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Media@McGill 2006-2007

2006 marked Media@McGill's inaugural year, with a launch event featuring Pulitzer Prize investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. This was the first of the Beaverbrook Annual Lecture series, Media@McGill’s flagship public event.

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An event that showcased M@M’s commitment to student-centred and student-led activities was Converging in Parallel, a three-day conference on the future of communication policy research (2006). Organized by three graduate students, the conference/workshop provided an innovative discussion venue for more than 30 emerging Canadian communication scholars, including students, junior faculty, as well as stakeholders, to deliberate on the importance of research to the formation of media policy. Another notable student initiative was [TAS], a one-day symposium on technology, art and society (2007), which included a public evening of new media art and performance at Montreal’s SAT (Society for Arts and Technology). M@M’s assistance secured the participation of scholar and media activist McKenzie Wark.

M@M also supported the launch of Will Straw’s 2006 book, Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America, a study of that decade’s American true crime magazine, and a devoted collection of its visual imagery. To showcase M@M’s concentration on crime, media and public culture in North America, Straw and Rentschler organized a two-day international symposium, held in May 2007, and featuring innovative, multi-disciplinary work by McGill graduate students and faculty, as well as participants from the US and Mexico.

In 2006, the Montreal Media Policy Group was created, which brought together a collective of young academics, legal and industry representatives who met regularly over a period of three years to discuss significant issues related to media governance.

M@M was honoured to have John Durham Peters, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, as its first visiting scholar in March 2007. Peters gave a provocative lecture on the underpinnings of liberalism and the principle of free expression in a changing world to a full-house audience in McGill’s historic Redpath Museum auditorium.


Crime, Media and Culture: a symposium at McGill University

Media@McGill, McGill University's Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and the Crime and Media Working Group are pleased to present an international symposium on Crime, Media and...

Researcher/Activist Ralf Bendrath at McGill

The Montreal Media Policy Group (MMPG), in cooperation with Media@McGill, is very pleased to announce a discussion with Ralf Bendrath, Research Fellow at the University of Bremen. This event will...

Professor Andrew Feenberg: From Critical Theory of Technology to the Rational Critique of Rationality

As part of the departmental speakers’ series, Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology at Simon Fraser University, will present a lecture, 29 March 2007, from 5:30-7:00p.m...

Georgina Born speaks on ‘Theorising cultural production after Bourdieu'

Dr. Georgina Born, professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music at the University of Cambridge, is presenting a talk entitled ‘Theorising cultural production after Bourdieu'. The talk will be...

Dr. Philip Napoli, guest speaker at Montreal Media Policy Group

The Montreal Media Policy Group (MMPG), in cooperation with Media@McGill, is very pleased to announce a discussion with Dr. Philip M. Napoli, Director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research...

Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar: Professor John Durham Peters

The Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill is pleased to present a public lecture by prominent media theorist and Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar, John Durham Peters. In his lecture, “Free Speech in a...

The Montreal Media Policy Group

The Montreal Media Policy Group will meet on Tuesday, 13 February 2007 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Invited guests include Mr. Aimé-Jules Bizimana, doctoral candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in...


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