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November 23, 2000 Names in the news



Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more often than you might think!


Loren Lerner, chair of the Art History Department, was quoted in a front-page Gazette article last week, denouncing remarks made by Ian Lumsden, of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton to the effect that Nazi looting during the war may have saved valuable artworks for posterity. Lerner said that human life always takes precedence over art. Lumsden has since said that his words were taken out of context and has apologized.

Don Terry and Jean-Claude Bustros, both in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, were quoted in an article about online films that made its way via Canadian Press into many papers across Canada. “The most difficult thing that independent filmmakers face is distribution,” Terry said. “The Internet as a way of getting your film out there is going to be a fantastic mechanism.” Bustros said that online films have a pioneering feel because they’re shot and shown quickly — “It’s filmmaking as a chronicle of everyday life” — and its urgency will eventually affect mainstream movies.

Katherine Bosnitch, who was profiled in last June’s “Great Grads” issue of CTR, got two full colour pages to herself in a recent National Post about her MA thesis in Art History. It was on the extraordinary graphic design of Eaton’s advertisers in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The Post article was written by 1999 Journalism Diploma grad Bradford Mackay.

Geoff Selig (IITS) was interviewed on CBC Radio’s Daybreak about new technology.

Lillian Robinson, principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, was profiled on December 30 in the Gazette. With 40 years’ experience in protest movements, she is focusing her women’s studies students on the work yet to be done, including women workers in the Third World and women’s agencies here at home.

Dans l’ombre de Maggie is the French translation of Jackrabbit Moon, the novel by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos (Journalism). It got an excellent short review in Le Soleil on November 25. “L’intrigue est construite autour d’un univers obsédant où les émotions sont continuellement sollicitées,” the reviewer said. “Un premier grand roman tout en sensibilité et en profondeur.”

Steven Appelbaum (Management) told the Gazette’s Stephanie Whittaker that so-called casual Fridays are not exactly democratic. For example, senior management tend to wear $300 Dockers and keep a suit in their office for serious business deals. In another Gazette article, he called a 24-hour stress hotline for City of Montreal employees “putting a Band Aid on a tumour.”

Journalism student Alison Blackduck has already had several articles printed on the op-ed page of the Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest newspaper. A Dogrib from the Northwest Territories, she wrote about last summer’s demonstrations in Burnt Church, N.B., in which she participated. She has written about the growing leadership role played by aboriginal women, and her most recent piece explained why she didn’t vote in the federal election.

Evelyn Rodinos (Counselling and Development) was interviewed for a Gazette article about self-mutilation that made its way into a number of Southam newspapers across the country. She estimates that she has seen about 11 self-injurers, nearly all of them women, in 11 years of practice. “It sounds bizarre,” she said, “but self-mutilation is a coping strategy. People who do it are trying to feel better — or to feel anything.”

Danielle Morin, Associate Dean of Commerce and Administration, was interviewed by Paris Mansouri for the television program CityMag on Channel 9 about women in business and their admission to private clubs.

Clarence S. Bayne (Decision Sciences/MIS/DIA/DSA) was quoted by the Gazette in an article on a report on trends in private versus public spending on health care, and warned against using the rise of private care as an excuse to reduce government funding. He was also on CBC’s Daybreak on January 3, talking about comparisons in the cost of living between Quebec and the other provinces. While our income taxes are higher, he pointed out, we have cheaper day care and housing than many places elsewhere in Canada.

Eliza Griffiths (BFA 91) was given star treatment by an Edmonton newspaper when a solo show of her paintings opened at the Douglas Udell Gallery there. Griffiths, who also teaches at the University of Ottawa, was the only woman named by Saturday Night magazine recently as one of the “new Group of Seven.”

Jeffrey Moore (Études françaises) has achieved international success with his novel about ethnically eclectic Montreal, Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain. It was greeted with enthusiasm in New Delhi, won the Commonwealth Best First Book Prize, is being translated into Portuguese for Brazilians, and has interested a number of Hollywood producers. Carole Beaulieu, writing in L’Actualité in October, said it’s a great example of the rich but fragile character of Montreal — which could be threatened by the Quebec government’s estates-general on language.

A feature article by the Gazette’s religion editor, Harvey Shepherd, was published on Christmas Eve about the work of Charles Kannengiesser (Theological Studies). A Catholic thinker, he spent much of his life in France, but got himself into hot water, as Shepherd put it, because of his liberal views. He is “critically optimistic” about the future of Christianity, and wants to see a faith that emphasizes experience rather than divine revelation.