January 16, 2004  
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Un-Westernize your education
Norrel London, a professor with Western’s faculty of education, is presenting a seminar to discuss his paper, The Construction, Adoption and Perpetuation of Educational Practices in Developing Nations.

London said he focused specifically on the difficulties being experienced by Trinidad and Tobago in its current efforts to improve its education system.

“There are limitations [on Trinidad and Tobago] created by the realities of their colonial past,” he said.

The education system of the Western world was designed to allow Westerners to excel according to their specific culture; as a colony, this same system has been applied to Trinidad and Tobago, but it does not accurately apply to the nature of its peoples, he explained.

The seminar will take place this afternoon from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in the faculty lounge, Rm. 1135, at Althouse College.

—Emily Burke

It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings
Two of Western’s graduate students have turned a love of performing opera into a full-time career.
Andrew Picket and Rachel Cresswell, who co-produced Amadigi di Gaula with the support of the Don Wright Faculty of Music last year, are currently getting set for their performance of Anthony and Cleopatra later this month.

After choosing the score, assembling a production team and cast and even singing in Amadigi themselves last year, Picket and Cresswell opened their own opera company called London Early Opera to have the chance to sing Baroque Opera.

This somewhat rare form of opera allows them to use music that is “kind of different,” according to Cresswell. “It’s out of the mainstream, which allows us more creativity.”

Picket and Cresswell were recognized for Amadigi in major publications all across Canada, and Cresswell added the pair will be working with some of the “finest musicians at Western.”

Anthony and Cleopatra runs Friday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library. For more information call Cresswell at 673-3396 or 485-5516.

—Jennifer Davidson



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