Are you interested in getting students more active in your course? On Nov. 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Teaching and Learning Services will present a workshop on strategies to enhance student engagement, promote interaction and facilitate deep learning. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to explore, experience and select strategies that promote learning for your own courses. Get more info here.
The selection committee for the McGill University Award for Equity and Community Building is now accepting nominations for the 2015 award. Up to four awards are given out each year to McGill students and staff who demonstrate exceptional commitment in promoting equity, diversity and community engagement. Recipients will be awarded a plaque and a monetary prize. Nominations must be completed by March 6, 2015, at 5 p.m., and submitted to equity [dot] awards [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Course Evaluations for the Fall 2014 semester are available for students to complete until Dec. 21 (or Sunday, Dec. 7 for certain academic units following the condensed period). On the Teaching for Learning @ McGill University blog, you will find a list of 10 different strategies that you can use to encourage student participation in this important process.
The Market Cooperative is back on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the SSMU Ballroom (3480 McTavish, 3rd floor). Join over 60 artists and musicians selling amazing local products from handmade jewelry to organic soaps, artwork and more. Live music throughout the day, free tea, and the perfect opportunity to pick up some beautiful holiday goodies and presents! Check out the website or learn more about the event on Facebook.
The Schulich School of Music hosts one of the jazz world’s most influential and dynamic musicians: Panamanian pianist, composer, educator and social activist Danilo Pérez. Pérez, the Artistic Director of Berklee College’s Global Jazz Institute coaches Schulich jazz students in a free public masterclass at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Tanna Schulich Hall. Prepare yourself for a Latin-inspired evening on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Pérez takes the Pollack Hall stage with the McGill Jazz Orchestra I led by Joe Sullivan as part of the Schulich en concert series.
On Nov. 20, AstroMcGill presents the 28th Public Astro Night, with a public lecture by Dr. Laurens Keek, a post-doctoral fellow from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His public lecture is entitled The X-ray Sky: Black Holes and Neutron Stars. The lecture will be followed by night sky observations (weather permitting) and possibly a tour of an experimental astrophysics laboratory (to be confirmed). This event is intended for a general audience, and it is free of charge. No reservation is necessary. Snacks and refreshments will be served (please bring your own cup).
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, Prof. Bee Scherer, investigates human sexualities and gender diversities within the vast array of Buddhist traditions from textual-historical, philosophical and anthropological angles. How did Buddhist attitudes towards LGBTI identities and practices develop and transform through time and space? The lecture will point to possible intersections, commonalities and disjunctions between Buddhist philosophies and performances and Queer theory and subversions and exemplify the reception of the queering impulses within Buddhist traditions.
As part of Osteoporosis Awareness Month in November, a group of researchers from McGill and the RI-MUHC will be hosting a booth at the Cedar entrance of the Montreal General Hospital on Friday, Nov. 14 and again on Friday, Nov. 28. In addition to information pamphlets from Osteoporosis Canada, dieticians will be at the booth and available to answer questions regarding the importance of calcium and vitamin D in fracture prevention, and will be offering to conduct fracture risk assessments.
The Office of Sponsored Research is organizing an information session regarding the upcoming SSHRC Insight Development Grants competition on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in the James Administrations Building, Room 301. This session will provide potential applicants with insider information about the peer review system and strategies for developing successful Insight Development Grants proposals. RSVP is required to attend. Learn more here.
By Jessica Mineau
Montreal is a city to be proud of, but there’s always room for improvement. To help ideas and projects get off the ground, there’s Je vois mtl, a city-wide initiative and collaborative online platform to give the city a boost of confidence and economic momentum.
How does it work? Citizens simply post their project ideas and fellow Montrealers are encouraged to vote for them — with the intention of seeing some big concepts become reality.