Join us for our first-ever event in Winnipeg – a young alumni pub night. Reservations would be appreciated but drop-ins will not be refused!
Dr. Deborah Danoff
Genetic signature of marine planktonic larvae's localized dispersal and potential evolutionary and ecological implications
Oscar Puebla, Biology, McGill
The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common values, seems like a good idea, but something is going wrong. In these lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society. "How do stories help us perceive ourselves and others?" he asks. "How can stories lend a whole society an identity...?" From "Gilgamesh" to the Bible, from "Don Quixote" to "The Fast Runner," he explores how books and stories hold the secret keys to what binds us together. Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist and editor, Alberto Manguel is the bestselling author of several award-winning books, including "A Dictionary of Imaginary Places" and "A History of Reading." He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Toronto in 1982 (where he lived for 20 years) and now lives in France, where he was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Among other awards and honours, he is
As part of its Speakers Series, the Dept of Italian Studies is pleased to present, in conjunction with the Centre de recherche sur l'intermédialité and European Film Studies Research Group, Prof. Francesco Casetti. Francesco Casetti is one of the best-known film theorists in the world, and is professor of film studies at the Università Cattolica of Milan, where he also chairs the Dept of Media and Performing Arts.
"The infinite horizon of health research: is Canada visible?" by Dr. John R. Evans, CC, O. Ont., MD, LLD, recent winner of the 2007 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research and chair of MaRS Discovery District. Admission is free and a reception will follow.
Liam Durcan, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. The lecture will address the premise that, despite the superficial disparities between science and art, in this case medicine and literature, the aims and even the methods of the two pursuits are often strikingly similar. From the increasing influence neuroscience is having on literary theory to the recognition of the importance of narrative in medical training, the boundary between the disciplines is becoming less firmly entrenched, resulting in a growing awareness that each pursuit can be enriched by an appreciation and understanding of the other.
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, founding director, McGill Office for Science and Society, will speak on how contradictory information abounds concerning food and nutrition. The question becomes how can science guide us through this maze.