Guest Professor and Researcher from Portugal at Concordia – ErasmusPlus

Guest Professor and Researcher from Portugal at Concordia – ErasmusPlus

By mzeuch on January 20, 2017
Dr. Paula Guerra

Dr. Paula Guerra

Concordia University of Edmonton is deepening institutional and academic interpersonal relationships with partners in Europe thanks to the Erasmus+ and Mobility+ programs with European funds, and the bilateral agreement signed with some of our partners. From our partner University of Porto, Portugal, we welcome sociologist Dr. Paula Guerra in the coming days. Dr. Guerra will stay at CUE for two weeks from January 30-February 12, doing interdisciplinary research collaboration with faculty members, cluster presentation, lecturing, engaging in conversarions with students, staff and faculty. You will hear about the joint activities soon.

Paula Guerra is Professor of Sociology at the University of Porto. It is also senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto, Center for the Study of Geography and Spatial Planning and the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research. She has coordinated and participated in various (national and international) research projects subordinated to the themes of youth culture, popular music, sociology of arts and culture and especially the particular case studies of indie rock, underground music scenes, DIY and punk. Paula Guerra has some published works, including A instável leveza do rock. Génese, dinâmica e consolidação do rock alternativo em Portugal (1980-2010) [The unstable lightness of rock: genesis, dynamics and consolidation of the alternative rock in Portugal] (2013)Keep it rocking: the social space of Portuguese alternative rock (1980–2010) (Journal of Sociology, 2015), Music and more than music: The approach to difference and identity in the Portuguese punk (European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2014) and Punk, expectations, breaches, and metamorphoses: Portugal, 1977-2012 (Critical Arts, 2014).

Contact details:
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica, s/n, 4150-564 Porto PORTUGAL
Tel. +351 22 607 7190

From Concodia, Drs. Edgar Schmidt and Barbara van Ingen have spent an Erasmus+ week in Porto last fall, and Dr. Danielle Lisboa has been selected for a one week stay at UPoto in the spring of 2017. We thank our Portuguese partners for the good relationship and growing cooperation and the Erasmus+ and Mobility+ programs for making all this possible!

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Reminder for Monday and Tuesday 23th-24th!

By mzeuch on January 20, 2017



On January 23-24, 2017 we will have our now called 

Intercultural Days 

Check out the amazing booths on Monday and please attend our largest event ever at noon-1pm!

Please see the poster attached and also get your free ticket asap at the link below if you are interested in: 

January 24: Presentation by Dr. Pavel Jelen, chair of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Alberta: "Fleeing the Iron Curtain before 1989 – Personal Experiences"  followed by

Movie: Good Bye Lenin! (German tragicomedy film, directed by Wolfgang Becker, 2003)

====>   Free ticket to Movie Event – Eventbride

On Monday January 23 we will have many international/cultural booths from 9:30 am – 2pm in Tegler, our First Nations will welcome and open the event, and we will watch amazing performances from noon – 1:00pm.

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Intercultural Days Art Display in the Library: Ukrainian, French and Brazilian

By mzeuch on January 13, 2017

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Ahead of our upcoming Intercultural Days, January 23-24, several artists from our Brazilian, Ukrainian and French Cultural Associations in Edmonton have displayed artwork in the library until the 25th.

Check them out.

Intercultural Days Art

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News on Free Chinese Language Classes for CUE Students, Faculty and Staff

By mzeuch on January 9, 2017


CCS (Centre for Chinese Studies) would like to wish everybody a happy New Year and a prosperous 2017 Winter Semester ahead of us!

This is a kind reminder for those students, faculty and staff who are interested in taking the free Chinese Language Classes. If you have not emailed Dr. Xinxin Fang indicating your enrollment, please register by emailing Dr. Fang at Learning materials will be sent out according to registered email address through MOODLE.

Please check out the detailed information attached. Please note the classroom has been changed to HA 010. Course info: chinese-course-information-2017-winter

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Check out Chinese Language Classes for 2017 (students, staff, faculty)

By mzeuch on December 16, 2016


It has been an exciting teaching and learning fall semester for the Chinese Language Course offered by the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS). CCS's first group of Chinese learners who challenged HSK level 1 exam on December 10 and ALL passed!

CCS will continue to offer Chinese Language Courses for students, staff and faculty in 2017.

Please check out the attached information:  chinese-course-information-2017-winter

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First Concordia Students Passed Chinese Language Test HSK – Level 1

By mzeuch on December 13, 2016


Congratulations to CUE's first group of Chinese learners who challenged HSK level 1 exam on Dec. 10 and ALL passed!

The HSK test is the International Chinese Proficiency Test, which is China's only standardized test for non-native speakers. It is not uncommon to refer to a standard or level of proficiency by the HSK level number in a job description related with China. The test is administered by Hanban.

We thank our excellent instructor, Dr. Xinxin Fang, Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) for leading the students to this accomplishment.


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President Dr. Krispin’s New Visit in China and New Agreement Signed

By mzeuch on December 13, 2016


CUE President Dr. Gerald Krispin was invited to attend the 11th Confucius Institutes Conference from Dec. 9 to 11, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, P.R. CHINA. The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation, Cooperation, Inclusion, and Sharing”.  A total of 2,200 delegates attended the conference, including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes from 140 countries and regions, envoys from foreign embassies in China, representatives of international institutions of language and culture promotion, as well as representatives of relevant ministries, local educational authorities and Chinese partner institutions.

The Confucius Institute Conference, also known as the “Davos of Education”, is a grand annual meeting of Confucius Institutes around the world. During this year’s conference, seven Presidents’ Forum were held to share experience, enhance exchanges, and strengthen cooperation.

During his visit in Kunming, Dr. Krispin also signed an agreement with CUE’s partner university Capital Normal University (CNU), on an Undergraduate Study Program. Under this agreement, CNU will send 20 undergraduate students in Education to study at CUE in 2017 for two credited courses with CUE local students. This program will be operated through the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at CUE. The purpose of the program is provide an internationalized classroom for both CNU students and CUE students to have a dialogue and to build up cross cultural competency.

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Invitation to Second Café-Terrasse – French Mingling – Monday December 5th

By mzeuch on December 2, 2016


Dr. Joanna Merkel, from the Languages and Literature Department, supported by the International Office, invites you all to the second edition of our Café-Terrasse, a monthly mingling hour in French, in the Faculty Lounge (HA 301), on Monday December 5th, Noon-1 pm.

The suggested theme for our informal conversation this time is "What are your links with French Culture?" Maybe there is no other formal link than that you love French and are learning or would like to learn it? A theme for each gathering allows you to research vocabulary for informal conversations with everyone.

In the pure French tradition, there will be Coffee and Croissants provided.

See you there! Merci et à bientôt

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Holistic Health Presentation: Winterizing the Yin Within

By mzeuch on November 30, 2016


Grant Wilson, a licensed Acupuncturist and Clinical Herbal Therapist with over 20 years experience in holistic health, is going to introduce tips and strategies to nourish health in winter, centering on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Please join us on Wednesday, November 30, at HA 206, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, for the lecture Winterizing the Yin Within. Learn important information about tonifying Yin (opposite of Yang) that includes herbal formulas, Yin foods, essential oils, and techniques employed in the winter to nurture longevity. Grant Wilson will create a roadmap of health in winter by adapting traditional foods and techniques that have endured centuries of refinement in China. Establish a seasonal change in health that follows nature and the environment. Grant Wilson will present modern interpretations of health while honoring the past, creating an environment for evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine in a fast paced world.

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Syrian Students Share their Culture on Campus

By mzeuch on November 29, 2016


My homeland, My homeland
Glory and beauty, Sublimity and splendor
Are in your hills, Are in your hills
Life and deliverance, Pleasure and hope
Are in your air , Are in your Air

The dynamic and vigorous celebration of the Syrian Family Gather Together started with the above beautiful song. The Syrian students from Concordia University of Edmonton’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program and their families, newscomers to Canada, presented a touching festival yesterday on November 28, 2016.

 “We welcome our Syrian students and their families to Concordia. We are one globalized family.” Dr. Manfred Zeuch, Vice President International and Research said.

The Syrian students made a presentation on their homeland’s glorious culture, history, civilization, economics, geography, cities, mosques, churches, scientists, people, and Syria before war and after.  

“We came to Canada as Syrian newcomers last year. We had bad circumstances back home because of the war. Now we are so glad to be here in Canada because living in Canada is like a dream for everyone.” The Syrian students said.

The Syrian students and their families' passion, positive attitude, perseverance, love and care for life and people touched everybody’s heart at Concordia. Various types of Syrian food were shared with family and friends.  “Keep calm and love Canada.” This is the message the Syrian group wants to share with us and we received it.  Concordia is proud to build bridges between Canada and the Syrian newcomers' community. (XFang)


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