Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.10

February 10, 2005


In Brief


Sensoria conference

A conference called Sensory Collections and Display will be held Feb. 10 and 11 at Concordia and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

The event is organized by the Concordia Sensoria Research Team (CONSERT), which is based in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Topics range widely, including the modern museum, post-apartheid South Africa, and the World Trade Centre.

The inaugural address, “Design Comes To Its Senses,” will be given by Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka, authors of the book Sensory Design, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, in the auditorium of the CCA, 1920 rue Baile. Admission is free, and the public are welcome.

Donaldson Scholarship

Congratulations to Caroline Locher and Catherine Cullen, who have won Concordia’s first Joan Donaldson Scholarships. Both are students in the intensive one-year Graduate Diploma in Journalism program.

Named for the woman who was the driving force behind the establishment of CBC Newsworld, these awards are given to the eight best candidates from journalism departments at universities across Canada.

Currently, nine universities are in the running, but no school is guaranteed even one winner, so Peter Downie, who teaches broadcast journalism, is delighted that Concordia did so well.

As 2005 Donaldson Scholars, Caroline and Catherine will each receive a cash award of $2,000, training and a paid summer job in a CBC newsroom in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa or Vancouver.

Sighting of Osama

Look for Being Osama, a documentary by Tim Schwab (Communication Studies) and his former student Mahmoud Kaabour (Fine Arts, '99), on CBC’s The Passionate Eye on Feb. 28.

Being Osama is an engaging film about six Montrealers named Osama, and their experiences, by turns serious and humorous, in a post 9/11 world.

The idea was Kaabour’s, and the film was made for the CBC and Diversus Productions of Montreal. It will have its Toronto premiere at Ryerson University on Feb. 17, and will be shown at the Cinémateque québécoise on Feb. 22 as part of the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma québécoise.

JMSB win case

Congratulations to the team from the John Molson School of Business, who won first place at the 4th Annual Undergraduate National Case Competition, held Feb. 3 to 6 on the Loyola Campus.

The team comprised Sarah Beaumier, Eric Blanchette, Christian Bonneau and Chris Porracio. Queen's placed second and DeGroote, the business school of McMaster University, came third.

The School and the team extend their gratitude to Noor Shawwa and Amr Goussous, who were the primary coaches for this event.

Hip Hop studies

Culture of Resistance is the title of the fourth International Symposium on Hip Hop Culture, to take place Feb. 25 to 27, mainly at Concordia.

It will focus on the universality of the art form. Guests include the Cuban group Obsesión, the Brazilian collective N.U.C., U.S. scholar Mark Perry Tanzanian activist Marinieves Alba. Admission is only $5 go to

Heart art

Sculptors are presenting a wide variety of interpretations of the heart in the VAV Gallery from Feb. 14 to 18. You can bet there won’t be a mushy Valentine among them. On Feb. 12, a “Broken Hearts Party,” with a benefit concert and silent auction, will be held to benefit the gallery. For info, go to