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Cyberspace, Tinnitus – Issues and Experts

Nov 06, 2003
Seeking Justice: A human rights perspective…During the second half of the twentieth century, nations committed themselves to upholding human rights. However, is the commitment carrying through in the new millennium—an age that is already marred, early in its birth, by acts of ethnic cleansing, genocide, terrorism and other acts of violence. In the second installment of a series of symposiums called Seeking Justice, SFU’s continuing studies is co-sponsoring a public presentation on human rights in our communities. The two-day event, November 7-8 at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, will feature a number of high profile speakers talking about national and international human rights issues. Among the speakers are Warren Allmand, former solicitor general and Minister of Indian Affairs in Canada; Mary-Woo Sims, former BC Chief Human Rights Commissioner and Elaine Bernard, Executive Director Labour and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School.

The right to communicate…The United Nations World Summit on the Information Society being held in Geneva in mid-December can expect to be challenged on the notion that international human rights law doesn’t provide for the right to communicate. So says Cees J. Hamelink, who will bring the debate to SFU on Monday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at Harbour Centre. Hamelink is giving the Graham Spry memorial lecture (which he’ll also deliver in Montreal Nov. 13). The author of The Politics of World Communication (1994) and Global Communications (1983) has recently published The Ethics of Cyberspace. The book affirms that the global governance of cyberspace ought to become a public imperative rather than be left to the whims of private enterprise. Hamelink is a professor of international communication at the University of Amsterdam and professor of media, religion and culture at Amsterdam’s Free University. He will also be available for interviews on the 17th.
    Denyse Zenner, Communication, 604.291.3470; denyse_zenner@sfu.caMarianne Meadahl/Julie Ovenell-Carter, Media & PR, 604.291.4323

When the ringing doesn’t stop…Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is experienced by as many at 15 per cent of Canadians and in a third of those the sensation is permanent, and sufficiently loud enough to affect the quality of life. Some researchers believe the condition’s incidence may be on the rise among young people, given an increase in noise exposure produced by the electronic and industrial age. SFU psychology professor and brain expert Hal Weinberg says neuroscience research is beginning to provide insights into how tinnitus is generated. He’s bringing together experts in the field to look at its causes, how the brain is affected and whether it can be treated, at a public forum Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Centre.

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