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Canada Research Chair for Sociology Department’s Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz – Digital Indigeneities

Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology at Bishop’s University is awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Digital Indigeneities, to investigate, how Indigenous peoples in Canada, Mexico and Guatemala develop and use digital technologies to reclaim, protect and stimulate their histories, languages, knowledges, and cultures.

“This initiative will be the first to bridge Indigenous researchers and activist networks from Latin America with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada to analyze and showcase the ways Indigenous peoples are using technological advancements to sustain and cultivate their identities, knowledge, life ways, languages, and traditions. Digital media adaptation and its possibilities to support Indigenous cultural and language revitalization are currently discussed by Indigenous scholars in North America, but relevant examples and academic contributions from Indigenous Latin America are still missing in these discussions”, explains Dr. Llanes-Ortiz.

“Conversations between North America and Latin America have been limited by their different colonial languages (English vs French, Spanish vs Portuguese), as well as by how differently Indigenous peoples express and protect their knowledge and identities”, continues Dr. Llanes-Ortiz. “As an Indigenous Maya researcher and now holder of a Canada Research Chair, I hope to facilitate these important conversations and build bridges across these different contexts.”

Dr. Llanes-Ortiz’s participatory research program will thus explore four interrelated areas of Digital Indigeneities, which all focus on the reclamation of Indigenous languages and knowledges. Dr. Llanes-Ortiz and his team will work collaboratively with Indigenous partners to follow research protocols that support Indigenous ownership and control of data and information. In this way, they will create a repository of Indigenous language digital activism, which describes a wide range of initiatives (e.g., films, podcast, blogs, applications, etc.) that aim to prevent Indigenous language displacement and loss. They will also support the digitization of Indigenous cultural archives and collections in Canada to increase their accessibility.

This research program will also work on the creation of interactive digital maps of interest for First Nations in Canada and Indigenous peoples in Mexico and Guatemala, using for example audiovisual recordings and photographs, local knowledge and practice or environmental information. Finally, they will engage with Indigenous activists to discuss and analyze the impact that their activities have on Indigenous debates.

In collaboration with different Indigenous partners in Canada and in the Maya region (Mexico and Guatemala), Dr. Llanes-Ortiz’s Canada Research Chair research program will contribute to redressing the pernicious legacies of settler colonialisms in the Americas. The digital tools, methods, and platforms that his team will investigate and build up with Indigenous partners also have the potential to be used as pedagogic aids to develop culturally relevant education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and youth.

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Developing blight-resistant organic potatoes

MAPAQ support for Bishop’s and SeedChange research

people working in a fieldDr. Darren Bardati, from Bishop’s University Environment and Geography Department and Dr. Helen Jensen, of SeedChange – the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian seed security, are looking to develop new varieties of potatoes which would require less agricultural inputs to cultivate organically.

Towards that goal, they are planting over 1,000 tubers of different varieties on the Bishop’s University campus educational farm, to study which ones might be most promising in resisting Phytophtora Infestans fungi – also known as potato blight – while being attractive to potential consumers under organic cultivation methods. Should the research project succeed in identifying promising varieties, it could result in being able to cultivate organic potatoes requiring less fertilizers and pesticides.

Our research will use molecular markers to identify breeding lines that show resistance to disease. We’ll harvest in the Fall and keep some of the tubers to be replanted in 2023,” explains Dr. Bardati, who is Principal Investigator of the research project. “We’ll be observing the size of the plants and their characteristics, such as presence of disease, and we’ll also examine the tubers for their shape and appearance and other aspects. We’re planting different varieties of potatoes; some are quite colourful.”

The project is funded by the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des pêches et de l’alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Consortium de recherche sur la pomme de terre du Québec (CRPTQ), and the Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture de proximité (CETAB+), as well as SeedChange.

“SeedChange recently received a new $750,000 grant from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada to launch a dozen demonstration sites across Canada, including three in Québec, where people can discover the seeds developed by farmers through the Canadian program of SeedChange – the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security,” indicates Leticia Ama Deawuo, Executive Director of SeedChange.

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Developing blight-resistant organic potatoes at Bishop’s

A MAPAQ-funded research collaboration

Different varieties of biological potatoes tubers will be planted for a research project of Dr Darren Bardati, of Bishop’s University’s Department of Environment and Geography, in collaboration with Dr Helen Jensen of SeedChange – the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, as well as the Ministère de l’Agriculture des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec, the Consortium de recherche sur la pomme de terre du Québec and the Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture écologique et de proximité.

The aim of the project is to develop potato varieties for biological culture that are resistant to Phytophtora Infestans, also known as potato blight, which would be attractive to consumers while requiring less agricultural inputs to cultivate.

WHO :   Dr Darren Bardati
Department of Environment and GeographyDr Helen Jensen
SeedChange
WHAT :
Potato planting for a research project to develop blight-resistant organic potatoes
WHEN :Wednesday June 1st, 2022
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE : Bishop’s University farm
3075 Glenday Road (Inside the fence – please respect the neighbouring private residence)

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Bishop’s University to celebrate Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 achievements during in-person Convocation ceremonies

Honorands Christy Clark, Louis Garneau, Glen Lowry, Sophie D’Amours, Esi Edugyan, Patrick Pichette, Caroline Quach

On June 4th and 5th, Bishop’s University Chancellor Daniel Fournier will preside over the 194th Convocation ceremony, and confer degrees on hundreds of graduates in attendance for the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022, as ceremonies had been deferred for public health reasons during the pandemic.

Convocation is also an occasion to recognize the outstanding achievements of deserving individuals, by conferring Doctorates in Civil Law (D.C.L.) upon Honorands – who this year include Former Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark, President of Louis Garneau Sports Louis Garneau, Director of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art Glen Lowry, Rector of Université Laval Dr. Sophie D’Amours, author Esi Edugyan, Environmentalist and Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette, clinician-scientist and COVID public health expert Dr. Caroline Quach. The ceremony will also highlight the contribution of recipients of academic excellence and community engagement awards.

Two Convocation ceremonies will take place on June 4th, at 10 a.m. for the Class of 2020 (Mr. Louis Garneau will receive his honorary degree at this ceremony) and at 2:30 p.m. for the Class of 2021 (Ms. Christy Clark and Mr. Glen Lowry will receive their honorary degrees at this ceremony).

A ceremony will be held for the Class of 2022 on June 5 at 10 a.m. for graduates earning degrees in Business, Natural Sciences and Education (Dr. Sophie D’Amours and Mr. Patrick Pichette will receive their honorary degrees at this ceremony).

A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. the same day for graduates earning degrees in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Ms. Esi Edugyan and Dr. Caroline Quach will receive their honorary degrees at this ceremony).  For more details, consult the Bishop’s University Website. Graduating students Natalie Nguyen and Antoun Shahin have been selected as Valedictorians for Convocation 2022 and will deliver their address.

 

The 2020 and 2021 Honorands are:

Christy Clark

Christy ClarkChristy Clark led Canada’s third largest province for over six years. Throughout her tenure, Clark demonstrated the strongest performance of any Canadian Premier for economic growth, fiscal management, and job creation.

Clark retired from political life in 2017 as the longest serving female Premier in Canadian history and the only woman Premier in Canada ever to be re-elected. She was also the first Cabinet Minister in Canada to give birth while holding office.

Today she is a Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP. She serves as Chairperson of the governing board for Roots of Empathy, an international non-profit, as well as the CN Vancouver Community Board. She co-chairs the Advisory Board for the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill. She is also a Founding Visionary for the Prosperity Project, a non-profit dedicated to mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian women who are disproportionately affected.

She serves as a director on several corporate boards, including Shaw Communications, Recipe Unlimited Corp. and Constellation Brands. She is an Associate Member of the InterAction Council, an international organization where former heads of state collaborate to find solutions to various global challenges.

In 2018, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) recognized her as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has also been inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame.

 

Louis Garneau, O.C., C.Q.

Louis GarneauLouis Garneau is President of Louis Garneau Sports Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of sports clothing and accessories throughout the world. He is a member of the Health and Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee. A former international cycle racer, Mr. Garneau participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In June 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Administration of the University of Ottawa. In 2008, he received the “Gloire de l’Escolle” medal as a former graduate having honored Université Laval due to the extent of his professional activities and his contribution to society. In November 2014, he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Assemblée nationale du Québec. He was one of the personalities named Grand Québécois 2017 by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec.

His company, Louis Garneau Sports, acquired SUGOI in 2018, which allowed him to combine the Canadian brands SUGOI and SOMBRIO with the GARNEAU banner. The Garneau Group is now looking to the future with significant investments in e-commerce.

 

Glenn Lowry

Glenn Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. Leading a staff of over 750, Mr. Lowry continues the Museum’s legacy of enriching public life through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and digital tools that challenge conventional ideas about modern and contemporary art and design, and initiatives that bring MoMA’s renowned collection and research to audiences worldwide.

Mr. Lowry has significantly developed the Museum’s holdings in all mediums, adding entire collections of contemporary drawings, Fluxus, and Conceptual art, along with the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright. He has been a strong advocate of contemporary art and artists.

Mr. Lowry’s major initiatives include the creation of a new curatorial department, Media and Performance Art; the establishment of the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative (C-MAP), a research program for the exchange of knowledge and ideas between arts experts around the world; and the merger of The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), in 1999, all of which support the contemporary, global work that Mr. Lowry and the Museum have long championed. Mr. Lowry guided the Museum’s 2004 expansion and accompanying capital campaign—raising $450 million for the new building and over $450 million for the endowment and is currently leading a renovation and expansion project that will offer visitors a more welcoming, participatory experience and unprecedented access to MoMA’s collection and programming.

Mr. Lowry lectures and writes in support of contemporary art, on the role of museums in society, and on other topics related to his research interests. He is a member of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s board of trustees, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. He also serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In 2004, the French government honored Mr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Born in 1954 in New York City and raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he received a BA (1976) magna cum laude from Williams College, an MA (1978) and a PhD (1982) in the history of art from Harvard University, and honorary degrees from the College of William and Mary and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Mr. Lowry and his wife Susan Lowry have built a home on Lake Memphremagog. Susan Lowry is a landscape architect and author. Her mother, Gretta Chambers, was Chancellor of McGill University. Her uncle Charles Taylor is one of the world’s most respected philosophers.

 

The 2022 Honorands are:

Dr. Sophie D’Amours, O.C

Dr. Sophie D’Amours was elected the 26th rector of Université Laval on April 26, 2017. She is the first woman to hold the position. Having served as a professor in Université Laval’s Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1995 and as the University’s vice-rector of research and innovation from 2012 to 2015, Dr. D’Amours has a wide range of experience in higher education, research, and university management both at home and abroad.

Dr. D’Amours holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Université Laval as well as a doctorate in engineering mathematics from École Polytechnique de Montréal. Her research focuses on business engineering, logistics and value chain management, and decision-making processes.

Dr. D’Amours has chaired the board of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec from 2010 to 2020, and she was appointed chair of the board of Universities Canada in October 2018.

Dr. D’Amours is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and has been named an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. With colleagues, she received the prestigious Brockhouse Canada Prize in 2012. She was also awarded the Prix Henri-Gustave-Joly-de-Lotbinière by Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec for her exceptional contribution to Québec’s forest industry in 2008.

In 2018, Dr. D’Amours was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

 

Esi Edugyan

Esi EdugyanEsi Edugyan was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta; her parents were immigrants from Ghana. She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.

Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, written at the age of 24, was published in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in 2005.

During her time as a writer-in-residence in Stuttgart, Germany she wrote Half-Blood Blues, about a young mixed-race jazz musician, Hieronymus Falk, who is part of a group in Berlin between the wars, made up of African Americans, a German Jew, and wealthy German. Published in 2011,

Half-Blood Blues was a shortlisted nominee for that year’s Man Booker Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. On November 8, 2011, she won the Giller Prize for Half-Blood Blues.

Her third novel, Washington Black, was published in September 2018 and won the Giller Prize in November 2018, making Edugyan only the third writer, after M. G. Vassanji and Alice Munro, to win the award twice.

 

Patrick Pichette, C.Q.

Patrick Pichette is a Canadian businessperson with over 30 years of financial and operating expertise. He has led world-class companies like Google, McKinsey, Sprint Canada and Bell Canada to break through the complexities of ‘hyper-growth’ and digital transformations.

As CFO of Google from 2008 to 2015, he took an active part in Google’s growth agenda and ultimately supported the creation of the Alphabet structure. As part of Google’s executive committee, Mr. Pichette was involved in Google’s extensive corporate M&A agenda, engaging in close to 150 acquisitions, including Nest ($3B) and Motorola ($13B). Since departing Google, Patrick is now the Chairman of the Board of Twitter and serves as a Chairman of the Board of Lightspeed POS Inc.

Mr. Pichette has been an independent investor, advisor and board member to a number of startups and innovation networks around the world, including Forward (US), Arctoris (UK), LabGenius (UK) and Creative Destruction Labs, among others.

Mr. Pichette is an active environmentalist through his Kenauk Project.

In June 2015, Mr. Pichette received the National Order of Québec

Mr. Pichette graduated with a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford in 1989 as a Rhodes Scholar, and with a BBA from UQAM in 1987.

 

Dr. Caroline Quach, M.D. M.Sc. FRCPC FSHEA FCAHS FAMMI

Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh is a Professor in the Departments of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases & Immunology and of Pediatrics at University of Montreal. She is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University, and a scientific collaborator at the School of Public Health at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. Dr. Quach-Thanh is also the physician in charge of Infection Prevention and control at CHU Sainte-Justine where she also works as a pediatric infectious diseases specialist and medical microbiologist.

Dr. Quach-Thanh is a clinician-scientist, supported by the Fonds de Recherche Québec – Santé (FRQS, chercheure boursière de mérite) and was recently awarded the Canada Research Chair, Tier 1 in Infection Prevention and Control. Her research interests are in Infection Prevention: both healthcare-associated and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Dr. Quach-Thanh is the current Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization from the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is a former president from the Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (AMMI) Canada (2014-2016). She was named Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Quach-Thanh was selected as one of the 2019 most Powerful Women in Canada (2019 Top 100 Award Winner in the Manulife Science and Technology category).

Dr. Quach-Thanh graduated from the Université de Montréal Medical School, completed her pediatric residency training at the CHU Sainte-Justine, and her post-graduate Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology training at McGill University where she also obtained a Master of Sciences in Epidemiology.

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Ministry of Economy and Innovation grants $58,240 for scientific workshops in Eastern Township’s schools

Dr. Estelle Chamoux

As part of the NovaScience program of the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, a $58,240 grant will support the Inspecteur Génético project, an initiative of Dr. Estelle Chamoux from the Department of Biology at Bishop’s University.

Inspecteur Génético is a series of scientific workshops aimed at offering young people at the primary and secondary level an experience of scientific exploration, followed by support that can lead to the presentation of a Science Fair project, an observation experience in the laboratory, setting up a science club, or developing any other related scientific project.

The workshops, which will tour schools in the region, take the form of investigations from which young people will learn to use scientific tools and exercise their capacity for deduction.

 

Stimulate young people’s interest in science

These workshops are primarily aimed at addressing the lack of exposure to the four STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – (STEM) among young people. In Estrie, approximately 10,000 students face socio-economic, cultural, and linguistic barriers making access to higher education in STEM difficult, while the region is full of opportunities. Sensitive to these issues, Dr. Estelle Chamoux, instigator of the project, therefore wishes to propose a springboard activity: “It seems important to me to offer all young people opportunities to project themselves into scientific careers. The teachers whose classes I have visited for workshops are unanimous: young people love it, but the offer is limited. With this funding, we can develop the offer of workshops. I invite schools and teachers to contact us,” says Dr. Estelle Chamoux, PhD.

The creation of such workshops is at the heart Bishop’s University’s mission, which aims to invest in the intellectual and social development of its community, by offering study programs as well as extracurricular activities that promote curiosity and interest in lifelong learning.

Inspecteur Génético will expose young people to STEM while providing a direct link with the Estrie research and innovation community. Part of the funding granted will be used to offer scholarships to young people who demonstrate a particular interest in STEM and need financial assistance to carry out their project or who face socio-economic barriers hindering their ambitions.

Presented by a group of facilitators trained in science communication, the Inspecteur Génético workshops will begin their tour in schools in the region in the fall of 2022.

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SSHRC support for Bishop’s Unearthing Justices Project

Dr. Vicki Chartrand Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz Dr. Alex Miltsov

Dr. Vicki Chartrand, Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz and Dr. Alex Miltsov of Bishop’s University’s Sociology Department were awarded a funding grant of $297,242 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for the Unearthing Justices Partnership (UJP) to map resources in support of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit+ (MMIWG2S+) people.

The UJP Digital mapping of Indigenous Grassroots Resources and Supports for MMIWG2S+ research project will be conducted in collaboration with several Indigenous partners from coast to coast who are actively addressing the murderers and disappearances and with the support of Knowledge Keepers Gladys Radek and Viola Thomas.

“While violence against MMIWG2S+ people is well-documented, there has been less consideration of how Indigenous families and communities have actively navigated the terrain where justice continues to be absent, elusive, or invasive, if not violent,” explains Dr. Chartrand. “Through this partnership, we will center and build on communities’ existing capacities and strengths.”

Following the 2019 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ 231 Calls to Justice, the research partnership will create a digital map of Indigenous-led and -based resources of support for MMIWG2S+ people on a national website and other digital platforms.

The funding support is part of the SSHRC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative to support community-based and led partnerships with postsecondary institutions to analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. For further details, please consult the Unearthing Justices Partnership Research Spotlight.

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Sufia Langevin awarded 3M Fellowship – Another Bishop’s student earns prestigious recognition

Sufia LangevinSufia Langevin, a Secondary Education and Social Studies student at Bishop’s University, has been awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship.

The 3M National Student Fellowship recognizes up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution, and in their communities. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience through leadership and community engagement.

The student native of Montréal was involved notably as Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Students Representative Council (SRC) as well as serving as the SRC’s Equity representative. She co-chaired the Ad Hoc Consultation Committee from which the SRC EDI Committee was created, which she also co-chairs, and also co-chaired the Joint Senate and Board Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has also been President of the Bishop’s Debate Society, and recipient of the Joan Stadelman Fellowship for Student Success.

Other recent recipients of this prize among Bishop’s students notably include Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (2021), Maxim Jacques (2020), Ethan Pohl (2019), Chloé Soucy (2018) and Jason Earl (2015).

“Through her dedication to supporting student success and fostering equity, diversity and inclusion on campus, Sufia Langevin fully demonstrates the leadership qualities the 3M National Student Fellowship aims to reward on the institutional, community and personal levels, thus she completely deserves the honour and recognition conferred upon her through this distinction,” remarks Katie Bibbs, Academic Facilitator at Bishop’s University.

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Solidarity with Ukraine – Event to support Future Students from Ukraine

Bishop’s University will hold an event on Sunday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m. at Centennial Theatre to show our support for the people of Ukraine and to raise funds to support Ukrainian students who wish to come to Bishop’s. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Speakers will include Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, the Honourable Bob Rae and members of the Bishop’s community. The event will also feature a performance by the cast of Godspell. The Musical and a silent auction. Donations can also be made online through this link.

What : Fundraising Event “Solidarity with Ukraine”
Free Admission

When : Sunday, March 20th,2022
4:00 p.m.

Where : Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University
2600, College Street, Sherbrooke, Quebec J1M 1Z7
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Musique Chez Nous Series presents The Fraser Hollins Quartet

Musique Chez Nous is pleased to welcome bassist and composer Fraser Hollins and his quartet on March 15th at 8 p.m. on the Centennial Theatre stage. The first guest in the student-run series from Bishop’s Music Department since the series was abruptly cancelled in February 2020, Hollins will present his second opus Treehouse with fellow jazzmen, American drummer Brian Blade, Joel Miller on saxophones, and Jon Cowherd on piano.

Originally from Ottawa, now based in Montreal, Hollins recorded Treehouse in 2016 and released the 11-tracks of original compositions in 2019. He now is preparing a Quebec and Ontario tour with his original bandmates following an extensive pandemic-imposed pause.  The concert will feature music from Treehouse as well as some selections from his sophomore release, Aerials, and new material.

The Fraser Hollins Quartet featuring Brian Blade will also offer a masterclass to pre-selected Jazz combos from the Music Department at Bishop’s University and a short performance of selections from their new CD. The workshop will take place the following day, March 16th, at 11:30 a.m. in Bandeen Hall. All are welcome to this free event.

Join us for this very special Musique Chez Nous concert with the Fraser Hollins Quartet on March 15th at 8 p.m. at Centennial Theatre. Tickets are $25 and free for all students upon presentation of a valid student ID and must be reserved in advance. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the concert at the Centennial Theatre Box Office 819-822-9692 or visit Musique Chez Nous on Facebook.

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Godspell. The Musical to Launch First Performance in Bishop’s Musical Theatre Concentration

Sherbrooke, February 23, 2022 – Students of the Bishop’s University’s Musical Concentration are presenting their first-ever production, an imaginative retelling of the classic Broadway show, Godspell. The Musical. Director Dr. Art Babayants and Musical Director Fannie Gaudette lead the cast of 14 students and 4 musicans who will take the stage at Bishop’s Centennial Theatre from March 10 to 13. Take a glimpse at the promotional video.

Dr. Art Babayants, the new director of the musical theatre concentration, chose Godspell. The Musical, as it speaks to “building a community” and to “have a musical that allows you to focus on the singing, on being together and to continue working even if someone gets sick.” Dr. Babayants is one of many renowned professors students will get the chance to learn from.

The musical is the first public offering from the University’s new Musical Theatre concentration, which aims to enhance Bishop’s existing drama and music programs with specific training in dance, acting and history for musical theatre. This concentration offers yet another opportunity for students to explore and learn across disciplines.

The Bishop’s experience is truly on display in this production, featuring a 14-member company with talented performers majoring in psychology, education, and neuroscience, as well as from the performing arts. Diversity in the acting company extends to language as well, and audiences can expect to experience French, English, Hebrew, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Godspell. The Musical was created Off-Broadway in 1971 by 1971 by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz,

Tickets can be purchased online or in person though the Centennial Theatre Box Office

www.centennialtheatre.ca  | 819-822-9692.  Mandated sanitary measures will be applied.