February 21, 2002

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Cohen lectures in Hungary Recently back from his third trip to Yugoslavia after the fall of its dictator Slobodan Milosevic, SFU political scientist Lenard Cohen is one of many scholars analysing the former leader's trial from afar. Milosevic's trial at the Hague Tribunal for alleged atrocities during the Balkan wars in the 1990s, is seen as Europe's most important war-crimes case since the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders. Known throughout North America as an authority on Balkan politics, Cohen recently gave a lecture on political transition in post-Milosevic Yugoslavia at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. The lecture was part of the distinguished speakers series on Balkan history and politics. The second edition of Cohen's book, Serpent in the Bosom: The Rise and Fall of Slobodan Milosevic, will include a discussion of the former dictator's trial. The book is due out this year. Successful women speak Listen to six successful B.C. women inform and inspire as they talk about their career paths on the journey to success. Featured women include: Wanda Costuros, vice-president and CFO of Xantrex Technology, Danielle Michael, director of business development, Radical Entertainment, Ann Cowan, associate director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, Simon Fraser University and Gwen Rowley, Warrant Officer, Canadian Forces. The free event, at the Halpern Centre on the Burnaby campus, Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., is co-sponsored by the Women in Leadership Foundation and the SFU health, counselling and career centre. Pipe band warms up for tour A concert at Vancouver's Vogue theatre will give the four-time, reigning world champion SFU Pipe Band a chance to warm up before it goes abroad. The band's more than 30 pipers and drummers will be putting on a Celtic show, featuring Celtic musicians and a dance team, on March 10 at 2 p.m. Later in the month the troupe is performing at Belfast Waterfront hall in Northern Ireland on March 23 and Glasgow Royal Concert hall in Scotland on March 25. For more information see (their website). Business offers $10,000 scholarships SFU business is offering up to 10 scholarships, worth $10,000 each, to exceptional students entering the new global asset and wealth management MBA program this fall. The scholarship money comes out of membership fees for the business council. Program candidates must have two to three years work experience in the financial services industry, coupled with an undergraduate degree in business or economics, or a professional designation such as chartered financial analyst. Advertising lecture set The late Dallas Smythe, a communication professor at SFU who was internationally recognized for his pioneering work on the political economy of communication, insisted that advertising is the central dynamic of the corporate media system. But Sut Jhally, one of the world's foremost experts on advertising and media studies, says Smythe's view hasn't been heeded by critical communication scholars, who continue to focus on media as instruments of principally ideological control. Jhally says at a time when advertising forms both the financial and the ideological backbone of the media, such blindness to Smythe's view could have disastrous consequences. Jhally gives the annual Smythe lecture at SFU on March 1, 4 p.m. at the Halpern Centre. Jhally will talk on Advertising and the End of the World: Why Dallas Smythe was right and why it matters in a post 9/11 world. Jhally is a communication professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation.

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