McGill’s flag is at half-mast today for our colleague, Hervé de Fontenay, who died on January 4, 2014. He will be sorely missed.
Architecture and Opera
Lecturer: Rory O’Sullivan
Time: February 28, 1:00 p.m.
The architecture of opera houses varies as greatly as opera itself, ranging in design from baroque to contemporary. This illustrated talk will examine how the design affects the building, also the singers, the orchestra, the music, with perhaps a few examples, and, of course, the audience.
Two Gifted Women of the British Empire
Lecturer: Ruth Allan Rigby
Time: February 28, 10:00 a.m.
Florence Nightingale, a celebrated social reformer and statistician, introduced modern nursing in the Crimea and in London. Gertrude Bell, an English archaeologist, explored Mesopotamia; as “Oriental Secretary” in the 1920s, she played a major role in the creation of Iraq’s modern borders and infrastructure.
The Virtues of Skepticism
Lecturer: Frédéric Wagnière
February 28, 10:00 a.m.
Not all skeptics are cynics or doubters. Skepticism is often the first step towards new knowledge.
Railway Mail in Atlantic Canada
Lecturer: Brian Webb
February 21, 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a nostalgic look at the Railway Mail Service of Atlantic Canada. We will examine the role of the Service and the mail it carried, in the 19th and 20th centuries. ALL ABOARD!
Finding Eduard B.
Lecturer: Richard Flanagan
February 21, 1:00 p.m.
When Eduard B. died in 1972, his original family name, country of origin, date and place of birth wereunknown. In 2010 a single clue, his father’s first name, made it possible to solve this mystery. A 31-year search uncovered his origins in the turmoil and shifting national boundaries of Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan.
British Musical Pomp and Pageantry
Lecturer: Paul Kuai-Yu Leong
February 21, 10:00 a.m.
By request, a replay of popular British music (e.g. Auld Lang Syne; Highland Cathedral; I Vow to Thee my Country; Land of Hope and Glory; Scotland the Brave; etc.) - all accompanied by splendid videos (some of historical value) that convey the best of British pomp and pageantry. Do not miss this audio-visual feast!
Baltic Sea Cruise: Images and History
Lecturer: Gordon Campey
February 14, 1:00 p.m.
A recent Baltic Sea cruise was a great opportunity to photograph the beautiful cities of Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Tallinn and St Petersburg, but also an occasion to better understand the complex and interrelated history of the Baltic Sea Region. Beautiful images set to music and fascinating tales are on the menu.
Come Clean: A History of Hygiene
Lecturer: Clare McFarlane
February 14, 10:00 a.m.
From our cave-dwelling ancestors to the present day, our attitudes to cleanliness and personal hygiene have evolved. We’ll look at the history of our battle with dirt, from toothpaste to toilet paper and from sea bathing to colonic irrigation.
Paul Klee: Painter and Musician
Lecturer: Sherry Steinberg
February 7, 1:00 p.m.
Paul Klee was quite an accomplished violinist, but chose painting over music for his career. His parents were musicians and they wanted Paul to follow in their footsteps, but he decided on painting, partly out of rebellion and partly because it was his preference. He was a prolific painter and made brilliant use of colours.