In Brief 

Concordia’s environmental leadership

Montreal Matters is in its fifth year of programming events of interest to local citizens. Concordia has participated since the beginning, and this year’s theme — The Environment — captures one of our biggest strengths.

As leaders in the green community (we have held the title of greenest university amongst Quebec’s top six for a decade now) our partnership with CBC on this event makes perfect sense.

Those who want to learn about composting can attend one of two events. The first, at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24 will feature a workshop and tour of Loyola’s outdoor composting facility. Or visit the worm-composting set up in the greenhouse on the top of the Hall Building at noon on Oct. 26. That event will also be coupled with a plant sale. R4 and Sustainable Concordia are helping to put both events on.

Dedicated cyclists can learn how to get their bicycles ready for the coming deep freeze. Right to Move will help you gear up for winter at a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 on the Java U terrace behind the Hall Building.

For a more research-based approach to green energy, don’t miss the tour of Concordia’s solar house at Loyola from 3 – 5 p.m.on Oct. 26. Members of the Solar Building Research Network will show off the technology and resources that make the project self-sustaining.

Our collaboration kicked off with a special conversation hosted by the University of the Streets Café on Oct. 3.

For more details: montrealmatters/partners/concordia_university.html

Engineering Awards of Distinction

The first Awards of Distinction in Engineering and Computer Science will be awarded on Oct. 24, at 7:30 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, at 1228 Sherbrooke St. W.

The Award of Distinction in Computer Science will go to James Gosling, father of the Java programming language and Vice-President and Fellow at Sun Microsystems in California.

The Lifetime Award of Distinction in Engineering will go to John Holding, former executive vice-president for integrated product definition and planning at Bombardier Aerospace, and former chairman of the board of the Consortium in Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec.

Tickets, which include breakfast, are $42 for alumni, faculty and staff, and $50 for general public.

A.M. Klein revisited

The Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies is holding an international conference from Oct. 18 to 20 on A.M. Klein, poet, novelist, Jewish community leader and North American observer of European anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

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Klein's sons, Colman and Sandor Klein, will open the conference on Oct. 18 before the keynote and panel. The film A.M. Klein: The Poet as Landscape will be screened on Oct. 19 in H-765 at 7 p.m. The following day, A.M. Klein Today: A Poetry Reading will take place in H-765 at 7 p.m.
For full details, consult or call ext. 8760.

Personal journey on film

The scene above is from Up the Yangtze by Concordia film production graduate Yung Chang. The huge and controversial Three Gorges Dam, symbol of China’s economic transformation, provides the backdrop for this feature documentary, which is described as both stunningly beautiful and disquieting.

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Up the Yangtze is being shown as part of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma next Sunday at 3:15 p.m. and Monday at 7:20 p.m. For more information, please go to


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