Moe Touizrar: Finding beauty in the midst of conflict


On April 8, at the concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there will be lots of butterflies among the more than 100 musicians who will take part. Chances are no one will be more stoked than Moe Touizrar, the doctoral student in Music Composition who was commissioned by Alain Cazes, Director of the McGill Wind Symphony to write a special piece just for this event. “It is my first commissioned piece,” says Touizrar. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Cheryl Suzack on reparatory justice, human rights and Indigenous feminism

Four Burning Questions

On Monday, March 31, 2014 Visiting Eakin Fellow Cheryl Suzack (Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto), will join N. Bruce Duthu (Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College), to deliver the 2014 Eakin Lecture, Discussing Indigenous Agency.

Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design: Drafting a green blueprint for the future

Entre Nous

The first annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design will be held March 17-18 at le Centre Mont-Royal with the theme “Engineering our prosperity: sustainable cities and industries in the 21st century.” The Reporter caught up with Prof. Subhasis Ghoshal, Director of the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design at McGill to find out more about this inaugural event.

“It’s arguable that we now live in a dictatorship, punctuated by manipulated elections,” says Elizabeth May.

Four Burning Questions

“It’s arguable that we now live in a dictatorship, punctuated by manipulated elections,” says Elizabeth May, leader of the Federal Green Party. May will discuss what can be done to prevent a slide into “elected dictatorships” during her March 24 lecture titled “The Crisis in Democracy”

Leith Sharp: Embracing “disruptive sustainability”

Four Burning Questions

Leith Sharp has more than 18 years of experience greening universities, first at the University of New South Wales, where she earned her undergraduate degree in environmental engineering, then at Harvard, where she was the founding director of the school’s Green Campus Initiative in 1999. As director, Sharp built the largest green campus organization in the world. For her Feb. 27 lecture, Sharp will discuss lessons learned from the Harvard green building case study, along with other leading organizations, and explore how sustainability can be an innovation driver to transform the 21st century university.

Myra Giberovitch: Developing recovery programs for survivors of mass atrocities

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With more than 25 years of experience practicing gerontological social work, Myra Giberovitch specializes in developing services and programs for survivors of mass atrocity crimes such as the Holocaust. Her most recent book describes a strengths-based practice philosophy that guides the reader in how to understand the survivor experience, develop service models and programs, and employ individual and group interventions to empower survivors. The book is essential reading for anyone who studies, interacts, lives or works with survivors of mass atrocity.

Providing a safe haven for scholars at risk

Headline News

Dr. Semaghan Gashu Abebe, a law professor from Ethiopia, is an O’Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) at the Faculty of Law for the 2013-14 academic year. He is also McGill’s first visitor from the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR).

Four Burning Questions for Professor T.V. Paul

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T.V. Paul is co-founder of the McGill University-Université de Montréal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS). A James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science, Paul has been teaching at McGill since 1991. A specialist in International Relations, especially international security, regional security and South Asia, Paul is kicking off the year with the publication of a new book focused on Pakistan and its “geostrategic curse.” A book launch is planned at the McGill Bookstore on Jan. 30.

The kid is alright


On Nov. 3, 23-year-old Antoine Tardif became one of Canada’s youngest mayors when he was elected mayor of Daveluyville, Quebec in a landslide. Oh yes, he won the election while completing his BA at McGill.

Four Burning Questions for John Robinson, Associate Provost, Sustainability at UBC

Four Burning Questions

On Jan. 24, John Robinson, Associate Provost, Sustainability at the University of British Columbia will be at McGill to discuss UBC’s innovative Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), including the design goals of the CIRS, the research program, its performance and the challenges faced in its creation.