Profs, Guelph Jazz Festival Make Headlines

September 06, 2013 - In the News

English Prof. Ajay Heble is featured today in a story in the Globe and Mail.The article focuses on the 20th anniversary of the Guelph Jazz Festival, for which Heble is co-founder and artistic director.

The festival runs this week, with concerts being held on campus and in downtown Guelph. It includes ticketed concerts, free concerts in Market Square in downtown Guelph, and an evening of music and art installations called Nuit Blanche on Sept. 7. U of G also hosted the colloquium — two days of workshops, interviews and concerts by visiting musicians — at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

The Guelph Jazz Festival has become a world-class venue for jazz performance and education. It has been hailed as among the most visionary musical events in Canada, and received the prestigious Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts administered by the Ontario Arts Council. U of G sponsors include the schools of Fine Art and Music, Languages and Literatures, and English and Theatre Studies.

Profs. Alfons Weersink and Sylvain Charlebois are quoted in a story in today’s Globe and Mail on the current and future status of Canadian farmland. Weersink, an agricultural economics professor and expert in farm economics, said that lenders are more cautious than they were in the 1980s, and farmers generally have less leverage today. Charlebois, associate dean of the College of Management and Economics, said the future still looks bright for farmers and farmland prices, mainly because prices of key commodities are expected to remain high for years.

Douglas Auld, an adjunct economics professor, had an article published in the National Post this week on the cost of subsidies and other forms of support for biofuels. Auld has written a new book, Accountability Denied: The Global Biofuel Blunder.

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