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Working in the International Development World - February 1, 2017

The Department of Global Development Studies will host Dr. Niloufar Pourzand on Wednesday, February 1.  She will speak to DEVS 100 students about refugee issues and will also speak more informally to interested students about working in the international NGO world. The DEVS DSC will host this informal session on Wednesday, February 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the DEVS Lounge.  

Any DEVS students are welcome to squeeze into the DEVS 100 lecture that Dr. Pourzand will give prior to her informal talk about Global Refugees issues from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Biosciences Auditorium.

Dr. Pourzand has had a lengthy career in the International NGO world, including various positions in UNICEF field offices in Afghanistan, Barbados, and Indonesia. Most recently she was the Chief of the UNICEF field office in Uttar Pradesh, India.  She holds a PhD in Gender and Ethnic Studies from University of Greenwich, London, UK, where she researched issues of Afghan refugee women. Currently she is Professor of Practice at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

Robert (Bob) Lovelace is the recipient of the 2016 Educational Leadership Award

Robert Lovelace

On December 6th, Principal Daniel Woolf announced that Robert (Bob) Lovelace is the recipient of the Principal’s Teaching and Learning: Educational Leadership Award.

Robert Lovelace is the recipient of the Educational Leadership Award, recognizing his 21 years of exemplary leadership in teaching, mentoring, and building the profile of Indigenous issues in Global Development Studies (DEVS), at Queen’s, and in the community at large. Amongst his many achievements, Mr. Lovelace is the originator of on-campus, blended and online courses, has been key in the creation of the new Indigenous Studies Minor, was the founding manager for the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and has been the lead facilitator for the Annual Aboriginal Studies Symposium at Queen’s.

The awards, created in 2015, recognize individuals and teams who have shown exceptional innovation and leadership in teaching and learning on campus. The awards are administered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

“I commend each of the recipients of this year’s awards. They are a dedicated group of faculty and staff who have shown a deep commitment to enhancing the student learning experience at Queen’s,” says Principal Woolf. “There is a great deal of work happening across campus to foster excellence in teaching and learning and I am delighted that these awards can help raise the profile of this initiative.”

“The awards aim to celebrate excellence in strategic areas of teaching and learning at Queen’s and to recognize the faculty and staff members who are making important contributions to that excellence,” says Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)and Director of the CTL. “I would like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s winners and to thank everyone who took the time to nominate someone for the awards.”

Formal presentation of the awards will take place at the Teaching Awards Reception to be held in January 2017.

Leonard Cohen — 'The last tourist in Havana' (CBC Opinion Column)

Leonard Cohen — 'The last tourist in Havana'

Cohen arrived when Cuban revolution was just a couple of years old and things were chaotic and uncertain

By Karen Dubinsky, for CBC News Posted: Nov 16, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016 5:00 AM ET

Leonard Cohen

Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen at his hotel during a break in his British Tour, Dec. 6 1979. (Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Leonard Cohen, who died last week at the age of 82, visited Havana at a most unusual time. His sister, Esther, had honeymooned there before the 1959 revolution, and Cohen was curious to see the place. He was also following the route of his literary mentor, Garcia Lorca, who preceded him in Havana.

When Cohen arrived, the Cuban revolution was just a couple of years old and things were chaotic and uncertain.  He told biographer Ira Nadel, "I thought maybe this was my Spanish civil war, but it was a shabby kind of support. It was really mostly curiosity and a sense of adventure."   

Cohen grew a beard and searched for Havana nightlife, which was rapidly diminishing as the revolutionary government closed the casinos and fun-loving Americans turned their vacation sights elsewhere. Cohen described himself at that moment as "the last tourist in Havana."  

The next month, in April, the U.S.- led Bay of Pigs invasion was underway. As Havana prepared for war, it became apparent that — despite his beard and khaki — a boy from Montreal was a bit of an anomaly there.  As international news broke of bombing in Havana, Cohen's mother dispatched a family member attached to the Canadian embassy to check on her son's safety. Cohen was stopped by military police one night during a walk on a beach, and after being detained with a group of "suspicious" foreigners, he left.


Fidel Castro, in glasses, sits inside a tank near Playa Giron, Cuba, during the Bay of Pigs invasion, in this April 17, 1961. (Raul Corrales/Granma/Canadian Press)

Not surprisingly, after all that, Cohen was no fan of the Cuban revolution. But on later he defended his visit and explained what he learned from his time in Cuba: "I'm one of the few men of my generation who cared enough about the Cuban reality to go see it," he said. But he concluded that, "Power chops up frightened men. I saw that in Cuba."  

Cohen was, of course, wrong to think of himself as one of the few of his generation who cared about Cuba. After successfully fighting off the invaders, Havana became a cosmopolitan meeting ground for thousands of supporters including artists, students, and other activists who shared the political ideals of the 1960s. The Cuban Revolution quickly gained iconic status the world over.  

For Cohen, the experience was not so politically romantic. Indeed, it would have been hard for anyone to maintain any sort of utopian thinking while taking cover by the lion statue on Havana's famous Paseo del Prado, as warplanes flew overhead. But Cohen managed to channel his experience into a poem about the politics of his own country — a work that captured the irreverence, anti-authoritarianism and dark humour that characterized Cohen's work for decades.  

"The Last Tourist in Havana Turns His Thoughts Homeward" from Flowers for Hitler.

Come, my brothers,

let us govern Canada,

let us find our serious heads,

let us dump asbestos on the White House,

let us make the French talk English,

not only here but everywhere,

let us torture the Senate individually

until they confess,

let us purge the New Party,

let us encourage the dark races

so they'll be lenient

when they take over,

let us make the CBC talk English,

let us all lean in one direction

and float down

to the coast of Florida,

let us have tourism,

let us flirt with the enemy,

let us smelt pig-iron in our back yards,

let us sell snow

to under-developed nations,

(It is true one of our national leaders

was a Roman Catholic?)

let us terrorize Alaska,

let us unite

Church and State,

let us not take it lying down,

let us have two Governor Generals

at the same time,

let us have another official language, 

let us determine what it will be,

let us give a Canada Council Fellowship

to the most original suggestion,

let us teach sex in the home

to parents,

let us threaten to join the U.S.A.

and pull out at the last moment,

my brothers, come,

our serious heads are waiting for us somewhere

like Gladstone bags abandoned

after a coup d'état,

let us put them on very quickly,

let us maintain a stony silence

on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

-Havana, April 1961

This column is part of CBC's new Opinion section. For more information about this section, please read this editor's blog and our FAQ.



Professor Karen Dubinsky quoted in a CBC article regarding Prime Minister Trudeau's Visit to Cuba

"It's in the people-to-people world ... where Canadian-Cuban relationships are the most significant," said Karen Dubinsky, who teaches in a joint Queen's University-University of Havana course that brings Cuban students to Canada and sends Canadian students to Cuba.

"Cuba is good at that, at using soft diplomacy, and I think what I've learned from our experiences working with Cuba is they only want to do more of that."

To read the full article, please go to


DEVS Graduate Receives Marty Memorial Scholarship from Queen's Alumni Association

Holly Mathias, BA (Hons) 2016, was awarded the Marty Memorial Scholarship from the Queen’s University Alumni Association. The scholarship, valued at $14,000, honours a female graduate who is continuing her studies and shows community leadership. Holly was selected as the deserving recipient from more than 30 finalists. The award was established in memory of Dr. Aletta Marty, M.A. 1894, LL.D. 1919, and her sister, Sophie Marty, a distinguished graduate of Queen's University. 



SSHRC TIER II Canada Research Chair: Economy and Environment Competition (Deadline 31Aug2016)

The School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invite applications from outstanding individuals for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Economy and Environment.  This faculty appointment will be a Tenure-track or Tenured position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, held jointly in The School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies, with a preferred starting date of January 1, 2018.

For details click here

"Africa" painting by Canadian Artist Daniel Van Klei donated to DEVS

The department of Global Development Studies recently received a painting by Canadian artist Daniel Van Klei, the uncle of Raylea Abbis-Mills, a DEVS 2016 graduate.

Mr. Van Klei donated the painting "Africa", which will be hung in the Leslie Doucet lounge within Global Development Studies, in honour of the teachings that Raylea received at Queen's. "Thank you for teaching Raylea. It has been great to see her character and perspectives / ideas develop while attending Queens.  I appreciate an environment where critical thinking is developed amongst students, differing perspectives are explored and  innovative/creative endeavours have the potential to flourish! It it feels positive/appropriate to see “Africa” installed within the Global Development Studies Department".