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New Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies appointed

Dr. Fahim Quadir joins Queen’s from York University.

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Fahim Quadir as Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for a five-year term effective July 1, 2018.

[Fahim Quadir]
Fahim Quadir has been appointed as the next Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Quadir joins Queen’s from York University where he is currently Interim Dean and Associate Vice-President Graduate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and a professor of Development Studies and Social Science. He was enthusiastically recommended for the position by the Principal’s Advisory Committee, chaired by Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Quadir has accepted my invitation to lead the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Promoting and supporting the graduate mission is one of Queen’s highest priorities, and Dr. Quadir will work to provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in graduate education and research.”

Previously, Dr. Quadir has held academic positions at St. Lawrence University in New York, Dalhousie University in Halifax, and the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He also taught Political Studies here at Queen’s for 18 months from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Quadir then joined York University in 2001 and in 2006 he became the founding director of the Graduate Program in Development Studies and its undergraduate program in International Development Studies, both of which aimed to trans-nationalize the process of knowledge production.

Over the past several years, he has championed a variety of innovations to enhance the graduate student experience at York, including new online tools, improved student complaint processes, strengthened supervisory policies and education, and more supports for international graduate students.

“Dr. Quadir brings both broad expertise in graduate education and passion for the graduate student experience. I am delighted that he is coming back to Queen’s to take on this very important leadership role,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

As a researcher, Dr. Quadir specializes in International Development, International Relations and International Political Economy. His current work focuses on South-South cooperation, democratic cosmopolis, emerging donors, aid effectiveness, good governance, civil society, and human development. He has edited/co-edited five books and published extensively in various international peer reviewed journals.

He was the recipient of several SSHRC grants, the Fulbright Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Development Research Centre ‘Canada in the World’ Fellowship, and Killam Memorial Scholarship, among others. In 2007, he was presented with the York University-Wide Teaching Award for teaching excellence in the full-time faculty category.

“I look forward to collaborating with colleagues across all faculties at Queen’s to ensure the university’s continued reputation for excellence and leadership in the nexus of graduate teaching, learning and research,” says Dr. Quadir.

The principal and provost wish to extend their most sincere thanks to Brenda Brouwer for her exceptional tenure as vice-provost and dean, and to the members of the Principal’s Advisory Committee for their commitment and sound advice.

Principal’s Advisory Committee

• Benoit-Antoine Bacon (Chair) – Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
• Lori Stewart (Secretary) – Director, Office of the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)
• Adam Ali – Teaching Fellow, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies
• Monica Corbett – Director, Admissions & Student Services, School of Graduate Studies
• Ann Deer – Indigenous Recruitment & Support Coordinator
• John Fisher – Interim Vice-Principal (Research)
• Il Yong Kim – Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering
• Ceren Kolsarici – Associate Professor of Marketing, Smith School of Business
• Palmer Lockridge – Vice-President (University Affairs), Alma Mater Society
• Rebecca Luce-Kapler – Dean, Faculty of Education
• Stefy McKnight – Vice-President (Graduate), Society of Graduate & Professional Students
• Cherie Metcalf – Associate Dean (Academic), Queen's Law
• Kathy O'Brien – Associate Vice-Principal (International)
• Stephanie Simpson – Executive Director (Human Rights and Equity Offices) and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights
• Denise Stockley – Office of the Provost (Teaching & Learning Portfolio) and the Faculty of Health Sciences
• Stéfanie von Hlatky – Associate Professor of Political Studies and Director, Centre for International & Defence Policy

DDQIC branches out in Asia

[Alumni and Queen's leaders gather in Hong Kong (Photo: Liz Gorman)]
Alumni volunteers and supporters in Hong Kong gather with Principal Daniel Woolf and other Queen’s leaders to launch the Hong Kong node of the DDQIC Global Network. (Photo by Liz Gorman)

Alumni from Hong Kong gathered with leaders from Queen’s to celebrate and launch the newest Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) Global Network hub in Hong Kong.

Attendees to the launch event gathered in Hong Kong to connect with each other and support the DDQIC. The node is the sixth international location formed to help Queen’s students make connections abroad and expand their entrepreneurial ventures.

[Alumni and Queen's leaders mix at the Hong Kong node launch (Photo: Advancement)]
Alumni and Queen's leaders mix at the Hong Kong node launch. (Photo by Advancement)

Hong Kong is the second node in Asia, after the Shanghai hub launched in October, 2017. Other nodes around the world include London, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Each node consists of a committee of alumni volunteers with a diverse skillset relevant to innovation, entrepreneurship or local business culture. These volunteers help Queen’s students and alumni in the DDQIC programs through mentorship and connection to their networks.

“The DDQIC has access to philanthropic and grants for seed funding and looks to the global network and their international perspective to assist us in allocating these funds,” says Greg Bavington, Executive Director of the DDQIC and Special Advisor to the Provost (Innovation and Entrepreneurship). “We have a group of successful and influential alumni in Hong Kong, many of whom have already joined the node we’re creating.”

Mr. Bavington traveled to Hong Kong along with Principal Daniel Woolf, Dean Barbara Crow (Arts and Science), Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International), and the Queen’s Advancement team. Principal Woolf also visited the Canadian International School to speak to high school students.

[Principal Woolf gives speech at the Canadian International School (Photo: Liz Gorman)]
Principal Woolf gives a presentation to the Canadian International School during the trip to Hong Kong. (Photo by Liz Gorman)

“Hong Kong has always been a powerful financial centre in Asia. Just over the river is Shenzhen, a city of over 30 million people, with an economy based in manufacturing and technology,” says Mr. Bavington. “Any venture that gets created or incubated within one of our programs that involves hardware will be doing business in the region, if they’re going to grow to any scale. That makes Hong Kong the perfect spot for a DDQIC hub, with a massive financial centre cheek-to-cheek with a manufacturing powerhouse.”

“International alumni are looking for opportunities to engage with Queen’s and to help advance its strategic priorities,” say Liz Gorman, Associate Director of Alumni Relations. “The innovation nodes are the perfect forums for them to contribute their expertise and experience in support of Queen’s international and innovation strategies.”

The next Global Network nodes are currently under review, but Mr. Bavington says all signs point to Berlin and Beijing.

“We have already solidified plans to launch a node in Bejing this fall and Berlin is a city that has a young population, with a young workforce and a dynamic buzz to it,” says Mr. Bavington. “The startup scene is great there, and we have alumni there as well. It’s not a done deal yet, but our thinking is that one of the next Global Network nodes will likely be Berlin in 2019.”

To find out more about the DDQIC Global Network, check out their website.

World-class sex researcher joins Queen’s

Leading human sexuality and gender scholar, Sari van Anders, named Canada 150 Research Chair.


Renowned sex researcher Sari van Anders is joining Queen’s University as the Canada 150 Research (C150) Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, an appointment that grants her $2.45 million in research funding over the next seven years. She is one of only 26 C150 research chairs appointed nationwide by this competitive, one-time federal government initiative designed to recruit top-tier academic talent from around the world to conduct their work at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

“Being selected as a Canada 150 Research Chair is an incredible honour and a very personal one as a Canadian. I’m so excited to be able to come back to do my research, and to join Queen’s University to do so,” says Dr. van Anders. “Queen’s is such a vibrant university, and it’s a privilege to be able to join one of Canada’s leading research institutions.”

Dr. van Anders is a Torontonian who has been a professor in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan for the past decade.

“It's truly remarkable that Canada highlighted research as one of its priorities for celebrating and nation-building,” she says. “To be included in that national celebration with a research program focusing on feminist and queer science as well as gender and sexuality is an honor that seems uniquely Canadian. Canada is an international leader on gender equity and sexual diversity and I'm excited to be a part of this.”

“To be included in that national celebration with a research program focusing on feminist and queer science as well as gender and sexuality is an honor that seems uniquely Canadian.”

Dr. van Anders’ own research involves an interdisciplinary study of human sexuality, gender, and sex. She has created sexual configurations theory  a new way to conceptualize, measure, and explore how people experience their genders, sexes, and sexualities. She also is a leader in social neuroendocrinology, which seeks to understand how social behaviours influence hormones in social context – such as how sexual behaviours, erotic thoughts, or gender socialization change testosterone levels in the body, for instance.

Dr. van Anders is also a sex researcher and explains: “I see my research contributing to our understandings of sexual phenomena like orgasm, fantasy, desire, and pornography – as well as larger related constructs like gender and sexual diversity. Some of this research connects to hormones like testosterone, and some of it is to understand sexuality on its own as important phenomena in people’s lives and our culture.”

The Canada 150 Research Chair funding will bolster understanding of these and many more areas of Dr. van Anders' interdisciplinary work, including how social norms, gender roles, and power dynamics affect the body’s physiology, and how laypeople and scientists can conceptualize gender and sexuality.

“Dr. van Anders is a world-class scholar whose work, including her role as editor of the esteemed Annual Review of Sex Research, has continually expanded and shaped our understanding of human sexuality,” says Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science. “Joining Queen’s as part of the prestigious C150 program, she will significantly bolster an already-impressive sex and gender research portfolio at the university.”

Dr. van Anders’ move to Queen’s will see her join other leading international sex researchers, including female sexuality expert Meredith Chivers and sexual function/dysfunction expert Caroline Pukall.

“As part of our academic evolution, Queen’s will see its faculty grow, diversify, and strengthen over the next five years,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. “Dr. van Anders’ expertise will lend significantly to our institution’s research capabilities, and many aspects of her work exemplify the diversity, equity, and inclusion we value. The Canada 150 Research Chair project is certainly bringing the world’s brightest to our country.”

Dr. van Anders’ appointment as a Canada 150 Research Chair was made official at a ceremony in Ottawa on March 29, 2018. She assumes her new role at Queen’s University in the Department of Psychology with cross appointments to the Department of Gender Studies and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies in July 2018.

Live from space

[Feustel in space (Photo: NASA)]
Drew Feustel (PhD’95) is a Queen’s alumnus and astronaut, currently living on the International Space Station. (Photo credit: NASA)

Drew Feustel (PhD’95), Queen’s graduate and NASA astronaut, has been hard at work since his arrival at the International Space Station (ISS) on March 23. But coming soon, Dr. Feustel will be taking a break from his space walks and zero gravity experiments to talk to a live audience right here at Queen’s.

The Ask an Astronaut: NASA Educational Downlink event on Friday, April 6, will include a 20-minute conversation with Dr. Feustel, featuring questions gathered earlier in the month from the Queen’s and Kingston community. During this unique event, the audience will hear directly from the astronaut himself about the challenges of researching in zero gravity, day-to-day life aboard the ISS, and what it’s like to perform a spacewalk. This is the first time NASA has granted a Canadian school the opportunity to hold an educational downlink live from space.

“The research work we are doing about the International Space Station is truly expanding the boundaries of our knowledge of space and I’m very excited to be able to speak to students and the entire Queen’s community about what we are learning and what life is like aboard the station,” says Dr. Feustel. “I’m also looking forward to talking about my own path and how it brought me to where I am now so the next generation can see that no goal is too great for them to achieve.”

Along with Dr. Feustel, the Ask and Astronaut event will also feature stellar talks about the many aspects of space research from special guests, including Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow and Planetary Scientist Michelle Thompson (Artsci’11, Sc’11), Nathalie Ouellette (MSc’12, PhD’16) of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC), and Nandini Deshpande from the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

“This is a rare opportunity for people to gather and interact with a scientist who is helping to carry out an impressive number of research projects each day aboard an international space station,” says John Fisher, Vice-Principal (Research). “As an exciting complement to Dr. Feustel’s downlink, the event will also be a chance for people to hear from some top space experts who come from a range of backgrounds and are based here at Queen’s and at NASA.”

Everyone from the Queen’s and Kingston communities is welcome to attend. Doors open at 10:30 am in Grant Hall and seats will fill fast. Admission is free.

Learn more about Dr. Feustel’s journey to the ISS, from his time at Queen’s to the launch of his third mission to space, and the research he and his team will perform while on the ISS here.

You can find more information about the NASA Educational Downlink on the event page.

Engineering support for international students

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) welcomes Mofi Badmos to the Student Services Team this month as its first international student experience associate.

 [Mofi Badmos, International Student Experience Associate, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science]
Mofi Badmos is the first international student experience associate for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

“I feel like it’s very progressive of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to provide this unique position dedicated to international students,” says Badmos. “With my lived experience as a former international student, I look forward to providing valuable support to the students and the faculty.”

Badmos will be developing and providing transitional and ongoing support services specifically to international and/or racialized engineering students here at Queen’s. For now, though, Badmos encourages students to connect with her by email or to visit her in student services in Beamish-Munro Hall Rm. 300.

“There’s never too much support, and I’m here to support,” says Badmos. “If students are just looking for someone they can talk to, someone who can help answer questions, someone to make them feel comfortable on campus, a friend in the community, that’s what I’m here for. I’m hoping to create a sense of community for international engineering students within the faculty.”  

Badmos previously worked at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) as an International Programs Assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s in Immigration and Settlement Studies.

This article was first published on the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science website.

Bringing international experts to Queen’s

The Principal’s Development Fund (PDF) is open for applications, with some changes over last year.

The Fund supports Queen’s faculty by providing funding for international academic opportunities. The three categories in previous years have been restructured into two. Applicants can request up to $3,000 to assist in travel expenses for either category.

[Dr. Shoshana Zuboff gives a lecture on surveillance capitalism (Photo: Surveillance Studies Centre)]
Dr. Shoshana Zuboff gives a public lecture on surveillance capitalism. (Photo: Surveillance Studies Centre)

Category one supports faculty in bringing renown international scholars from around the world, including from the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), to visit Queen’s.

Category two supports faculty to travel internationally to share their research and collaborate with MNU institutions. The MNU includes University of Western Australia (Australia), Tübingen University (Germany), University of Otago (New Zealand), Uppsala University (Sweden), Durham University (United Kingdom), and Dartmouth College (United States).

David Lyon (Sociology and Surveillance Studies Centre) has taken advantage of the PDF to bring acclaimed and innovative international scholars to campus. He recently invited Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, to Queen’s to collaborate with a multidisciplinary project on big data surveillance.

“Dr. Zuboff has been an important pioneer in surveillance studies. She spoke about surveillance capitalism – how it works today, at the heart of the wealthiest corporations on earth,” says Dr. Lyon. “She gave a seminar at the Smith School of Business, and she has a wonderful pedagogical style. She also gave an undergraduate lecture, a public lecture, and private sessions with graduate students. It was very stimulating and worthwhile – she’s a thoughtful, provocative, wise, and incredible scholar who speaks from the heart, and I felt gratified that we chose her to come to Queen’s.”

[Margaret Murphy with the Health Quality Research Collaborative (Photo: Lenora Duhn)]
Margaret Murphy (seated), the Principal’s Development Fund visiting scholar from Ireland, pictured with the Queen’s Health Quality (HQ) program leads, and members of the HQ Research Collaborative at the inaugural Queen’s Health Quality Research Forum.

Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof (Nursing) and Lenora Duhn (Nursing), members of the Health Quality (HQ) Research Collaborative team at Queen’s, together with other faculty members and local practice partners, applied for PDF funding to bring Margaret Murphy, External Lead, Patients for Patient Safety with the World Health Organization to Queen’s. Dr. VanDenKerkhof and other HQ faculty were inspired to invite Mrs. Murphy to Queen’s after hearing her speak at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in England during a HQ program elective.

During her visit to Queen’s, Mrs. Murphy was the keynote speaker for the inaugural Queen’s HQ Research Forum, and participated in meetings, luncheons, teaching rounds, and a number of presentations for researchers, educators, administrators, local patient advisors, students, and the public.

“The opportunity to provide a new, expert perspective and different way of thinking was a huge gift to the students, faculty, and clinicians,” says Dr. Duhn. “Mrs. Murphy left her mark on all of us, and emphasized some key points as educators/researchers/practitioners about leading with ‘head, heart, and hand’ when working in health care.”

Will Kymlicka (Philosophy) and Alice Hovorka (Geography and Planning) used the PDF to invite Helena Pedersen, senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and expert in critical animal studies, to campus last fall.

[Dr. Pedersen gives a lecture on human-animal relations in research (Photo: Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics)]
Dr. Helena Pedersen deliver a public lecture entitled “Posthumanist Education: Rethinking Human-Animal Relations in Teaching and Learning” (Photo: Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics)

“We were delighted with the flexibility that the Fund offered us, not only to hold a public lecture and class visits, but also to organize a workshop with Dr. Pedersen about how to integrate animal studies more fully into the curriculum,” says Dr. Kymlicka. “Many of us at Queen’s are exploring how we can incorporate the importance of human-animal relations into our teaching. Dr. Pedersen’s visit was a great opportunity to share experiences and insights, and also discuss future possibilities with one of the world’s leading scholars in this exciting new field.”

Category one applications are due by April 23, 2018, and category two applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You can find more details about the funding process and rules here.

Innovation bootcamp goes global

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is working with the Bader International Study Centre to bring entrepreneurship to the castle.

Study space at the BISC. (Photo by Lucy Carnaghan)
Study space at the Bader International Study Centre. Soon, budding entrepreneurs will be able to access co-working space and other resources as a new entrepreneurship program launches at the castle. (Photo by Lucy Carnaghan)

A group of Queen’s students will be taking a trip to the past this fall to prepare themselves for their future.

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) is expanding its annual summer entrepreneurship bootcamp to the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) for the first time starting this year.

“It has never been more important for entrepreneurs to look beyond our borders for opportunities,” says Greg Bavington (Sc’85), Executive Director of the DDQIC. “Many Canadian undergraduate students have not had the benefit of an international experience necessary to be successful in entrepreneurship abroad. The i²TRM program is intended to give them that experience and gain a historical and international context for innovation and entrepreneurship in London, the cradle of the industrial economy.”

The i²TRM (International Innovation Term) program at the BISC is designed for upper-year students in any faculty who are looking to deepen their knowledge of entrepreneurship and eventually start their own businesses.

It is anticipated this new offering at the BISC will attract up to 20 students to the U.K. in its first year.

Students who are accepted into this pilot program will spend time in Kingston with the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program in August, and kick-start their entrepreneurial ambitions at the castle in September. They will complete a one-week business bootcamp at Queen’s campus and then travel to the BISC.

To help prepare them to launch their own businesses, the students will take up to three entrepreneurship and innovation courses at the BISC. The program will launch with a one-week intensive bootcamp on main campus at the end of August, followed by travel to England where students will join Castle Orientation, then continue their bootcamp for another week. The courses will be taught over a one-week intensive period by Mr. Bavington, as well as the DDQIC’s Academic Director James McLellan and Associate Professor Sidneyeve Matrix.

"This program is ideal for students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in an international context,” noted Dr. McLellan. "In addition to developing a foundation in entrepreneurship and starting their own business ventures, students will have an opportunity to visit and learn from major centres of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the UK through formal and self-curated field trips. Students will also receive valuable mentoring and insights from members of the London node in DDQIC’s Global Network, who will be providing guest lectures and feedback to student ventures.”

Once they land at the castle, the students will have the balance of the term to try to launch their business. During this time, the students will be networking, taking field trips to London and other parts of the European Union, and benefit from guest lectures and mentorship from the London node of the DDQIC’s global network.

The term will conclude with a final pitch competition, with the winners receiving seed funding to give their business some additional support.

To help the new offering get off to a strong start, the BISC is looking to add co-working space and a makerspace on the castle grounds. This would offer the budding entrepreneurs more space for meetings and the resources to help build and test their product prototypes. Hugh Horton, Executive Director of the BISC, says he hopes to have these new spaces ready for the fall.

“This new offering combines cutting-edge training and skills with the strengths of our historic environment and tight-knit campus community, as well as access to Queen’s alumni network in the U.K.,” says Dr. Horton. “The entrepreneurship courses and resources will broaden the range of programming available to students and offer a unique and valuable learning experience.”

The DDQIC is planning to host an information session this spring to answer questions and attract entrepreneurial students to the program. For dates and more information, please contact innovation.centre@queensu.ca

To learn more about the i²TRM program, visit the BISC website.

Think DIFF-erently

DIFF – the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival – will take you from Australia, to Uganda, to China, and Egypt – all without leaving Queen’s.

A new film festival at Queen’s will bring the Queen’s community together for reflections and celebrations of people from all over the world.

The Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from March 20 to March 28 – is being hosted by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), the Queen’s University International Centre, and Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, among others.

Atul Jaiswal, International Commissioner for the SGPS and doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Science, says the goal of the festival is to strengthen the connections between the domestic and international students.

“We intend to use movies as a tool to showcase the culture unique to the specific region and how people could appreciate each other’s culture and start accepting and including everyone,” he says.

A promotional image for "Bran Nue Dae", a film about an Aboriginal Australian teenager which will be shown at the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival. (Supplied Photo)
A promotional image for Bran Nue Dae. The film, which is about an Aboriginal Australian teenager named Willie, will be shown at the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival. (Supplied Photo)

The festival will feature five different films – each representing different areas of the world. The first up, Bran Nue Dae, is about the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager.

Other films to be examined include Queen of Katwe, about a Ugandan girl who becomes a Woman Candidate Master in chess, on Wednesday, March 21; About Elly, a murder mystery involving several Iranian couples on vacation, on Friday, March 23; Confucius, a biographical film about the legendary philosopher, on Tuesday, March 27; and Cairo Drive, a film about navigating traffic in Egypt set against the backdrop of the 2011 revolution, on Wednesday, March 28.

Each film screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion led by students’ facilitators from the same region to engage the Queen's community and build cultural understanding. The festival will conclude with the screening of Cairo Drive and a Jeopardy! event all about world cultures.

“We believe that this event may start the conversations around the importance of each culture that the students from different parts of the world bring on campus,” says Mr. Jaiswal. “One cannot appreciate the beauty of a rainbow until one understands the importance of each colour in making the rainbow possible. Similarly, on campus, once we start appreciating other person’s culture, we would be more respectful and accepting towards them and then the doors would be more open to share and learn from each other.”

For more information on the festival, please visit the SGPS Facebook page.

International at Home makes a splash

  • Students, staff, and faculty mix at a reception before the concert. (Photo: University Communications)
    Students, staff, and faculty mix at a reception before the concert. (Photo: University Communications)
  • Lawrence Cherney (left), Artistic Director of Water Passion After St. Matthew, shared his insight with Queen’s students before the performance began. (Photo: University Communications)
    Lawrence Cherney (left), Artistic Director of Water Passion After St. Matthew, shared his insight with Queen’s students before the performance began. (Photo: University Communications)
  • The stage was set with seventeen large water bowls, which were used throughout the performance as a symbol of transition. (Photo: University Communications)
    The stage was set with seventeen large water bowls, which were used throughout the performance as a symbol of transition. (Photo: University Communications)
  • Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director of Water Passion After St. Matthew, introduces the concert before the performance begins. (Photo: University Communications)
    Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director of Water Passion After St. Matthew, introduces the concert before the performance begins. (Photo: University Communications)
  • Soundstreams Canada, conducted by David Fallis , takes to the stage for their multicultural performance of Water Passion After St. Matthew. (Photo: University Communications)
    Soundstreams Canada, conducted by David Fallis , takes to the stage for their multicultural performance of Water Passion After St. Matthew. (Photo: University Communications)

An expert mixture of sound, performance, and water artistry earned a standing ovation at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts during the March International at Home concert.

Soundstreams Canada presented Water Passion After St. Matthew, a dramatic reimagining of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion composed by Tan Dun, a renowned Chinese composer and conductor. The concert wove Chinese contemporary classical strings, Peking Opera, Mongolian overtone singing, and water to create a soundscape in a powerful performance of the biblical text.

The four-part yearly concert series is a collaboration between the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The series brings domestic and international students together with the wider Kingston community to bridge intercultural differences and create a sense of community through music. Departments and units across the university sponsored tickets for distribution across campus, matched by the Isabel.

“The cross-cultural context of the performance was a perfect complement to the mission of the International at Home series by celebrating a mixture of cultures together,” says Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International). “My office was honoured to make this performance more accessible for students at Queen’s to immerse themselves in international cultures and connect.”

Check out the photos of the reception and concert above, and keep up with more performances at the Isabel on their events page.

The world around us

Ana Sofijanic, a graduate student from South Africa, selected as the overall winner of the 10th annual QUIC Photo Contest.

  • OVERALL WINNER – Ana Sofijanic, Master’s in Civil Engineering – Shade over a Warm Heart. Taken in Abyaneh, Iran.
    OVERALL WINNER – Ana Sofijanic, Master’s in Civil Engineering – Shade over a Warm Heart. Taken in Abyaneh, Iran.
  • LANDSCAPE AND NATURE WINNER – Emilia Ciobanu, ConEd’18 – Beetle’s Juice. Taken in Grenoble, France.
    LANDSCAPE AND NATURE WINNER – Emilia Ciobanu, ConEd’18 – Beetle’s Juice. Taken in Grenoble, France.
  • PEOPLE AND CULTURE – Julien Roger, exchange from ESSEC Business School – People conditioned by their device vs. genuine people. Taken in Paris, France.
    PEOPLE AND CULTURE – Julien Roger, exchange from ESSEC Business School – People conditioned by their device vs. genuine people. Taken in Paris, France.
  • CRITICAL GLOBAL ISSUES WINNER – Sifeng Lu – Exchange from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics  – Coca-Cola. Taken in San Miguel, Mexico
    CRITICAL GLOBAL ISSUES WINNER – Sifeng Lu – Exchange from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics – Coca-Cola. Taken in San Miguel, Mexico
  • HOME AWAY FROM HOME – Shirley Wong – Artsci’18, international student – Under the same sky as home. Taken in Kingston.
    HOME AWAY FROM HOME – Shirley Wong – Artsci’18, international student – Under the same sky as home. Taken in Kingston.

A growing number of Queen’s students participate in global learning opportunities through Queen’s exchanges. At the same time, the number of students coming to Queen’s from around the world is increasing every year. 

Through the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) Photo Contest this diverse group of students has the opportunity to share some of their amazing experiences. Now in its 10th year the annual contest continues to draw images from around the world, across Canada, as well as here on campus. Each year, close to 150 students submit their photos to the contest.

This year’s winning photo, as selected by a panel of judges, was submitted by Ana Sofijanic, an international graduate student from South Africa (Master’s in Civil Engineering), taken during a trip to Iran. The image captures an Abyanaki woman as she escapes the midday sun, sitting in the shade of the old red clay houses that make up the village of Abyaneh.

“I thoroughly enjoy photography because it requires me to be aware of my environment and have an eye for subtle details and beauties that I would usually overlook. I think QUIC has provided a really cool platform for students to share their talents and get a glimpse into each other’s worlds through photography,” Ms. Sofijanic says. “I’m overjoyed that the judges saw something special in my photo and chose me as the overall winner, especially considering the beautiful photographs that were submitted by other students. I would like to thank the QUIC team for this award, because it has given me confidence and enthusiasm to keep taking photos, and most importantly, share them with others.”

The contest features four categories – People and Culture; Landscape and Nature; Home Away From Home; Critical Global Issues.

This year’s category winners are:

  • People and Culture – Julien Roger – Exchange from ESSEC Business School – People conditioned by their device vs. genuine people
  • Landscape and Nature – Emilia Ciobanu – ConEd’18, was on exchange in Grenoble, France – Beetle’s Juice
  • Home Away From Home – Shirley Wong – Artsci’18, international student – Under the same sky as home
  • Critical Global Issues – Sifeng Lu – Exchange from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics – Coca-Cola

“It is a delight to review the amazing student stories and photographs each year,” says Hanna Stanbury, Programs Coordinator, QUIC. “Our students have such an incredible international experience and knowledge. QUIC is proud to provide this opportunity for students to share with our community to remind us of the diversity at Queen’s.”

A special display of the photos is being hosted at the QUIC in the John Deutsch University Centre, starting Wednesday, March 7 at 4:30 pm. 

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