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February 28, 2002 Of Note





The Eclipse of Public Culture?
Media Consumption, PR and the City

Professor Stuart Ewen,
Chair, Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, New York
Tuesday, March 5, 2 p.m., at Samuel Bronfman House, 1590 Dr. Penfield St.

The Concordia Centre for Broadcasting Studies invites you to attend the inaugural lecture in its Diniacopoulos BBC Speakers Series and to celebrate the launching of the Diniacopoulos BBC World News project. Ewen is the author of PR! A Social History of Spin; All-Consuming Images; Captains of Consciousness; Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture; Channels of Desire: Mass Images and The Shaping of American Consciousness (with Elizabeth Ewen). His current project, with Elizabeth Ewen, is Type-Casting: On the Arts and Sciences Of Human Inequality.









Open meeting to introduce Candidates for
Dean of the John Molson School of Business,
as selected by the Advisory Search Committee

Tuesday, March 5, 9 a.m., DeSève Cinema

Lorne Switzer
Chair of the Finance Department in the John Molson School of Business since 1998, full professor since 1995. Directed the PhD and Master of Science in Administration programs, active on several Faculty and departmental committees. Prior to joining Concordia in 1984, associate professor, University of Saskatchewan. Since 1994, an associate editor for the journal European Financial Management. Author of four books and over 30 published articles, consultant for a variety of financial institutions including the Caisse de Dépot et Placement du Québec, the Institute for Canadian Bankers, the Bourse de Montréal. M.A. and a Ph.D., both in economics, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jerry Tomberlin
Interim dean of JMSB since August 2001, associate dean in various portfolios since 1995. Joined Concordia in 1984, associate professor since 1985. Twice served as the chair of the Department of Decision Sciences and MIS (1988-90, 1991-93), academic director of the MBA program (1986-88). Consultant for the Bureau de Statistique de Québec, Royal Bank of Canada, Clairol Canada, among others. Published 14 refereed articles and 10 conference proceedings. Faculty representative to tUniversity Senate, served on steering committee. Has an MPH in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and an AM and PhD, both in statistics, from Harvard University.

Their curricula vitae may be consulted in the Dean’s Office and the offices of the departmental chairs.

The search committee also invites comments from the community on the candidates. Please send your signed, or if by e-mail, identified comments to the Secretary of the Search Committee, Heather Adams-Robinette, in S-BC 319, or by e-mail to hadams@alcor.concordia.ca. The submission deadline is 3 p.m., Monday, March 11.


Profit from your connection!

Join us for the Cirque du Soleil
May 22, 2002 at 8 p.m. Jacques-Cartier Port in Old Montreal

Limited tickets available. All proceeds will go to scholarships.

Regular Ticket: $95 per person • VIP Ticket: $250 per person

VIP Ticket includes: A warm Cirque du Soleil Welcome • Cirque-style reception one hour before the show • Best seats in the house • Beverages & assortment of desserts during
intermission • Priority purchasing from cast selection of Cirque merchandise • Cirque’s Souvenir Program • Free Parking

Book your tickets online at http://alumni.concordia.ca/alumni_events.html. For information please contact Sonia Pivetta at: spivetta@alcor.concordia.ca


Request for input

The Director of Libraries is completing the penultimate year of his first five-year mandate and has indicated that he wishes to seek reappointment. Therefore, in accordance with the policy and procedures adopted by the Board of Governors of Concordia University, the performance of Mr. William Curran is being evaluated by a Board-mandated Evaluation Committee for possible reappointment to a second mandate.

As input for its deliberations, the Evaluation Committee seeks “brief written submissions” (including e-mail), from the general University community, concerning the performance of the incumbent Director with respect to any of the designated evaluation criteria outlined below. All submissions must be signed (or if sent by e-mail must bear the name and e-mail address of the author). No anonymous materials will be considered.

Written submissions must be received by noon, Friday, March 8, in the office of the Secretary of the Evaluation Committee, Heather Adams-Robinette, BC-319 (e-mail: hadams@alcor.concordia.ca) They will be treated as confidential and will be destroyed after the Board has acted on the Committee’s report.

The Board-approved evaluation criteria are:
• Has the Director effectively played a leadership role in planning including, as appropriate, collection development, user services, facilities, librarians and staff complements?
• Has the Director been effective in leading the implementation of the results of planning?
• Has the Director dealt with personnel issues equitably, proactively as required, and with attention to enhancing quality, performance and professionalism among the staff?
• Has the Director effectively promoted and attended to the needs of library users?
• Has the Director been effective in fostering positive external relations with other university libraries and the community?
• Has the Director been an effective member of the senior management team of the University?
• Has the Director fulfilled any specific expectations for which he was hired?

Thank you for your assistance in the Evaluation Committee’s work.

Forces Avenir

Have you promoted a cause involving your peers or participated in a project that had a significant impact? If so, you are an ideal candidate for recognition from Forces Avenir, which provides $115,000 in grants, international internships and trophies.

For more information, call Michael Golden, Student Affairs Coordinator, at 848-4301, or consult www.forcesavenir.qc.ca.


Concordia Council on Student Life Annual Awards
Call for nominations

• Outstanding Contribution Awards – students
• Media Awards – students
• Merit Awards – any member of the community
• Teaching Excellence Awards – faculty

Nomination forms are available at the Dean of Students Offices
(AD-121, H-653), CSU office (H-637), GSA (T-202), CASA (GM-218), ECA (H-880), Information Desk (Hall Building, first floor).

Deadline for nominations: Wednesday, March 20, at 5 p.m.

For more information, please call the Dean of Students Office, 848-4242


Concordia events over the coming weeks

March 1-12: Engineering Week
Engineering students have planned more activities than can be squeezed into seven days this year. Highlights of interest to a general audience are a seminar by Professor Emeritus Hugh McQueen on “Iron and Steel in the St. Lawrence Bridges,” on March 5, in H-767 at 4 p.m. The 18th annual bridge-building competition on March 8. RoboWars takes place on March 21. From March 6 to 9, Concordia will be host to the Canadian Undergraduate Software Engineering Conference (CUSEC).

March 2: Irish history
The eighth annual History in the Making conference, organized by graduate students of history at Concordia, will focus this year on Irish studies, in partnership with the university’s Centre for Irish Studies. The featured speakers are Nancy J. Curtin (Fordham University) and Gary L. Owens (Huron College, University of Western Ontario), and there will be student presenters from across Eastern Canada and the United States. For more, consult http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/history/him.html

March 5: Science seminar
Concordia hosts the Montreal Inter-University Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science, and a talk by Storrs McCall, of McGill University, on “Relativity and Time Flow,” in H-507, 4 p.m. Montreal researchers will present their research on the history and philosophy of science. Graduate and undergraduate students may find the seminar a source of inspiration.

March 8: International Women’s Day
The Simone de Beauvoir Institute’s events include talks on pornography and “non-monogamy” by Laura Kipnis (Northwestern University), and a talk on “Gender and Militarism” by Kathy Ferguson (University of Hawaii). For more details, see The Back Page.

March 11-12: Protest in Canada
Protest, Freedom and Order in Canada is the name of a two-day conference organized by the Institute for Research in Public Policy (IRPP) and Concordia’s School for Community and Public Affairs (SCPA). Participants include Hugh Segal, Alan Borovoy, Serge Ménard, Leo Panitch (York University), Lyle Stewart, and Jaggi Singh.

March 21-23: Robert Bourassa revisited
An annual conference held by UQAM on the modern leaders of Quebec will focus this year on former premier Robert Bourassa, and has a strong Concordia component. Rector Frederick Lowy, Political Science Professor Guy Lachapelle and John Parisella, a Bourassa colleague and member of Concordia’s Board of Governors, are among the organizers. The opening session will be held at Concordia. More in our next issue.

March 23: rEvolution
The students in the PhD in the Humanities program plan an interdisciplinary conference whose keynote speaker is Mark Saunders, a documentary filmmaker (Battle of Trafalgar, The Truth Lies in Rostock, Exodus Movement of Jah People, and Exodus from Babylon). There will be student papers and an art exhibit.

March 23: Eastern Europe revisited
A day-long conference in the D.B. Clarke Theatre called Returning to Europe: The Visegrad Countries — Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — and Post-Communist Realities. Sponsored by Concordia’s Department of Political Science and the Canadian Foundation for Polish Studies.