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Date: August 12, 2008

Dozens of New Courses in Fall 2008 Calendar

The new University of Victoria Continuing Studies Fall 2008 calendar includes 50 new courses for adult learners who want to explore new interests or build and advance their careers.

Among the timely new course choices is “Obama or McCain? American Presidential Politics, Canada and the World” (featured on page 28), a series of presentations by UVic faculty members on various aspects of this year’s US presidential election.

October’s free public issues community forum is “Censorship and the Arts: Current Issues and Controversies,” (page 33) covering issues such as the removal of George Southwell’s murals from the BC Legislature and Bill C-10.

“Sustainable Seafood: Realities, Myths and Challenges” (page 32) and “Exploring Local Foods” (page 46) are two new courses among several in the calendar that examine the choices we can make about what we eat and where our food comes from.

New Health and Wellness courses include “Learning How to Assess the Quality of Health Information on the Internet” and “Optimal Health: Are You Living a Therapeutic Lifestyle?” (both on page 25).

In addition to nearly 200 individual course offerings there are also 20 in-depth programs for people who want to reshape or remake a career. New this fall is “Native Species and Natural Processes,” a professional specialization certificate program that will provide more advanced training for working professionals in the fields of landscape architecture, landscape design and management, agrology, biology, ecological restoration and environmental practice (page 42).

Register early as many of the individual courses begin in September. Registration is available online at www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca, or by calling 250-472-4747, or in person at the continuing studies building on the UVic campus. Adult learners interested in pursuing a diploma or certificate program can apply throughout the year.

The calendar is online at www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca. Printed copies are also available at regional public libraries, recreation centres and some Serious Coffee stores in the Victoria area.

Media contacts:
Michael Turner (Continuing Studies) at 250-721-8460 or mjturner@uvic.ca

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