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Date: April 14, 2008

Masterminds: It's Not A Quiz Show

The University of Victoria’s active retirees are sharing their research, creativity and involvement in a free lecture series at UVic. The Masterminds 2008 lecture series (April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Hickman Building, room 105) is being hosted by the UVic Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging, with support from the university. Please register by calling 472-4473. There is a $2 charge for parking in all campus parking lots during evenings and on Saturdays.

April 16: From Exclusion to Inclusion: Canada’s Chinese and Japanese Citizens
Dr. Patricia Roy, professor emeritus in UVic’s history department and the president of the British Columbia Historical Federation, will discuss ending discrimination against Chinese Canadians and Japanese Canadians in Canada. Roy is the author of a number of books on this topic.

April 23: Reminiscence Theatre: Remembering the Community
Prof. Juliana Saxton, professor emeritus in applied theatre in UVic’s theatre department, will focus on using applied theatre techniques to prompt, and find meaning within, memories. Saxton is the recipient of a number of awards including the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education (2005).

April 30: Playing it Safe: Keeping Victoria Beautiful Without Pesticides
Dr. Paul West, professor emeritus in UVic’s chemistry department and a former director of the School of Environmental Studies, will discuss pesticide use and alternatives for home lawns and gardens. West currently chairs the Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in British Columbia as well as the CRD working group, Pesticide Use Reduction Education (PURE). He is president of the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia.

May 7: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe
Dr. David Scott, professor emeritus in UVic’s mechanical engineering department and the founding director of UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, will discuss how hydrogen and electricity can provide for the full menu of civilization’s energy needs. An international hydrogen expert, Scott works as a consultant to Canada’s federal government, major US national laboratories and multinational consulting firms.
Media contacts:
Helen Kempster (UVic Retirees Association) at 250-592-4748 or hkempste@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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