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Commentary: Ebola, and what the media missed, February 23, 2015

As part of African Heritage Month, there will be a “Healing through Communication Symposium” that will discuss international health-care responses to Ebola in West Africa and Canada’s domestic response to HIV/AIDS in Black communities. In the lead-up to the Feb. 25 event, research communications intern Holly Mohr writes this commentary on one aspect of the Ebola outbreak

By Holly Mohr

As the dust settles following months of media coverage of the Ebola outbreak, another dimension of the story is emerging that may shine a different light on the situation.

At the height of the outbreak, media coverage focusing on the uncontainable and deadly Ebola virus generated a lot of fear. Details outlining the gruesome deaths, hazmat suits and border control policies appeared to be broadcast on every station, in every newspaper and all over social media, leading many to believe that the virus results in inevitable death.

In fact, according to global statistics contained in a Feb. 18 report from the World Health Organization, more than half of those who contracted the virus survived.

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The preservation of historical Canadian data is at risk: experts’ panel, February 4, 2015

How “memory institutions” - libraries, archives, museums, galleries - share Canadian culture across the country and around the world is vastly changing in a digital world, says a Brock digital historian who is a member of a national experts’ panel.

And we need to support these institutions as they adapt to the digital age, says Kevin Kee, Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities and Associate Vice-President, Research (Social Sciences and Humanities).

Kee and 12 other experts on the Council of Canadian Academies panel released its report February 4, which calls on memory institutions to create strategic and business plans around digital technologies.

“Canada is falling behind, and vast amounts of digital information are at risk of being lost because many traditional tools are no longer adequate in the digital age,” says Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions.

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Brock prof's book on WWI literature challenges ideas of Canadian identity, November 26, 2014

A Brock prof’s book on contemporary Canadian First World War literature aims to challenge our prevailing ideas about Canadian identity on the 100-year anniversary of the Great War (1914-18).

Catching the Torch: Contemporary Canadian Literary Responses to World War I by Neta Gordon, associate professor of English Language and Literature, wrestles with questions like what the First World War mean to Canadians? And why does it mean what it means to us?

“There’s various candidates for defining mythologies for Canadians,” says Gordon. “One of them is the railway connecting this vast country, and another one is World War One.”

“The war is compelling because of this sense of anxiety about Canada’s distinct character,” she says. “What you get in the literature is an attempt to make sense of the human story. And so this idea of Canada’s distinctive character is described through characters.”

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