Seven animated films by JAC students at the Brazil Film Fest Toronto

After participating in the Brazil Film Festival of Montreal, seven animation films produced by John Abbott College animation students will open in Toronto this week.

The 2017 edition of the Brazil Film Fest will take place from November 3 to 5, once again, in the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre in Toronto. The Festival’s program is composed of internationally acclaimed Brazilian fiction and documentary movies. JAC animation student films will be screened before every feature presentation.

JAC student films are also featured on the Festival’s website, including the opening page:

These seven animated promos for the 2017 Brazil Film Fest Toronto were created by John Abbott students in the Arts, Literature and Communication program, Animation 1 course, oriented by Media Arts teacher Daniel Schorr. The students used a combined digital and analog technique of digital capture of animated cut-outs.

JAC grad appointed Ambassador to Indonesia

Peter MacArthur, a John Abbott 1978 graduate in Social Sciences, has been appointed Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia effective autumn 2016. He will continue as Canada’s senior APEC official.  Peter was previously Director General for South and Southeast Asia and Oceania at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and has had several diplomatic postings abroad. These have included Russia, India, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. While at JAC Peter edited the Bandersnatch newspaper and was elected to the College Board of Governors. John Abbott College and Indonesia benefit from a special collaborative academic relationship established through 2012 MOUs signed by JAC with the Indonesia Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta and Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata in Bandung.

JAC Professor to Lead a Research Project on Youth Radicalization

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec – June 21, 2016 – Dr Julie Caouette, Psychology teacher at John Abbott College, has received confirmation of a three year Federal grant to investigate Pathways to radicalization among multicultural youth in Canada.

Dr Caouette, the lead applicant on this research project, will study the process of youth radicalization:

The proposed research aims to… [examine]…the different pathways to radicalization among Canadian youth. The findings will have immediate, basic and applied significance in terms of enhancing current policies, tools, and resources for policymakers, politicians, and frontline workers (e.g., teachers, educators, social workers, psychologists and law enforcement) to identify, prevent, and contain the threat of terrorism.

Excerpt from Summary of project

This project, funded by the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) was ranked first of seventy-four applications. Parties involved in this research include representatives from Carleton University, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Ottawa Police Services, Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the Boys & Girls’ Club of Ontario and the Centre de prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence.

For more about this Government of Canada announcement go to: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/press_releases-communiques/2016/ccsif-fisdcc-june-juin-2016-eng.aspx .

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