Thomas Laqueur on death, immortality and people living to 500

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In advance of his upcoming Cundill Prize Lecture, Thomas Laqueur spoke to the Reporter about everything from the possibility of people living for 500 years and the changing definition of death through history.

In conversation with the Stratford Festival’s Scott Wentworth

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Friends of the McGill Library in collaboration with the Stratford Festival will present the annual Shakespeare Lecture featuring Scott Wentworth on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. In his talk titled Julius Caesar Before The Rehearsal Room, Wentworth will focus on the director’s work before the first day of rehearsal. Wentworth spoke to the Reporter

Infamous medical research: Bad guys, duped victims or something else?

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In advance of her Nov. 1 Osler Lecture, Infamous Medical Research: Bad Guys, Duped Victims, or Something Else?, historian Susan M. Reverby looks at two of the most shocking U.S. medical research studies ever conducted.

Trottier Symposium speaker Dr. Amir Raz on hypnosis, magic and placebos in medicine

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In advance of his Oct. 23 lecture, The Placebo Effect, as part of the 2017 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, Dr. Amir Raz spoke spoke to the Reporter about everything from hypnosis in medicine, the connection between magic and science and the ethics of physicians prescribing placebo

Dr. Marla Shapiro C.M. to speak at Trottier Public Science Symposium – “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection”

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Dr. Marla Shapiro is a Canadian medical doctor, best known as a health journalist for CTV News Channel. She is also one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium (Oct. 23 – 24). In advance of her Oct. 23 lecture, Dr. Shapiro spoke about the state of medical education in Canada, alternative medicine practitioners vs physicians, and her own battle with breast cancer.

Rachel Harding on demolishing barriers to medical breakthrough

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Medical research is time-consuming and expensive. There is a tendency to guard results and the credit that comes with it. But more and more researchers are looking at the idea of scientific protectionism with a fresh perspective, reappraising the worth of siloing discovery, and recognizing the harm it can cause.

Jatinder Mann on the search for a new national identity

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On June 8, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada will host Jatinder Mann for a presentation of his new book, The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s

Ivan Oransky on publication practices and academic fraud

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On Feb. 3, Dr. Ivan Oransky will be deliver a lecture on whether academic fraud is on the rise, and the growth of post-publication peer review. The event is open to all.

Davos 2017: Elena Bennett on hope and sustainability

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In advance of her World Economic Forum lecture, Elena Bennet spoke to the Reporter about complexity in decision making; the wide range of sustainability-related initiatives at McGill and in her own research; and how she stays hopeful in a world that at times seems rather bleak.

Davos 2017: Graham MacDonald on global food systems

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In advance of his presentation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the Reporter spoke to Graham MacDonald from the Department of Geography about the state of global food systems.