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Join the OSS as we celebrate 25 years of separating sense from nonsense!

OSS 25th anniversary event

The Montreal Gazette's Josh Freed, will sit down with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of the McGill OSS, for an entertaining conversation about how the Office for Science and Society came to be and some of the fun (and challenges) the Office has tackled over the last 25 years. (And of course, in true OSS fashion, there will be some fun demos throughout the evening!)

DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2024


LOCATION: Leacock Building, Rm.132 (attached to the McGill Arts Building) - 855 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7

When looking at McGill from Sherbrooke Street, the Arts building is directly in front of you. The Leacock building is attached to Arts, just on the left.

The Leacock Building can be accessed via the Roddick Gates on Sherbrooke, the gate on McTavish, or through the Milton Gates (University and Milton).

This event will be in-person only and not live-streamed.

It will be recorded and made available for viewing afterward on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe to our channel to receive a notification.

Joe Schwarcz head shotJoe Schwarcz is Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Dr. Joe has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic. Dr. Joe also writes a newspaper column entitled The Right Chemistry and has authored a number of books including best-sellers, Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs, The Genie in the Bottle, The Right Chemistry, An Apple a Day, Is That a Fact?, and Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules. Dr. Joe was awarded the 2010 Montreal Medal, the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In 2015 he was named winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the US based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in recognition of his 2014 book, Is That A Fact? His latest book, Superfoods, Silkworms, and Spandex, hits bookshelves in May 2024 and is available to order right now. @JoeSchwarcz

Josh Freed head shotJosh Freed is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and nationally-syndicated journalist. who believes he who laughs, lasts.

For his writing, Josh has won two National Newspaper Awards as Best Canadian Columnist for his column in the Montreal Gazette. In film, his 24 one-hour CBC documentaries have been broadcast in over 50 countries, from the US to Europe and Japan. Among them: “The Trouble with Experts”, a look at fake science. Josh is also the author of 9 books, including Moonwebs; The Anglo Guide to Survival in Quebec; and Fear of Frying, which won the Stephen Leacock Prize for humour. Also in French, “Vive le Quebec Freed.” His recent book for children is “Bicycle Bob and the Bike Revolution”. In theatre, he’s written and performed in several plays with Bowser and Blue, and Aislin including last year's “The 4 Anglos: Surviving the Covid Apocalypse”. He says he is calligraphy-challenged, directionally-disabled and hair-impaired.

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