Cundill Prize Lecture: Primo Levi the Partisan by the winner of the 2011 Cundil Book Prize, Sergio Luzzatto.
29 November 2012

Sergio Luzzatto, Modern History Professor, University of Turin and Winner of the Cundill Prize in 2011 for his book “Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age”

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Eakin Lecture:  The Theatre of Attractions: How Robert Lepage makes movies onstage,  by Professor Karen Fricker
13 November 2012

'Cinematic' is a term that is frequently used to describe the stage work of Québec theatrical auteur (and sometime filmmaker) Robert Lepage - but what does this actually mean? This presentation explores Lepage's theatremaking, arguing that filmic techniques - in particular, montage - are at the core of how he constructs stage stories. Inviting audiences to read his productions as they would films is a key means through which Lepage creates a theatre that evokes the experience of living in our globalized world.

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Photojournalism: Then & Now Symposium
1-2 November 2012

Media@McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the McCord Museum put on a two-day symposium on photojournalism with a line-up of international speakers from both the academic and professional spectrum.  Photojournalism: Then & Now explored the history of photojournalism in Canada, as well as the role played by photojournalism within a changing digital landscape, in the media representation of 21st century warfare. 

The McGill University Department of English Visiting Speaker Series - Journey with No Maps : A Life of P.K. Page,  A lecture and book signing by Sandra Djwa
2 November 2012

Journey with No Maps is the first biography of P.K. Page, the brilliant twentieth-century poet and one of Canada's best-loved and most influential writers.  Sandra Djwa is professor emeritus of English at Simon Fraser University, and the prize-winning author of The Politics of the Imagination: A Life of F.R. Scott and Professing English: A Life of Roy Daniells.  This event was co-sponsored by McGill-Queen’s University Press and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: New Paradigms of Research 
10, 11, 12 October 2012

Symposium and public lecture by the celebrated Prof. Catherine Driscoll from the University of Sydney (Australia) and one of the founders of the international field of Girlhood Studies.  Organized by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) at McGill University, in collaboration with Girls Action Foundation and Justice for Girls. Funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant and with the generous support of the Dean of Arts Development Fund, the Mini Beatty Memorial Fund, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), Media@McGill, the Department of Art History and Communication Studies,  and the Department of English.

What If Comics Were Literature? Why Comics Weren't Art, and Why They Might Be Now
24 September 2012

In partnership with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Art History and Communication Studies will host a lecture by Bart Beaty of the University of Calgary.

Historically, the relationship between comics and the traditional “high” arts was a simple one: comics were the degraded “Other” of the fine arts. Artists like Roy Lichtenstein might mine comic books and strips for inspiration, but they were not legitimate art objects in and of themselves. In recent years, this distinction has begun to erode. With major exhibitions of comic book art taking place in art museums around the world, it is clear that the traditional distinction between fields has begun to unravel, producing new opportunities for critics, curators and artists alike. This talk will consider the past and future of comics art, tracing the vexed path that has led cartoonists to museums and galleries in order to situate the place of comics in the hierarchy of contemporary arts.

Quebec's place on Planet Circus
21 & 22 September  2012

Hosted by the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research, this two-day scholarly conference on the state of circus research in Quebec takes a look at training and practices from up-and-coming Quebec circus performers.Quebec is widely regarded as a circus hub, largely on the basis of the international reputation of the “big three” Montreal-based circuses. The École nationale de cirque plus the new Montréal complètement cirque festival reinforce that impression, on which successive Quebec governments have capitalized by featuring circus in tourism and publicity campaigns.

Seagram Lecture -Why has North America failed?  The continent’s integration and disintegration in a global context by Canadian political economist Stephen Clarkson
20 September 2012

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The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Québec Studies Fall Orientation Event: Twelve Things You Should Know about Canada and Québec.

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Kings and Their Crowns: Some late seventeenth-century representations of Amerindian rulers
26 November 2012

Professor Ana Elena González Treviño, Special Visitor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) presented a fascinating seminar on European representations -and mis-representations - of Amerindian rulers in the late 17th Century, 200 years after the New World was discovered.

Winter 2012 Eakin Lecture: Occupy This: Exploring the Occupy Movement. Delivered by Professor Judy Rebick
2 April 2012

The last year has seen the largest street demonstrations and street occupations in decades. From the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, to the Quebec student strike, a new generation is taking the streets with demands for a more democratic and just society. Judy Rebick, a life long social justice activist and feminist, who is at McGill this year, presented the Eakin Lecture on the timely topic, "Occupy This!" Based on her new eBook, Rebick explored the meaning of the Occupy movement and what directions it is likely to take in the future.

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Cundill Prize Lecture - Christianity and Islam: Way-Stations on a Journey. By Diarmaid MacCulloch is a fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy and professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University.
13 February 2012

MacCulloch's  lecture, 'Christianity and Islam: Way-stations on a Journey', considered the relationship between Islam and Christianity throughout history, exposing how each religion borrowed ideas and practices from the other. Exploring this rich history is critical to understand and manage present difficulties.

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Mallory Lecture: The Anatomy of Good Public Policy Gone Bad: Canada's Gun Control Laws by the Honourable Marlene Jennings
25 January 2012

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) Mallory lecture was delivered by the Honourable Marlene Jennings, lawyer and former Member of Parliament representing the federal riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Lachine (1997-2011).

Canadians have recently engaged passionately on the Federal Government's decision to abolish the National Long Gun Registry and the accompanying database. They've drawn clear black and white lines in the sand with no room for conciliation.  Yet all agree that effective gun control policy has their support. So how did we get to such a polarized state of affairs?  Jennings' poignant lecture examined how a 'good' public policy went bad and the lessons to be learned that a future government (and citizens) might wish to heed if there is to be any chance of strengthening Canada's gun control policies going forward.

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*Please note the following clarification: At 01:05:20 of the lecture, Hon. Jennings states that student research eventually showed that bill C68 helped reduce "by 50 the number of firearm-related homicide every year per 100,000, and by 250 per 100,000, the number of firearm related suicides." In fact, this should read: "helped reduce the number of firearm-related suicides by 250 per year" - not per 100,000.

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