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A capstone experience

Queen’s Department of English Language and Literature to host Scotiabank Giller Prizewinner.

For the ninth straight year, Queen’s Department of English Language and Literature will host the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for a lecture, reading and question-and-answer period at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

“The tradition of having the Giller Prize winner visit Queen’s started when Alistair MacLean was Dean of Arts and Sciences and challenged us to create a capstone experience for the English graduating class,” says Shelley King, Head of the Department of English Language and Literature.

She credits English Professor Chris Bongie for suggesting that the department invite a prize-winning author to campus to interact with the students, who would also receive a copy of the book as a sort of “cohort experience.” The event is currently supported through a gift from Queen’s English alum Diane King and the Department of English Alumni Fund.

This year’s winner, André Alexis, received the prize for his novel, Fifteen Dogs. In the novel, 15 dogs in a veterinary clinic in Toronto are granted the gifts of reason and language by the Greek gods Hermes and Apollo. The novel follows the pack as they explore these fundamentally human abilities and the differing paths it places them on.

Mr. Alexis’ visit will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19, starting at 2:30 pm, at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre. During the visit, Mr. Alexis will hold a public reading and discussion, as well as a book signing. All are welcome to attend.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize was established in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife Doris Giller, a former literary editor at the Toronto Star. The Giller Prize, the largest awarded for fiction in Canada, is given to one Canadian author of a novel or short story collection published in English during the previous year.

'Right tool, right time'

Thanks to a new app, music teachers and their students are able to collaborate effectively between lessons.

Notemaker allows users to make real-time comments on video and audio recordings.

Notemaker allows users to make real-time comments on video and audio recordings. It was created through the Music Education in a Digital Age (MEDA) Project, directed by Queen’s University’s Rena Upitis (Education), in partnership with Concordia University and the Royal Conservatory.

Annotation apps are not new, Dr. Upitis explains, but what makes Notemaker different is that it is the only one that allows a dialogue among multiple commenters directly on a recorded work, either video or audio.

“The technical piece that makes this app unique is that it can be used with multiple users, multiple times. So that makes it extraordinarily powerful,” Dr. Upitis says. “It’s dynamic, it’s multi-user, it’s the kind of teaching and learning that we are doing these days.”

Music lessons often take place once or twice a week and the communication often ends when the lesson does. However, with Notemaker, the communication continues.

“So when you are sitting at a piano lesson and your teacher tells you something, your teacher interrupts you partway through a piece and says try this differently. You get it and you pay attention but you can’t re-create that moment when you are practising,” Dr. Upitis says. “Whereas if you’ve done a video and the teacher writes a comment in ‘This is what I meant at the lesson, right here you need to raise your elbow,’ then you can play it again and again and see where your elbow isn’t raised and then say ‘Okay I get it’ and apply it to the practice. In a lesson the moment has passed but with Notemaker the moment can be brought back again and back again.”

The app is part of the larger MEDA Project, which has resulted in four digital tools – iSCORE, DREAM, Notemaker and Cadenza –that comprise The Music Tool Suite. The multi-year project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The other key for Notemaker is the recognition that learning has moved beyond the classroom setting.

“It is very exciting and it meets two very important needs,” says Dr. Upitis. “One is to recognize the contemporary pull of mobile devices for young musicians and the other is to provide scaffolding for teachers to be able to work with students mid-week between lessons. It’s really intuitive and because it meets a pedagogical need I think whatever learning they may have to do to figure out the app, it’s worth it and not terribly difficult, especially if they are using phones already, which many of them are.

“This is the right tool at the right time for this context and we’re loving the response we’re getting.”

Dr. Upitis adds that with its flexibility and multi-user sharing, Notemaker can be applied far beyond music education. If there’s a video and feedback being sought, whether it’s sports training, theatre, dance or creating a preparing a presentation for work, Notemaker is an ideal platform.

While it is an exciting, new tool, at the heart of the app is something that has always been the key to learning.

“The other thing Notemaker does is the most important of all, which is it motivates people. People are motivated to practice when they can see their progress and when they can feel they are getting feedback that is directed and helpful and they can link that feedback to their work,” Dr. Upitis says. “Ultimately it is motivation that matters in every kind of learning. If kids are intrinsically motivated to do whatever the task is at hand that’s what’s going to propel them forward. It’s not the app. It’s the learning. And when they fall in love with the learning and fall in love with the activity or discipline that’s what you want taking over. For us an app like this provides that motivational bridge, that pedagogical bridge, the collaborative bridge, but ultimately, in our case, it’s about learning to play and love music. Not about learning to love and play an app.”

Nobel celebrations in Stockholm

Follow Dr. Arthur B. McDonald as he accepts his Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, from December 7 through December 11. Find upcoming events and check back often for updates!

[Art McDonald]
Dr. Art McDonald addressed well-wishers at his Big Bang Send-off on December 3 in Grant Hall. (Photo by Bernard Clark) See more photos...

The eyes of the Queen’s community are on Stockholm as Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald receives the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on neutrinos at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.

While in Stockholm, Dr. McDonald, the inaugural chair of the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, will participate in a number of official events during Nobel Week, including the award ceremony

Watch the Nobel Prize Ceremony archive
from Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. (EST)

Monday, December 7

Press Conference 3:30 a.m. (EST)

Dr. McDonald and his fellow Nobel laureates took part in the Press conference with the Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry and the Laureate in Economic Sciences 2015 from 3:30-5 a.m. EST.
Watch video of the press conference...

The Canadian Embassy also hosted a luncheon, where Dr. McDonald was interviewed alongside Mats Sundin, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain, for Swedish radio. Listen to the radio interview...

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update: Dec 7

[at the press conference [Art McDonald with hockey jersey]
Dr. Art McDonald at the press conference with the Nobel Laureates; Dr. McDonald with his new team jersey!

Tuesday, December 8

Lecture at 3:00 a.m. (EST)

Dr. McDonald delivered his Nobel lecture, “The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Observation of Flavour Change for Solar Neutrinos,” from 3:00 to 4:20 am EST.

Viewers can watch the lecture here, or on kva.se or nobelprize.org

[Dr McDonald at the podium]


Dr. McDonald also attended a special reception in his honour hosted by Kenneth Macartney, Canada's Ambassador to Sweden.

[collage of reception photos]

Pictured (right): Dr. Art McDonald, hockey great Börje Salming, Ambassador Kenneth Macartney, Principal Daniel Woolf

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update: Dec. 8 – McDonald delivers Nobel lecture8

Wednesday, December 9

Luncheon and visit to Norra Real High School

Queen’s celebrated Dr. McDonald’s remarkable accomplishments at a luncheon.

Earlier in the day, he attended a meeting that included his co-recipient, Takaaki Kajita of Japan, to prepare for the taping of Nobel Minds on Friday.

Dr. McDonald also visited Norra Real High School, the oldest upper-secondary school in Stockholm.

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update Dec 9

[at Norra real high school]

Thursday, December 10

Nobel Prize Ceremony

Watch the Nobel Prize Ceremony archive or find it on Queen's 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Playlist

[Art and Janet McDonald]
Art and Janet McDonald, before the ceremony

Dr. McDonald and his fellow Nobel laureates formally received their Nobel Prizes from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Following the ceremony, the Nobel banquet was held in the Blue Hall at the Stockholm City Hall. Among the approximately 1,300 guests who attended the banquet are members of the SNO Collaboration and the Swedish Royal Family.

The Queen's community gathered to watch the ceremony in Stirling Hall! The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) hosted a special celebration and viewing party (of the ceremony livetream) with the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy in Stirling Hall.

[Art McDonald receives Nobel Prize]
Dr. McDonald formally received his Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall


Friday, December 11

Nobel Minds

Nobel Minds is a a round-table discussion program with the current year's Nobel Laureates, co-produced by SVT and BBC WN, and broadcast on Swedish TV and BBC.

Find archived programs...

Nobel Prize in Physics videos: See also: Queen's 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Playlist

  1. 2015 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony
  2. Dr. Art McDonald with Mats Sundin – an interview with Lena Nordlund fro Swedish radio. December 7, 2015, in Stockholm.
  3. Dr. Arthur B. McDonald's remarks at the Canadian Embassy in Sweden.
  4. A welcome to Dr. Art McDonald by Ambassador Ken Macartney. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
  5. 2015 Nobel Lectures in Physics. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
  6. Arthur McDonald: The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Observation of flavor change for solar neutrinos
  7. Arthur B. McDonald - Banquet Speech: ""Behind every success there is effort... passion... a courage to try."
  8. Congratulations Art McDonald (played at the Big Bang Send-off in Grant Hall)
  9. In conversation with Art McDonald -- The Nobel Prize and Canadian research excellence by Universities Canada/Universités Canada
  10. Professor Arthur B. McDonald Co-recipient, 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

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'Amazing gift' for Queen's

Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, 1658, oil on canvas, 107.4 x 87.0 cm, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2015 (58-008) (Photo courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd.)

Thanks to Alfred and Isabel Bader, Queen’s art centre has added another Rembrandt painting to its collection – this time a remarkable, late-career masterpiece that had been privately owned and unavailable to scholars for much of its existence.

Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, signed and dated 1658, will become part of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s permanent collection. The painting is a significant example of a dated portrait by Rembrandt from the 1650s, and one of the last works from the artist’s late career to enter a public collection.

“I am grateful the Baders have entrusted us with this remarkable work of art,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “This gift distinguishes the art centre at Queen’s as the destination in Canada for the research, study and enjoyment of Rembrandt and his followers, and places the Agnes among the premier university art galleries in North America for the study of European art.”

Over a period spanning nearly 50 years, the Baders – two of Queen’s most generous alumni and benefactors – have donated to the Agnes more than 200 paintings, including two other works by Rembrandt, Head of an Old Man in a Cap (c. 1630) and Head of a Man in a Turban (c. 1661).

Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo will be a centrepiece for the many portraits by the artists in Rembrandt’s circle currently in The Bader Collection at the Agnes. I’m truly grateful to Alfred and Isabel Bader for their vision in shaping this collection, and for this amazing gift,” says Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes. “Across the university, researchers from many disciplines, from art and art history to psychology, business, theatre and medicine will take advantage of access to this painting. Most of all, we’ll treasure this piece for its extraordinary quality, and as an example of the highest aspiration of painting, which is to capture the human spirit.”

The Agnes is currently preparing Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo for installation. The painting will be unveiled to the public in May 2016.

“This painting is a dazzling demonstration of the artist’s signature ruwe, or rough, style, embodying the painterly brilliance so associated with Rembrandt’s late work. It also beautifully demonstrates the artist’s consummate skill in capturing the psychological presence of his subjects,” says Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art at the Agnes.

The Baders’ most recent gift is a significant contribution to Queen’s Initiative Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. The campaign seeks to nurture a supportive campus community, enhance the student learning experience, and secure a global reputation in discovery and inquiry.

When asked about the motivation for his generous gift, Dr. Bader explains, “It is the best Rembrandt in Canada, and Queen’s is the best university in Canada. It is very fitting.”

Alfred Bader (Sc’45, Arts’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and Isabel Bader (LLD’07) are among Queen’s most generous benefactors, supporting the university for seven decades. They have given back to Queen’s in countless ways: transforming the campus, enriching the student experience, supporting scholarship, and helping to enhance the university’s reputation as a top-tier educational institution. In an extraordinary philanthropic gesture, the couple funded Queen’s purchase of a 15th century English castle – Herstmonceux – that has been meticulously restored and is now home to the Bader International Study Centre. Last year, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts opened, thanks to another transformational gift from the Baders.

Scanning for the truth

Queen’s professor, working with team of scholars, determines famous Hieronymus Bosch paintings misattributed, discovers previously unattributed work.

Ron Spronk, an art historian from Queen’s University, is part of the team responsible for determining that two masterpieces long attributed to the famous Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch could not actually have been painted by Bosch after all. The findings come after five years of examination by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project.

“Our findings do not diminish the quality or the importance of these works, but they can no longer be regarded as autograph – authentic works by –  Bosch,” says Dr. Spronk.

Christ Carrying the Cross, one of two paintings attributed to Bosch that the BRCP demonstrated could not have been painted by the master.

One of the two paintings in question, Christ Carrying the Cross, was analyzed using macrophotography, x-radiography and infrared reflectography. Analyses of the painting show too few similarities to known works by Bosch for it to have been painted by Bosch himself or by his workshop. The panel’s framing method actually points to a production after 1525, at least nine years after Bosch’s death.

The researchers believe that another work, The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, has also long been misattributed to Bosch. It is possible that this panel was produced in the family workshop, but certainly not by Bosch himself.  The style of the underdrawing and the overall quality of this panel do not compare favourably with works at the core of the collective works of Bosch.

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things (c. 1500) was also thought to have been painted by Bosch, but research from Dr. Spronk and his colleagues with the Bosch Research and Conservation Project no longer believe that to be the case. 


The team also determined that a privately owned drawing known as Hell Landscape can now be accepted as being made by Bosch. The drawing shows a variety of fantastical monsters and demonic beings in the signature style of the master. Moreover, the team encountered some features in the underdrawing – the “outline” of a painting, done first as a guide –  of works that were produced in the workshop.

“It remains of the upmost importance to achieve clear and secure attributions; a more clearly defined oeuvre will be a more stable foundation for all further art historical work,” says Dr. Spronk. “It has been a true privilege to have been part of this fantastic project, and to study an artist so closely and thoroughly.”

Since 2010, Dr. Spronk has been a core member of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP), an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars, scientists and art conservators that is studying, documenting and conserving Bosch’s paintings. All examined paintings were documented with infrared reflectography using Queen’s Osiris camera. The team is preparing an exhibition for 2016, the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, the painter’s birthplace and home.

More information on the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, including detailed explanations of their research methods, can be found on their website. The team’s new, two-volume monograph will be published in January.

Students revive award-winning musical

School of Drama and Music is offering the first production of The House of Martin Guerre in nearly two decades.

After an 18 year hiatus, The House of Martin Guerre is back on stage. The musical is the first production from the newly created School of Drama and Music.

“The rights for this show were held by a major theatre producer for well over a decade after its first run,” says director Tim Fort (Drama and Music). “There were people (like me) interested in producing the show since the 1990s but couldn’t get permission while it was awaiting a proposed New York run. The original mid-1990s show was a big hit – winning best musical awards in both Chicago and Toronto – but it simply disappeared until an exclusive ‘option to produce’ agreement finally ran out and the show became available last spring.”

Leslie Arden works with the cast of The House of Martin Guerre.

The House of Martin Guerre is a true story about a French 16th century court case featuring Martin Guerre and his wife Bertrande. Married at 14 years old for a financial arrangement, Martin abandons his family after eight years of an unhappy marriage. Another eight years pass with no news until a man claiming to be Martin returns to the village with new passion for his marriage and new ideas that oppose his powerful uncle. The court case revolves around the disputed identity of Martin.

The music and lyrics are by Leslie Arden (with a book written jointly by Arden and Anna T. Cascio).  Arden is one of the leading musical composers in Canada and Dr. Fort’s longtime friend. He asked her for permission to produce its first revival and to come to Queen’s to work with the student actors and musicians on the production.

“She is a hugely musical person who is great with the students,” Dr. Fort says. “She’s also one of the greatest musical minds currently working in Canada.  The House of Martin Guerre was written immediately after Leslie had studied with theatrical legend Stephen Sondheim and reflects much of his genius for musical storytelling.”

The School of Drama and Music officially came into existence earlier this year. Dr. Fort is pleased with how the students have come together under one roof, both metaphorically and literally, and how much they are learning through this joint project. “Our collaborations are not new, but it’s so much easier when everyone is working together in one creative school.”

The House of Martin Guerre opens at the Rotunda Theatre in Theological Hall on Thursday, Nov. 5 and runs Nov. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 pm. There are 2 pm matinees on Nov. 8, 14 and 15. Tickets are $22 or $15 for students and seniors. They can be purchased in the Drama office in the basement of the Theological Hall or at the door.

Revealing a secret life

Robert Morrison to discuss Thomas De Quincey on BBC. 

Queen’s University English professor Robert Morrison is joining the discussion on the life and times of the nineteenth-century English essayist and opium addict Thomas De Quincey as part of the BBC show The Secret Life of Books, a program that examines classic books with a fresh eye.

[Robert Morrison
Queen's University english professor Robert Morrison (r) sits down with BBC The Secret Life of Books host John Cooper Clarke (l) to discuss Thomas De Quincey. The interview, titled "Confessions of an English Opium Eater" featuring Dr. Morrison airs Monday, Nov. 2 at 3 pm EST on BBC Four.  

The show features two interviews with Dr. Morrison, a leading expert on De Quincey.

“I was thrilled to be invited. I really wanted to participate in this project because it was a chance to talk about De Quincey’s most notorious book – Confessions of an English Opium-Eater – and the profound impact it has had on our understanding of drugs, creativity, and addiction. The program is devoted to exploring the way books shape our lives and our culture.”

Dr. Morrison has been studying De Quincey for 30 years. He is the author of The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey, which was a finalist for the James Tait Black prize, the oldest literary prize in Britain. Three years ago Dr. Morrison’s work gained further prominence when novelist David Morrell started researching De Quincey for a new book and reached out to the Queen’s professor to ensure the historical accuracy of his work. Dr. Morrell’s books Murder as a Fine Art (2013) and Inspector of the Dead (2015) are co-dedicated to Dr. Morrison.

Dr. Morrison has just finished working on a new edition of De Quincey’s finest writings for Oxford University Press, all of which led to the BBC invitation.

For the BBC program, Dr. Morrison met with show host John Cooper Clarke, who toured with The Sex Pistols and The Clash in the 1970s, released a best-selling book of poetry in 1983 and regularly performs as a punk poet.

“I was hoping to build rapport with him but wasn’t sure how. We met, sat down and there was a pause. He then looked up and said, ‘Paul Anka’s Canadian.’ I wasn’t sure how to react,” says Dr. Morrison. “I said ‘yes, Paul Anka is Canadian. He was born and raised in Ottawa.’ He nodded and we were off. He asked great questions. It was a fascinating experience.”

Confessions of an English Opium Eater featuring Dr. Morrison airs Monday, Nov. 2 at 3 pm EST.

Long-lost mural a valuable learning resource

[Mural Conservation]
Master of Art Conservation students assess the condition of a mural that was donated to Queen's after it was found during renovation work at the former bus terminal on Bath Road in Kingston. (University Communications)

A long-lost mural has found new life as a valuable learning resource for students of the Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University.

Removed from a wall at the former Kingston bus terminal on Bath Road earlier this year, the massive 3.4-by-1.8-metre oil on canvas mural is now being assessed by the program’s six students.

The piece, created by Canadian artist Kenneth Hensley Holmden (1893-1963), is based on a painting originally created by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) entitled Fish Market, Toronto.

The painting was found behind a wall during a renovation project and was donated to the program by the Springer Group of Companies.

While it is a beautiful art piece its true value isn’t measured in dollars. Instead it is the rare opportunity for the program’s students to immerse themselves in the project from start to finish.

“This is going to be a long-term endeavor and we’re also just incredibly grateful to the Springer family for donating the piece because it has been such an exceptional learning experience for us and we’re delighted to have it,” says Amandina Anastassiades, assistant professor of art conservation (artifacts).

Anita Henry, adjunct professor of art conservation (paintings), says that removing a painting from a wall is a rare event.

“I’ve been working now for over 25 years in the field of conservation and I’ve done it twice,” she says. “It doesn’t happen very often, so these students are incredibly lucky to have been able to do that.”

Patrick Gauthier, a second-year art conservation student is excited to be working on such a complex project as part of his ongoing studies. Not only is the mural large, it also offers a wide range of challenges for conservators.

“What we’re actually doing right now is the condition report. We’re assessing all the layers of the painting. We’re starting with the canvas and then we’re examining the ground, the preparation layer, the paint surface and the varnish surface,” he explains. “If there is some dirt on it we’ll document it as well. We’ll document the losses, how the painting is made, how it aged and how it has deteriorated. That will give us ammunition for further treatments.”

After being rediscovered, the mural drew a significant amount of interest from the Kingston community with many people recalling it from their visits to the bus terminal restaurant.

As a result, the mural will be open for viewing during the Art Conservation Open House being held Saturday from 1-3 pm as part of Homecoming weekend. Visitors will be able to check out the program’s facilities at 15 Bader Lane and view the treatment and science labs where students learn to conserve paintings, works of art on paper, and objects of archeological, historic and ethnographic origins. All are welcome!

Queen's University offers the only Master of Art Conservation program in Canada. Students specialize in the conservation of paintings, artifacts or paper objects or carry out research in conservation science. 

Queen's Page Lectures welcomes author Elizabeth Hay

A burgeoning lecture series presented by the Queen’s Department of English welcomes author Elizabeth Hay to campus next week to discuss “the page” – the act of writing, the writing life and community, or any aspect of putting words to paper the lecturer wants to explore.

“Queen’s English is very pleased to welcome award-winning author Elizabeth Hay to the university,” says Shelley King, Head of the department. “This series of lectures on ‘the page’ represents an exceptional opportunity for our students and the wider community to hear Canadian writers at the peak of their craft speak about their literary experiences. The concept is clever and catchy, and the first three speakers – Phil Hall, Erín Moure, Stan Dragland – have demonstrated convincingly the value of this series.”

The Page Lectures launched in 2012, when then-writer-in-residence Phil Hall proposed the event as a way to “invigorate and challenge the university and Kingston artistic communities.” At the same time, with a play on words, it was an opportunity to honour Joanne Page, a local poet and artist. Ms. Page passed away in early 2015 of cancer. The series invites men and women writers alternately each year.

Elizabeth Hay visits campus Oct. 27 to present the fourth-annual Page Lectures. Photo: Thies Bogner

“This is the first year of the lectures without Joanne. She represented the spirit of place for Kingston’s writing community,” says Mr. Hall, Director of the Page Lectures. “It will be a very special event this year, announcing and celebrating all of the support that has come forward for our series in the past year. Liz Hay is the perfect writer to have at this time. We are all looking forward to her talk.”

After Ms. Page’s death, the Department of English pledged $25,000 from its Alumni Fund to act as seed-money for a new fund that would endow “The Page Lectures” in perpetuity. The fund recognizes both Joanne’s contribution to Canadian writing and the importance of the newly inaugurated lecture series to creative writing within the department and the wider community. Dr. Steven Page, Joanne’s husband, matched this gift, and with further support from other family members and friends, the Joanne Page Lecture Fund was established in September 2015.

Ms. Page was a cherished member of the Kingston and Canadian literary scenes, with three books of poetry: The River and The Lake (1993), Persuasion for a Mathematician (2003), and Watermarks (2008), nominated for the Trillium Prize. She was also a talented painter and for many years, she wrote a column for the Whig-Standard called In Other Words, which focused on feminist issues and wisdom.

In years past, the Page Lectures welcomed writer Stan Dragland, who spoke about the life and work of Ms. Page; and poet Erín Moure, who wrote about experiments to expand the concept of what a page can mean for experimental and digital writing. In the inaugural year, Mr. Hall’s lecture, Notes From Gethsemani, spoke of monk’s libraries, the history of pages, vellum, and manuscripts.

Both Phil Hall’s lecture and Stan Dragland’s lecture have since been published in small book form.

Elizabeth Hay — this fall also promoting her new novel, His Whole Life — will present her public lecture Tuesday Oct. 27 at 2:30 pm in Watson Hall, Room 517. All welcome. More information is available on Facebook.

Grant will make Inuit art exhibition a reality

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre has received a substantial grant of $261,937 from the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, it was announced Friday.

[Norman Vorano]
Norman Vorano is the Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art.

The grant, the largest received by the gallery from this source, will be allocated over a three-year period. It supports an extraordinary exhibition of graphite drawings under the title Drawing from the Past: Picturing Inuit Modernity in the North Baffin Region, 1964. The show will be featured at the Agnes in 2017, with a national tour to follow.

Created in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and the Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Facility in Clyde River, Nunavut, Drawing from the Past will examine a tumultuous era in the history of Canada’s Arctic through the display and interpretation of a unique collection of Inuit drawings made in 1964. The drawings, created by Inuit men and women from the North Baffin communities of Clyde River, Pond Inlet, and Arctic Bay, document the thoughts, apprehensions, memories and observations of Nunavummiut during a time of social upheaval. The pieces entered the collection of the Canadian Museum of History in 2014.

Norman Vorano, Queen’s National Scholar and Curator of Indigenous Art, will lead the project. The exhibition is the first effort to bring this collection to the public in 30 years. Dr. Vorano says the project represents a special opportunity.

“The partnership with Piqqusilirivvik will ensure an informed, culturally rich interpretive framework for presenting these drawings, and opens a new channel of engagement with Canada’s Aboriginal population,” he says. “Reflecting contemporary discussions in curatorial practice, the exhibition seeks a realignment of the relationship between Indigenous and settler perspectives on non‐Western art through an emphasis upon the intangible elements of visual arts — the stories, memories and voices associated with the drawings.”

Agnes Director Jan Allen points out that the cultural exchange embedded in Drawing from the Past takes the work of the gallery in a new direction.

“With the support of MAP and the help of our partners, these drawings — tangible traces of cross‐cultural encounter from half a century ago — will come to life through reflective interviews with the people of their community of origin,” she says. “In conceiving this project, Norman Vorano has cultivated a fresh collaborative approach that promises to be revelatory for all involved.”

In addition to his role at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Dr. Vorano is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Queen’s University.

For more information, contact Diana Gore, administrative coordinator, at (613) 533.2190 or diana.gore@queensu.ca.




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