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Names in the News

Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/ľ pop up in the media more often than you might think!

Norman Ravvin, holder of the Chair in Jewish Studies, was the author of an essay in Books in Canada. Called "Unfinished Still Life: Canadians Write the Holocaust," it discussed the literary perspectives of A.M. Klein, Mordecai Richler, Leonard Cohen, Anne Michaels and others. Ravvin is also an editor of the publication.

Voir published an article about technology courses at Quebec universities, and quoted Iain Cook (Communication Studies) on the range of theoretical and practical courses in his department.

Voir published advice for readers who are interested in translation courses. Marthe Catry-Verron (Translation Co-op) said that to be admitted to the demanding BA in Translation program, candidates should have a firm command of English, with a rich vocabulary and a good grasp of idiom.

Isabelle Van Grimde has received a lot of favourable press for her show, playing until December 8. The Belgian-born choreographer and director of the Van Grimde Corps Secret, teaches a course in the creative process in the Contemporary Dance Department.

Max Barlow (Geography) gave his views on Mayor Bourque's one-island-one-city project on CBC Radio's Homerun.

Pierre Ouellette (Political Science) was on Homerun, talking about the Mont-Tremblant conference on federalism, which brought about a war of words between Quebec and federal speakers.

Paul Wells, reviewing jazz CDs for the National Post last week, gave a rave to Jazz: 100 Years of Duke Ellington, performed by the European Broadcasting Union Jazz Orchestra (Justin Time JTR 8176-2). The recording is of centenary concerts given in Montreal and Quebec City under the direction of Concordia Music Professor Andrew Homzy, whom Wells describes as "Canada's foremost Ellingtonian." If you buy one Ellington tribute, Wells says, "this should probably be it. . . At no point do Homzy and his charges let academic frostiness obscure Ellington's entertainment value."

Sydney Miller (Psychology) has become the host of a show on CJAD on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. It should be a good way to prepare for the week ahead -- it's called Relax: Stress-Free Radio. Miller soothes frazzled callers with expert advice.

Harold Chorney (Political Science) was on CBC's Newswatch, giving his analysis of the government's attempts to stem the brain drain.

Lorne Switzer (Finance) was on CBC's Radio Noon, talking about an effort at Kahnawake to set up an "off-shore" bank on the reserve. He said that they could come in under 1989 legislation that allows foreign banks in Montreal, although they would face stiff competition from the 75 existing ones, and they would not have the deposit security offered by the Bank of Canada or the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. A study by Switzer and graduate student Suzie Michaud on the Dogs of the TSE-35 (their Canadian version of the Dogs of the Dow method of portfolio investing) was given a full-column treatment by The Gazette's market analyst, Don Macdonald.

Marc Gervais, S.J. (Communication Studies) gave his views on Radio-Canada on two recent movies with a religious theme, Dogma and The Messenger.

Reeta Tremblay (Political Science) had some doubts about the clarity of the question asked in a recent referendum in Australia which, if it had succeeded, would have made that country a republic. She was on Daybreak.

Michel Despland (Religion) took part in a panel discussion on the Télé-Québec program Chasseur d'IdŽes on the subject of crime and punishment.

Dominique Legros (Sociology and Anthropology) was quoted in an interesting piece by alumnus Philip Fine in the National Post. The subject was the traditional government of aboriginal people, and whether it was truly the earliest democracy or dominated by spiritual concepts.

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