19, 2000, Gazette)
in, turn on
Geoff Rayner-Canham with Tina Turner on the background screen.
Geoff Rayner-Canhams recent presentation Women and Rock
had nothing whatsoever to do with geology, although some might
expect that sort of thing from an environmental science professor.
Rather, the short talk focused on womens roles in the development
of rock and roll. Dr Rayner-Canham traced the influence of women
on rock and roll from the rough-and-tumble blues of Big Momma
Thornton (who is responsible for such hits as Hound Dog and Ball
and Chain) to the raunchiness of Grace Slick, and onto the rapping
sounds of Salt-N-Peppa. And just why would a chemistry professor
be giving a lecture on one of the more garish music genres?
Thanks to the reinstatement of the Lunchtime Lecture Series,
faculty and staff are able to share their extracurricular
interests with their colleagues and students.
I doubt many of my students ever consider that a professor
might enjoy listening to Tina Turner, said Dr. Rayner-Canham,
adding that not all university professors live their lives to
a soundtrack by Bach or Beethoven. The lecture series is
a great way to broaden the one-dimensional attitudes many have
about the people who work at a university.
Those who attend the series, which takes place every Wednesday
from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., are encouraged to bring their lunches
and relax during the informal presentations, said Dr. Daniel
Stewart, who spearheaded the initiative.
We want people to learn more about each other and create
a greater feeling of community at Grenfell College, he
said, adding that so far, the lectures have been extremely well
Future topics to be presented include Stone Age Minds in Modern
Skulls, The Dictionary of National Biography, A Visit to Haida
Gwaii, How to Be a Good Media Source, Reflections on Aeschyluss
Oresteia and Designing Usable Web Pages.