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Matt Soar

The Montreal Signs Project aims to reclaim Montreal's history by salvaging signs of iconic landmarks.

Matt Soar, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, founded the project and started rescuing signs in 2010. Twelve signs are already on permanennt display at Concordia's Communication Studies and Journalism Building.

The Montreal Signs Project was featured in a variety of media outlets including The Globe and Mail.

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The scholarly work of Concordia faculty and researchers informs and improves society on many issues that affect our daily lives. Read the most recent media coverage here:

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  • Please note: this weekend's edition of the Global program, 'Focus Montreal', features Matt Soar, associate professor of Communication Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Soar's Montreal Signs Project. The program, offering a glimpse of the signs project Tel quel/As Is exhibition now on at the Loyola campus, will air tomorrow at 5:30 pm and again on Sunday morning at 7:30 and 11:30. Note also that the exhibition was referenced on Global Montreal's late newscast, on Wednesday.
  • Study International reports on a Concordia study of student performance, led by Erin Barker, assistant professor of psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Science and member of the Centre for Research in Human Development. Barker, working with Carsten Wrosch, psychology professor in the Faculty of Arts and science, determined that occasional negative moods can impact positively on a person's performance at school.
  • Ronald Rudin, history professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, is quoted at length in an article in Acadie Nouvelle about an art project to commemorate the 19th century leper colony on Sheldrake Island, at the mouth of New Brunswick's Miramichi River. The initiative is part of Rudin's 'Lost Stories' project to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. 
  •, writing about the 2017 exhibitions program of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, highlights In Search of Expo 67, celebrating  Expo 67's 50th anniversary. The show, taking place from June 21 to October 8, is co-curated by Monika Kin Gagnon, professor of communication studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science and co-director of the CinemaExpo67 research team at Concordia.
  • University of Alberta post-doctoral researcher Cheryl Macdonald, featured in a story on, describes her research on homophobia in hockey, which she completed as a Concordia doctoral candidate in social and cultural analysis in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Concordia faculty and researchers are regularly asked to offer expert, informed opinions on many of today's most pressing problems. Read some of the latest news items featuring Concordia experts:

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  • Graham Dodds, associate professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, appears on different media to talk about the inauguration of the Donald Trump presidency: he was on CJAD's 'Leslie Roberts Show' yesterday morning (found through the link, toward the bottom of the page: "Looking ahead to the inauguration tomorrow...with Graham Dodds"). Dodds was a guest on CTV News Montreal yesterday at 12:30 pm and on Montreal Breakfast Television this morning (no link available)  as part of a three-member panel of experts previewing the inauguration.
  • Concordia cinema instructor Micheline Lanctôt is quoted in an article in Huffington Post Québec (reprised by Quebec Online) about the annual Prix collégial du cinéma québécois (PCCQ), of which she is the official spokesperson.

Current students at Concordia do outstanding academic work and get involved in community projects that improve our quality of life. See what they've been up to:  

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  • Jeremy Serfaty, the John Molson School of Business student who established the Ace Cancer Fund, was interviewed yesterday on City TV's Breakfast Television Montreal. Serfaty talked about his fundraising work, focusing on the “Ace Cancer Gala” he has organized and which takes place tomorrow at 6:30 pm at Le Crystal Reception Hall in St. Laurent.
  • First-year Concordia undergraduate student Dunia Al Mehlm, one of two Syrian refugees being sponsored by Concordia, is featured on Vocativ (video and text). The piece recounts how Al Mehlm was able to pass English proficiency tests by learning the language via Skype before coming to Canada.

Our alumni are featured in the media locally and around the world. Vist the Alumni News section to access an archive of stories or read the latest list of stories: 

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  • Info 07 reports that Stingers football alumnus Mikaël Charland, now with the CFL champion Ottawa Redblacks, brought the Grey Cup to his former High School in Gatineau for a visit, yesterday.
  • STAT announces that Kate Sheridan (graduate diploma, journalism, '15) has joined the STAT news team as an intern.

Concordia University is often mentioned in various types of news stories. Vist the university affairs section to access our archives or read the latest list of articles below: 

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  • The Carleton University student paper The Charlatan, writing about the Capitalize for Kids program, states that professors at some universities, including Concordia and Bishop’s, are giving extra credit in their classes for participation in the program. Capitalize for Kids is a not-for-profit that raises funds for children’s brain and mental health programs through stock market investments.
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