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British history thrives here

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will meet at Concordia for the first time on October 27 and 28. One of the regional branches of the North American Conference on British Studies, the NECBS is an umbrella group for faculty and graduate students in the field in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada.

The keynote speaker will be John Beattie, professor of history at the University of Toronto and former director of that university’s Centre for Legal Research. Concordia’s Robert Tittler says that Beattie is probably the world’s foremost authority on crime and criminality in early modern Britain.

Thirty-five presenters will give papers on subjects as diverse as “Sexual Misconduct and the London Clergy in the Late Middle Ages” (to be presented by Concordia’s Shannon McSheffrey), Queen Victoria, the Cold War, and Caribbean women in Brixton and Notting Hill in the 1960s and ‘70s. Presenters are coming from across North America.

Professor Tittler, who is a key organizer of this conference, is also active in the Montreal British History Seminar, which he co-chairs with Michael Maxwell, of McGill.

The group met six times last academic year, alternating between the two universities, and attracting scholars from around Quebec. After three years of operation, Tittler said, “it has begun to provide a sense of community for those in all areas of the field, and has been a valuable example of inter-university collaboration.”

For more information about the NECBS conference, please contact Professor Tittler at 848-2427, tittler@vax2.concordia.ca

Rosie Douglas dies suddenly

Concordians who noted the recent visit of Roosevelt Douglas, prime minister of Dominica, were shocked to hear of his death, apparently of a heart attack, on October 1.

Douglas spoke here on September 17 at the invitation of the Concordia Student Union as part of the orientation speakers’ series. In 1969, he had been the charismatic spokesman for a student protest at Sir George Williams University that became known as the Computer Riot.

In his speech, he reflected on his life as a political activist and urged students to stand up for their rights, but he also looked for a rapprochement with the Canadian government, and for practical assistance and training for Dominica, a small Caribbean island of 70,000 inhabitants.

Douglas was elected prime minister only last year. He was preparing to come back to Canada to attend the funeral of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau when he died at his home.

Aerobic marathon

On October 20, the Recreation Department will hold an aerobic marathon at the gym on the Loyola Campus to raise awareness and support.

Organizer Jim Shanks explains: “Each participant receives a pledge form that holds up to 25 sponsor names, and each sponsor may pledge as little as 25 cents for 15 minutes of aerobic exercise by the participant.”

If you think you’ve got the stamina to raise some cash for Concordia, contact Jim, 848-3860.