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October 21, 2008
Reconciliation panel derails
The chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation commission, Harry LaForme, has resigned over an “incurable” conflict with fellow commissioners – to the dismay of First Nations leaders, who are calling for a functioning truth commission so that survivors can tell their stories. SFU sociologist Heribert Adam, who received SFU’s 2008 Sterling Prize for Controversy this month, studies reconciliation and can comment on the process underway in Canada. He has researched similar issues in South Africa as it dealt with apartheid, and has more recently looked at how those lessons might be applied to the peace effort in the Middle East.

Heribert Adam, 604.228.8369 (h);

Tracking the changing media
SFU communication professor Bob Hackett set up a watchdog group called Media Watch in the 1990s to track under-reported stories that proved to have major consequences. The idea evolved – and the city now joins in Media Democracy Day. On Saturday, Oct. 25 from noon-6 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library, a panel of journalists and academics – including Hackett - will focus on the role of the media as it becomes concentrated into fewer hands - and with the internet rapidly changing its role.

Bob Hackett, 778.782.3863;

Interacting with the night
SFU’s School for Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) is joining with Science World to host an interactive multimedia exhibition Oct. 27 – Nov.1 at Science World. Jinsil Seo and Greg Corness from SIAT will present nite_aura: an audio-visual immersive installation. The interactive art piece focuses on the senses and physical interaction by capturing the night sky and allowing visitors to whisper to the air and play with fields of stars surrounding them. See:

Ron Wakkary, SIAT program chair,