Literacy award for education prof
Dr. Marc Glassman, Education, was awarded the Canada Post
Literacy Educator Award for 2003 at a ceremony held Sept.
9. Dr. Glassman, a specialist in literacy education, has
volunteered thousands of hours to developing and teaching
courses for learners ranging from at-risk children to graduate
students. Since arriving at Memorial in the fall of 1977,
he has taught over 270 courses to over 6,500 undergrad and
graduate students, and delivered over 100 workshops in the
area of literacy around the province of Newfoundland and
Labrador. The award also recognized Dr. Glassman’s
community service in the diagnostic assessments of the literacy
needs of hundreds of school-age children, his involvement
in the creation of intergenerational literacy programs and
the development of a professional development Web site in
literacy for the teachers of the province.
The Canada Post Literacy Award are the country's only national
awards dedicated to recognizing grass roots literacy initiatives
and to celebrating the achievements of learners and the
people who help them along the way. Short profiles on all
winners, as well as additional information on the awards
and other Canada Post literacy initiatives, can be found
in the Newsroom section of Canada Post's Web site www.canadapost.ca.
Documentary on genetic research
Bloodlines: The DNA Dilemma, a one-hour documentary
that will air Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. on ASN in
Newfoundland, explores the complex legal and ethical issues
associated with genetic research and commercial science.
The documentary compares Newfoundland with Iceland, a country
that put its genes on the commercial market in 1998 when
the Icelandic government leased the population’s medical
records to the multinational corporation deCode Genetics.
The documentary also includes a look at some of the genetics
research and clinical services offered at Memorial University.
Newfoundland has long been recognized as a geneticist’s
paradise with its homogenous population and large families.
Companies from around the world are investing research in
the island’s genes and Bloodlines tells the human
story of the benefits of gene hunting while examining the
enormous potential for abuse. The film is produced by Annette
Clarke, Ruby Line Productions, in association with CTV.
It is directed by Wendy Rowland and narrated by Canadian
social activist Shirley Douglas.
From Sept. 18 to Dec. 11, the Maritime History Archive will
be open one evening a week (Thursdays) from 7-9:30 p.m.
This is in addition to our regular hours of 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,
2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday
For more on the archive, see www.mun.ca/mha.
Lecture on contentious behaviour
Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University, will speak on Rooted
Cosmopolitans: Transnational Activists in a World of States.
The lecture will take place Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Donald Cook Auditorium, Music Bldg.
Dr. Tarrow will also be presenting a seminar on transnational
immigrant activists, Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in
SN-2033. Both the lecture and the seminar are open to the
public. Dr. Tarrow is a leading expert on new social movements
and more broadly, the phenomena of contentious behaviour.
Rooted Cosmopolitans examines transnational in comparative
and historical context. Dr. Tarrow argues that the figure
cosmopolitan, active in one entity, trying to bring about
change in another, has existed for hundreds of years
A specialist in European politics and society, Sidney Tarrow
has written widely on Italian and French politics, centre-periphery
relations, new social movements, and contentious politics.
Recent publications include Power in Movement (1994),
Contentious Europeans (with Doug Imig) and The
Dynamics of Contention (with Doug McAdam and Charles
Sidney Tarrow is Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and
Sociology at Cornell University.
Nobel nominee to deliver Pratt lecture
Cees Nooteboom will deliver the Pratt Lecture on Friday,
Sept. 19. The lecture, titled In the Eye of the Storm: Musings
on a Nomadic Life, is an excerpt from a forthcoming book
of travel writing by Nooteboom called The Nomad Hotel.
The lecture takes place at the Reid Theatre at 8 p.m.
Mr. Nooteboom is an internationally-known novelist, poet
and travel writer. He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize
Born in The Hague in 1933, he has built up an imposing collection
of novels, poetry, short stories and travel stories. With
his novel Rituals he won both the Dutch Bordewijk
Prize and the Pegasus Prize for Literature, and The
Following Story was awarded the European Literature
Prize in 1993. Other notable works include Roads to
Santiago (travel) and All Soul's Day (novel).
Ed Park, writing last year in the Village Voice, said Mr.
Nooteboom is “a writer's writer, whose books seem
metaphors for art itself.”