Perceptions of Promise has been making headlines from being included in the Globe & Mail’s guide to must see and read in 2011 to the feature video below created by The Scientist magazine and across blogs. The following is a selection of what people are saying about the exhibition:
“Eighteen Bridges is a new player in the Canadian magazine landscape. [They] value the timeless narrative flair of The New Yorker, the journalistic rigour of Harpers, the literary excellence of Granta, and we hope to weave these elements together with a distinctive Canadian sensibility. Eighteen Bridges is a modern in-touch magazine concerned with people, politics, culture, and ideas, its articles substantial, in-depth, and grounded in the narrative tradition. The magazine's co-founders are Lynn Coady and Curtis Gillespie, [Perceptions of Promise participant,] both veterans of the magazine industry and the broader literary community. With the support of the University of Alberta's Canadian Literature Centre, Eighteen Bridges hopes to establish itself as a key outlet for the country's finest narrative journalists to tell great stories and initiate vibrant debate.”
— from the Eighteen Bridges website.
The Fall 2010 issue of Eighteen Bridges includes three features (listed below) by Perceptions of Promise participating scholars Timothy Caulfield, Eric Meslin, David Grant and Paul Cassar; as well as artwork by participating artists Liz Ingram & Bernd Hildebrandt, Shona MacDonald, Sean Caulfield, Clint Wilson, Daniela Schlüter and Derek Besant.
On a recent flight home from Europe the movie selection was so limited I decided, reluctantly, to watch The Time Traveler’s Wife. My reluctance was not due to movie snobbery (I have lowbrow taste), but because when I am tired and 30,000 feet above the ocean, manipulative, sentimental romances make me cry; not just sniffles, but full tears occasionally accompanied by sobbing. Watching action and adventure films is no antidote, since tears and heaving shoulders are inevitable if the hero happens to find redemption, revenge or long-overdue respect.
One of the ways genetic science has captured the public’s attention is in the way it allows us to believe that understanding one’s DNA leads to understanding deeper truths about people. The fully mapped and sequenced human genome has been called the book of life, since it contains all the genetic information necessary to construct human beings. But does genetic information tell us all we need to know about a person? Hardly. If we really want to know a person—their character, hopes, ideas, beliefs, sense of humour—genetic science can only get us so far. DNA is not destiny.
C.P. Snow stated in his 1959 Cambridge University Rede lecture, “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution,” that society was increasingly divided by the humanities and the sciences, the expertise of scientists and “literary intellectuals” so unlike one another as to be almost wholly incompatible. F.R. Leavis’ spirited 1962 rebuttal, “Two Cultures? The Significance of C. P. Snow,” first delivered as the Downing Lecture at Cambridge and then reprinted in The Spectator, attacked Snow’s premise and criticized his methods.