Author-undertaker to read
On Feb. 3, poet and essayist Thomas Lynch will read from Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans, a travelogue and memoir.
Born in Detroit, Lynch has been the director of the Lynch & Sons funeral home in Milford, Michigan, for the past 30 years. Alan Ball, creator of the HBO series Six Feet Under, cites Lynch as one of the series’ major inspirations, calling him a “brilliant, soulful writer.”
Lynch is also the author of three collections of poetry and of The Undertaking: Life Studies From A Dismal Trade, which won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
This will be the last reading of the academic year in the Writers Read at Concordia series, which is held in conjunction with Blue Metropolis. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the J. A. DeSève Cinema, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Comparative Politics seminar
The Department of Political Science, in collaboration with the Concordia-UQAM Chair in Ethnic Studies, will hold a seminar on Feb. 9 and 10 titled Citizenship and Representation in Comparative Perspective: A Seminar on Comparative Politics.
It starts Thursday night at 7 p.m. in H-1220 with a keynote speech by Jane Jenson of the Université de Montréal, called “The Many Faces of Citizenship.”
The following day will include presentations on Citizenship, Participation and Democratic Practices in Western Societies, The Political Consequences of Decision-Making Rules, and State-Society Relations in the Developing World, among other topics.
Among the Concordia participants are Daniel Salée, Csaba Nikolenyi, Graham Dodds, Leander Schneider, Kimberley Manning and Arang Keshavarzian.
For a full program and more details, please contact André Lecours at ext. 4079 or email email@example.com.
Gritty stuff on stage
The next production by Theatre students is by George F. Walker, author of the tumultuous TV courtroom series This is Wonderland and writer of many prize-winning plays about the down-and-out.
Criminals in Love is the first play in Walker’s East End Chronicles series, which has received the Governor-General’s Award and the Chalmers Award.
The production is directed by Dean Fleming, the new artistic director of Geordie Productions.
Criminals in Love is set in a tough part of Toronto. Junior’s girlfriend, Gail, is trying to draw him away from his family of petty criminals, but his father gets him involved in a dubious project. How will he extricate himself?
The production starts Feb. 9 at the Cazalet Theatre, underneath the Loyola Chapel. Tickets are $10 and $5. For details, please call the box offfice at 4742.
Researchers have new web site
The Association des chercheurs professionels du Québec (ACPQ), a lobby group started in 2003 by three professors, has launched a website, at http://www. acpq.ca
The organization says it represents professional researchers who practice in Quebec. A communiqué explained: “ACPQ devotes its efforts to the creation, establishment and integration of a new profession for a unique class of public servants called the professional researcher.”
The ACPQ intends to “reduce defection and entice students of talent who would otherwise contemplate another career.”
Ireland through a camera's lens
The continent’s largest Irish Film Festival, presented by Cine Gael Montreal, has once again cast its spell upon Concordia. The 14th annual event kicked off Jan. 20 and continues until April 27.
The first film featured was Mickbo and Me, a beautiful tale about two boys whose friendship transcends sectarian barriers in 1970s Belfast.
Next up on Feb. 10 is The Rocky Road to Dublin, which reveals a darker side of Ireland characterized by repression, suppression and censorship.
First released in 1968, it was shown once in Ireland and then kept under wraps for more than three decades until the director came out of retirement to reveal the secrets behind the making of this courageous film.
All films are shown at the De Sève Cinema (LB 125) and cost $7. It’s not too late to snag a membership, which at $30 entitles you to the remaining four regular films and to receive a $5 discount on the weekend series and Gala closing.
Members also receive first dibs on seating for all of the festival’s – usually sold-out – screenings. Films are shown at 7 p.m. on Friday nights.
For more information about Cine Gael and its 2006 lineup, visit http://www.cinegaelmontreal.com or call 481-3503.