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Nominations open for teaching award

Give your favourite teacher a pat on the back with a nomination for an SFU excellence in teaching award. All continuing full- and part-time faculty members, lecturers and lab instructors who have taught a minimum of five years at SFU are eligible for the awards. Students, alumni and faculty may make nominations by October 15. For details visit www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Committees_TaskForces/Standing_Committees/Teaching-Excellence/

Realtors support urban sustainability

A new urban sustainability and development program at SFU Surrey is being funded with a $500,000 endowment from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. Through a series of lectures, research and graduate-student funding, the program will develop new strategies for the conservation of land. It will also explore the environmental, social and economic impacts of issues that include expansion of urban and suburban development, conversion of lands from one use to another and migration patterns.

Urry lectures on mobility

Mobility and immobility shape our lives, yet we don't pay much attention. John Urry, a professor from Lancaster University, will present this year's Munro lecture on Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Centre. The sixth annual Munro lecture honours economist Jock Munro, who served with distinction as SFU's VP-academic. The lecture takes place in conjunction with a symposium, autoConsequences: Automobilization and its Social Implications, hosted by SFU's traffic safety project in the department of sociology and anthropology. The project is establishing a network of academic and community members interested in bringing more analysis to how the automobile affects our social existence. The Munro lecture is free but registration is required. Contact 604-291-5100 or cs_hc@sfu.ca. For details and to register for the autoConsequences symposium Oct. 7 at Harbour Centre, contact traffics@sfu.ca.


Enrolment up

As the fall semester opened, SFU had 2,838 first-year students registered, up from 2,799 in September 2005. Among them were 425 international students who had accepted an offer of admission and paid their confirmation deposit. The final number won't be known until late September. Last fall it was 338.

Miki earns Thakore award

Roy Miki, SFU professor of English and a well-known cultural and community activist for the Japanese Canadian redress movement, is this year's recipient of the Thakore visiting scholar award. The award honours his long and outstanding work and achievements related to redress, including his book, Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice. The annual award will be presented on Monday, Oct. 2, Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, at 7:30 p.m. in Images Theatre at SFU Burnaby. The award, created in 1991 by former SFU faculty member Natverlal Thakore, honours individuals who show a concern for truth, justice and non-violence in public life, all qualities that Gandhi valued.

Anarchism corrected

These days, if you say you're an anarchist and you'll raise more than a few eyebrows, given the fear that terrorism is breeding. But SFU historian Mark Leier argues that, if anything, we should welcome anarchism with open arms. In a departure from his focus on Canadian labour history in previous books, Leier traces the life and ideas of anarchism's first major thinker, Mikhail Bakunin, in a new book A Biography of Bakunin. Leier says present-day politics inspired him to defend anarchism and debunk popular perceptions of it. "After 9/11, Bakunin was explicitly singled out as the original theorist of terrorist violence by all kinds of pundits and analysts," says Leier. "It was pretty clear that they didn't understand anarchism or Bakunin, and so the book became a project to set the record straight."














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