Montréal as seen by...

In a relaxed setting, various Montreal personalities are invited to share their vision and passion for the city. This is a privileged moment for students from here and elsewhere who can freely discuss with these actors of change contributing to the development of Montreal. Foodies beware: the classic Montreal bagel with cream cheese is offered to fill a small hunger! This bilingual lecture series is organized by the Quebec Studies Program and the Quebec Studies Student Association (QSSA) of McGill University, with the support of CIRM. These short lectures are open to all and are offered five to six times a year, depending on the current program.

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Past Events

Cyclorama, a discussion on language et sur les liens entre les communautés artistiques francophones et anglophones

November 4, 2022 (Virtual event)

A bilingual panel on the play Cyclorama, co-hosted by Sophie Ji (McGill / Le Délit) and Elissa Kayal (CIRM employee / McGill), and moderated by our member Erin Hurley (CIRM / McGill), along with Laurence Dauphinais and Antoine Yared, who discussed the issues at the heart of the play, including the links between the French and English-speaking arts communities.

The recording of the discussion is available here.

Discovering the Peter-McGill District Through the Lens of the Community Council

October 25, 2022 (Virtual event)

A discussion on the history and mission of the Community Council Peter McGill, moderated by our member Mary Anne Poutanen (CIRM / McGill) and Megan Uderian (McGill). Stéphane Febbrari, the director of the Council was present to discuss the social issues at the heart of the neighbourhood and the Council's action plan for the coming year.

The recording of the discussion is available here.

Making a Community Driven Project a Reality: The Museum of Jewish Montreal

March 23, 2022 (Virtual event)

A discussion with Zev Moses, Executive Director of the Montreal Jewish Museum. Co-hosted by Mary Anne Poutanen (Quebec Studies Program) and Samuel Jachir (McGill University).

No one could stop this train: A conversation with Michael P. Farkas

March 16, 2022 (Virtual event);

A discussion with Michael P. Farkas (Chair of the Black History Month Roundtable, Director of Youth in Motion and Coordinator of the children's arts program Club Énergie). The event was co-hosted by Mary Anne Poutanen (Quebec Studies Program) and Vadime St-Cyr (McGill University).

Youth as Decision Makers

November 23, 2021 (Virtual Event)

Collaboration between CIRM, the McGill Quebec Studies Student Association, the McGill University Quebec Studies Program, and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC). The event was co-hosted by professor Éric Bélanger (CIRM / McGill) and Quebec Studies student Mohammad Mansoor, and featured a discussion with Samantha Reusch, the Executive Director of Apathy is Boring.

Food Justice in Montréal

November 4, 2021 (Virtual Event)

A bilingual discussion on poverty and food insecurity in the city with Nathalie Bouchard, general director of the Centre de ressources et d'action communautaire de La Petite-Patrie (CRACPP). Through its work in food security and its fight against food waste, this centre contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of its members and to the defence of fundamental human rights. This event was co-hosted by Piers Young (Quebec Studies Student Association, McGill University) and Mary Anne Poutanen (CIRM / Quebec Studies Program, McGill University).

Democratic life and citizen participation in Montreal

March 17, 2021 (Virtual event)

A bilingual discussion with Dominique Ollivier, President of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM). Moderated by Angelo Robert (QSSA, McGill U.), Emilie Doumbe Mandengué (Department of Political Science, McGill U.) and Daniel Béland (Department of Political Science and Institute of Canadian Studies, McGill U.).

Anglo Montreal Literature and Publishing

December 4, 2020, 12:00-13:00 (Virtual event)

A conversation about the various contextual, structural and social challenges facing the English-language publishing industry in Montreal. Moderated by Marie Leconte and Angelo Robert (McGill QEA), with Linda Leith (Linda Leith Éditions), Ashley Fortier, Antoine Tanguay (Éditions Alto), Lori Schubert (Quebec Writers’ Federation).

The Montreal Theatre Scene

October 22, 2020, 11:00-12:00 (Virtual event)

Conference moderated by Professor Erin Hurley and Anaïs Lépine-Lopez (McGill QSSA) with Quincy Armorer (Black Theatre Workshop), Eda Holmes (Centaur Theatre), Jean-Simon Traversy (Duceppe) and Sylvain Bélanger (Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui)

The Quebec and Montreal music scene: a look at some issues and realities

September 16, 2020 (Virtual Event)

Virtual discussion as part of the "Montréal vu par..." series with Jess Reia (CIRM 2020-2021 BMO Fellow), Clerel, Marie-Julie Desrochers, Dan Seligman and Jean-Étienne Sheehy.

Montreal as seen by Fabrice Vil

February 3, 2020, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CIRM, 680 Sherbrooke Street West, 8th floor)

Conference by Fabrice Vil, founder and president of Pour 3 Points, a coaching organization that works to break the cycle of poverty and give young people the skills they need to succeed in life. The discussion focused on the value of sports coaching as a tool for human development.

Montreal as seen by Richard D. Daneau

November 19, 2019, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Armstrong Pavilion, 3420 McTavish Street)

Conference by Richard D. Daneau, Executive Director of Moisson Montréal, a charitable organization that recovers food donations and essential products to distribute them to community organizations on the island of Montreal. Mr. Daneau discussed the dynamics surrounding food security in Montreal, as well as Moisson Montreal's role as a charitable actor.

Montreal as seen by Eda Holmes

October 24, 2019, 11h45-13h (CIRM, 3438 rue McTavish, salle 100)

Lecture by Eda Holmes, Artistic and Executive Director of Théâtre Centaur.

Montreal as seen by Matthew Pearce

October 22, 2019, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Lecture by Matthew Pearce, President and CEO of the Old Brewery Mission, an organization that works with homeless people to find lasting solutions to homelessness. Mr. Pearce discussed his career path and permanent solutions to eradicate homelessness, among other things.

Montreal as seen by Anne-Marie Jean

March 28, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm (McGill University Arts Building, room 210)

Conference by Anne-Marie Jean (President of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) on the occasion of the Francofête at McGill University.

Montreal as seen by Marie-Josée Parent

February 12, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Conference by Marie-Josée Parent, Councillor at the City of Montreal and responsible for the file on Aboriginal reconciliation, moderated by Véronique Leblanc (Association des étudiants en études québécoises [AÉQ]) and Mary Anne Poutanen (CIRM members; lecturer, McGill University's Quebec Studies Program)

Montreal as seen by Alice Miquet

February 7, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Conférence d'Alice Miquet, Présidente du Conseil Jeunesse de Montréal.

Montreal as seen by Cathy Wong

January 31, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Lecture by Cathy Wong, President of the City of Montreal, moderated by Véronique Leblanc (Association des étudiants en études québécoises [AÉQ]) and Valérie-Anne Mahéo (CIRM member; postdoctoral researcher, Department of Political Science, McGill University).

Montreal as seen by Michaël Theimer

January 29, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Conference by Mickaël Theimer, photographer and founder of Portraits de Montréal.

Montreal as seen by Lili-Anne Pereša

January 15, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Lecture by Lili-Anne Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide du Grand Montréal, moderated by Stéphan Gervais (CIRM Scientific Coordinator) and Saeesh Mangwani (McGill University Student Association).

Montreal as seen by Suzanne Lareau

November 27, 2018, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Conference by Suzanne Lareau, CEO of Vélo Québec.

Montreal as seen by Marie-Ève Bordeleau

November 20, 2018, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Conference by Marie-Ève Bordeleau, Commissioner for Relations with Aboriginal Peoples for the City of Montreal.

Montreal as seen by Allison Hanes

November 13, 2018, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Lecture by Allison Hanes, columnist for The Gazette.

Montreal as seen by the executive committee of the Quebec Studies Students Association

November 6, 2018, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (CIRM, 3438 McTavish Street, Room 100)

Conference of the Executive Committee of the Quebec Studies Students' Association moderated by Mary Anne Poutanen (CIRM member; lecturer, Quebec Studies Program, McGill University).

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