In advance of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, “Are We Alone? Searching for life out there,” on Oct. 6-7, Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) that aliens have visited our planet; and that UFOs are really extraterrestrials.
People often say sports can forge character. But for Allan Downey of the Nak’azdli First Nation and a newly hired academic associate in Indigenous Studies at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, it goes even deeper than that. “Lacrosse was my gateway,” he says. “It was my bridge to an education. It’s unbelievable to me the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the communities I’ve been welcomed to all because of this game, because of this stick.”
As part of McGill’s first Aboriginal Homecoming event on Sept. 18, Audra Simpson, a McGill alumna who is an associate professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote address. In advance of the event, Professor Simpson took the time to speak with the Reporter about the significance of McGill as a training ground for scholarship and engaged political life.
That a McGill student is motivated by the prospect of learning isn’t really news. The interesting part is seeing where that motivation takes each individual. Take the case of Courtney Ayukawa. If you had told her a few years ago that one day she would be active in student politics, she would have laughed. Today, Ayukawa President of the Students’ Society of McGill University
It’s a busy time of the year for Dean of Students Andre Costopoulos, who is also a Professor of Anthropology, as students flood back for another fall term. Dean Costopoulos found a few minutes to sit down with The Reporter to discuss his role as Dean and a wide variety of issues confronting students and administrators, including sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, student discipline and the changing relationship parents have with the University.
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, philanthropist Jack Rabinovitch and Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi will announce the long list for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize -celebrating the best in Canadian fiction – at 10:30 a.m. in Moyse Hall of the Arts Building. Rabinovitch, who graduated from McGill in 1952 with a BA in Honours English, recently spoke with the Reporter about the Prize and why the long list announcement will be made here.
On September 23, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a public symposium, Canada Remix. MISC Director Will Straw has recently returned from a sabbatical leave. The Reporter caught up with Dr. Straw to talk about this and other upcoming events at the MISC.
Adam B. Coape-Arnold has come a long way from his days studying philosophy and working in the record industry to being one of the founders of Cult Yogourt, a buisness that makes gourmet artisanal Greek yogourt using heirloom cultures imported from Greece, Bulgaria, Sweden and the Caspian Sea. He credits the School of Continuing Studies for helping him make the transition.
After a whirlwind six months, Professor Suzanne Morton is ending her tenure as Acting Director at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) to head back to the Department of History and Classical Studies. As her stint at the MISC winds down, the Reporter caught up with Professor Morton to get her thoughts on what’s next for the Institute.
Rassier comes to the job following a year spent as Interim Dean which was preceded by three years as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Education.