In Brief 

Cultural therapy

There will be a free public lecture on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., in Room EV 1.605, by Frederick Hickling, former head of psychiatry at the University of the West Indies.

Hickling created an original technique of cultural therapy called psychohistoriography. Members of a specific community tell stories in relation to an issue that is of vital importance to them, and the stories are eventually expressed as performance.

On Nov. 10 and 11, there will be a workshop on this process at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church. There is no fee, but enrolment is limited.

On Nov. 15, there will be a performance and forum in the amphitheatre of the Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry, 4333 Chemin de la Côte Ste Catherine.

All these events are sponsored by the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, and Concordia’s Centre for the Arts in Human Development as a pilot project for a new program via the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture, Conflict and the Arts Therapies (IASCCAT). To register, please contact Stephen Snow at

Sounds abound at conference

The annual meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association was held in Concordia’s EV building from Oct. 9 to 12. Fittingly for a city billed as the aerospace capital of the world, Montreal aeroacoustics was the theme.

The conference attracted researchers in diverse fields of the acoustical sciences. There were plenary speakers on jet noise prediction and new materials for noise control in buildings, and exhibits of acoustical applications and products.

The event was sponsored by Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), Pratt and Whitney Canada and Bombardier Aerospace. The organizing committee was headed by Rama Bhat, ENCS Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research.


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