Jerry Mitrovica, Dept of Physics, University of Toronto
Paul Hsiang Lecture Series: Red Pine, a.k.a. Bill Porter, a prolific and award-winning translator of classical Chinese literature. The lecture will be followed by a reception. This is the first event of the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival, March 15-18, a biennial celebration of traditional and contemporary Zen literature. This year's inaugural festival, with the theme "Words Have no Meaning," features renowned Zen poets, musicians, translators and scholars from Canada, the US and Japan. For a complete list of events, times, locations, ticket information and fees, refer to the link below.
Social influences on sexual expression in animals: How sexual tactics shape mating systems and life histories
Joan Marsden Lecture in Organismal Biology: Dr. Robert R. Warner, University of California, Santa Barbara
In the mood for green, Guinness and great times with fellow young McGill grads in Toronto? Then come join McGill's Young Alumni at their second annual St. Patrick's Day Warm-Up!
Stephen Creaney, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, ExxonMobil Exploration Co., Houston, Texas
People exhibit surprising differences in sensitivity to pain, response to pain-killing drugs and susceptibility to developing chronic pain following an injury. Understanding the causes of this variability may unlock the secret of chronic pain, which affects up to 40% of Canadians. Mogil's research has also shown that there are different genes associated with pain sensitivity in men and women.
How should we use the new tools of technoscience? For example, should we genetically "enhance" our children? Is it acceptable to create a baby from artificial sperm and ova, or for a child to be the genetic progeny of two women or two men? What about extending the human lifespan to 150 years? Somerville, one of the world's noted ethicists, will discuss the complex issues surrounding our ability to alter human DNA -- and perhaps even human nature itself.