Faculty notes and presentations — Nov. 3

Applied Linguistics

Hedy McGarrell presented the paper “Balancing Writing Development and Second Language Acquisition” during the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2011 at the University of Iowa, Aimes (Iowa), Oct. 13 to 16.

Thomas S. C. Farrell was an invited speaker at the Korea TESOL conference in Seoul, Korea on Oct. 15 and 16 where he gave one featured talk and two featured workshops on Reflective Practice.


Michael J. Armstrong, associate professor, Faculty of Business, gave a presentation titled “A Taste For Quality” to the American Society for Quality (ASQ) branch in Hamilton on Oct. 25.


The American Finance Association has posted a videotaped lecture by Robert Dimand about Louis Bachelier and randomness in financial markets (given at Ohio State University last year) on the History of Finance section of the American Finance Association/Journal of Finance website.

Labour Studies/Political Science

Larry Savage gave an invited lecture entitled “Unions, Elections, and Strategic Voting” for the Labour Studies Lecture Series at McMaster University on Oct. 12.

Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Jane Koustas was the invited speaker at the biennial conference of the Chilean Centre for Canadian Studies held in Santiago, Chile Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Her paper, entitled “Why do Canadian Studies Matter to Chile?” addressed the importance of Canadian Studies internationally and particularly in Chile. She also gave an invited lecture at the Paraguayan Centre for Canadian Studies entitled “Teaching Theatre in the English Language Classroom.”

Office of the Vice-President Academic

Patrick Beard (co-ordinator of Academic Reviews and Planning) recently attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA) in Fredericton, NB. He made a presentation (“Surveys: Getting the Reluctant to do the Irrelevant for the (mostly) Uninterested”) and facilitated a Discussion Group on survey research and methodology. He then attended the annual general meeting of the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC).


Christine Daigle presented the talk “Ambiguity, Volatility, Trans-subjectivity, Authenticity” as an invited speaker for the Department of Philosophy’s Colloquium Series at the University of Oregon on Oct. 27.

Political Science

Charles Burton presented a paper “Implications for the Government of Canada of Closer Economic Engagement with the PRC” at the panel on Canada-China relations held in conjunction with the book launch for The China Challenge: Sino-Canadian Relations in the 21st Century (to which he contributed) at the University of Toronto on Oct. 18.

Burton also spoke on “The Economic Benefits of Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for Canada” at the Joint Seminar of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Party School and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development “Human Rights and Development: Achieving Harmony” in Montreal on Oct. 30.

Worth Having (owl) by Jean Bridge

Worth Having (owl) by Jean Bridge

Visual Arts

Jean Bridge of the Department of Visual Arts was part of the exhibit “Worth Having” from Oct. 29 to 31 at the Toronto International Art Fair. Her work was part of the Red Head Gallery’s exhibit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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