The MISC will hold its annual national conference on February 6 and 7, 2014, in Montreal. The theme of the 2014 conference is Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, and Canada’s Future, examining the ways in which oil and the oil industry touch and affect our lives. For more information, visit www.mcgill.ca/misc/conferences
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Annual Seagram Lecture, by Malcolm Gladwell ("David and Goliath"), in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.
The event will be live streamed, here.
Renowned Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw) delivers this year’s Seagram Lecture, in the company of CBC Radio’s Eleanor Wachtel (Writers and Company), who is also a MISC Board of Trustees member. Gla
Canadian Studies and Values Education: a Teaching Experience in Cuban Universities, a talk by Professor Manuel Velázquez León
A presentation of class experiences dealing with Canadian studies. Most of the reflections obtained come from debates with several generations of university students about poems, short stories or historical events involving Canadian culture. For more than thirty years, Professor León has been teaching studies of English-speaking cultures, including courses on the history and literature of Canada.
2013 Cundill Lecture, From 2012 Cundill Prize Winner Stephen R. Platt
"Imperial Eclipse: The Long Road to the First Anglo-Chinese War"
The Opium War, or First Anglo-Chinese War, of 1839-1842 has long served historians as the chosen starting point for China’s modern history, the launching point of its “century of humiliation” from which successive governments have promised redemption. But such treatment sets the war in stone, as if China’s military weakness and Britain’s predatory aggression in Canton were eternal and unchanging facts.
A special pre-launch book event to celebrate Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance, the latest work from MISC Board of Trustees Co-Chair Denise Chong. The event takes place in the Maude Abbott Lounge, on the second floor of the Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish, at 5 pm.
RSVP: misc [dot] iecm [at] mcgill [dot] ca, or 514-398-3550.
The MISC is pleased to host this public event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. It will be open to the public and media and simultaneous interpretation will be provided. This event is being held in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.
While there are several events across Canada acknowledging the anniversary of the Commission, most of them have looked back at its history. We intend for our event to look forward, asking, “Does bilingualism have a future in Canada?”
Participants include Warren Allmand, Fabienne Colas, Pierre Curzi, Stéphane Dion, Ellen Gabriel, Graham Fraser, Catherine Leclerc, Sherry Simon, and Bernard St-Laurent.
Or RSVP at misc [dot] iecm [at] mcgill [dot] ca, or call 514-398-8346. Free admission.
"Opportunity Cost: Lessons for Canada’s Political Future From its Environmental Past" - Spring Eakin Lecture by Professor Claire Campbell
Monday, March 25 - Eakin Lecture by Professor Claire Campbell
4:00 pm, MISC Offices (3463 Peel), 2nd floor conference room, free admission
Opportunity Cost: Lessons for Canada’s political future from its environmental past<
"Landscape and Canadian political destiny: does the territory even matter?" - 2013 Mallory Lecture by Author Noah Richler
Thursday, March 21 - Mallory Lecture by author Noah Richler
How does Canada foster and grow its celebrities and success? Is Canada efficient enough at spotting talent and supporting it through incubation and lift-off? The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) will examine what it means to have a career in Canada in three sectors: culture/entertainment, high-tech and sports/athletics at its annual conference, “Lifting Off and Flying High: Talent and Success in Canada”. The two-day event will be held at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, on February 11-12, 2013.
February 11-12, 2013, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal (1050 Sherbrooke Street West)
One of the oft-repeated clichés about Canada is that we unable to support success in several fields or to live comfortably with success when it is achieved. These clichés often rest on the claim that we look too quickly to the state for innovation, that we are too cautious in investing our capital or commitment, and that we share with other cultures (Australia, for example) a “tall poppy” syndrome which makes us want to cut down to size those who dare to rise too high. Our curren