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Date: December 08, 2005

Fast Forward Through Popular Culture With New UVic Calendar

The spring 2006 UVic Continuing Studies calendar contains an eclectic mix of courses for those who make lifelong learning a lifestyle choice. Many courses start in January and are held at the UVic campus, at UVic Downtown (910 Government Street), and at Dunsmuir Lodge. They are offered at convenient times to cater to learners from all walks of life wanting to pursue a personal interest or professional career development. Among the courses being offered are:

Play That Funky Music: Sixty Years of Disc Jockey Culture (page 32). From Tokyo Rose to Good Morning Vietnam to rock ‘n’ roll rebels – fast forward through popular culture with John Threlfall to discover how the simple job of playing records has evolved to the point where the message itself has become the medium.

Malt Whisky: A Flavour Journey (page 34). Explore the art and science of malt whisky manufacture through this introduction to the history, geography and chemistry of ’s most famous beverage. Each session will include guided tastings with a former master distiller from the Lagavulin Distillery.

Rock Bay Remediation Project (page 47). One of two free lectures in the Restoration of Natural Systems Program’s Speakers Series – A Green Future: Reviving Victoria’s Brownfields. Learn what’s under Rock Bay, where it all came from, and what BC Hydro and Transit are doing to clean it up.

Making Things Happen – Community-based Arts as an Engine of Positive Change (page 8). Community-based arts can be a powerful means of clarifying important issues within a group and communicating those ideas to the public in a compelling way. Learn practical strategies for transforming personal and social issues into dynamic theatre events or visual arts presentations.

The calendar is available online at www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca or from the continuing studies building at UVic. Copies are also available at regional public libraries and recreation centres. Register online at www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca/reginfo.aspx, or by phone at (250) 472-4747, or in person at the continuing studies building or at UVic Downtown.

Media contacts:

Michael Turner (Continuing Studies) at (250) 721-8460 or mturner@uvcs.uvic.ca

Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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