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The following Queen’s University experts are available to discuss different aspects of Easter.
Theological Meaning of EasterToo often the meaning of Easter gets lost in talk of Easter bunnies and debates about the shifting calendar dating of Easter. The theological meaning of Easter is that death doesn't get the last word, life does, and that the spirit of Jesus rises in men and women who want to love tenderly, do good, resist evil, seek truth and pursue justice.
Professor Jean Stairs, Principal of Theological StudiesEmail: stairsj@queensu.caJean Stairs is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Field Education and has been the Principal of Theological Studies since 2001.
Candification of EasterGifting sweets has become a tradition and there are massive candy promotions at every holiday but especially at Easter. Even in a recession, or maybe especially in hard times, we indulge in chocolate. Hershey's, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America, increased earnings by 50+% in the fourth quarter 2008, and Cadbury enjoyed annual profits up 30% in 2008.
Professor Sidney Eve Matrix, Film and MediaEmail: matrixs@queensu.caProfessor Matrix is a Queen's National Scholar in the Department of Film and Media. Her research areas include mass media and popular culture, new media theory and cyberculture studies.
History of ChocolateThe history of chocolate is a long one, but Easter chocolates—eggs, bunnies and chicks for instance—are relatively new contributions. Chocolate seems to make people happy, and right now we undoubtedly could all benefit from a dose of sweet cheer as an antidote to pervasive economic doom and gloom. Professor Heather Evans, EnglishEmail: heather.evans@queensu.caDr. Evans’ research at Queen’s includes women’s writing, food and culinary history, food writing and gastronomy, and children’s literature.
To arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca or Stephanie Earp at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 stephanie.earp@queensu.ca, Queen’s University News and Media Services.

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