Concordia faculty, staff
and alumni/ae pop up in the media more often than you might think!
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.
Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors,
a book by Mario Falsetto (Cinema) was favourably reviewed by the
Globe and Mail on March 24.
Chair et Métal, the creation of Ollivier Dyens (Études
françaises) was named best literary Web site by La Presse recently.
The newspapers verdict: Très << intello avant-garde
>>, mais aussi très beau. Check it out at www.chairetmetal.com.
Dyens also works with the publishing house VLB.
Frank Chalk (History) was given a 15-minute profile by alumna Shelley
Pomerance on CBC Radios All in a Weekend about his research,
teaching and publications on genocide. He even got to pick the music played
with his interview.
The National Posts recent series on the best schools
featured tiny Langley Fine Arts School, in Langley, B.C., and mentioned
one of the teachers, Peter Sarganis, as a Concordia Fine Arts graduate.
The most attractive thing about Langley Fine Arts is that the students
seem not only purposeful, but happy, wrote Francine Dubé.
The March issue of Journal Le Monde des Affaires mentioned a study
on air quality done in 1999 by Louis Lazure of IRSST and Ted Stathopoulos
and Patrick Sailhoff of Building Studies. Les Affaires recently
pointed out the uniqueness of Concordias Department of Building,
Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Fine Arts graduate student Diane Borsato got lots of attention
when she set out to make the worlds longest paper-clip chain. It
took about 60 people 24 hours to make a chain almost 33 km long, to beat
the previous record set in 1999 in Singapore. Borsato made it as part
of her thesis exhibition, titled How to Make a Sculpture in an Emergency,
and it was on display at the Skol Gallery during April.
Christine Jourdan (Sociology/Anthropology) was a guest on Marie-France
Bazzos Indicatif Présent (Radio-Canada). She deconstructed
the recipes of Quebec authors to see what their culinary tastes said about
Dean of Arts and Science Martin Singer was Nancy Woods guest
on Radio Noon (CBC), talking about strained U.S.-China relations.
Jordan Le Bel (Marketing) was on TVAs Salut Bonjour,
telling host Guy Mongrain about chocolate: how it accounts for $86 million
in sales a year, and depends for its obsessive appeal on its seratonin
Loren Lerner (Art History) was on CKMI-TVs First Quebec
News, commenting on the search by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
among others, for the true provenance of works that may have been stolen
from Jewish collectors during the Second World War.
Harold Chorney (Political Science) had a letter published in the
Globe and Mail. He took federal immigration minister Elinor Caplan
to task for saying that protecting private mail correspondence would be
Eric Shragge (School of Community and Public Affairs) was quoted
in The Gazette before the Summit of the Americas: I think
people feel that there is something profoundly wrong with their world.
Everything is a commodity. However, also in The Gazette,
business students approached free trade with moderate optimism. Shiraz
Syed thought the leaders had their constituents interests at
heart: I think we forget to give them the benefit of the doubt that
they will act responsibly.
Air Canadas negative publicity in the wake of its merger with Canadian
airlines evoked comment. Mick Carney (Marketing) told The Gazettes
Sheila McGovern that competitors like West Jet have benefited. For his
part, Suresh Goyal (MIS) wrote a letter to the editor defending
Air Canada management, and got an e-mail of thanks from Robert Milton
Michel Laroche (Marketing) was the subject of Peter Diekmeyers
column on marketing in The Gazette, and was highly praised for
his accomplishments, including a $550,000 distinguished professorship
from the Royal Bank. Diekmeyer pointed out that academics have a lot to
offer practitioners in the field.
Jeri Brown (Music) has released another compact disc of jazz vocals,
Image in the Mirror: The Triptych (Justin Time). It features the
compositions of the late Canadian jazz pianist Milton Sealey, former director
of The Platters. The CD was favourably reviewed in the Toronto Star.
The Halifax Daily News also noted that she has started the Jeri
Brown Youth Choir of Nova Scotia. They made their debut at a fundraiser
at the Neptune Theatre on April 21.