Distinguished Lecture Series: 2017-2018

Distinguished Lecture Series for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Jan. 18, 2018 – Professor Victoria Wyatt, “Installations: A Retrospective”
  • Feb. 22, 2018 – Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, Film Screening and Panel Discussion
  • March 15, 2018 – Professor Nicole Shukin, Department of English, “(Un)forgiving Animals: On the Limits of Neoliberal Resilience”
  • July 20, 2018 – Film Screening: Dominion

Film Screening: Dominion

  • July 20th, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Fraser Building, Rm. #159
  • Admission: $5

Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, “Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom” (rated 9.5 on IMDb). Co-hosted by ASRI and VIVA (Vancouver Island Vegan Association).

Event poster. Click to download poster (PDF).

Feb. 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Film Screening at Cinecenta: Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered

Featuring interviews with Vancouver Aquarium staff, cetacean researchers and animal behaviourists, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered asks whether it is ethical to capture and confine such intelligent marine mammals.

Beluga Whale, Vancouver Aquarium. Photo by Stephen Salomons.


The screening came at a pivotal time, with the recent  announcement by the Vancouver Aquarium that they will finally end captivity of whales and dolphins. The Aquarium’s decision came as the result of sustained public opposition to aquarium practices and ongoing legal cases, the documentary having figured prominently in both.

Following the screening, a lively hour-long audience Q&A session and panel discussion ensued. The panel included:

  • the filmmaker Gary Charbonneau
  • Arden Beddoes, lawyer at Arvay Finlay LLP, and counsel in two recent cases involving the Aquarium
  • Rianna Burnham, doctoral fellow at the Whale Research Lab, University of Victoria
  • and History professor Dr. Jason Colby, author of Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator.

Event Poster:  

Press Kit

Jan. 18th, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Installations event Jan. 18th

More information and presenter bio on Event Poster.