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Valentine's Day

2010-03-19

The following Queen’s University experts are available to discuss different aspects of Valentine’s Day.
Love and technologySidney Eve Matrix can discuss “e-chemistry” and is an expert in digital culture trends and mobile technology. Professor Matrix notes that Valentine's Day means love and romance are on our social radar and so it seems appropriate that GPS technologies are being used by on-line dating sites to track and connect potential soul mates. Another reason for singletons to get a Smartphone, the newest mobile and location-aware online matchmaking apps and services are all about proximity and connectivity.
Chocolate and the consumerism of St. Valentine’s DayHeather Evans, professor of English and expert in the relationships between the symbolism of food and our culture is available to speak about the history of chocolate, confectionary, and greeting cards, and their roles in the development of this modern holiday. Professor Evans can also discuss the material history of the holiday, including how the packaging and marketing of St. Valentine’s Day gifts and accessories, corresponds with social, cultural, economic and technological changes of the past two centuries.
Online dating: men’s and women’s Valentine’s Day expectationsSchool of Business professor John Pliniussen, an expert in innovation, sales management and eMarketing,  can discuss the popularity of the on-line dating industry and is able to explain how men and women differ with Valentine’s Day expectations and habits.
To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or  michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or  kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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