Concordia faculty, staff
and alumni pop up in the media more often than you might think!
A first novel by
Catherine Mavrikakis (Études françaises) was given star
treatment by Le Devoir. Called Deuils cannibale et mélancholiques
(Éditions Trois), the book grew out of Mavrikakiss anger
and sense of loss following a number of suicides and deaths from AIDS
that affected her life. I detest people who kill themselves,
she told the interviewer. Sometimes I want to hit them. I know what
suicide can do. The novel was also favourably reviewed in La
PhD in the Humanities student James Drobnick has researched more
than 500 odoriferous art works. His unusual research was described in
a full-length article in the National Post by Journalism alumnus
Patchen Barss. Drobnick says we have a bias against smell, but artists
are increasingly willing to explore this much-abused sense. He was a presenter
and key organizer at Uncommon Senses, an interdisciplinary conference
held last term at Concordia.
Filippo Salvatore (CMLL) gave a wide-ranging interview to the Toronto-based
publication Tandem, which is aimed at ethnic communities. Salvatore
sees Italian Canadians as valuable players in the national debate, though
he admits they tend to be federalists. Federalism is part of our
heritage, he said.
Priscilla David (Counselling and Development) was quoted in an
article in the September issue of Canadian Living magazine about
how to say no to the boss who piles on more work. She said a good approach
is to use positive, co-operative questions to help your boss decide how
the task can be done most efficiently, with or without you.
Marc Gervais, S.J. (Cinema) was profiled in a recent issue of the
Catholic Times. At 70, he is still an active teacher, film reviewer,
jury member, author and film consultant (Agnes of God, Black Robe,
The Mission). He was one of 14 critics honoured this year with a medal
for having attended the Cannes Film Festival since the mid-1960s. He told
the Times that he sees his work as a ministry, and notes that while
there is more brutality than ever in the movies, there are more films
with a spiritual dimension.
The Catholic Times also published an article recently about Msgr.
Russell Breen, a former Loyola teacher and administrator. In 1993,
after overseeing a major renovation of St. Patricks Basilica in
downtown Montreal, Msgr. Breen suffered a heart attack and several strokes.
He has lost much of his mobility and the ability to speak, but remains
cheerful and relatively active, residing among the aged poor at Ma Maison
Variations on a New Generation was shown on CFCF TV on September
17. It included a spectacular breakdance piece by Concordia Dance student
K8 Alsterlund. The film features four talented young dancers, and
Journalism lecturer Barry Lazar did the research and interviews.
Ross Perigoe (Journalism) made it into the news four times in one
week earlier this month: in The Globe and Mail (describing the
choice of Shelagh Rogers as CBC morning host as inspired), in Mike Boones
Gazette column on the cancellation of Star Trek on CFCF-12, on
Global about the first watch outside the Trudeau residence, and on CBC
about a local swap of private radio stations.
When Pierre Trudeau died on September 28, a number of Concordians were
asked for their views. Rector Frederick Lowy was interviewed on
CTV (Canada AM), Radio-Canada (Le midi), Global (This
Morning Live), and CFJP-TV (Le grand journal). Daniel Salée
(School of Community and Public Affairs was on TVA/LCNs Ce matin
and Globals evening news. Graeme Decarie (History) and Board
member Marianna Simeone were on CJAD and Global TV.
La Presse kicked off their new their new Actuel section
with a three-page feature titled La bourse ou la vie on alternate
lifestyles by Marie-Claude Malboeuf. Prominently featured were Concordia
professors David Howes, Bill Bukowski and Léandre Bergeron.