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Essays on racism receive award

U of C education researcher Darren Lund and Paul Carr of Youngstown State University have received an award of distinction—presented biennially by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation—for their collection of essays on white privilege and racism: The Great White North Project: Exploring Whiteness, Privilege, Racism and Identity in Canada.

Religious studies prof receives rare honour

In honour of the research and academic accomplishments of U of C’s religious studies professor Irving Hexham, two scholars of the historic Humbold University in Berlin—Ulrich van der Heyden and Andreas Feldtkeller—have prepared a scholarly Festschrift. A rare honour, the Festschrift is a traditional way of acknowledging a scholar’s contributions. The book Border Crossings: Explorations of an Interdisciplinary Historian, will be presented to Hexham in Berlin on May 23 for his 65th birthday.

Alum’s novel wins People’s Choice Award

The novel Icefields, by Thomas Wharton, PhD’98, won CBC Radio’s inaugural People’s Choice Award after getting the most votes from the public among the five titles in the 2008 Canada Reads contest.

History prof’s biography up for literary award

U of C historian Donald B. Smith’s biography of an imposter entitled Honoré Jaxon: Prairie Visionary has been nominated in the non-fiction category at the Alberta Literary Awards. The winners will be named June 7.

Everett Soop exhibit a top 10 artistic event

The Nickle Arts Museum’s exhibit on Everett Soop, displayed between July and September of 2007, was named by the Calgary Herald as one of the top 10 artistic events of 2007. Co-curators of the exhibit were Heather Devine, Faculty of Communication and Culture, and Geraldine Chimirri-Russell, director and curator of The Nickle Arts Museum.

Students get full scholarships

Creative writing students Maya Pankalla and Megan Doraty were awarded full scholarships to attend the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s annual conference in Banff last month. Pankalla and Doraty were students in Pamela Banting’s spring 2007 creative nonfiction writing course. The awards were made possible by a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Prof nominated for environmental award

Bernhard Mayer, professor in the Department of Geoscience, has been nominated for an Alberta Emerald Foundation award for protection of the environment. The foundation celebrates and showcases environmental leadership in Alberta, and Mayer’s nomination recognizes his contributions to the application of isotopic tracers to assess environmental problems in Alberta. The awards will be presented on June 3.

Alumna to play Carnegie Hall

Mayron Tsong, BFA’92, MFA’94, will perform a recital at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall on May 30. Tsong is an assistant professor of piano and is the interim head of keyboard at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. More information is available at

Law prof wins Trudeau fellowship

Law professor Kathleen Mahoney, renowned for her work on the settlement agreement between the Government of Canada and aboriginal residential school survivors, has been named a 2008 Trudeau Fellow. The Trudeau Fellowships are awarded for a three-year period and include an award of $150,000, in addition to a $75,000 travel and research allowance.

MSW now offered at Blue Quills College

Northern social workers who want to further their careers now have an opportunity to apply for a master’s degree in social work at Blue Quills First Nations College, in partnership with the Faculty of Social Work at the U of C and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.