staff and alumni/ae pop up in the media more often than you might think!
Steven Appelbaum (Management) was quoted in a Gazette feature
on the false promises of office cubicles. If you still have an environment
where everybody guards his or her own domain, and they still e-mail each
other rather than talk, then all that openness is just an illusion,
Michael Carney (Management) was quoted in the ACI World Report,
a publication of the Airports Council Internaional. He gave a speech at
the groups first conference in Santiago in which he traced 20 years
of airport privatization.
Beverley McGuire (Music) and three other women make up Maeve, a
Celtic-music group. A charming profile of the group appeared in the Cornwall
Standard-Freeholder prior to a concert there in January.
A profile of Roddy Ellias (Music) appeared in the Ottawa Citizen
in January in which the guitarist talks about his jazz and classical background.
The writer, Richard Todd, recommends two CDs of Elliass music, one
with I Musici de Montréal, produced by Chandos, and the other recorded
privately but available locally or through www.roddyellias.com.
Randy Phillips, who ably covers university sports for the Gazette,
wrote a feature article on Réal and Armel Kitieu, both Concordia
students and members of the Stingers mens basketball team. The brothers,
who are from Cameroon, in Western Africa, didnt speak English or
play basketball before coming here.
Patsy M. Lightbown (TESL) was widely interviewed in the francophone
media, including on RDIs Le Point and CBFT-TVs Montréal
Ce Soir, about the teaching of English as a second language after
she made a presentation to the estates-general on the French language.
Le Point, she reports, had some great footage of high school
students with almost no English and elementary school kids in intensive
ESL classes (where we have done lots of research) speaking with confidence
and pleasure. Great interviews with parents, as well. Her brief
made the point that where second-language acquisition is concerned, youth
is an advantage.
Susan Palmer (Religion) was quoted in a recent story in Saturday
Night magazine about Raël, leader of one of Quebecs oddest
and most successful cults. He is extremely creative when it comes
to theology, said Palmer, a longtime Raël-watcher. Hes
an innovator, and a religious genius.
An examination of the contributions of Arctic explorer and pioneer ethnologist
Vilhjalmur Stefansson in the Ottawa Citizen quoted Richard Diubaldo
(History/Recruiting), author of Stefansson and the Canadian Arctic
Corinne Jetté (Engineering/Computer Science) was interviewed
on TVA (Channel 10) about the Native Access to Engineering e-learning
project, which brings together Concordia, Native Affairs Canada and IBM-Canada.
Randy B. Swedburg (Applied Human Sciences) is an expert in participation
in leisure activities. Interviewed on Global TV about the increase in
attendance at movies, he pointed to changing Canadian demographics, specifically
the aging Baby Boomers, and pointed out that the film industry has done
many things to attract a varied audience.
Balbir Sahni (CIAC/Economics) and three Concordia students, Heather
Baragar, Mitch Blobstein and Alain Giroux, were part of an interview on
CFCF-TVs Pulse recently, talking about the International/Student
Exchange Program and the new Mobility Bursaries.
Anouk Bélanger (Sociology/Anthropology) was quoted in the
Journal de Montréal on the fascination exerted by Montreals
boxing Hilton family. Bélanger specializes in the sociology of
sport and the media.
Candis Steenbergen, a PhD in the Humanities student, was one of
those who asked a question on a recent CBC national town hall
hosted by Peter Mansbridge. The idea of the program was to ask a panel
of historians and commentators what event would have had the most significant
change on Canadian history if it had turned out differently. Candis asked,
What if all women in Canada, regardless of marital status, wealth,
education or colour had been accorded full rights to democratic citizenship
when Canada was formed in 1867?
Marc Gervais (Cinema) gave a talk on Alfred Hitchcock at the Musée
des Beaux Arts on February 21, on film noir and the quest for personal
fulfillment as seen in North by Northwest. He is teaching on a
number of Irish films this year, thanks to the efforts of Ciné
Gael Montreal. Their work was described by John Griffin recently in the
The latest film by Cinema grad Gary Burns, Waydowntown,
rated three-and-a-half stars in the Gazette, higher than most Hollywood
Adalbert Lallier, retired professor of Political Science, has been
testifying for the prosecution in a well-publicized war crimes trial in
Germany. Lallier, who was a 19-year-old concentration camp guard in 1945,
says he saw German Waffen SS officer Julius Veil shoot seven Jewish prisoners
in cold blood. Though Lallier claims he has risked his life to testify,
the details of the incident remain uncertain as the trial continues.