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  HOMECOMING and Open House McGill - Guided Museum Tours

  October 25

11h: Mesozoic Dinosaurs

12h: Quebec Biodiversity Exhibits

13h: Egyptian Mummies

14h: Minerals and Rocks

Everyone welcome, no reservation necessary. Meet: Entrance hall of the Museum.

 Science on Stage:  Advice from Seneca

 Oct. 25, 14h

 A public reading of selected letters from Seneca to Lucilius. By Denis Brault (Professor of Latin and Ancient Greek, La Fondation Humanitas Foundation).  Accompanied by cellist Vincent Bélanger. The program includes: Introduction – Seneca’s Philosophy, (Letter 5); The Value of Time (Letters 1, 12, 49); Virtue Brings Glory (Letters 7, 14, 21, 66); Overindulgence (Letters 8, 60, 95, 112); Peace of Mind and an Active Life (Letters 28, 38, 40, 53, 68); Immortality of the Soul (Letters 54, 57, 30); Friendship (Letters 55, 48, 63); Slavery (Letter 47); The Ultimate Good (Letters 118, 122, 123, 124); Suicide and Death (Letter 70 and excerpt from Tacitus, Book 15).

  FREE. Everyone welcome. No reservation required. In Auditorium.

  IMAGE: Plato, Seneca, and Aristotle in a medieval manuscript illustration (c. 1325-35). From Devotional and Philosophical Writings, MS Hunter 231 (U.3.4), page 276. Wikipedia Commons.

 Science on Stage:  Voices from Beaver Hall

 Nov. 22, 14h

 A staged reading about McGill's connection to the artists of the Beaver Hall. Directed by Colleen Curran (B.Ed. McGill '81), this reading coincides with the exhibit at the Beaux Arts Museum about the Beaver Hall Group.

The First World War marked the end of an epoch in the art world. In Europe, the talk was of Picasso, Braque and Matisse. In Toronto, a group of painters led by Tom Thomson forged the way for a national art born out of the rugged wilderness and pioneering spirit of a country that no longer saw itself as an English colony. In Montreal, a group of painters, encouraged by A.Y. Jackson, pooled their resources to rent exhibition and studio space in a building near the foot of Beaver Hall Hill. Though they would work together for only two years, the Beaver Hall painters, most of them women drawn from the city`s wealthy English speaking elite, would forge lasting bonds and produce a remarkable trove of work hailed for its exuberance and sense of Montreal. Voices from Beaver Hall is their story, told by fourteen Montreal writers who each chose one artist to dramatize. IMAGE: Painting titled: In theatre. By Prudence Heward, one of the Beaver Hall Painters, 1947.

 Science on Stage : Ovid's Metamorphoses

 March 20, 2016 @ 14h


May 24 mai: Montreal Museums Day (3978 PEOPLE attended)
10h - 16h
Outdoor activity / Activité à l’extérieur: Faites un moulage de fossile en plâtre / Make your own fossil replica AND Solar viewing / Observation du soleil.

Dans le Musée / In the Museum (11h, 12h & 13h, Galerie Dawson Gallery): Les dinosaures du Canada / Dinosaurs of Canada avec / with La Société de Paléontologie du Québec. The event will have an exhibit highlighting a few campaigns organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, including the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020), the International Day for Biodiversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (a Protocol aiming to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology that may have negative effects on biological diversity) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (a Protocol aiming at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way). More information can be found at www.cbd.int and https://www.cbd.int/idb/2015/ ///// L’événement mettra en vedette quelques initiatives du Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique (siégeant à Montréal), incluant la Décennie des Nations Unies pour la biodiversité (2011-2020), la Journée internationale de la biodiversité, le Protocole de Cartagena sur la biosécurité (un accord international dont le but est de garantir la sécurité de la manipulation, du transport et de l'utilisation des organismes vivants modifiés (OVM) issus des biotechnologies modernes qui peuvent avoir des effets nocifs sur la diversité biologique) ainsi que le Protocole de Nagoya sur l'accès et le partage des avantages (un accord international visant à partager les avantages découlant de l'utilisation des ressources génétiques d'une manière juste et equitable). Pour plus d’informations, consultez www.cbd.int et https://www.cbd.int/idb/2015/

August 9 août: Pour le mois d'archeologie
  14h - 15h30: Hands-on Archaeology Dig
Immerse yourself in a hands-on, interactive archaeological dig led by Michelle Della Corte (Concordia University, Classics and Archeology), recently returned from a dig in Argilos, Greece. Michelle majors in Classical Civilization (in which Archaeology is a huge component) and Anthropology.  Participants will learn about archeological tools, and the methods and the techniques used to uncover the artifacts from the past. They will go to an outdoor simulated archaeological site near the Museum to uncover buried 'artifacts'—recording and cataloguing each as it is uncovered. Once the artifacts are uncovered, they will return to the Museum to piece together and identify their finds. For all ages. Bilingual.
IMAGE: Poshuouinge pot sherds, Pueblo ruins, south of Abiquiu, New Mexico. From Wikipedia Commons.

Cost: $8/ child, all other family members FREE. Rain or shine.  Reserve in advance: 514-398-4094.