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2009 Edward R. and Caroline Appathurai Scholarships Announced at John Holmes Lecture

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The 2009 John Holmes Public Lecture was given by lawyer and retired Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court Thomas R. Berger O.C., Q.C., O.B.C. with the title From the Mackenzie Valley to Nunavut: Northern Challenges on March 31st. Glendon professor of International Studies Stanislav Kirschbaum was the host of this event and took this opportunity to announce the winners of this year’s Edward R. and Caroline Appathurai Scholarships in International Studies.

Right: L-r: Glendon professor of English Ian Martin with Mrs. Caroline Appathurai

The awards were established in memory of professor Appathurai, a former Ceylonese diplomat who joined York University in 1968, taught courses in international relations and diplomacy, and created Glendon’s International Studies Programme, which has since become the Department of International Studies.

The scholarships are traditionally disbursed at the John Holmes Lecture each year. “John Holmes enjoyed immensely interacting with university students and he was particularly enthusiastic to teach those who were motivated and hard-working”, said Kirschbaum. “I have no doubt that he would have found it totally appropriate to use this event to reward students who have achieved excellence in International Studies.”

L-r: Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts with retired Justice Thomas Berger and Glendon International Studies Professor Stanislav Kirschbaum


This year’s winners are Mélissa Gélinas and Hannah Renglich, who achieved the highest average in their third year of International Studies and who are completing their final year. Edward Appathurai’s widow, Mrs. Caroline Appathurai was present at the public lecture.


Article by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on April 3, 2009