Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.14

April 21, 2005


In Brief


Fellowships to honour Dr. Lowy

Concordia’s outgoing president will be commemorated through a $3-million endowment to create 10 fellowships of $15,000 each for graduate students, to be called Frederick H. Lowy Scholars.

Faculty and staff are invited to join other donors in honouring him for his 10 years of visionary leadership of the university.

Dr. Lowy’s term will end June 30, and a number of events are being planned around his departure.

These fellowships recognize one of Dr. Lowy’s main concerns: that proper funding is available to attract bright graduate students to Concordia.

To donate to the endowment, please contact Debbie Dankoff, Associate Director, Major Gifts, at, or at ext. 5205.

Conference on Africa today

A conference titled L’Afrique réconciliée: Images et mémoires is being held today in Room 767 of the Henry F. Hall Building as part of the 21st annual Festival Vues d’Afrique.

The conference is jointly sponsored by Concordia’s Departement d’études françaises, York University and the Centre de recherche Le soi et l’autre at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

It will bring together scholars and filmmakers to discuss the representation of Africa in film and literature, the links between images and narratives of Africa, representations of violence in times of genocide and the representation of memory in African cinema.

For more information, please contact:

StART for young artists

Concordia student painters Victoria Stusiak and Trevor Kiernander had their work chosen for a show called stART at Studio 21 gallery in Halifax that showcases two promising artists each from Concordia, the Ontario College of Art and Design and Halifax’s NSCAD University. The show continues until April 20.

Trevor, who was a co-producer of the Art Matters festival this year, also has work in Harvest: The Contemporary Canadian Landscape, a show at Concordia’s student-run VAV Gallery from April 25 to 30. The Halifax show can be viewed at:

Psychoanalysts screen

The Quebec English branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society will show two excellent films, followed by discussion.

On Friday, April 29, at 7:15 p.m., the movie is The Believer (USA, 2001). Directed by Henry

Bean, it’s about a young Jewish man who becomes a neo-Nazi, and is based on a true story.

The film shown on May 6 will be Kadosh (Israel, 1999), directed by Amos Gitai. It’s about two Hassidic sisters who test the limits of their traditions. Both screenings are in the DeSève Cinema, and admission is $8.

Harvard business guru tomorrow

Michael Beer, of the Harvard Business School, will speak tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room GM 403-02 on “Overcoming the Silent Killers to High Commitment and Performance.”

His talk is sponsored by the Concordia University Research Chair in Organizational Development, which is currently held by Professor Steven A. Appelbaum.

Prizes won at research fair

In our last issue, April 7, we covered the participation of Computer Science PhD student Dongwook Cho in the First Quebec National Research Forum, held at Complexe Desjardins.

Of the four Concordia students who participated in this competition, two actually won prizes.

Walter Wittich, a graduate student in Psychology, won first prize in the Life and Health Sciences category, for a project on “Improved visual function assessment in seniors with age-related vision loss.”

Carolyn Shaffer won second prize in the Literature, Arts and Humanities category for “Salaam/Shalom: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue in Montreal.”