Faculty of Arts

MAY 13, 2019 | Last week, parliamentary hearings began on Quebec’s Bill 21, which would ban public employees in “positions of authority” from wearing religious symbols. In his testimony, the philosopher Charles Taylor stated that he and Gérard Bouchard were wrong to propose restrictions on religious symbols in their 2008 report on reasonable accommodation.

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Published on: 12 Jun 2019

MAY 12, 2019 | Politicians are increasingly concerned that social media giants have become so big, powerful and rich that they are effectively above the law -- at least in a small country like Canada. Their concern was on display last week at a meeting of the House of Commons access to information, privacy and ethics committee, where Liberal MPs raked Google over the coals for its decision not to run any political ads during this fall's federal election campaign, rather than comply with a new law that requires them keep an online ad registry.

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Published on: 12 Jun 2019

MAY 7, 2019 | We know that the prevalence of autism has risen steadily in Quebec, and across the world, as awareness and identification have improved, as have concerns about the availability of both diagnostic and intervention services. Autism is here to stay. Over the past two decades, consecutive governments have struggled to find a policy response to this condition — better understood as a spectrum — that defies typical policy definitions. Autism cuts across health, education and social policies in its complexities, and so too do the services and programs needed to address it.

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Published on: 12 Jun 2019

MAY 27, 2019 | Sam Hunter set out to go camping near his home on Weenusk First Nation, about 35 kilometres south of Hudson Bay in Ontario’s Far North. After spending a night in the bush, Hunter, who has lived on this land for most of his 53 years, went to look for dry wood. As he drove across what appeared to be a frozen river, the surface suddenly gave way and his Yamaha Bravo snowmobile plunged through the ice. Hunter was thrown through the windshield and barely avoided falling into the rushing water below.

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Published on: 12 Jun 2019

JUNE 5, 2019 | For the first time in the history of Quebec, the provincial government has no senior ministers and only two elected representatives from the island of Montreal, and it shows. Nothing makes this more evident than Bill 21, the secularism law proposed by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government that is especially contentious for banning certain public workers from wearing religious symbols. Notable among them are teachers and school principals, police officers, judges, Crown prosecutors and prison guards.

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Published on: 12 Jun 2019

The Human Resources Office in the Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the latest updates to Administrative and Support Staff positions within the Faculty. Join us in wishing your colleagues well in their new roles.

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Published on: 12 Jun 2019

JUNE 2, 2019 | Arash Abizadeh’s monograph, “Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics,” has been awarded the 2019 Canadian Philosophical Association Biennial Book Prize (English). The jury writes that “This is an outstanding book, one of the best books on early modern philosophy in the past 10 years.

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Published on: 6 Jun 2019

MAY 30, 2019 | As violence against Indigenous women and girls grows, a national inquiry into the causes is drawing to a close, with a report expected on June 3.

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Published on: 30 May 2019

MAY 20, 2019 |The University of Lethbridge recently recognized the work of Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a professor of social work at McGill University, by presenting her with an honorary degree at the University’s 2019 Spring Convocation ceremonies. Blackstock has spent her career speaking out against the systemic inequalities of services provided to First Nations children, youth and their families and, in the process, become a powerful advocate for Indigenous children in Canada.

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Published on: 28 May 2019

MAY 15, 2019 | Taylor Owen, McGill's Chair of Media, Ethics and Communication says the barriers to effectively moderate extreme online content are both technical and political. The tragic Christchurch live-streamed video is prompting further action from world leaders.

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Published on: 28 May 2019

APR 24, 2019 | Krzysztof Pelc has won the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize for his story Green Velvet. As the grand prize winner, Pelc will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Green Velvet was selected by the jury comprised of writers Esi Edugyan, Iain Reid and Lisa Moore. "Told in clear, confident prose, Green Velvet is an elegant, beautifully-shaped story, lit with a wry humour that tilts unpredictably to melancholy. It's full of whimsy and insight," the jury said in a statement.

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Published on: 28 May 2019

MAY 8, 2019 | « L’utilisation du Moyen Âge à des fins idéologiques n’est pas nouvelle », résume Michael Van Dussen, médiéviste du Département de littérature anglaise de McGill. « Les Allemands l’ont fait au XIXe et au XXe siècle. Les Français, les Italiens, les Anglais, les Polonais, les Suédois ou les Danois ont aussi tenté de revitaliser leurs traditions du Moyen Âge pour appuyer leurs propagandes nationalistes. »

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Published on: 28 May 2019

Congratulations to Professor Yves Winter, from the Department of Political Science, who's book Machiavelli and the Orders of Violence has been awarded the 2019 Best First Book Prize from the Foundations of Political Theory organized section of the American Political Science Association.

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Published on: 27 May 2019

The Human Resources Office in the Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the latest updates to Administrative and Support Staff positions within the Faculty. Join us in wishing your colleagues well in their new roles.

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Published on: 24 Apr 2019

Giants in their respective fields, this year’s Hon Docs have blazed trails in everything from poetry and theoretical physics to jazz guitar and human rights.

The Honorary Doctorates in Arts include: 

Michael Harris
B.A. (Sir George Williams University), M.A. (Concordia University)

Michael Harris has made a lifetime commitment to the Canadian literary scene, having a profound impact on the development of poetry in Canada.

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Published on: 23 Apr 2019

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