Dr. Nicolas J. Provart, Dept of Botany, University of Toronto
Dr. Artur Kania, IRCM
Guided tour of the beautiful and historic interior of the Governor General's residence, Rideau Hall, followed by a skate on its magical outdoor rink set amidst the woods, complete with heated change hut, music and lights. If you prefer, you can opt for the tour only or join us later for the skate.
For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. Gustave Flaubert briefly studied law before devoting himself to writing, with limited success during his lifetime.
Captures the particular strangeness of life in a time where humankind has finally learned enough to kill itself. Naturally, it's a terribly funny book, with prose as beautiful as a sunset through a particulate-filled sky. Writing before Bhopal and Prozac entered the popular lexicon, DeLillo produced a work so closely tuned into its time that it tells the future (Amazon.com).
Shahzad Bashir, Carleton University, USA
They are but deluded innovators: Contextualizing the Salafi-Sufi conflict (from the North Caucasus to Hadramawt)
Alexander Knysh, Dept of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
Yasser Tabbaa, Oberlin College
James Morris, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK
Luigi Ferrucci, MD, Director, Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, National Institute on Aging; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences