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Ready, set, explore: Student volunteers were at the ready as visitors came streaming into the MB Building during Open House on Nov. 7. The four Faculties offered tours, demonstrations and presentations on both campuses. For details, see p.10.

Open your eyes

2nd President’s Conference brings security, privacy

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Ask Nisha Goiygupta, grade 11 student from Centennial Regional High School, how she feels about safety online after attending the second President's Conference.

“I should really just burn my hard drive.’

Goiygupta had just exited the confer- ences morning session where Institute for Information Systems Engineering's Mourad Debabbi gave a chilling

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can exploit your every move online. Whether considering how they can secretly harvest information to steal your identity or use your computer to spread a virus, it was obvious Goiyguptas sense of security and priva- cy had changed.

She was not alone. Goiygupta was one of more than 700 people attending Every Breath You Take: Surveillance,

Security and the End of Privacy who left gasping from what theyd heard from a few of Concordias finest researchers and independent experts.

For the second time in eight months, the President’s Conference brought researchers, community members and students high school to PhD together in the D.B. Clarke Theatre on Nov. 4 to take a close look at an issue deeply impacting our everyday lives.

From computer science and software engineering professor Ching Y. Suen’s science behind handwriting recogni- tion, to chemistry and biochemistry professor John Capobiancos explana- tion of the potential for nanotechnolo- gy to improve public safety and health, to the historical context of surveillance provided by history professor Shannon McSheffrey, the conference provided a unique forum for varying perspectives from members of all four Faculties and to pose some pointed questions.

“We tend to think it’s privacy versus security. [...] But in academic research, the two are linked and want to be bal- anced, said communication studies professor Kim Sawchuk, speaking at the afternoon session. “We need a better understanding of these terms and laws that oversee us. I think the reason we're here is understanding the questions we need to ask.’ |

Building on the success of the first conference in April, Understanding Desire: The Addicted Network, this fall's edition again welcomed hundreds of students from high schools and CEGEPs. Returning were students from Trafalgar School for Girls and Centennial Regional High School. Participating online, via webcast and Google video chat, were students from Chambly Academy in St. Lambert, CEGEP @ Distance and Marianopolis College.

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As well, organizers virtually connected with students from Collége Edouard Montpetit and Stafford Middle School from Plattsburgh, N.Y. the first time French- language and American schools have participated. Prior to the conference, organizers arranged for a large amount of theme-related information to be listed on the conference’ website for teachers to incorporate into their curriculums.

Another returning partner was the team from the Mountain Lake, New York branch of PBS, who is plan- ning to package both conferences into a two-hour, two- part lecture series.

“When we first talked to Concordia about being here, about a partnership, we were really excited about our prox- imity to the huge number of scholars,’ said Colin Powers,

Mountain Lake's Director of Production and Programming. “Concordia has this vast scholastic base that is a perfect fit for PBS’ audience. This is stuff we all want to hear, regardless of what side of the border were on.’

Mountain Lake PBS serves northern New York, east- ern Vermont and the entire province of Quebec.

“The theme and the information brought forth truly resonated with the audience and I include myself in there” said Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning Ollivier Dyens, one of the conference's organizers. “Right after the conference, I went out and bought an updated anti- virus for my computer.’

Dyens says the day went off without a hitch, and he's quick to deflect any praise away from himself and onto the organizing committee and the technical crew, who, “were amazing from start to finish. It wouldnt have been

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possible to do this without them.’

The conference was also one of the first events of Les Journées du Savoir, a four-day scholarly program facili- tated by Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ). From Nov. 4 to 7, more than 50 activities took place at 16 Quebec universities, to demonstrate the importance of Quebec's universities on everyday life.

Plans for the next in the President's Conference Series are currently being discussed. Dyens states a conference surrounding the issue of human rights is being planned for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, here at Concordia in spring 2010. A fourth conference, on sustainability is being considered for fall.

Watch the webcasts as well as interviews with researchers online: concordia.ca/presidentsconferences.

The second President's Conference brought to light many details of privacy and security that had many of us a tad concerned. Reflecting the issues raised at the conference, the Journal asks: Did you learn something that will change your personal habits?

I have general ideas about much of this stuff, but [the morning session] gave me new details I didn't know about. I have put a lot of personal information on Facebook ~ my date of birth, my school, where I work... I think I have to reconsider all this infor- mation I make public. |

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY MASTER’S STUDENT GHASSAN GHOZAYEL

As far as being scared, I already take some precautions. I dont have Facebook for example, which is a little weird among teenagers. But there are a lot of little things we don't realize, like how easily they can get into your computer, and that scares me. Every time I'm buying something [online], I'll be a little more wary.

GRADE [1 CENTENNIAL REGIONAL HicH SCHOOL STUDENT NADIR KHAN

My business partner and I, we do all our business transactions online. Weve actually been victimized by cybercrime, and were doing all kinds of things wrong. Were on Mac, so we have a sense of security that I think is false.

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND PROGRAMMING, PBS MOUNTAIN LAKE, NEW YoRK COLIN POWERS

First of all, I'm going to remember to turn that cookie thing off on my computer. The only reason mihe is on is that when I apply for university grants, you have to turn those things on. I turn them on and forget. I'll go back, think about things again and tighten up. .

Associate DEAN, RESEARCH AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS LYNN HUGHES (ALSO MODERATOR FOR THE CONFERENCE'S EVENING SESSION)

To be honest, I'm not that concerned. I knowit’s a reality out there, but I'm not going to start deleting files on Facebook and such. I think that it is a problem, but it’s not something that will affect me personally right away. I'm sure it could happen, but I'm not going to break my neck on it. “A

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[After this conference] I'm more inclined to look at some of the legal aspects of surveillance and how far the laws reach. It’s something we don't look at very often, but there are quite a few laws on the books which affect the topic at hand not many of us are aware of.

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS CHRIS ALLEYNE

I think the morning session probably got everyones atten- tion in terms of being much more conscious about the kind of personal information we distribute on our personal computers and how we should be vigilant about protecting that information. Theres no foolproof means of protection, but one of the points that came through clearly was that the most vulnerable links of the chain are the individual users, whether were sending or receiving information.

Associate DEAN RESEARCH AND GRADUATE STUDIES, ARTS AND SCIENCE GRAHAM CARR

I'll be paying more attention to certain types of science and technologies that maybe I put into the realm of sci- ence fiction before. Especially [John Capobiancos] pres- entation on nanotechnology and [computer science and software engineering professor Ching Y. Suens] on pat- tern recognition suggested there's a lot of potential for everyday awareness to be raised.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES PROFESSOR OWEN CHAPMAN

Input solicits opinions from a range of interested parties on topical issues. If you would like to add your own input go to gournal.concordia.ca.

Private money/public good

How patronage helped form communications

The figures of light (above) and sound (below) are carved above doors at the Rockefeller Center, one of the many elements of the building professor William Buxton discusses in his recently published collection of essays.

KAREN HERLAND

The name Rockefeller conjures images of excessive wealth and luxury. After ll, Oysters Rockefeller was named to link the richest living American with the over-the-top richness of the sauce.

It seems almost counter-inti- itive to consider the Rockefellers in light of their decades-tong sup- port for communications, the arts, the humanities, medicine, education and the public good.

The impact private wealth had on the development of pub- lic art is the theme of Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy’s Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities, edited by commu- nication studies professor William Buxton. The collection of work by a number of scholars examines the role of philanthro- py in shaping media and the performing arts.

“I wanted this volume to act as a point of reference for people working in this field; explained Buxton. He added that the influ- ence of philanthropy on commu- nications has not been extensively explored before now.

The essays address the impact of philanthropy on television, cin- ema, dance, museums, journal-

ism, film-music, radio, and the humanities in general. The essays were originally presented as papers in a workshop Buxton organized while he was scholar- in-residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center during the sum- mer of 2004.

“I wanted to combine experi- enced researchers with emerging scholars, said Buxton. Among those invited were Concordia pro- fessors Haidee Wasson (cinema) and Charles Acland (communica- tion studies).

Each contributor provided detailed reflection on his/her own field's relationship to private phi- lanthropy. Buxton contributed a handful of chapters intended to link and contextualize the more focused contributions.

Ultimately it's the complex interconnection between private funding and public interest that is at the heart of the book, as reflect- ed in its title. For instance, his chapter on the ‘Rockefeller half- century’ (the 20s to the 70s, the period covered by the volume) uses the construction of the Rockefeller Center and _ the Lincoln Center in New York City to trace the evolution of public and private philanthropic efforts. Both projects involved Rockefellers in their planning and execution. The former was a com-

mercial venture, directed centrally and involving many communica- tions industries as tenants. The latter was a decentralized, non- profit endeavour that was nonetheless heavily underwritten by private interests.

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that looks solely at results, said Buxton. “These essays deal with the complexity of relationships between donors and recipients:

The Rockefellers’ influence dur- ing this period was far-reaching, extending into Canada with the establishment of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and nearly $20 million in grants, fellowships and support for artists and artistic associations. The chapter con- tributed by Queen's University's Jeffrey Brison traces the origins of the federally-sponsored SSHRC and Canada Council to precursors funded by private foundations including the Rockefellers’ and the Carnegies.

Each of the chapters is based on primary archival research (which meant a lot of fact-check- ing). Buxton proposed the proj- ect to the editor of Lexington Books’ critical media studies series and it was well-received. It has already generated positive interest from libraries and foun- dation officials.

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ACCOLADES

Congratulations to distinguished CSBN professor emeritus Jane Stewart who will be receiving the 2009 John B. Stirling Montreal Medal from her alma mater, Queen's University. The award is given each year to an individual to reward their meritorious contributions to the honour of the university.

Stewart received her BA in Psychology and Biology from Queens in 1956. She joined Concordia University (then SGWU) in 1963, served as chair of the Department of Psychology from 1969 to 74, and was the founder and director of the CSBN from 1990 to 1997. In 2007, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

She will receive her medal from Queens University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf Nov. 21 at the McCord Museum.

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Adding to Concordia’ nominations for this fall's literary awards, part-time English faculty Patrick McDonagh [PhD 98] and former student Yves Engler have been nomi- nated for the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for non-fic- tion. McDonagh is picked for Idiocy: A Cultural History and Engler for The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy. Rounding out the nominees for the prize is Eric Siblin [MA Hist 87] for The Cello Suites.

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The Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies The Will to Intervene report (see Journal Sept. 17, 2009) has been listed by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University as an offi- cial resource for their Mass Atrocity Response Operations project.

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Recent educational studies master’s graduate Michael Ernest Sweet has been conferred a 2009 Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, considered one of Canada’s premier teaching awards.

Sweet, who teaches at Lester B. Pearson High School, founded Learning for a Cause Student Press in 2004 and has published four award-winning anthologies of student writing. He was named a Journal Great Grad in 2008.

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Congratulations to ENCS PhD graduate Fitsum Tariku for receiv- ing a 2009 Housing Studies Achievement Award from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for his research on the reduc- tion of energy waste in buildings, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. One of three winners, Tariku will receive a $10 000 prize as well as a merit certificate. Tariku is currently the director of build- ing science at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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Concordia emergency procedures video has been awarded the third place prize Public Awareness Award by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The non-profit educa- tional organization IAEM has 5 000+ members in 58 countries, and is dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.

The video was created to promote awareness of emergency proce- dures at Concordia, and is shown during new student and staff ori- entations, as well as safety seminars around campus. Watch it at concordia.ca/emergency.

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More than 300 people filled the Oscar Peterson Concert. Hall on October 28 to honour the 2008-09 Arts and Science Scholars. Faculty of Arts and Science Scholars are those students who have earned the top 1% grade point averages during academic year. Out of roughly 17 000 student enrolled in the Faculty, only 155 achieved this GPA. At the event, dean Brian Lewis con- gratulated the scholars. “As your professors, we are well aware of the hard work and effort that you invest in your studies every day. We are very proud of you and your success.”

FALL CONVOCATION 2009

Senate discusses changes in online course delivery

eConcordia structure has evolved since it first began in 2002

KAREN HERLAND

Provost David Graham presented the relationship between Concordia University and eConcordia, the online course delivery system, at the Nov. 6 Senate meeting.

His thorough presentation traced the history of the relationship, outlined issues that had arisen and described the rationale for changes in the new struc- ture through an agreement signed in September 2008.

The current arrangement, which will operate on a two-year trial basis with the possibility of renewal, is intended to resolve issues arising from the previous system. Chief among them were con- cerns about academic oversight and the quality of the courses delivered, and questions about the distribution of rev- enues. The subject raised a lot of ques- tions and discussion from senators, who echoed many of these concerns.

Graham presented very clear charts that demonstrated the sharp growth curves for registration for online courses since eConcordia first began to offer online courses in 2002. Since then, eConcordia course registrations have exploded from under 2 500 to over 25 000. “It is clear that students are choos- ing online courses for thetr flexibility,’ he said. “If we don't meet this need, other universities will and we risk losing stu- dents.’

Graham also asked the Institutional Planning Office to verify the academic standards of the courses offered online.

The office compared a random 10% sample of students in the same course

offered both ways and found no signifi- cant difference either in grade distribu- tion or retention.

In tracing the history of the relation- ship between Concordia and eConcordia, Graham acknowledged that the initial system was tentative in some respects, since it was unclear how popu- Jar online courses would be. Faculty members were approached to develop and deliver courses on their own, over and above their regular teaching load. There was little coordination through Faculties of what courses would be avail- able, nor was there any effective way to monitor quality.

Graham explained that the new agree- ment, which includes letters of agree- ment with CUFA and CUPFA is “more in line with university governance models.’ A separate entity called KnowledgeOne will deliver other non-Concordia courses (corporate training programs, courses developed by other universities, continu- ing education courses) as a profit-mak- ing corporation. Any profits derived from KnowledgeOne will ultimately make their way back to Concordia.

As a_- non-profit corporation, eConcordia has_ strong representation from Concordia on its nine-person board of directors, including the President, the Provost, the Vice-President, External Relations, and Secretary General, and the Dean of the JMSB.

In addition, a separate Academic Liaison Group, chaired by the Provost, and including all Concordia Deans, and the President of eConcordia is now responsible for determining the course offerings available through the system.

Overall, it seems clear that online learning works best for general, 200-level courses in fields that require familiarity with basic information or concepts. “Any kind of technologically-mediated teach- ing can make it harder to transfer critical thinking skills, said Graham.

The letters of agreement establish eConcordia courses firmly as part of the regular duties of faculty who participate. The course development and teaching engagement for these courses will be treated as comparable to other universi- ty courses.

As before, eConcordia receives from the university payments essentially equivalent to the tuition paid by stu- dents registered in courses delivered by eConcordia, while the university receives the provincial FTE allocation, which rep- resents about three times the tuition rev- enues. For each student registered, $20 is returned back to the academic budget, to be allocated appropriately. Previously, that amount went directly to instructors, who will now be compensated as part of their regular workload or in accordance with policies on overload teaching.

In addition to more direct participa- tion by Concordia University in eConcordia governance, the structure establishes a clear model of course design and revision that will sees cours- es renewed on a regular cycle. Existing courses will be integrated into the pro- gram and renewed in the same way.

Graham summed up the importance of the system by saying, “We can respond to student needs without sacrificing aca- demic quality and generate revenue to support academic priorities.’

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Forces Avenir nominee gears up for change

Siena Anstis (second from left)

shop owners in Habaswein in North Eastern Kenya; the Somali

area of the country is sometimes called the Forgotten Kenya. “The big boss was remarkable and very efficient,” says Anstis. “Her daughter was the only woman to have gone to work for government and become a ‘role mod-

el’ for a lot of the younger women.”

At 2] years of age, recent journal- ism and anthropology grad Siena Anstis has done more than many people do in twice that time. She's helped set up HIV/AIDS aware- ness programs in East Africa, freelanced in Kosovo, and worked with communities to integrate information and com- munication technologies (ICTs) such as cell phones or internet to create opportunities for commu- nities to become more socially

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“The unconventional, the unusu- al. That's what you'll see here.’

It isn't your run-of-the-mill gallery, and thats just what Rae Staseson, communications stud- ies chair and professor, wants, along with the rest of the depart- ment.

On Oct. 29, more than 40 peo- ple assembled for the opening of the intimate display space that has been planned for the CJ building's first floor since its $20 million revamp in 2005.

The hope for the 40 sq m gallery, inaugurated in time for Open House, is to present the cre- ative work of faculty to students and public. “We always imagined wed have a media gallery to exhibit artwork and creative pro- ductions, said Staseson. In addi- tion, faculty will also serve as curators and programmers to create future shows with outside media-related artists.

To kick the gallery into motion, comm studies professor Rick Hancox presented the exhibition, Apparencies; his photographic take on mundane urban spaces, quirky suburbia and the aesthet- ics of abandoned industrial sites

committed. What hasnt she done? Slouch about waiting for the world to come to her.

For her extraordinary humani- tarian and journalistic work, Anstis is among the nominees for the Forces Avenir Undergraduate Personality award, recognizing her commitment to community devel- opment as a socially conscious, and responsible citizen. Winners will be announced on Nov. 17.

Currently based in Nairobi,

Kenya as a communications offi- cer with the Aga Khan Foundation and a freelance jour- nalist under the CIDA Journalism and Development Initiative Scholarship. Anstis filled in the Journal via email.

What's the overall goal of your work?

I became particularly interested in how ICTs can be used in rural communities as a means of self- determination. Technology is pret-

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ty incredible; people in Kenya have taken the basic structures and turned programs into fabulous open-source-software that can be used for everything from election monitoring to helping farmers fig- ure out why their crops are dying. I would like to further support this tech-revolution and see how it can bolster international development projects and make them more rel- evant to the communities they work with by having them deter- mine their own needs and imple- ment their own changes.

Second of all, I hope to work with the literary scene in East Africa. Especially in Kenya where there has long been a powerful, strong art scene.

Why is this technology so important in what you're doing?

ICTs are important because they allow more independent, self-directed development. So, for example, the cell phone is primarily for communicating between individuals in Canada. However in Uganda, people use the cell phone to check market prices for their crops and stocks. Also, technology allows us to get work done faster. More free-

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using only one-time use, dispos- able film cameras.

Hancox, who grew up in Moose Jaw, Sask., began the project during his first trip back to the prairies in many years. He noticed the dichotomy of murals, painted throughout the city - depicting a more prosper- ous time, yet displayed on the side of decaying buildings. Since that trip in 2000, Hancox has taken hundreds of pictures of locales all over Canada, which he pared down to 19 for the show.

“[The cameras] are very limited in their technical versatility. I wanted the challenge of coming up with good photos based only on my eye, said Hancox. “T start- ed taking pictures of subjects that were themselves disposable, in some stage of deterioration.’

As for being the first to display at the Media Gallery, Hancox stated, “I’m incredibly honoured. I've had a long and successful career, but theres something about being recognized by your own peers in your own depart- ment. It’s really special?

To accompany the launch, gallery organizers are also exper- imenting with new possibilities

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time equals more time to spe- cialize in the production of a certain product, which leads to an increase in profit, more time for political action, learning, family-time etc.

You've mentioned youre learn- ing more from your co-workers in Kenya, rather than vice versa. What's the difference in dynamic between your current endeavours and _ traditional Western humanitarian aid? The Aga Khan Foundations mis- sion is not “aid, but helping bring people out of poverty through community develop- ment projects with a participa- tory approach. The majority of the foundation is run by local individuals, therefore prompt- ing a greater connect between community and development. I am learning from my co-work- ers who are introducing me to

new types of development approaches and projects. Future plans?

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year, probably in London.

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Gallery beside his photos taken with a mere disposable camera. “What | liked about it was how spontaneous and simple it was; you just point it, frame it and click,” he said.

of publication. They are incor- porating material from exhibi- tions into online print-on- demand programs; anyone wanting a book containing Apparencies, complete with artist’s statements can ga to the Mobile Media Gallery website and print one (tinyurl.com/ ykrlq4h).

Comm studies folk are also planning a unique collaboration with the MultiMedia University (MMU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Together, they plan to

develop innovative ways to dis- tribute and present ground- breaking content. It's a collabo- ration, according to- Staseson, that highlights strengths of the MMU’s media production engi- neering and Concordias cre- ative, scholarly output. “They have pipeline, and we have the content to put in the pipeline,’ she said.

Comm studies professor Kim Sawchuk will be visiting MMU later this month, and Staseson and a team of research-artists and

students plans to venture to Asia in winter to explore possibilities for “a few technological adven- tures.’

“This gallery is really exciting, said Staseson, proudly stating the gallery's potential to energize the Loyola Campus. “T think a lot of the work we do is critical work, its smart, and it often steps out- side other kinds of work”

The gallery hopes to hold another event in late winter. Staseson herself is preparing an installation for late spring.

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Turning anguish into art

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KAREN HERLAND

Over the weekend of Nov. 6 to 9 ,a number of people gathered at the Montefiore Club to examine the theme Remembering War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations: Oral History, New Media and the Arts.

The conference, co-organized by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Montreal Life Stories Project, presented the process, reflec- tion and production of a num- ber of international researchers, practitioners, artists and com- munity representatives many of whom occupied several of those roles simultaneously.

The event, the fourth in asso- ciation with the Life Stories project, funded by the CURA program, focused on the “drive to tell difficult stories through art, dance, theatre and media, said Susan Bell, who recently became research coordinator for the oral history centre.

Bell said the conference theme is critical for the project's mandate. “This really is the crux of the project. How do you transfer these stories in a way that is full of grace?”

The 121 registrants at the con- ference spent their days in panel

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If someone sent you a poem about the way you were going to die, most Canadians would call the police. Mexicans have a more light-hearted approach to death, as students learned during a trip to the cemetery for El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

“People make rhymes with your name about your death. It’s something that we can laugh about. In other cultures, that would be considered an insult,’ says film production graduate student Unai Miquelajauregui, who led a small group of Concordians on a tour of Notre- Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery last Tuesday.

Walking among the tomb- stones, he described typical scenes in Mexican cemeteries during the annual celebration on

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discussions and plenary ses- sions and evenings at perform- ances, readings and exhibitions intended to convey the experi- ences, legacy and anguish of those who have lived through conflict, war, tragedy and vio- lence.

Participants shared experi- ences and stories, both learned from the communities they

A lighter look at death

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worked with, and the challenges they faced finding meaningful, respectful, and ultimately suc- cessful, ways to tell those sto- ries. Participants also discussed the role of artistic production in that process.

On the second evening, keynote speaker Henry Green- span, renowned author of books based on his 30 years of work

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with Holocaust survivors, offered his reflections. He summed up the theme of both the formal and informal conver- sations he had participated in at the conference as “words about words.

Greenspan spoke about the importance of language. “Words are tricky things. They are both the tools and the weapons we

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eating, drinking, playing music. The atmosphere is festive.

“In our eyes, death is not a pun- ishment. It will reunite you with people that you loved and lost, or with God. We have a different perspective, he says.

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home, where they will place an offering of favourite snacks, tequila, toys, or skull candies to welcome the souls of the deceased.

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have.” He urged those present to choose words carefully, “we have to break through these words that are so familiar they become numbing, and keep always aware of the experiences behind or beyond those words.”

Filmmaker Liz Miller, who worked with young refugees to Montreal this last year as part of the Montreal Life Stories Project, reflected on the impor- tance of producing material that can speak to multiple audiences “but avoid reenacting a trauma or performing victimization. She cautioned care while nego- tiating the space between con- veying intimacy and sensation- alizing.

Theatre professor Ted Little was struck by the similar con- cerns expressed by participants and presenters across disci- plines, remarking that he did not often find himself in confer- ences.

“I heard a lot about process and product and how they come together” he said. “Essentially, people were considering how to engage with difficult knowledge.’

Financial support for the proj- ect came through the Office of the Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies, along with SSHRC.

Program toured the cemetery last week to learn more about the Day of the Dead.

Ambassador Program at the Multi-faith Chaplaincy. Inter- faith Educator Laura Gallo explains that the IAP is based on the concept that we live in a reli- giously diverse world and can work together based on these differences.

“We hope to reach out and build an interfaith community for those who are interested in learning about or exploring spir- ituality; she says. Service to the community is an integral part of that and they frequently organ- ize outings and fundraisers.

~ One of their long-term goals is

to demystify religion and create a space for people to talk about their faiths without feeling stig-

matized.

For more about the Multi-faith Chaplaincy, visit deanofstu-

~ dents.concordia.ca/chaplaincy.

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| CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY’S FACULTY OF'ARTS AND SCIENCE PRESENTS THE 2008-2009

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Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science takes tremendous pride in recognizing students who have

achieved outstanding academic success. During the 2008 2009 academic year, the undergraduate students listed below achieved a remarkable annual grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or above. They represent the top 7% of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Congratulations to the outstanding students whose achievements have earned them a place on this

year’s Dean’s List!

Sabrina Alfonso Fiona Allum-Bordage Cristina Almaraz Oviedo Meagan Almond Mazin Murwan Al-Rasheed Fatima Amari

Sefi Amir

Shihadeh Anani Daniel Anderson Eftichia Andreadakis Patrick Angell

Siena Anstis

Eleni Apostolis

lulian Apostu

Faye Ashley Araneta Jessica Arasimowicz Tamreen Arif Catherine Armstrong Hazel Arroyo

Luis Gustavo Arruda Adriel Arsenault Carol M. Arsenault Dany Asad

Nimara Asbah Tiffany Ashford Adam David Ashton Marielle Asseraf Anastasia Assimakopoulos Jonathan Assouline Maryléne Audet Marie-Luce Audet Lydia Audet

Benny Augello

Elana August

Jessica Authier Audrey Autmezguine Amanda Avino

Adam Avrashi

Jeffry Awwad

Megann Ayotte- Thompson

Danielle C. Badgley

Lauren Baggett

Chun Bai

Spencer Bailey

Laura Baker

Ana Baljak

Kabongo Balufu

Christina Elizabeth Baran

Yuliya Barannik

Charles-Antoine Barbeau- Meunier

Kevin Barber

Cristina Barbu

Daniel Barham

Rex Barnes

Claire Barnes

Elizabeth Barr

Amy Catherine Barrington

Shelley Bartholomew

Alanna Bartolini

Lynn M. Barwell

Andrew Battershill

Adam Beach

Laura Beach

Myriam Beauchamp

Stéfanny Beaudoin

Guillaume Beaudoin

Liza Beaulieu

Angele Beaulieu

Julie Beausejour

Isabelle Bedard

Elizabeth Beiderman

Anahita Beladi

Amélie Beland

Marie-Christine Belanger

Jean-Francois Bélanger

Jenny Bellerose

Giovanna Belluso

Yassine Bennane

Nathalie Bensimon

Ryan Benty

Jennifer Berardi

Heidi Bercovici

Daniel Bernardelli

Olivier Bernier

Sarah Bernstein

Maite Bertaud

Eva Best

Naim Beydoun

Roxanne Bichard

Camille Bilinski

Louise Birdseil Bauer

Allison Bishop

Karen Bishyk

Lawrence David Bisse

Margaret S Black

Natalie Black

Monique Blake Thompson

Robin Blanchard Arnaud Blanchet Saint-Pierre Stephanie Bleau-Messier Andrea Bluteau

Kasey Bockus Guillaume Bogiaris-Thibault Bianca-Elena Boingiu Ismael Bolly

Elena Bondarenko Jacques-Yves Bouchard Nancy Boucher

Nesrine Boudadi Audrey Bouffard-Nesbitt Victor Bourdeau Emmanuel Bourgelas Bianca Bourgeois Christine Bourque Nour Boutros

Melanie Boychuk

Laura Jocelyn Brace-Saulnier David Bradford . Natasha Brathwaite Melissa Brethour Gabriel Brindamour-Kemlo Gabrielle Brisebois Robert Britton

Laura Brouillette Cameron Brown

Emilie Brown Tesolin Pierson Browne

Kyla Brule

James Buchanan Morgan Buck

Patrizia Bufo

Lindsay Burke

Wayne Burke

Jesse Burns

Eva Burrill

Michelle Tali Burstein Kevin Busby

Pamela Bussey

Andrea Butler

Lianne Butterfill

Andrea Buzzetti

Erin Byrnes

Nicole Diane Caissey Melissa Callaci

Steven Caluori

Violet Cameron

Maria Cammisano Matthew Candib

Derek Caners

Elizabeth Cannell

Duy Cao

Ysa Cao

Enrico C. Caouette Natalie Cardinal-Aucoin Christopher Cardoso Anna Carlson

Nicholas Carmichael

Alexander Milne Carruthers Robert Carver

Evie Cavis

Valentina Cean

Thomas Patrick Cesari Eva Chadnova

Liliane Chamas

Nadine Lynne Champagne Kathleen Chan

Darian Chan

Wael Chanab

Mengjie Chang

Lyne Charland

Cynthia Charron

Dave Charron-Arseneau Caroline Chbat

Didier Chelin

Erica Cheung

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