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McGill Reporter
May 31, 2007 - Volume 39 Number 18
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Filming First Nations

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As part of the 2007 edition of the First Peoples' festival Présence authochtone, the McCord Museum will screen four documentaries that bear eloquent and enlightening witness to the cultural lives of First Nations communities. The McCord will show The Return of the Qimutsiit (2006), which tells the story of the great Ivakkak dogsled race in the Inuit territory in Northern Quebec; Ullumi (2007), a portrait of four young people from Nunavik and Nunavut who preserve and affirm their Inuit identity despite the encroachments of mass culture; Ochre and Water-Himba Chronicles from the Land of Kaoko (2001), a look at the Himba people of northwestern Namibia and the threat to their traditional way of life posed by a hydro-electric dam development; and Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises (2006), a lyrical tale about the Abenaki community of Odanak told by one of its members, acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

Présence autochtone at the McCord, June 15, 16, 21, McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St. W., J.A. Bombardier Theatre. For more information, see

Brainy Day

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On June 14, McGill's Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery will host Neurology Day, comprising research presentations by residents as well as a public lecture. The day's keynote event, the Donald Baxter Lecture, will be given by John H. Noseworthy, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Neurology, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The title of Dr. Noseworthy's talk, which begins at 4:00 p.m., is "Neurology (The Journal): New Directions for 2007 and Beyond." Beginning at 1:30 p.m. resident research presentations will be delivered by A. Al-Hazzani, J. Al-Hashel, E. Hattan, A. Henri-Bhargava, S. Lubarsky, R. Massie and A. Nadeau.

Neurology Day, Thursday, June 14. Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 University St. Open to the public.

Six-string seminar

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Guitar players, lend us your ears. Tomorrow, the Schulich School of Music invites you to improve your playing with tips and insights from virtuoso Australian player Tommy Emmanuel, who has played with such guitar greats as Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau. Emmanuel will conduct a two-hour clinic, during which he will answer questions, slowly demonstrate his techniques, and discuss his influences and approach to playing, arranging and composing. Don't forget your guitar.

Friday, June 1, 12 – 2 p.m. Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. W., Rm. C204 Participation fee: $65 (registration limited to 40 places; reservation required). For more information, contact Dr. Garry Antonio, 514-630-1575, or see

Unearth your roots

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Charted your family tree all the way back to the 15th century or simply have a budding curiosity in your great-great grandparents? If you take an interest in genealogy you won't want to miss the Quebec Family History Society's (QFHS) upcoming ROOTS 2007 conference, to be held at McGill, June 15-17. The international conference, which marks the 30th anniversary of the QFHS, promises to be the largest ever family history conference held in English in Quebec. ROOTS 2007 will include a gala banquet, book fair, tours of nearby archives and two full days of workshops and lectures. Participants will learn how to find those elusive forebears using censuses, wills and estate files, and court and land records, not to mention how to maintain a family history through the preservation of documents and photographs.

ROOTS 2007, June 15-17. To register and for more information, see

Clothes encounters

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Higher learning and haute couture will be neighbours for a week when the 2007 Montreal Fashion and Design Festival takes up residence outside the gates of McGill's downtown campus. From June 6-10, staff and faculty members looking to add a little glamour to their lunch hour will find it no farther away than McGill College Avenue, where the festival's runways will be the scene of close to 40 fashion shows featuring the collections of more than 100 labels and renowned designers. Now in its 7th year, the annual event, which emphasizes and promotes Montreal designers, is expected to draw 500,000 visitors.

2007 Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, June 6- 10, McGill College Avenue. For more information, see

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