January 13, 6:00 pm, is the next RVC Centennial event
Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radios "Writers & Company" and "The Arts Today," will speak at McGill on Thursday, January 13 at 6 pm in the Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room G10 (downtown campus). Her talk, entitled "The Lives of Writers," is part of a special lecture series marking the centennial of Royal Victoria College (RVC) and the promotion of education for women. Eleanor Wachtel graduated in English literature from McGill with first class honours.
Born and raised in Montreal, Eleanor Wachtel is a well-known writer, broadcaster and lively contributor to the Canadian literary scene. Since 1990 she has been host of CBC Radios popular "Writers & Company," which several years ago won the coveted CBC award for programming excellence for the best weekly show broadcast nationally. Last year,"The Arts Today," which Eleanor Wachtel also hosts, won the same award for the best national daily show. Selections of her interviews have been published in two volumes, Writers & Company (1993) and More Writers & Company (1996).
A former adjunct professor of womens studies at Simon Fraser University, Eleanor Wachtel received an honorary degree from St. Thomas University in Fredericton for her contribution to broadcasting and literature.
The centennial celebrations of RVCs opening began in the fall of 1999 and will continue until November 2000, They are intended to draw attention to the beginning of co-ed education at McGill, as the women of RVC began to join previously all-male classes. Up until 1970 all women undergraduates were also members of RVC, and only those students whose families resided in the Montreal area or who had special permission from parents or guardians could live outside the protective environment of the College during their studies.
Today RVC is McGills only all-women residence. It occupies the corner of University and Sherbrooke, next to the Faculty of Music and adjacent to the entrance guarded by the bronze stature of Queen Victoria, a prominent Montreal landmark.
No tickets are required to attend Eleanor Wachtels talk, and the public is welcome.