Speaker: Robert Leckey. Organized by Légale McGill Outlaw and open to all. Note new date. The paper examines the subset of comparative constitutional legal scholarship treating gay rights (chiefly decriminalization of sodomy and recognition of same-sex relationships). It contends that the literature is unsatisfactory in several respects. It manifests a thin methodology which assumes that constitutional law takes place in courts and concerns Supreme Courts' interpretation of written texts, and that it is changed by litigation. The tendency to focus repeatedly on the same "success stories" – Canada, South Africa – leaves unexamined instances where reforms have failed. Yet such failures likely have lessons for those concerned with understanding how to effect change. Furthermore, the literature's assumption that achieving marriage is the objective sideswipes other aspirations for family justice, ones concerned with alternative family arrangements. Straight comparisons of the progress of same-sex marriage litigat
Homecoming weekend isn't over until the last sports event. Join us for what promises to be an exciting game between McGill and cross-city rivals Bishop's University. In past seasons this game has been important for both teams. This year is no different. It will be our second to last league game of the year and will impact where both teams end up in the final standings.
Nathan M. Greenfield: "Baptism of Fire: The Second Battle of Ypres and the Forging of Canada, April 1915"
The Second Battle of Ypres pitted the highly trained German soldiers -- armed with the first weapon of mass destruction, chlorine gas -- against the 1st Canadian Division, which had been in the trenches for just over a week. Yet it was the Canadians who ultimately triumphed, stopping the German advance that followed history's first poison-gas attacks. Please join Nathan Greenfield for a dramatic in-the-trenches retelling of Canada's formative battle.
Ceri Morgan, School of Humanities, Keele University, U.K. Wine and cheese to follow lecture. Details on website (below).
Fulbright Lecture - Discretionary judgment and organizational practice: Making decisions in the spaces between the rules
Raymond Cox III, Dept of Public Administration and Urban Studies, University of Akron. Most organizations fail because those in control are afraid to permit others to step outside the routine and exercise discretionary judgment. Discretion requires "creativity" and understanding that we call tacit knowledge. Prof. Cox will discuss how to blend organizational and personal knowledge of ethics and politics to free those in the organization with the capability to properly exercise discretion to do so. Wine and cheese to follow lecture.
Over 2 1/2 days, the conference will ask whether it makes sense to speak of a common North American culture. If Canada, the United States and Mexico share a continent, do they also share cultural values, tastes and preoccupations? Are there features of Canadian culture which ensure the smooth passage of our music, media, literature, humour and other forms of expression across the broader cultural space of North America? Or do differences of language, population and resources continue to act as barriers, limiting the success of Canadian culture elsewhere on the continent? The conference will bring together artists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and scholars who are concerned with Canadian culture and its circulation throughout North America. In keynote addresses and focused panels, the conference will address the question of how Canadian culture, in its various forms, fits within a broader North American identity.
Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University
Dr. Stuart B. Hill, Foundation Chair of Social Ecology, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Media@McGill, the University's interdisciplinary focal point for teaching, research and public outreach on issues and controversies in media policy, culture and technology, is proud to present a free public lecture by acclaimed novelist, filmmaker and political activist Tariq Ali. The lecture will shine a critical light on the realities of the western world’s contemporary media landscape.