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March 31, 2011
Grading Aboriginal education
Three SFU experts are available to comment on the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Aboriginal Education in British Columbia 2011.

William Lindsay, a member of the Cree-Stoney Nations, has risen from being a statistic that almost fell through the cracks in Canada’s education system to becoming an outspoken director of SFU’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples. 778.782.8925,

Veselin Jungic, an SFU mathematician, senior lecturer and adjunct professor, has devoted his career to helping Aboriginal youth gain a foothold in B.C.’s education system. Available as of April 1. 778.782.3340,

Dolores Van Der Wey, an SFU assistant professor of education, was recently at the Truth and Reconciliation Forum on residential schools.  Her research investigates how the university classroom can be a site for coalition building practices in First Nations education. 778.782.3798,

Eyes on the polls
Mark Pickup
, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and specialist in comparative politics, is also a visiting fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford, where he runs the Oxford Polling Observatory website. Pickup says the site, which includes recent comparisons of public opinion on Canadian federal politics, is also tracking federal election campaign polls and will be reporting results.

Mark Pickup, (currently on leave and best reached by email)

Woodstock version of World Lit

You could call it an academic version of Woodstock. Fifteen hundred literary researchers from around the world are descending on Vancouver to attend the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual convention hosted by SFU’s World Literature Program, March 31-April 3. Program director Ken Seigneurie can explain why Vancouver is the ideal place to host a conference on the role literature plays in interactions between cultures. CBC radio host and SFU honorary degree recipient Eleanor Wachtel is one of many high profile writers leading conference workshops.

Ken Seigneurie, conference organizer, 778.782.8846, 604.899.1474;

Psych in the City
Six SFU psychologists will share their research on psychological factors threatening the well being of society during Psych in the City, a popular lecture series at SFU Vancouver. The series kicks off April 13 with lectures by Ron Roesch and Don Read, who will address, from different perspectives, the role mental disorder and psychological vulnerability can play in the prevalence of crime, wrongful convictions and rising prison populations.

Don Read, 778.782.3358;


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