Political Science, Theatre Studies Profs Make Headlines

February 03, 2013 - In the News

University of Guelph professors Andrea Paras and Judith Thompson were featured in national newspapers this weekend.

An opinion/editorial by Paras, a new U of G political science professor, was published today in the Toronto Star. The article discussed why, as one of China’s top trade partners, Canada has a stake in ending Beijing’s abuses in Tibet.

At U of G, Paras studies the history of humanitarianism. She became interested in the subject while working on a collaborative master’s degree in international relations with James Orbinski, former president of Doctors Without Borders. Read more

Thompson, a theatre studies professor, was featured in two articles in Saturday’s Globe and Mail. Both articles focused on her play Rare, which is being performed in Toronto until Feb. 7. One article was a theatre review; another story explored the challenges of reviewing productions that feature "real" people, especially when the subject matter is emotional or controversial.

Rare, written and directed by Thompson, features nine cast members aged 22 to 37, all with Down syndrome, who talk about their lives and their hope.

It was the biggest hit at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival last summer and the "Best of Fringe" winner. It's the first of a series of plays Thompson is writing about people living with disabilities. Read more

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