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Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day, the international event that promotes awareness of environmental issues and ecological responsibility. To mark the occasion, the Redpath Museum has planned a trio of activities that will allow museum- goers of all ages to explore some of the fascinating facets of the planet they call home. “Eggs, nests, and birds!” a bilingual family discovery workshop, will give parents and kids the chance to examine life in the shell and decorate an egg. In addition, the museum will host a talk by Michael Stern and Rebecca Goldstone, founders of the Kibale Community Fuel Wood Project, on their involvement in preserving the forests of a national park in Uganda. Finally, as part of its Super Science Documentaries series, the Museum will screen the 2002 Quebecois documentary Bacon: The Film, which looks at the methods, ethics and environmental consequences of factory hog farms in Quebec.
Earth Day at the Redpath Museum, Sunday, Apr. 22, 1-5 p.m., Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W. For more information, contact Ingrid Birker, 514-398-4086, ext. 4092, or see www.mcgill.ca/redpath/earthday/
Workshop for all ages: Eggs, nests and birds!, 1:30-2:30 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. Admission: $6 per child, free for adults. To register in advance, contact Ingrid Birker. Creating fuel wood in Uganda, 1:30-3p.m. Admission: free.
Bacon: The Film, 4 p.m. Admission: free with donation to museum.
A number of fresh new faces now grace McGill’s senior administration picture. In order to help the university’s managers get to know these recently hired leaders and learn about their backgrounds, mandates and objectives, McGill’s Management Forum has organized a series of plenary sessions beginning on Wednesday, April 25 with a presentation called “Looking to the Future: McGill’s New Leadership.” Guest speakers Professor Anthony C. Masi, Provost, and Lynne Gervais, who assumed the newly-created position of Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources) in December, will lead the way.
Looking to the Future: McGill’s New Leadership, Wednesday, April 25, noon to 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/mforum/
It may be tempting to believe that, in 2007, the evil of slavery is a thing of the distant past. Unfortunately, as an upcoming conference organized by the McGill Indian Ocean World Centre reminds us, two centuries after the British Slave Trade Act outlawed slavery in the British Empire, human bondage is still very much alive. The conference, which will put special emphasis on the sex slave trade, will include a talk called “Slavery, Sex and Dehumanisation” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Brion Davis, who is director emeritus of the Yale Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. Another distinguished guest speaker, Director of the Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute Abdul Sheriff, will discuss the maritime traditions of “The Dhow Culture of the Indian Ocean.” The conference will also feature a debate called “Angélique: Rebel or Victim?”, in which Quebec historian Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne and author and poet Afua Cooper will argue their positions on whether the slave hanged for burning a large part of Montreal in 1734 was, in fact, guilty.
“Sex, Power and Slavery – The Dynamics of Carnal Relations Under Enslavement,” April 19-21. Rm. 232, Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke St. W. Free public events: Mini-Beatty lecture/keynote address, “Slavery, Sex and Dehumanisation,” Thursday, April 19, 9:30-11 a.m.; debate/panel discussion, “Angélique: Rebel or Victim?” Thursday, April 19, 6-7:30 p.m.; public lecture, “The Dhow Culture of the Indian Ocean,” Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m.
For registration information and full conference program, see www.indianoceanworldcentre.com/events.call.html
You’ve probably seen Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. But have you ever seen a film about taxidermy? You’ll soon have the chance since, on Sunday, April 29, the Redpath Museum will screen Lifelike, a documentary on the art of stuffing dead animals, as part of its Super Science Documentaries series. The 2004 film, by Montreal documentarist Tally Abecassis, chronicles the lives of several professional taxidermists as they prepare to compete in the Canadian taxidermy championships in Orillia, Ontario. They may be a bit eccentric, but they’re a whole lot saner than Travis Bickel.
Super Science Documentaries: Lifelike, Sunday, April 29, 4 p.m. Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W. Admission: free with donation to museum. For more information, contact Ingrid Birker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 514-398-4086, ext. 4094 or see www.mcgill.ca/science/outreach/documentaries/
Throughout May, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute will offer Montrealers a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of mental illness through its fourth annual Frames of Mind film screening and discussion series. The series, which begins May 2 and will run for five consecutive Wednesday evenings, will feature films on such mental illnesses as schizophrenia, eating disorders, depression and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a documentary on the late Dr. Heinz Lehmann, who made significant contributions to the field of psychopharmacology while working at the Douglas from 1937 to 1998 as a clinician, teacher and researcher. Each screening will be followed by a bilingual discussion period during which experts on the evening’s theme will answer audience questions.
Wednesdays, May 2 – May 30, 7 p.m. Douglas Hospital, Douglas Hall, 6875 Lasalle Blvd. For more information, (514) 761-6131, ext. 2770. For a complete listing of films and expert facilitators, see www.douglas.qc.ca