This workshop is designed and delivered by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).
This workshop is based on the Safe Spaces workshop first designed and implemented by the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People. Participants in this workshop may choose to participate in our Safer Spaces Allies program.
Participants will have the opportunity to examine how race and culture affect daily life in the McGill community. This workshop addresses the challenges of fostering diversity-receptive cultural attitudes, reducing structural barriers in University life, and building and maintaining respectful spaces for interpersonal engagement. Through case studies, participants will have the chance to practice identifying and responding to the types of discrimination most commonly encountered in campus life.
Did you know that more than 40% of university teachers in Canada claim a mother tongue other than English?1 Did you know that at McGill, 50% of the students claim a mother tongue other than English?”2 Teaching at a university where there are linguistically diverse faculty and student populations can present some interesting communication challenges. If you teach in your second language or interact with students from a variety of language backgrounds, join us for an interactive talk about how to address these oral communication challenges.
Leonardo Against Nature
Leonardo da Vinci’s investigations of nature led him to reflect on the “counter-natural,” a category revived from antiquity that identified art with violence. This paper will examine Leonardo's redefinition of thecounter-natural, looking both at his sources and at the significance of his thinking for the understanding of painting ca. 1500.
Professors are often asked by students to write reference letters for funding opportunities. This interactive session is designed to help you answer questions such as:
- Are you obliged to write a reference letter if asked by a student and how might you respond if you are not supportive?
- How much lead time should you expect in order to write a reference letter?
- What information should be provided by the student?
What are the key elements of a “good” reference letter and what pitfalls should be avoided?
Confirmed Speakers: Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute of Art) • Fabio Barry (University of St. Andrews) • Matthew C. Hunter (McGill University) • Yukio Lippit (Harvard University) • Jeffrey Moser (McGill University) • Alexander Nemerov (Stanford University) • Jennifer L. Roberts (Harvard University) • Itay Sapir (UQAM)