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.
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
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.