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Hexagram links Concordia, UQAM in the digital arts


he creativity of Quebecers will

provide the inspiration and raw material for an ambitious enterprise called Hexagram, or the Institute for Research and Creation in Media Arts and Technologies.

The $7-million project, which brings together artists and researchers at Concordia and the Université du Québec 4 Montréal, was launched at ExCentris, the glamorous cinema complex on St. Laurent Blvd., on Dec. 10.

Quebec cabinet minister Pauline Marois was on hand for the launch, and spoke warmly about the project’s bright future. Hexagram has a $6- million startup grant from the Valori- sation Recherche Québec funding agency, and the government has topped that up with another $1 mil-

lion. Daniel Lamarre, president of the Cirque du Soleil, is chair of the Hexa- gram board.

Sixty professors and about 250 graduate students will be involved in the project. It’s not easy for the tech- nologically challenged to grasp what Hexagram will do because its man- date is so open-ended, but a video shown at the launch gave some tanta- lizing glimpses.

There are eight areas of activity, each involving researcher/creators from both Concordia and UQAM: interactive performance and sound; interactive television and virtual com- munities; robotic arts and artificial intelligence; adaptive, broadband and wireless video; emerging cinema and virtual characters; interactive textiles and wearable computers; advanced digital imaging and rapid prototyp- ing; and immersive environments,

virtual reality and digital gaming.

No new building is envisaged for Hexagram; all its resources will be poured into the work itself. Concor- dia Dean of Fine Arts Christopher Jackson will be the project’s interim executive director.

Exceptional artistic talent in Quebec

In his speech at the launch, Jack- son said that such a visionary project could only be carried out in Quebec, with its remarkable diversity and cre- ativity.

Rector Frederick Lowy added that Hexagram is likely to be a catalyst for brain gain, attracting artistic and technological talent to the city. The Cirque du Soleil’s Lamarre saw the project as an incubator for talent, and said he will work to ensure that its research is applicable to the cultural industry.

From Africa and Europe with a lot to say

Cilia Sawadogo returns to Concordia as animation professor


chance encounter while out horseback riding in Burkina Faso changed the life of Cilia Sawadogo, the newest professor of animation in Concordia’s Mel Hop- penheim School of Cinema. Sawadogo, who was born in East Germany to a German mother and an African father, had been living in Burkina Faso since the age of eight.

“I met this Quebec couple when 1.

was 16 and just beginning to feel that Burkina Faso was not where I wanted to spend my life,” Sawadogo remem- bered, “and they encouraged me to come to Quebec City.”

A year later, she was in Quebec, studying German, French, Spanish and English at CEGEP Ste. Foy. “I thought I would be a translator,” she

said, recalling with a smile how she used to practice English on her dog. “It was hard for him,” she said, “because he ended up not being able to speak French.”

Instead of going into translation, she came to Concordia to do an undergraduate degree in communica- tions, adding a minor in animation. She had found her first love. “Draw- ing was something I had done all my life, but it was an activity I had always kept to myself,” she said. Now this talent was being nurtured and it began to flourish.

She graduated in 1989 and started work in public relations. At the same time, she began to get involved in filmmaking at a professional level for a wide range of organizations, includ- ing Vues d'Afrique, the CBC and the National Film Board. “I started at the

bottom and gradually worked my way up to the level of animation assistant at the National Film Board,” Sawadogo said.

Since 1993, she has directed two films for the NFB, three for Planéte Films (her own production compa- ny), and one for an independent pro- ducer. She is currently working on another film for Planéte Films in col- laboration with Concordia, a “work- in-progress called L’Arbre aux Esprits.”

Four of her films have been award- winners, including two she is espe- cially proud of, La femme mariée a trois hommes, which won the Regard canadien sur l'Afrique in 1993, and Le Joueur de Cora, which won the OUEMOI prize at the pan-African festival FESPACO in 1996.

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The two universities make natural allies in this enterprise. Concordia has the largest university faculty of fine arts in Canada, and the best. While about 15 per cent of Concor- dia students overall claim French as their first language, a fairly steady fig- ure over many years, roughly 34 per cent of the students in the Faculty of Fine Arts are francophone. For its part, UQAM has a strong communi- cations program.

To give just one example of the daring thinking going on among Hexagram researchers, Ingrid Bach- mann, who teaches in the Fibres unit of the Studio Arts Department, was recently interviewed on the local CBC radio program Art Talks.

She spoke of building tiny comput- ers into our clothes and accessories so that they could be activated by motion, giving off light or sound,

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even animation pockets that dis- play messages as the wearer walks by.

Bachmann and her colleagues are thinking about giving computers the tactile surfaces of fabrics, experiment- ing with conductive inks, imbedding solar panels in fabric.

Artists are already using computer technology in installations, works that engage the gallery-goer not only as a spectator but as a participant, and this trend is likely to intensify as artists seek to provoke us to see the world around us in new ways.

In fact, the movement signalled by the launch of Hexagram goes further still. Bachmann says that artists want not simply to make use of technolo- gy, but to shape it and use it as a “generative force.”

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Cilia Sawadogo teaches animation in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

Do you rate a Rhodes? Here’s how it works

Question: Bill Clinton was one.

So were Ontario premier Bob Rae and singer/actor Kris Kristofferson. Concordia has produced eight, but some universities boast hundreds. What is it? Answer: A Rhodes Scholar.

Rhodes sends a student from Aon of a number of countries to Oxford University in England, a scholarship worth about $20,000 U.S. Since it was established by a bequest from South African entrepre- neur and politician Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship has been the acme in academic prestige for overseas students (although apparently it doesn’t cut much ice with native Britons).

There are 90 new Rhodes Scholars every year; 11 of those are from Cana- da, including two from Quebec. Most stay for three years. Candidates must be between 19 and 25 years of age. They must have their undergraduate degree, and have resided for a num- ber of years in their country of origin.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen by a selection committee in their local constituency; these committees usu- ally include a number of former Rhodes Scholars. There is no written examination; it’s all done through interviews, including a cocktail party. The candidates are chosen for acade- mic excellence, but also for their all- around involvement and ability.

Elections usually take place in November or December, and the Scholars start at Oxford the following October. After election, the candidate applies to a college at Oxford Univer- sity, and the election as a Rhodes Scholar is not confirmed until the candidate is admitted to a college.

Scholars are elected for two years in the first instance, with the possibil- ity of an extension to a third year.

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Oxford’s Carol McQueen on global politics

Rhodes Scholar graduated from Concordia in history and liberal arts in 1995


he troubled international politics

of the past decade demands new academic thinking. Concordia gradu- ate Carol McQueen, a Rhodes Schol- ar at Oxford studying international relations, has developed her PhD the- sis to explain the phenomenon of safety zones in recent conflicts.

“Safety zones were originally codi- fied by the Geneva Convention of 1949, but my interest is their use in the 1990s, in Bosnia, Rwanda and Iraq,” she said. “Safety zones initially were places like a hospital zone, a place where the parties to a conflict had agreed that civilians and sick people could go and not be affected by the conflict.”

Safety zones in the 1990s were very different, largely because of the ethnic warfare that plagued many troubled regions of the world.

“In the 1990s, civilians were actu- ally targeted in the conflict, either by ethnic cleansing or genocide. There- fore, the safety zone had to be imposed by an external body like the United Nations Security Council.

“The fact that there was no clear agreement is what makes the [1990s] safety zones unusual; they never had the full support of the belligerents, so that the consent was either lost at some point, or accorded under duress. As a result, it was necessary to have foreign troops come in and protect the zones and the civilians in them.”

In her thesis, which she expects to finish this month, McQueen exam- ines why the UN and countries for- eign to the conflicts choose to get involved.

“I'm most interested in why states do this, despite the risks. It is very difficult to set up and defend these

Carol McQueen is following in the footsteps (or wheel tracks) of her father,

Professor Emeritus Hugh McQueen, an indefatigable cyclist in all weathers.

zones; it takes a lot of resources and commitment. In each of the cases, except in Iraq, the commitment wasn’t sufficient. The result was a problematic, or in the case of Bosnia, a disastrous situation.”

In Bosnia, the result was the Sre- brenica massacre, in which between 6,000 and 7,000 Muslim men were killed by Serbian forces. “That was a safe area protected by the Dutch, but they weren't able to do anything to defend it.”

McQueen argues in her thesis that states were torn about getting involved at all.

“The safe zones were a half-mea- sure. On the one hand, there was strong public pressure to do some- thing to halt ethnic cleansing or genocide; on the other hand, there was unwillingness on the part of the state to actually become involved in

the conflict. So they would do some- thing to protect civilians, but without going far enough, and you end up with a quite ambiguous, uncertain response.”

McQueen went on to present a theory to explain the sometimes baf- fling choices made by states. “Part of my thesis is in the area of internation- al relations theory. I argue that you can explain state behaviour by recog- nizing that they are responding to very divergent, competing interests, including both moral imperatives and strategic concerns.”

McQueen, the daughter of Concor- dia Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering Hugh McQueen, is teaching a course at McGill Universi- ty called International Organizations, which looks at the role of bodies like the UN, the IMF and the World Bank. She is also a post-doctoral fel-


low with the Research Group in International Security, which is com- posed of professors from McGill and the Université de Montréal.

“The goal of the group is to raise awareness of some of the key issues facing states today, in terms of main- tenance of international order and security.”

Late in November, McQueen dis- cussed the Rwandan part of her the- sis at a workshop for the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, which is chaired by Concordia History Professor, Frank Chalk, a genocide expert.

“I tried to dispel some of the myths surrounding the safe zone set up by France in Rwanda. The French have been accused by some critics of sid- ing with the Hutus’ genocidal regime, while the French government claims honorable, humanitarian motives. | argued that neither of those positions are true.”

The French had established a safe zone in the southwest of Rwanda, ostensibly to protect the Tutsis, but the genocide was over by the time it was established. Only Hutu perpetra- tors were in the safe zone.

“The end result was a situation in which the French seemed to be shel- tering the Hutu perpetrators from reprisals by the Tutsis. But the French did have honorable motives, and any state trying to conduct humanitarian operations in Rwanda would likely have faced similar problems.

“It's true that they were hoping to halt the military takeover by the Tut- sis’ RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front), but only because they were trying to create a breathing-space for negotia- tions between both sides.

“The situation was much more complex than some of the critiques at the time, which is often the case.”

Eclectic interests enrich Barry Lazar's journalism classroom


ik was late December, and Journal- ism Professor Barry Lazar had a lot on his mind:

“Arguing with a German library about the cost of rights for pho- tographs in Clara,” Lazar began, refer- ring to his latest film, “delaying writing a book on Montreal food for an American publisher for which I have already accepted and spent a royalty advance, preparing a proposal on the Montreal cartoonists [Serge] Chapleau and Aislin for the CBC and NFB, making sure I have enough Hanukkah candles for the rest of the week, and hoping I can get time to do about 40 laps sometime today.”

Lazar, a journalistic jack-of-all- trades, began instructing part-time at Concordia five years ago, teaching Public Affairs Broadcasting. Last sum- mer, he introduced a course in Liter-

Barry Lazar flips a pancake for his daughter’s

breakfast in a CBC shirt.

ary Journalism that is being offered

this winter. “I approach the task of

organizing my courses with great trepidation, almost like going on air,” he said. “All teachers are vampires.

We feed on the energy that good students radiate.”

In addition to teaching, Lazar produces documen- tary films with his partner of six years, Gary Beitel. The duo’s latest release, My Dear Clara, is the latest offering from a team that has put forth films about Santropol Roulant’s meals-on-wheels program (Bittersweet Deliver- ies), palliative care (Endnotes) and more.

“My Dear Clara is a love story shaped by Canadian immigration policies during World War II,” explained Lazar, adding that the film has been received “superbly.”

Making a film takes about two years for the duo, and is by nature a collaborative effort, though Lazar and Beitel have stuck to basic roles. While

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Beitel has directed all of their films, Lazar has handled production, including financing and administra- tive issues. For their current project, they've switched jobs, nothing new to Lazar.

Lazar's career began after he tried his hand at various odd jobs once out of school. Before landing a research gig at the CBC, he dabbled in teach- ing English to French high-school students, “trying to sell insurance,” and running a restaurant. To this day, food is a very important part of Lazar's career.

“] remain intrigued at how Montre- al’s many different cultures express themselves through cooking,” Lazar said.“Food is the easiest way to get to know someone. Did you know that in Chinese the greeting for ‘How are you’ is expressed as ‘Have you eaten yet?”

After he coauthored The Guide to

Ethnic Montreal in 1994, The Gazette offered Lazar, a frequent freelancer, a weekly column. Eventually, his col- umn evolved to “Flavour of the Week,” a food column that traced the origins and uses of exotic tastes. Recently, the Saturday column mor- phed into “Taste of the World,” giv- ing Lazar the arduous task of hunting down the city’s finest takeout each week.

Students, like journalism major Michael Citrome, find that Lazar’s background enhances his classes.

“He doesn’t lecture for two hours,”

‘said Citrome, who studied with Lazar

last semester. “He’s had a unique career so he tries to create a unique classroom by letting the students’ par- ticipation orient the discussion.”

“I really have just one objective,” Lazar insisted. “Make students excited about what they are doing and able to do it better.”

JANUARY 10, 2002

Concordia’s Thursday Report

A theory to make the mind whirl

Georgios Vatistas develops a new understanding of the vortex


f someone asked you to give an

example of a vortex, you might suggest a tornado, a whirlpool or water going down the bathtub drain. Or you might come up with the vor- tex that appears on the wingtips of an aircraft, or a hurricane, or a spiral galaxy, or the vortex produced by a mosquito’s beating wings.

In fact, says Mechanical Engineering Professor Georgios Vatistas, vortices (rotating liquids or gases) are “one of the rare phenomena that occur across the spectrum of physics, varying from the extremely small a few angstroms (0.0000000001 metres) to light- years (1,000,000,000,000,000,000 km) in size.”

Across this spectrum, vortices are similar, so a single mathematical model should be able to describe them all. A model developed by the 19th-century Scottish physicist and engineer William Rankine is still in use, but Vatistas believes a model he developed at Concordia will eventual- ly replace that standard model.

“Rankine’s hypothesis suffers from a variety of physical contradictions and inconsistencies,” he said. “The new theory, referred to by others as the Vatistas Vortex Model, resolves all the difficulties.”

He says the latest model is mathe- matically simple and smooth, like nature, and successfully describes the characteristics of velocity distribution and pressure in strong vortices in mathematical computerized simula- tions.

Born in Greece, Vatistas came to Canada with his family at age 20 and did all three of his degrees at Concor-

Professor Georgios Vatistas

dia, obtaining a PhD in 1984 with a thesis on vortices in confined spaces.

“I used Rankine’s model, but I thought, there must be something simple that would describe the physics better.” Eventually, after much experimentation in the lab, and reflection, even while driving in the car, he and a team of researchers came up with a new model, pub- lished in 1991 in the journal Experi- ments in Fluids.

The first application appeared a short two years later in an American paper on the aerodynamics of heli- copter blades, and at least 19 citations have appeared in graduate theses and scientific articles in the past 10 years, especially in the field of aerospace engineering.

Meanwhile, Vatistas has continued to improve the model. In a paper that appeared in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal of Propulsion and Power in 1998, he

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broadened the model. Also, the orig- inal model described a vortex in a state of permanence; he is now ready to publish a paper that describes how a vortex decays, or changes, over time.

Vatistas, who is also Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, has a variety of research interests, although he concentrates on fluid dynamics, especially vortex dynamics, and their industrial appli- cations. His studies have included the behaviour of liquids sloshing around in tanker trucks, the flow of blood through the abdominal aorta (a major vessel leading to the heart) and the development of hardening of that artery, the behaviour of vortices car- rying sediments at the intakes of large water pumps, and wind-tunnel test- ing for gas turbine engines.

Wide-ranging applications

His research has a broad range of other applications. For example, the whirlpools and waves caused by vor- tices produce a lot of noise and vibra- tion, causing machinery to lose efficiency. Better understanding of these characteristics will help design- ers improve machines.

Turbulence created by the takeoff of a large jet was blamed for the acci- dental crash of the plane that fol- lowed it in the Queens borough of New York City recently. “This new model contributes toward better cal- culations of a safe separation distance between two aircraft,” Vatistas said.

Although his research will help industry, Vatistas is an academic at heart. For him, “teaching is primary,” and research is the tool that helps him be a better teacher.

Down at the Old Brewery Concordians serve up lunch

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the Old Brewery Mission. Executive Director of Communications Dennis Murphy says he would like to see every Concordia employee do a turn at least once a year. If you are interested, please contact Beatrice Simone, Above, left to right, are some of those who served: Murphy, Andrew McAusland, Sandra-Lynn Spina, Jerry Tomberlin, Sandra D’Sylva, Evelyne Abitbol, Nadia Kherif, jan Jeffrey, Beatrice Simone, Chris Mota, Laurie Zack and Diane Hastings.

Concordia’s Thursday Report

JANUARY 10, 2002

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This column welcomes the submissions of all Concordia faculty and staff to promote and encourage individual and group activities in teaching and research, and to encourage work-related achievements.

Karin Doerr (CMLL, Simone de Beauvoir, Montreal Institute for Geno- cide Studies and Human Rights) gave a lecture Nov. 19 in the Fourth Annual Holocaust Education Series at Temple Emanu-El Beth Shalom, in Westmount. It was called “Retrieving Memories: Holocaust Survivors and the German Language.”

Balbir Sahni (Economics, CIAC) has been re-elected (after the manda- tory lapse of one year) to the board of directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). He is one of 33 directors, 10 of whom are from Quebec; it is currently chaired by Bernard Shapiro, prin- cipal of McGill University. Claudette Fortier, coordinator of Concordia’s International Students Office, is active with the CBIE as a member of the immigration task force, and Fred Francis (CIAC) was re-elected chair of the CREPUQ sub-committee for the international student exchange program.

Sup Mei Graub, director of Counselling and Development, was part of the planning for the 2001 conference of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, held as scheduled in October in Toronto, despite the pressure on these professionals caused by the Sept 11 attack. (About 95 per cent of the members are American.) Uni- versity of Toronto author/philosopher Mark Kingwell brought some wel- come solace to the participants. Sup Mei was responsible for coordinating the continuing education credits that directors gained by attending conference sessions that qualified as professional develop- ment.

Susan Hoecker-Drysdale (Sociology/Anthropology) has published Harri- et Martineau: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives, of which she and Michael R. Hill are the editors (New York and London: Rout- ledge).

Dominique Legros (Sociology/Anthropology) shepherded in a new pub- lication entitled Affiquets, matachias et vermillon: Ethnographie illustrée des Algonquiens du nord-est de |’'Amérique aux XVle, XVile et XVille siécles, illustrated by Marc Laberge. In his capacity as director and edi- tor of the Journal de Recherches amérindiennes au Québec he was responsible for this project.

Homa Hoodfar (Sociology/Anthropology) gave two addresses, “Women in Iran: Law Reform and Reshaping Political Space”, and “Afghan Refugees in Iran: Changing Roles of Women, Displacement and Social Change,” at the Muslim Women Research and Action Forum, in Sri Lanka, in July.

Sirin Bekbay (MBA, Concordia 2001), who took a course in TOM (total quality management) given by Suresh K. Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS), has been awarded the Hosei International Fund Foreign Scholars Fellowship, which will enable her to pursue research in Tokyo on a related topic.

Jeremiah F. Hayes, who retired last year as a professor in the Depart- ment of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be honoured by hav- ing a paper selected as one of 10 to be reprinted in the fiftieth anniversary issue of the IEEE Communication Society's magazine, to be published in April. The paper is a tutorial on the Viterbi algorithm, and was written in 1975.

David Howes (Sociology/Anthropology) has published an article called “eLegislation: Law-making in the Digital Age” in the McGill Law Journal.

Vered Amit (Sociology/Anthropology) presented a paper, “Armenian and Other Diasporas,” at the Erasmus/Socrates Conference on Agency, Discourses of Power and Collective Representations in Vienna, in July. She also had an article, “Clash of Vulnerabilities: Citizenship, Labor and Expatriacy in the Cayman Islands” published in American Ethnologist.

Neil Gerlach (Sociology/Anthropology) published “Cyber Inc.: Business Restructuring Literature and/as Cybertheory” with Sheryl N. Hamilton in Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. He also published “From Disciplinary Gaze to Biological Gaze: Genetic Crime Thrillers and Biogovernance” in the Canadian Review of Ameri- can Studies.

Meir Amor (Sociology/Anthropology) presented “Minorities, Expulsions and State Persecution: A Comparative Analysis of the Expulsion of Jews from 15th Century Spain and the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1972" at a workshop held in November by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Anouk Bélanger (Sociology/Anthropology) presented “Marketing Mem- ories: A Case Study of the Re-Opening of the ‘Pepsi’-Forum” at the Cul- ture of Cities Project in Toronto in June.


Linda Healey named Interim Registrar

ice Rector Services Michael Di Grappa has named Linda Healey as ened Registrar as of Dec. 10, replacing Lynne Prendergast.

Linda brings 10 years experience in the Office of the Registrar to the Position, most recently as Assistant Registrar. She has managed support services, worked as an admissions counsellor for the John Molson School of Business, directed liaison between the Office of the Registrar and the Faculty of Arts and Science, and organized and supervised all aspects of convocation.

She also brings direct recruitment experience to the job, both on the local level and in the U.S., as well as overseeing a pilot project for interna- tional student admissions.

Prior to her involvement in the Office of the Registrar, Linda worked for seven years in the Department of Modem Languages and Linguistics. Before joining Concordia, she was an elementary school teacher in the Montreal Catholic School Commission. She has a BA in psychology from Concordia.

We wish Linda all the best in her new post.

Benoit Morin heads Research Services

enoit Morin has been named Director, Research Services, as of Jan. 1, reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

He was the Tri-Council Policy Advisor for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Ottawa, Research Ethics Consultant at Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto, and Research Ethics Officer at Research Services and International Relations at the University of Toronto. He has also served on several ethics and research review boards and committees in the Toronto area.

Benoit holds a BA and an MA from Université du Québec a Montréal, as well as a PhD from the University of Toronto in bioethics. He has taught and carried out research at both institutions.

Welcome to Concordia, Benoit.

New financial officer in Fine Arts

M* Vandette, CA, MBA, has been appointed Financial and Plan- ning Officer, Faculty of Fine Arts, effective Dec. 3, 2001. Welcome to Concordia, Marc.

Memorial service for Gabrielle Murphy

f - Yeiogieon service will be held in the Loyola Chapel, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W., on Monday, January 28, for Gabrielle Murphy, whose death we reported in the Oct. 25 issue of CTR.Gabrielle had been the university's liaison with the Loyola Alumni Association since 1974. Starting in 1991, these duties also took included the Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University. The mass will start at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at Loyola High School.

Evaluation process is on for Director of Libraries

ig: Penna are invited from among faculty members for an interim evaluation committee for the position of Director of Libraries.

At its meeting of Jan. 17, 2001, Concordia’s Board of Governors approved new tules and procedures for senior administrative appoint- ments, which provide for an evalua- tion process for incumbents who are seeking a second term of office. In keeping with this policy, a task force is currently studying permanent eval- uation procedures.

However, the Director of Libraries will be starting the penultimate year

of his mandate in 2002 and has indi- cated his intention to seek a second term. As the permanent procedures will not be completed in time, the Board of Governors approved interim evaluation procedures for the Direc- tor of Libraries at their Dec. 12 meet- ing.

The evaluation committee requires two faculty members, nominated by the faculty members of Senate. All full-time and part-time faculty mem- bers are eligible to make nominations or to be nominated.

Nominations must be signed by five members of the nominee’s con-

stituency and be signed by the nomi- nee indicating her or his acceptance of the nomination and willingness to serve if elected. It should also be accompanied by an abbreviated cur- riculum vitae of the nominee, includ- ing experience in university affairs.

Nominations must be received by the Secretary of the Board of Gover- nors and Senate (BC-320), no later than 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The nominations will be presented and voted on at the Senate meeting of Feb. 1, and subsequently submitted for approval by the Board of Gover- nors at the Feb. 13 meeting.

Two Concordia University Research Fellows named

inema Professor Thomas Waugh and Psychology Profes- sor Natalie Phillips have been chosen Concordia University Research Fel- lows for 2001. The announcement was made by Dean of Graduate Stud- ies and Research Claude Bédard. Professor Waugh has been a dynamic member of the Mel Hop- penheim School of Cinema since 1976, and he is also the founder of Concordia’s program in interdiscipli- nary studies in sexuality, which fea-

tures the popular HIV/AIDS lecture series.

He is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts in sexual representation in the cinema, Canadi- an cinema, queer cinema and photog- raphy, and in 2000 published a collection of his essays since 1976, called The Fruit Machine.

Professor Phillips’ accomplish- ments within the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH) are impressive, since she obtained her

PhD only six years ago. She uses neu- roimaging and neuropsychological techniques in the study of cognitive aging.

University Research Fellows are named annually. The designation car- ries with it a $5,000 award and an invitation to give a public lecture.

A ceremony to congratulate the Fellows will be held in February, as Professor Waugh is currently in Europe. The lectures will likely be given in March and November.

Changes in University Communications area

hose of you who have dealt with

Marketing Communications or Public Relations in the past year will find some new directions for these units in 2002.

Marketing Communications will oversee a new marketing function for the information desk located in the lobby of the Hall Building. Sandra- Lynn Spina, Director of Marketing Communications, and Lise Tavares, Supervisor, Information Services, are collaborating on projects that feature a more visible presence of the infor- mation desk and its services on both


The former Public Relations Depart- ment will become two new units: Pub- lic Affairs, and Internal Relations and Communications.

Public Affairs, headed by Evelyne Abitbol, will integrate Media Rela- tions (French and English) and Gov- ernment Relations (all three levels) for the university. The integration of Media and Government Relations will greatly assist the success of both, according to Dr. Dennis Murphy, Executive Director of University Communications.

Extended Search - Dean, Graduate Studies

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IS SOLICITING APPLICATIONS FOR the position of Dean of Graduate Studies. The initial appointment is five years in duration (renewable once for a second five-year mandate). The suc- cessful candidate will commence his or her duties on September 1, 2002, or as soon thereafter as possible.

Concordia has 26,450 full- and part-time students, of whom 3,819 are in 104 graduate programs in four Faculties (Arts and Science, Engineering and Computer Science, Fine Arts and the John Molson School of Business). Cur- rently, three highly interdisciplinary graduate programs spanning in particu- lar the Faculties of Fine Arts and of Arts and Science are administered by the School of Graduate Studies,

Over the last four years, Concordia has been engaged in unprecedented and innovative change and development with respect to academic programs of study and research. To support the latter, Concordia has been hiring, and will continue to hire, massively into its tenured and tenure-track faculty ranks. These new hires represent a long-term investment in greatly strength- ening our potential to conduct cutting-edge research and to engage in post- graduate education in all disciplinary sectors.

Key to realizing expeditiously this potential is (a) the restructuring and enhancing of systems and policies throughout the institution in order to bet- ter facilitate post-graduate education, and (b) enhanced liaison with external

bodies and granting agencies to improve support for graduate students, In addition to administering the School of Graduate Studies, the aforemen- tioned are the principal challenges in which the Dean of Graduate Studies (reporting to the Provost and Vice-Rector Research) will play a leading role as a member of the senior academic management team of the University.

The ideal candidate will have had a strong career as a university educator and researcher. He or she will have had significant academic management experience. The candidate will possess exceptional qualities as a facilitator within a team, and will have excellent communication skills. He or she will have had experience effectively interacting with funding agencies and associ- ations dealing with graduate studies. The ability to function effectively in both an English and French milieu is important.

Candidates should forward their curriculum vitae, with a covering letter and list of references, by March 15, 2002, or until the position is filled, to: The Selection Committee, Dean, Graduate Studies c/o Ann M. Bennett Rector’s Cabinet, Concordia University, Loyola Campus, AD-224 7141 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6 or via fax: (514) 848-4508

Concordia University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and disabled persons.

Internal Relations and Communi- cations, headed by Laurie Zack, will focus on information dissemination to the university community: faculty, staff and students. As well as Concor- dia’s Thursday Report, and the annual Rector’s Report, this new unit takes the central university Web page ( under its wing to accentuate the information potential of the Web for the internal as well as the outside community.

You can still reach the three units at the same telephone numbers and email addresses.


Thursday Report

of Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montréal, Québec H3G 1M8 (514) 848-4882 il: barblak@alcor.

Fax: (514) 848-2814 Material published in

4 JANUARY 106, 2002 Concordia’s Thursdav Report

Loyola International College gets underway


oyola International College,

Concordia’s newest academic unit, is putting the focus on interna- tional and global perspectives in a world of increased intercultural interaction.

The College, whose classes started this term on the west-end campus, will give students the opportunity to balance their discipline-based educa- tion with interdisciplinary study that addresses challenging issues at the start of the 21st century.

The new College brings together the “pockets of international perspec- tives all over the university, researchers with concerns about cul- ture and development, international relations, aesthetics across cultures, variations in philosophy and religion around the world, and globalization,” explained Psychology Professor William Bukowski, who with Associ- ate History Professor Rosemarie Schade is co-principal of the College.

In the spirit of its namesake St. Ignatius Loyola, the Loyola Interna- tional College aims to cultivate good citizens and community leaders who are critically engaged in the contem- porary world. Loyola was a 16th-cen- tury religious leader who founded the Society of Jesus, a religious order

of men.

The Jesuits: established numerous schools and universities throughout the world, including one of Concor- dia’s founding institutions, Loyola College, in 1896. Of course, while Loyola’s global work in education was religiously motivated, the Loyola International College is unquestion- ably secular, and these days, women are welcome to apply, too.

Courses on the modern world

Two programs of study are offered. The Loyola International College Pro- gram, for students accepted in the Faculty of Arts and Science, is a 24- credit program consisting of eight new multidisciplinary courses: The Twentieth Century; The Contempo- rary World; Global Diversity; Scien- tific Inquiry; Biodiversity on Earth; Self, Culture and Development; Cul- ture and Communication; and an integrative seminar. Students will complete the courses over three years, in conjunction with their departmental major, specialization or honours program.

The 15-credit Loyola Foundation Year Program is designed for stu- dents enrolled in an extended credit program; typically, these will be stu- dents from outside Quebec. Two courses were designed specifically for

this program, The Idea of Modernity, and What is the Environment? Both are being offered this term.

Foundation Year students will also complete at least three courses from a set of eight, drawn from the depart- ments of History, Political Science, Theological Studies, Religion, Sociol- ogy and Anthropology, and Chem- istry and Biochemistry.

Beyond its emphasis on the mod- erm world, the Foundation Year Pro- gram will provide students with solid skills in reading, writing, critical thinking and information technology. Students will be expected to fulfill these credits during their first year of study.

Revitalization of west-end campus

The Loyola International College is an important component of the uni- versity’s commitment to revitalize the Loyola Campus, a plan initiated in 1998 following the merging or dis- continuation of some programs and the relocation of some departments to the downtown campus.

With plans for a state-of-the-art science complex at Loyola (now well under construction), there were con- cerns that the west-end campus would become primarily focused on the natural sciences.

The Loyola International College

Three paths to general education

Core, list and cluster options for Arts and Science students


rovost Jack Lightstone has been

waiting for nearly 26 years to see a general education requirement at Concordia, and it’s finally going to happen.

The push for a general education requirement arises from a sense that after years of emphasis on specialized knowledge and professional training, students need more breadth and depth in their education courses that address their ability to read, write, speak, reason, compute and lis- ten effectively.

At present, the only regulation, a student must take 24 credits outside their major subject, but there is noth- ing to force a student in science, say, to take a course in the humanities, or vice versa.

Arts and Science will give its new students entering in Fall 2002 a choice of three ways to satisfy the general education requirement. Stu- dents in a major program of study will require 12 general education credits, while students registered in an honours, _ specialization, major/minor or double major will require six general education credits.

The first option is to take all four courses of an interdisciplinary core curriculum called The Great Books and the Western Tradition.

This program reflects the experi- ence of Concordia’s Liberal Arts Col- lege, which, to quote the calendar, focuses on “enduring works funda- mental to the development of intellec- tual curiosity, human freedom and an informed citizenry.” Other cores are likely to be