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‘Arrival’ raises profile of linguists, making them almost cool

“A lot of people don’t know what linguists do, or even that we exist, apart from some idea that we just translate lots of languages.” Jessica Coon, associate professor of linguistics who consulted on the film.  Read more: The Washington Post


Published: 16 Nov 2016

Canadians differ from Trump on view of public health care, poll shows

Antonia Maioni, a political-science professor at McGill University who has written extensively about health care, said Wednesday that she and her colleagues recently conducted their own poll about Canadian and American attitudes on health care. It found that there is much more polarization in the U.S. than in Canada around the issue of public funding....

Published: 15 Nov 2016

Leonard Cohen has died, but he hasn't gone anywhere

Op-Ed by Andrew Potter, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 14 Nov 2016

How to restore your faith in democracy

In dark times, it’s tempting to give up on politics. The philosopher Charles Taylor explains why we shouldn’t. Read more: The New Yorker

Published: 14 Nov 2016

What President Donald Trump will mean for Canada

Catherine Potvin, a biology professor and climate change expert at McGill University, said her biggest worry is that Trump will reverse many of the green initiatives launched under President Barack Obama, and that it will have a direct impact on Canada. “Because the Congress is largely Republican, I think it’s pretty bad news for the climate,” she said....

Published: 11 Nov 2016

The Example of Ronald Reagan

"So far, Mr. Trump, the political amateur and sputtering demagogue, has lacked Reagan’s magnanimity or his flexibility. Can the reality-show star turned president-elect mimic the actor turned president?" Op-ed by Gil Troy, professor of history at McGill University Read more: The New York Times


Published: 10 Nov 2016

McGill to host panel discussion on journalism and police surveillance

The issue of police surveillance of journalists will be debated Thursday night at the McGill Faculty Club by a panel of lawyers and editors. Read more: Montreal Gazette


Published: 9 Nov 2016

Meet the Canadian woman Hollywood calls when they need to talk to aliens

To get the science right, the producers of the highly anticipated upcoming movie Arrival hired Jessica Coon, a real life linguistics professor at McGill University. Read more: The Hamilton Spectator

Published: 8 Nov 2016

In Boomers’ Sunset, Election Reawakens an Old Divide

“There’s this tremendous idealism with the Clintons — actually living social change, embodying social change,” said Gil Troy, the author of “The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s” and a history professor at McGill University in Montreal. “But also, at the end of day, not just having this will to power, but also being so convinced of their own self-righteousness that they improvise a new set of morality and ethics.” ...

Published: 7 Nov 2016

How do you create a perennial winner? Ask McGill's baseball team

"We've been lucky to have a lot of really good ball players, really good kids come through the program." Head coach Jason StarrRead more: CBC News 

Published: 7 Nov 2016

Sports engineers propel athletes to the top

At McGill, the Ice Hockey Research Group has a long-running relationship with Bauer, a major manufacturer of hockey equipment. Professor David Pearsall has nurtured that relationship since joining McGill in 1995. “A number of people I’ve had as students have actually been hired by the company because of the expertise they developed,” he says.  Read more: Maclean's

Published: 4 Nov 2016

Provost: Canada must step up to ensure justice for crimes against humanity

Op-Ed by René Provost, professor of law at McGill University and a fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.  Read more: Ottawa Citizen

Published: 3 Nov 2016

How to build an igloo

When building an igloo for six hours in minus 54 degrees, Dylan Clark adheres to this ratio: For every second his hand is exposed to the cold, it takes 10 minutes back in the glove to warm it. “It’s hard to describe how cold it is,” he says of the northernmost Canadian Arctic. Dylan Clark is a master’s student working with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at McGill University. ...

Published: 2 Nov 2016

Cheese and seafood among irritants threatening to cause stink during CETA ratification

"People have got the idea that investor-state arbitration is a taint to domestic sovereignty... That is completely false. All you get is an order to pay damages." Armand de Mestral, Faculty of Law. Read more: Financial Post  

Published: 1 Nov 2016

Understanding ‘Clintipathy’: A pathological hatred of the Clintons

« News of the FBI’s investigation of more Hillary Clinton emails isn’t just a bombshell—it’s a guided missile to her Achilles heel: her trust gap with the American people. » Op-ed by Gil Troy, professor of history. Read more: TIME



Published: 31 Oct 2016