in his presentation of academic papers at international conferences, thus assisting its entry into cultural and critical debates. In 2006, Dancing Fear and Desire has won the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) book award in Cultural Studies. Since 2007 he has been the managing editor of Cadences: A Journal of Literature and the Arts in Cyprus. He teaches English Literature and Cultural Theory in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Public Events:

Public talk and dance demonstration

Monday, Oct. 6, 7 pm, ART 103

This talk and demonstration is being offered as part of the Creative and Critical Studies 100 colloquium

Bending Genders dance and poetry cabaret

Saturday, Oct. 11,7:30 pm, Black Box Theatre (Kelowna Community Theatre)

Performance featuring Stavros Karayanni and David Bateman.


Helen Haig-BrownAward-winning director, director of photography and teacher Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhoqot’in)will be one of the Visiting Scholars in 2014 sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Brown will spend one week on UBC’s Okanagan campus from January 13 to 18 working with students and faculty, and offering a public talk and a screening of her recent documentary Legacy (2013).

Helen Haig-Brown's documentaries focus on experiences from within her own family and explore issues of land and language that are of significance to many First Nations people. Her first fictional work, The Cave, was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and of Berlinale 2010. In 2009, The Cave was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films by the Toronto International Film Festival. She presented two talks: the first entitled “Colonization’s Impact on the Indigenous Family and the Expression of Intimacy and Love” and the second entitled: “Language and Cultural Regeneration within Indigenous Communities: The Films of Helen Haig-Brown.”

Public Talks

Media and Storytelling as Sites of Revitalization and Resurgence

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 3:30 p.m., University Theatre, 1138 Alumni Ave., UBC’s Okanagan Campus, Kelowna.

This talk will explore the power of media to regenerate Indigenous knowledge, truths, and language through storytelling.Also, Haig-Brown will discuss the potential for healing colonial history and relations in Canada through sharing indigenous truth of experience and history, as well as creating an environment and space for voice and expression.

Helen Haig-Brown’s Legacy Series

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7 p.m., Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

Helen Haig-Brown will share her continuing research that has become known as her Legacy Series, which includes works of film and Legacy Interactive, an “online community dedicated to honouring, healing, renewing, and transforming our Indigenous legacy.”

Contact:, 250-807-9359 |


Don McKayCanadian poet Don McKay will be one of the Visiting Scholars in 2014 sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. McKay will spend ten days on UBC’s Okanagan campus and at the Woodhaven Eco Centre from January 17 to 27 working with students and giving a public reading.

Don McKay is one of Canada’s most important and influential ecopoets and ecocritics. McKay's most influential contribution to Canadian poetics is the important essay "Baler Twine: Thoughts on Ravens, Home, and Nature Poetry" (1993) where he writes about the ethics of nature poetry, not only its connection to a physical world in crisis but also to the agency and unknowability of the non-human. The "geopoetry" McKay practices in his essays and poems in Deactivated West 100 (2005) and in his most recent poetry collections, Strike/Slip (2006) and Paradoxides (2012), extends this notion of wilderness to include the earth itself and the difficulties in imagining and comprehending the "slow catastrophe" of the past 4.5 billion years. McKay has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry twice (1991 and 2000) and he won the Griffin Poetry prize in 2006. Since 2007, McKay has lived in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Public Reading

  • Visiting Author Series | Thurs, Jan. 22, 7pm Downtown Library, 1304 Ellis St


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