History Professor Ronald Rudin is a distinguished historian of both Quebec and Ireland. His book Making History in Twentieth-Century Quebec has now been translated into French (by Septentrion). The book is the subject of two conferences this fall, one at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the other at the Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française. He has also been invited to talk about the book at a conference in Brussels.
John Buell, a popular teacher at Loyola College and one of the founders of Concordia's Communication Studies Department, wrote several fine novels. Now in retirement, he reports that his novel of 36 years ago, Four Days, is being brought to the screen by Toronto filmmaker Gregg Dummitt. The novel tells a gripping story of a bank heist gone wrong. The actors in the film include Kevin Zegers, a well-known child actor, and Colm Meaney, from Star Trek.
Rex B. Kline (Psychology) has published Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling, the inaugural work in a series by The Guildford Press (New York) about research methods for the social sciences. The work is intended as a conceptually-oriented introduction to techniques of causal modeling for researchers in psychology, education and other areas of the social sciences. He plans to publish another book in the same series in about a year, under the tentative title, Beyond Significance Testing.
Geoffrey Adams (History, retired) has published The Call of Conscience: French Protestant Responses to the Algerian War, 1954-1962 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). He also wrote an earlier book, called The Huguenots and French Opinion, 1685-1787 (WLU Press). He is scheduled to give a talk on Thursday, November 19, at Lonergan College, starting at 3:30 p.m., on "Religious Diversity and the Democratic Dynamic."
David Widgington is a 1990 Geography graduate, and a map-maker by trade. He and Kirk Johnston, a Master's student in Creative Writing, have put together a lovely little guidebook called Montreal Up Close: A Pedestrian's Guide to the City (Cumulus Press, $12.95). Illustrated with many photos, it is particularly strong on the beauties and oddities of our many fine old buildings.
History Professor Edward McCullough will have a book published next month by Black Rose Books, How the First World War Came: The Triple Entente and the Coming of the Great War of 1914-1918. McCullough started teaching here in 1950, and for a decade, was the only full-time faculty member in History. He retired in 1982 and lives in St. Catharines, Ont., but will come back for the book launch.