staff and alumni/ae pop up in the media more often than you might think!
Robert Tittler (History) wrote a thoughtful essay that was published
in The Gazette on March 10 about the squeeze imposed on universities
by Quebecs performance contracts. He said, among other things, that
cost-effectiveness forces the cancellation of valuable courses; that the
government cannot bring itself to increase tuition; and that neither middle-class
parents nor big corporations have a strong tradition of supporting university
Homa Hoodfar (Sociology/Anthropology) was interviewed on Radio-Canadas
Zone Libre about women and Islam. She and Roksana Bahramitash wrote
an essay about Western stereotypes of Muslim women that was published
in The Gazette on March 15, and took the newspaper to task for
praising the recent movie The Circle.
Clarence Bayne (DIA/DSA) was interviewed for CBCs Culture
Shock on the subject of colourism, the practice of social discrimination
within the black community based on gradations of colour.
Gazette book columnist Joel Yanovsky visited Trevor Fergusons
creative writing class at Concordia to do a profile on him and his alter
ego John Farrow, the pseudonymous and highly successful author of the
thrillers City of Ice and Ice Lake. Ferguson was also the
cover subject of the Montreal Review of Books, inserted locally
in the Globe and Mail March 30.
Neurobiologist Jim Pfaus (CSBN) was quoted in The Gazette
as saying that sex is not an animal instinct, but a highly
cerebral activity in which learning and choice play a part.
Sociologist Fran Shaver was the subject of profile on CBC Radios
All in a Weekend.
Scholar François-Marc Gagnon and benefactor Stephen Jarislowsky
were interviewed on CBC Radios Art Talks about the inauguration
last month of the Jarislowsky Institute in Canadian Art Studies. Dr. Gagnon
was also interviewed on Home Run.
Luggie, a poem by Stephanie Bolster (English) from her collection
Two Bowls of Milk, was featured in the Globe and Mails
How Poems Work column on March 17 and given an insightful
analysis. She was also quoted in a recent issue of Quill and Quire
on the state of Canadian literary magazines.
John Jordan, say it isnt so. John has just quit his job doing
publicity for the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, and Elizabeth Bromstein
wrote about it in her column in The Gazette. His next job will
be to run a pornographic movie house, Cinéma lAmour, where
he hopes to show art films after-hours. His parting shot, perhaps fueled
by his farewell party at a Crescent St. karaoke bar: I never thought
Id say this, but moving from academia to porn is definitely a step
Anouk Bélanger (Sociology/Anthropology) was interviewed
on CBF radio about a literary conference at McGill that discussed, among
other things, how a city may become a character in a novel.
Guy Lachapelle (Political Science) and John Parisella (Board
of Governors) appear together on CBC Newsworld, giving their views from
opposite sides of the sovereignist/federalist debate. For example, on
March 7, they discussed Bernard Landry as Quebecs new premier. Daniel
Salée (SCPA) was interviewed on the same subject the following
day on CTVs national newscast.
Laura Lesley, a stellar womens hockey player and now an athletic
therapist, was interviewed on CFCF-Pulse News about research going
on at Concordia into concussions in sports.
Adrian Tsang (Biology) was interviewed on Pulse News about
the fungus found at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Olivier Asselin (Art History) was interviewed on CBC radios
Home Run about an exhibit on seminal painter Charles Gagnon, the
subject of three current shows.
Denise Tanguay and Stephen Snow were interviewed on Télé-Québecs
Zone X about Concordias Creative Arts Therapies program and
how it has developed into a unique resource for learning and community
Hervé Fischer (Daniel Langlois Chair in Digital Image/Sound)
was interviewed on Radio-Canadas Les Affaires et La Vie about
the knowledge economy in Quebec. Fischer also wrote an essay on the subject
for La Presse, published March 20. As a member of the group Science
pour tous, he urged Premier Landry, in an article in Le Devoir
on March 1, to take a leadership role in this new field.
Frederick Bird (Religion), is conducting an international study
of business ethics, and was interviewed about it on CBC Radio.
Avtar Pall developed his earthquake-resistant building technology
at Concordia; he sponsors scholarships in the field, and his dampers were
installedand exposedin our J.W. McConnell library complex.
He was interviewed recently by Journalism graduate Catherine Solyom
for The Gazette. Her first sentence was fun: As a naughty
little boy in his native India, Avtar Pall quickly learned a slap in the
face hurts lessno matter how well deservedif you move to cushion