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German scholar claims Diefenbaker Award

Silke Horstkotte, a German Literature professor at Universität Leipzig (Germany), has been awarded this year’s John G. Diefenbaker Award by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The award, worth up to $75,000, enables a scholar who is a German citizen to spend up to 12 months in Canada to pursue research in the social sciences and humanities.

Dr. Horstkotte will be working at Memorial University from September 2009 to August 2010, where she will collaborate with Dr. Nancy Pedri, professor with the English Department at MUN, on a project which will examine the narratological concept of focalization – a technical concept that replaces older, better-known terms such as perspective or point of view.

For their proposed monograph, to be titled Visual Narratology and Focalization, they will investigate how the telling of a story – its narration – is different from its focalization – that is, from the perspective (perceptual as well as cognitive) presented within (or outside) that narration.

In particular, they will look at multimedia artifacts such as graphic novels, film adaptations of literary texts, and opera scores in order to determine what, if any, analytical benefits the focalization concept has for the study of such texts.

Great book deal

The Faculty of Arts Publications is moving to a new home and is clearing extra inventory.

They are very happy to be able to offer volumes 1 (A-E), 4 (N-R), and 5 (S-Z) of the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador for $15 each (a substantial savings off the list price) to members of the university community. All volumes are fully illustrated, hardcover editions. This is a limited time offer. Payments must be in cash only.

Please contact Suzanne Brown of ISER on 737-8156 or to reserve your copies.

Honorary degree for dean

Dr. James Rourke, dean of Medicine at Memorial University, received an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Western Ontario on June 10.
The degree acknowledged Dr. Rourke’s career as a rural family physician in Goderich, Ont., from 1979 to 2004. During this time he continued to teach at Western. His work as Western’s assistant dean of Rural Regional Medicine led to the development of the Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network.
Dr. Rourke’s citation will be given by Dr. Carol Herbert, dean of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at UWO, when she presents him to Chancellor John Thompson for conferring of the degree.

Alumni gather in Calgary

It’s not hard to get Newfoundlanders to a party, and if you bring along a troupe as entertaining as the Spirit of Newfoundland, chances are people will be asking for an extra table. That’s what happened in Calgary June 3, as the traditional Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner brought together alumni and friends of Memorial University.

Over 250 people attended the event which took place at the Calgary Petroleum Club.

“Again this year the event was well attended,” said Karl Smith, a Memorial alumnus and chair of the organizing committee. “The affinity dinner is a success in that it serves to gather alumni and friends of Memorial University. The emphasis really is on friendship, and those who attended this event have seen ample evidence of that again this year.”

Mr. Smith is president and CEO of Fortis Alberta.

The guests were welcomed by Ted Henley, the master of ceremonies and a well known voice of Calgary’s 660 News.

Dr. Ray Gosine, Memorial's vice-president (research) pro tempore, provided the guests with a short update on university’s activities. He emphasized university’s rapidly expanding research capacity and warned that what stands in the way of further progress is lack of space.