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McGill Reporter
November 9, 2006 - Volume 39 Number 06
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Around the world in five days

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From Nov. 13 to 17, McGill will be thinking globally — and celebrating locally — in honour of the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds of its international student population. A worldwide event, International Education Week (IEW) aims to draw attention to the benefits of studying abroad, both for the student and the host institution involved. Here at McGill, numerous IEW activities have been planned, including a gala soirée, an international potluck dinner and a talk by award-winning B.C. writer Marilyn Bowering, as well as a screening and discussion of the Oscar-winning film Crash. Information sessions on topics such as international internships and campus inclusivity will also be presented.

International Education Week, Nov. 13-17 at various locations around campus. For information. visit

Oh, my aching head!

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Anyone who has experienced a migraine knows that these high-powered headaches can make you feel as if Mike Tyson just used your brain as a speed bag. To help migraine sufferers lessen the impact of the blows, the Migrainezero support group will be holding a public information session Thursday, Nov. 9 at which participants can learn about such topics as medication-induced migraines, the differences between migraines and tension headaches and approaches to migraine treatment. Attendees will also be invited to share and compare their experiences living with this affliction. Dr. Michel Aubé, McGill neurologist and headache and migraine specialist, will be on hand for the discussion, which Yves Castonguay of Migrainezero will moderate.

Nov. 9, 6:30-9 pm. Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 University Street, Room Killam W201. For information: Jaime Lim, or Yves Castonguay,

Patients running out of patience?


Has waiting for the doctor in Canada come to feel like waiting for Godot? The answer is yes if the title of Globe and Mail CEO and publisher Philip Crawley's upcoming talk at McGill correctly reads the pulse of patients' attitudes. "The Impatient Patient: A Consumer's View of Canadian Health Care," will be the 21st Annual Wilder Penfield Lecture, delivered by Crawley on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Having resided in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and other countries, and as one who was propelled into the health system by family illness, Crawley is expected to provide a challenging perspective on Canadian health care. The lecture and reception are open to all. There's no need to make an appointment and we're guessing he won't make you wait.

21st Annual Wilder Penfield Lecture. Admission free. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4:30 pm; Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 University Street. For information: Sandra McPherson,

Media is the message

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What role can research play in the rapidly changing Canadian media-policy world? On Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10, Media@McGill will host the conference, "Converging in Parallel: Linking Communications Research and Policy in Emerging Canadian Scholarship." The schedule includes two free public events: a roundtable discussion moderated by McGill political science professor Richard Schultz, 5 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday; and a keynote address by Sandra Braman, communication professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on how U.S. efforts to link communication research and policy can be relevant to Canada, 3 to 4 p.m. Friday. Marc Raboy, McGill's Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, will moderate the second event.

Media@McGill is McGill University's new hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues in media policy, culture and technology. Converging in Parallel: Linking Communications Research and Policy in Emerging Canadian Scholarship, Nov. 9-10, Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 McTavish. For more information, contact Alain Ambrosi,, 514-398-8364 or visit

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