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Freaky Fridays

. . . when McGill scientists bust myths and clarify science.

Freaky Friday public outreach lectures allow McGill scientists to examine the myths, realities and misconceptions surrounding some pressing science issues. Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Metro McGill/Peel (unless otherwise indicated). Seating is limited. No reservations necessary.
When5 PM
Cost: Free, unless indicated otherwise.The Freaky Friday series was made possible with funding from the Science Outreach Program in the Faculty of Science.

Most of the Freaky Friday lectures are available on iTunes U and on McGill podcasts. Go to the section entitled "Science and Technology" to watch and/or download video and audio recordings of Freaky Friday presentations from the last three years. You can view many of our 2012-2013 Freaky Fridays podcasts here.


  March 20: Create a scientific experiment with your lucky charms -

 How Grade 4 students made sense of mathematics used in gambling

  By Annie Savard (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, McGill University)

  Dr. Savard will explore mathematics and the development of citizenship competencies such as decision making and critical thinking toward gambling, from an ethnomathematical perspective. The presentation will be followed by the film Owning Mahowny, with Phillip Seymour-Hoffman, that accurately portrays the obsession of a compulsive gambler. This 2003 movie is based on the true story of Brian Molony. Molony embezzled over $10 million from his employees and gambled it all away.

Jan. 23: Decisions and health

By Anne Andermann (Medical Specialist – Public Health and Preventive Medicine, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada,Faculty of Medicine, McGill University). This Freaky Friday explores how decision-making can influence health at the individual, population and global levels. Followed by the film The Corporation.

Feb. 6: How are we 99.9% human?

  By André Costopoulos (Dean, Student Life, McGill University).  Followed by the film Planet of the Apes (1968).

Feb. 13: Magic in the Natural History Museum

  By Joseph Culpepper (Visiting Scholar, Dept. of English, McGill).   Introduction by Joe Schwarcz (Director, Office for Science and Society, McGill).  Joseph Culpepper is a performance scholar, magician, and magic consultant. He recently completed a PhD in comparative literature at the University of  Toronto. His dissertation, "Reception and Adaptation: Magic Effects, Mysteries and Con Games," analyzes how individuals experience magic through various media. Joseph currently teaches magic as a form of practice-based research at the National Circus School in Montréal. As a visiting scholar at McGill University this year, he is researching adaptations of stage illusions in contemporary Québécois performance. His Freaky Friday will discuss the relationship between science and spectacle at London’s Egyptian Hall. Egyptian Hall was built in 1812 to display the personal wonder cabinet of William Bullock. By 1850, Bullock had established the institution as a natural history museum. By the end of the century, Egyptian Hall had become an important magic theatre where some of the earliest motion pictures were shown. Followed by the film Hugo (2011).