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McGill Reporter
March 10, 2005 - Volume 37 Number 12
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Two hundred years of telling tales

Paper bag princesses need not apply, only ugly ducklings, mermaids and little match girls will be accepted at the McLennan library's special exhibition featuring work from Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. This exhibit, which started March 1 and will run to the end of April, celebrates Andersen's 200th birthday. It is located on the fourth floor of the McLennan library.

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The little mermaid statue in Copenhagen

Andersen was a prolific writer who is best known for his fairy tales, including The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Pea. Many of his stories involved characters who survived adversity to live "happily ever after". Exhibition curator Hans M?ller, who also donated many works to the exhibition, says "Andersen's stories are the most translated literature next to the Bible." Not bad for someone who started formal schooling at the age of 17.

A lecture entitled: The Man and his Genius will be given by M?ller on March 21 at 4 pm on the 4th floor of the McLennan library. The life and career of Hans Christian Andersen beyond fairy tales will be discussed.

There will also be a lecture, piano recital and reception to celebrate Anderson's bicentennial, on April 10, at 4 pm in the Redpath Hall. M?ller will discuss Andersen's works, followed by a piano recital by Derek Yaple-Schobert and song selections by soprano Julieanne Klein. Danish delicacies will be served. Admission is $20, $15 seniors and $5 students. For more information and reservations contact 284-1219.

Get "out" and mingle

Queer scholars and businesspeople are getting together for a networking event at McGill this month.

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The Chambre de commerce gaie du QuÈbec (CCGQ) is teaming up with the Queer Grad Caucus and the Concordia Queer Union for a joint cocktail at Thomson House on March 30.

The CCGQ, which hosts meet-and-mingles for queer businesspeople, is reaching out to students. "We want students to know it's possible to be åout' and have a successful career," explains Pascal LÈpine, CCGQ president and founding president of the internet marketing firm Atypic. "It's important to demystify concerns about being queer in the workplace."

During the cocktail, LÈpine will provide details concerning a draw for the CCGQ's fourth annual Young Entrepreneur's award — valued at $10,000. He'll also encourage students to become members of the CCGQ. "Students can join for free and learn a lot from our members," he says.

Martin Lennox, a member of McGill's Queer Grad Caucus, says teaming up with the CCGQ for a cocktail made sense. "We've wanted to host an event that would bring together people from various faculties and backgrounds," he says. "This is a great networking opportunity."

Gregg Blachford, director of the McGill Career and Placement Services, which gives annual Queers and Careers seminars adds, "I'd encourage all students to use this kind of networking opportunity to meet with potential internship or job providers."

The CCGQ cocktail begins at 6 pm at Thompson House on March 30. McGill alumni, staff and faculty are also welcome to the cash-bar event. For more information on the CCGQ, please consult www.ccgq.ca. More information about McGill's Queer Grad Caucus can be found at groups.yahoo.com/group/-QueerGradCaucus. For more on queers and careers, please consult www.caps.mcgill.ca/tools/queer.

The Jerusalem question

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Old Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock
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The McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building will host a special panel discussion next week addressing the current challenges and frameworks for peace in Jerusalem. This event, one of a series being held at Canadian universities including UQAM and the University of Toronto, is sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, and will be chaired by Jim Torczyner, director of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building. The speakers include, Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov, director of the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Kimchi, of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yitzhak Reiter, lecturer, Department for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The event will be held at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 in the Leacock Building, room 232. For information, contact 398-1095.

Life after McGill... really!

McGill really is the school that keeps on giving. Not content to educate students in those areas for which McGill is allowed to give out degrees and diplomas, the university is launching into other area such as personal finance, dining etiquette and job hunting.

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The first annual "Life After McGill" conference, (AKA "Backpack to Briefcase") will bring current students together with McGill alumni to help ease the transition from academia to the "real world."

Speakers include Heidi Hollinger (BA '90) who made a name for herself as a photojournalist in Moscow and will speak on marketing yourself, Cindy Mancuso (MEd '98) who will speak on job hunting. Dick Pound will deliver a keynote address, and possibly explain how to get a job as McGill Chancellor, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and partner in the law firm Stikeman Elliot and still have time to write several books.

"It's a chance for students to learn from extraordinary people in the McGill community," said Kate Rhodes, student programs coordinator for Development and Alumni.

"The alumni we've asked are very happy to come back, and the students are happy to meet people who have come from the same situation they're in."

Backpack to Briefcase March 10 to 13, Martlet house, 1430 Peel Street. For more information go to www.alumni.mcgill.ca/sites/for_students and click "Backpack to Briefcase" for details.

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