Not your typical art snob

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

He is one of the most influential figures in the Canadian art world, but the road that Marc Mayer took to get there was certainly off the beaten track.   by John Allemang Marc Mayer, BA’84, has something he wants to get off his chest. “It’s my dirty little secret,” says the director of the [...]

A turning point for teaching

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Increasingly, students are listening to their course lectures on their laptops, far from campus. The emergence of MOOCs (massive open online courses) looks to be a game-changer. What does this all mean for the future of university teaching? by Patrick McDonagh Macdonald Professor of Chemistry David Harpp was impressed. One of his students had managed [...]

Law in the big leagues

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

McGill’s Faculty of Law produces more Supreme Court clerks than any other law school in the country. For the students who receive that invitation to Ottawa, it’s a life-changer. by Jonathan Montpetit, BA ’03 Every spring, a handful of McGill law students get a phone call from a blocked number. On the other end of [...]

Getting a better handle on hunger

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, the new director of McGill’s unique Institute for Global Food Security, says we don’t do a good job of gauging how much food the world’s hungry really need.  by Jake Brennan, BA’97 Food insecurity, an issue as old as humanity itself, afflicts more than a third of the globe’s citizens. It isn’t just [...]

Le nouveau chef d’orchestre de la Place des Arts

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Gestionnaire bien connu du domaine des médias et des communications, Marc Blondeau est arrivé à la tête de la Place des Arts il y a un peu plus d’un an et demi. McGill News l’a rencontré à l’occasion du cinquantenaire du plus important complexe des arts de la scène au Canada. Par David Savoie Louise [...]

The producers

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

They don’t receive the same fawning admiration that film journals lavish upon top directors. They don’t get the glitzy Vanity Fair photo spreads that movie stars regard as their due. But they’re the driving force behind the movie industry and none of your favourite films would have been made without their efforts. by Daniel McCabe, [...]

A legal case for anger

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  by Niyosha Keyzad, MA’12 Looking at photos of a younger Payam Akhavan, you notice something straight away. It’s how he is dressed. Not the crisp white shirt and tastefully funky tie you’d expect of a Harvard-trained lawyer in the early days of a promising career. Instead, Akhavan is wearing a bulletproof vest and a [...]

They shoot, they score, he heals

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

McGill doctors play a key role in keeping the Montreal Canadiens’ players healthy. David Mulder, the team’s long-time chief physician, has witnessed plenty of high-stakes drama, both on and off the ice. by Brendan Kelly, BA’85 There are few sports teams in the world as steeped in history as the Montreal Canadiens. Diehard Habs fans [...]

Cause for celebration

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Campaign McGill raised more than a billion dollars for the University. The benefits will be spread far and wide, but McGill’s students are the biggest winners. by Daniel McCabe, BA’89 What can you buy for a billion dollars these days? Facebook spent that much on Instagram. Twenty-five private jets would set you back roughly $1 [...]

The Heather decade

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

It was never dull. During a 10-year period in which McGill dealt with daunting challenges and enjoyed impressive victories, the one constant was the woman at the helm of the University. by Daniel McCabe, BA’89 It all began with a slightly awkward coffee date. In 2002, Richard Pound, BCom’62, BCL’67, LLD’90, was McGill’s chancellor and [...]