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Names in the News

Compiled by Barbara Black

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

A feature article titled "La passion de Christopher Jackson" was published in Le Devoir recently. Jackson, Dean of Fine Arts, is director of SMAM, the Studio de musique ancienne, and an active harpsichordist and organist. He told Clément Trudel that while the early-music group may have been considered marginal back in 1974, when it began, it is now well established, with an ambitious recording, touring and performing schedule and a steadily growing audience.

The "simply phenomenal" paintings of 33-year-old Fine Arts graduate Paul Fenniak are on display at a New York gallery, TheGazette's art critic Dorota Kozinska reported April 3, and they're all already sold. The same thing happened here in 1996, when Fenniak's works were displayed at Westmount's Galerie de Bellefeuille -- and sold out in two hours. L'Actualité devoted a page (its Découverte section) to Fenniak last month.

During the ongoing crisis in the Balkans, Michael Dartnell (Political Science) was interviewed widely about his specialty, the political use of the Internet, and Vice-Rector Services Charles Emond, a retired brigadier-general who was in command of the Canadian Forces at Lahr, was interviewed about military strategy.

Priscilla David (Counselling and Development) was interviewed by The Gazette's Stephanie Whittaker as part of an article on workplace stress. She said that nowadays, employees who have to produce more with fewer resources often find themselves saying they can do a job when they can't. Her advice is to tell their employer rather than bluff it through.

An evocative photograph by Clara Gutsche (Photography) appears in the current issue of Saturday Night magazine. Part of a series she is doing on Quebec high schools, it shows an empty classroom with a statue of the Virgin Mary in one corner, and in the foreground, a model of a space rocket.

Student wrestler Tamara Medwisky has a whole page to herself in the current issue of Canadian Living, with a big photo and a description of how she trains and approaches her sport. She represented Canada at a world championship in Poland.

Craig Morrison (Music) was on CBC radio recently, explaining the influence of 1960s California surfin' rock. As Hour recently noted, Morrison talks the talk -- teaches about popular music -- and walks the walk -- performs with his rockabilly band, The Momenz.

Gail Valaskakis (Communication Studies, retired) is Special Advisor to the Rector for Aboriginal Affairs. She wrote a thoughtful essay for the National Post in February about the custody battle in the Supreme Court between aboriginal and adoptive white grandparents.

Body-image expert Anthony Synnott (Sociology and Anthropology) was consulted by TheGlobe and Mail when Heritage Minister Sheila Copps put honey-blond highlights in her hair. He was impressed. "It's sassy," he declared. "She's not exactly giving them all the finger, but close." The light-hearted article was reprinted in many papers.

Harold Chorney (Political Science) reviewed William Watson's Globalization and the Meaning of Canadian Life (U of T Press) for the Calgary Herald. He called it "a good book," although he took issue with many points.

The insights on Canadian photographic imagery of Penny Cousineau (Photography) were invoked by Acadian filmmaker Herménégilde Chiasson in an interview about his film Espaces in New Brunswick's L'Acadie Nouvelle.

Many people who enjoyed a fine film about palliative care on CBC's Witness last month may not know that the film, called Endnotes, was produced by alumnus Barry Lazar.

Leila Sujir (Studio Arts) showed her recent videos and video installations in March at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and it was reported in the Peterborough Examiner.

Anna Alexander (Simone de Beauvoir) was on Télé-Québec's Chasseur d'Idée in March, talking about free speech.

An article in TheGazette about a book by Bassem Khalifah (Political Science) was reprinted in many newspapers across Canada. Once active in Lebanese politics, Khalifah wrote The Rise and Fall of Christian Lebanon as part of his PhD thesis at Concordia. In it, he blames the Maronite Christians for letting the dream of a peaceful secular Lebanese state slip away.

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