“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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) welcomes Professor Suzanne Morton, from the Department of History and Classical Studies, to the position of Acting Director for the next six months while Will Straw is on sabbatical.
Douglas Farrow is professor of Christian Thought in the Faculty of Religious Studies, project director for Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy, and the newly appointed Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies in the Faculty of Arts. He is giving his inaugural lecture in the latter role at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22. Recently, Farrow took the time to talk to the Reporter about the Chair, the upcoming lecture, the relationship between church and state, and Catholic Studies at McGill.
There are plenty of critics who will tell you that the Catholic Church is outdated and is no longer relevant in modern society. Don’t tell that to world leaders, says Anne Leahy, who will teach CATH340 Catholic Social Thought in the upcoming winter semester.