McGill East European and Russian Film/Documentary Series: "Bringing Down a Dictator" (2001, documentary, 56 minutes)
This film documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000, not by force of arms, as many had predicted, but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience. Milosevic was strengthened by patriotic fervour when NATO bombed Yugoslavia in early 1999, but a few months later, a student movement named Otpor! ("Resistance" in Serbian) launched a surprising offensive. Audaciously demanding the removal of Milosevic, they recruited where discontent was strongest, in the Serbian heartland. Their weapons were rock concerts and ridicule, the Internet and email, spray-painted slogans and a willingness to be arrested. Otpor! students became the shock troops in an army of human rights, pro-democracy, anti-war, women's groups and opposition political parties. Their slogan: "He's finished!" Trained in nonviolent action and partially financed by the U.S. and western Europe, they forged a unified political opposition, fought to stop vote fraud and systematically unde
McGill East European and Russian Film/Documentary Series: "Disbelief" (2004, USA/Russia, documentary, 105 minutes)
In September 1999, two working-class Moscow apartment buildings were bombed in atrocious and deadly attacks that authorities blamed on Chechen terrorists. As fear rippled through Russia, Vladmir Putin centred his presidential bid on settling the score with the breakaway republic of Chechnya, vying to "rub them out in the outhouse." With this visually stunning documentary, Andrei Nekrasov questions Chechen responsibility for the blasts and explores recent evidence that the bombings were orchestrated by Russian authorities, in order to discredit the Chechen leadership and to precipitate a second war with Chechnya.
McGill East European and Russian Film/Documentary Series: "Balkan Cabaret" (1999, Serbia, film, 100 minutes)
This film's purpose is to illustrate what happens when a pocket of civilization collapses. It features a collage of stories that take place during the course of one night in Belgrade. Law and order have broken down. The streets are teeming with police, but they don't act, and when they do, they are ineffectual. In fact, the cops are as much a part of the problem as the solution. Their job is no longer about honouring a meaningless term like justice; their purpose is to mete out punishment. Violence is no longer a regrettable tool; it is a pleasure.
McGill East European and Russian Film/Documentary Series: "Meet the Stans” – Parts One, Two and Three (2003, England, documentary, 40 minutes each)
In this BBC series, author and journalist Simon Reeve travels to Central Asia to meet the Stans: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. His journey provides viewers with a unique insight into these countries' culture and politics. Part One: Kazakhstan – The country has oil deposits thought to rival those of Saudi Arabia. But Simon also discovers former biological weapons factories with poor security that house 100 types of plague, a shrinking sea now home to camel farmers, and the region's best Beatles tribute band. Part Two: Kyrgyzstan – With none of Kazakhstan's natural resources, Kyrgyzstan is the only country in the world with both an American and a Russian military base. Simon also meets a member of a banned radical Islamic group before putting on a protective suit to visit one of the world's most highly radioactive sites. Part Three: Uzbekistan – In the most repressive of the "Stans" he visited, Simon finds himself followed by the secret police as he travels across the country. He meets the
Intrinsic and peptidergic control of the GABAA receptor-mediated inhibition of the median preoptic nucleus, a strategic hypothalamus site for hydromineral homeostasis
Dr. Didier Mouginot, Unité de neuroscience, Pavillon CHUL, Université Laval
Dr. Tzumin Lee, Dept of Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts, Worcester
Dr. Bryan Stewart, Dept of Zoology, University of Toronto, Mississauga
NSERC guest speakers will discuss the following programs: Strategic Projects; CRD and I2I. RSVP by phone or email. (Please note there is also a session taking place on the downtown campus on Feb. 7, 9:30-11:30 am, in Leacock, Room 232.)
Held in collaboration with the University of the Streets Café and the Concordia University Alumni Association: "Environmental stewardship and economic viability: What place does the economy hold within the earth's systems?" Since World War II, economic expansion has become the foremost indicator of progress and improvement in the quality of life. However, there is increasing evidence that the growth paradigm is catastrophic. It makes no attempt to size itself according to the biosphere on which it is dependent.
Inactivation of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors by mitochondrial ROS: Implications for diabetic dysautonomias
Dr. Ellis Cooper, Dept of Physiology, McGill