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Immigration to be topic of Reddin Symposium

A panel of experts will gather on campus Saturday (Jan. 14) to discuss how Canadian multicultural and immigration policies shape its society and influence relations with the United States.

Titled “Belonging in Canada: Immigration and the Politics of Race and Ethnicity,” the 19th annual Reddin Symposium will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union. It is free and open to the public, but attendance is by registration only. To sign up, call Elizabeth Forester at 2-2457.

"As America debates its own immigration policy, we thought it would be interesting to look at the Canadian experience,” said Dr. Mark Kasoff, director of the Canadian Studies Center, which is hosting the event.

“Canada's demographic landscape has changed dramatically in recent decades with far greater numbers of visible minorities. How well are these new Canadians relating to the economic and social fabric? What criteria does Canada use to determine the number and mix of immigrants? How does Canada deal with illegal immigration and people seeking refugee status?"

Discussing those questions will be: Dr. Monica Boyd, chair of Canada research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, who will provide a profile of Canadian society; James Versteegh, immigration minister-counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., who will discuss the values driving Canada’s immigration policy, and Dr. George Elliott Clarke, a professor of Canadian literature at the University of Toronto and commentator on black Canada, who will discuss issues of race in the context of Canada and North America.

It’s ‘Time for Three’ in Festival Series

The eclectic trio Time for Three will perform on the Festival Series at 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 13) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The ensemble is a musical blend of two violinists, Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall, and double bassist Ranaan Meyer. Everything from country-western, bluegrass, Hungarian gypsy and jazz to their own interpretations of Bach can be heard at their performances.

Formed while all three were students at the Curtis Institute of Music, the group has presented more than 200 engagements, including performances at Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp "Fandango XIV," the Philly Pops under conductor Peter Nero, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the 92nd Street Y in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The trio has also appeared as an opening act for k.d. lang.

Recently, the Philadelphia Orchestra commissioned composer Jennifer Higdon, a BGSU alumna, to create a work for the trio that will premiere during the orchestra's 2007-08 season.

A native of Bowling Green and son of Wallace De Pue, professor emeritus of music composition and theory, De Pue made his solo debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1994. Born into a musical family that boasts four fiddling brothers, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music before entering Curtis. He has appeared at the Isaac Stern Music Workshop, Music from Angel Fire, the La Jolla and Sarasota music festivals, and at the Chautauqua Institution and Interlochen Arts Academy. De Pue is currently a tenured violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tickets for the performance are $18, $26 and $34. For tickets, call the box office at 2-8171.

January 9, 2006