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Cobalt Connects with James ...
Patchen Barss |Jeremy Freiburger is a “Cultural Strategist” who leads a Hamilton-based not-for-profit organization called Cobalt Connects. Working with McMaster researcher James Dunn, he’s putting theories about the relationship between the built environment and quality of life to the test. read more »
Mary Chaktsiris | November 20, 2014Can buying pigeons be a crime? In 1916, a seemingly routine act of receiving a crate of pigeons was misconstrued as an act of war. John Balasz, born in a country at war with the British Empire, was accused in Sault St. Marie of using the pigeons to carry unauthorized wartime messages. read more »
Polanyi Prize for Literature: ...
COU Staff | November 17, 2014In modern times, alarmist visions of a grey tsunami of retirees, a lost generation of unemployed young people and a theorized war against youth have been warning global audiences that people of different age groups are simply incompatible. Andrea Charise’s research examines how the generational identity and intergenerational conflict that’s evident today was represented much earlier in literature. In fact, in 19th-century British literature and culture, older age was being reconceived, not only in literature but also as a field for health-based research. Today, we are told to do the Sudoku and exercise our body to keep ourselves young, but aging and the notion that we must keep our body and mind in perpetual motion is a late 18th-century way of thinking about the body. Charise’s research also examines the politics and poetics of generational relations in 19th--century Britain, which again surface in modern times. The conflict between the generations was evident in literary texts as far back as Oedipus Rex and King Lear, but in 1798, British economist Thomas Malthus set off a culture war when he blamed the potential catastrophe of overpopulation on the thriving reproductive capacities of young people. In modern times, Charise says the defining of age-based groups such as Boomers and Millenials is evidence of generational identity and intergenerational conflict in the modern literary imagination. Literature and the humanities, her research concludes, are crucial to communicating in accessible ways the consequences of the way we think about age and the way generations think about each other. Andrea Charise, Assistant Professor of Health Studies, University of Toronto, Scarborough wins the Polanyi Prize for Literature.