Profs' Research Featured in National News

June 21, 2010 - In the News

Prof. Evan Fraser's new book, Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, was featured in Saturday's Globe and Mail.

In the book, the geography professor and U.S. journalist Andrew Rimas show how the history of the decline of world powers is linked to food and hunger by examining how societies from the Roman Empire to imperial Britain crumbled as their food supplies crashed.

Fraser, who is an expert in food security, also suggests in the book that we may currently be facing the same fate and need to start altering the way we produce, store and consume our food.

Prof. Helen Hoy's research on Anne of Green Gables was also highlighted in the national news recently with stories in Macleans magazine and on the CBC website.

The English professor has written an essay titled “‘Too Heedless and Impulsive: Re-reading Anne of Green Gables Through a Clinical Approach,” which is included in a collection called Anne’s World: A New Century.

In the essay, Hoy argues that Anne suffers from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). This stance, which is spurring discussion, is based on an analysis of the character of Anne Shirley and how her personality and actions in the books are similar to those of someone who has FASD.

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