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.

Maïthéna Girault: Dreams come true with Golden Violin win

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Maïthéna Girault is this year’s winner of the Golden Violin Award, following an exciting public competition held Sunday October 29, in Pollack Hall. “After a long, emotional journey a lot of my dreams are finally coming true,” Girault told the McGill Reporter.

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

Summer in October? What’s up with this gorgeous weather?

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Our cold, wet summer, punctuated by extreme weather events around the world, has given way to one of the warmest, most spectacular autumns in memory. So what’s going on? Are the topsy-turvy forecasts just further proof of climate change due to global warming? The Reporter spoke with Eyad Atallah from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences to find out.

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.

Patch Adams pulls no punches in pre-Trottier Symposium Q&A

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Patch Adams is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection” (Oct. 23 – 24). In advance of his Oct. 24 lecture, the outspoken Adams takes aim at a wide array of subjects, including medical schools, hospitals and capitalism, in an interview with the Reporter.

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.

A new blueprint for architecture at McGill

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On Sept. 26, Peter Fu, DipMinHous’91, returned to his alma mater to announce a landmark $12-million gift to the School of Architecture. It is a gift that will transform the lives of many architecture students, much like his own path was changed upon his arrival at McGill as a graduate student in 1990. It was Fu’s first time out of China, he didn’t know the language, and he was travelling to a city where he knew no one. “I was very nervous and I kept thinking, if no one picks me up, what will I do?” recalls Fu.

George Colpitts examines fur trader stories in upcoming Eakin Lecture

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Prior to his Fall Eakin Lecture on Oct. 5, George Colpitts, an environmental historian from the University of Calgary, spoke with the Reporter about the historical importance of fur trade journals.