Conversations - in the Arts & Humanities introduces you to the people and passions of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Vancouver Island University, and shares stories about events and projects happening on campus.
A Conversation with Marni Stanley
In the show, outgoing Arts & Humanities Dean Marni Stanley and Theo Finigan discuss Marni’s decades of experience at VIU, and draw connections between gender wars, politics, media and education. You’ll also hear about flying lesbians, and the difference between Canadian and British snobs.
A Conversation with James Mark
In the show, James Mark and Theo Finigan speak about how James’ musical training took him from Nanaimo to Toronto and L.A. before landing at VIU, and about the challenge of finding a musical balance between being a teacher, performer and composer. You’ll also hear about their shared love of science fiction movie soundtracks, and shared recognition of sacrifices parents make for their children’s formative experiences.
A Conversation with Eliza Gardiner
In the show, Eliza Gardiner and Theo Finigan discuss their formative musical experiences, the connections between poetry and songwriting, and how failure is an important part of the creative process. You’ll also hear numbers from Gardiner’s new musical performance, Concessions of a Wannabe Rock Star.
A Conversation with Katarina Litva
In the show, Katarina Litva and Theo Finigan discuss how to balance a professional Interior Design practice with teaching at the University level, and explore the debate around gentrification and displacement in urban planning. You'll also hear about differences between Vancouver Island and Kentucky, and learn the correct way to pronounce Louisville.
A Conversation with Theo Finigan
In the show, Melissa Stephens and Theo Finigan discuss all things Cold War, particularly film and literature, and what past conflicts can teach us about the present. You'll also hear about Theo's first protest march, and growing up in 1980s New Zealand.
A Conversation with Robin Davies
In the show, Theo Finigan and Robin Davies discuss the use of sound and music as teaching aids, with special appearances by Thomas Tallis and Sting. You’ll also hear how Robin’s musical background connects with his work in the Media Studies department, and learn why Theo can’t stay awake long enough to ever finish reading Ulysses.`