As founder and chairman of Power Corporation, Paul Desmarais, who died on October 8 at the age of 86, was known to the public as a business mogul and philanthropist. But to Montreal’s universities, especially to McGill, he was above all a friend – if by that we mean people who sympathize with each other’s goals and offer support when it’s needed. In those respects, McGill can say that Desmarais was a friend indeed.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, well-known writer and architecture critic, Witold Rybczynski (BArch’66, MArch’72, DSc’02) will deliver the 2013 Beatty Memorial Lecture. In advance of his lecture, Rybczynski spoke to the McGill Reporter.
While Suzanne Fortier has been making headlines as she assumes her role as McGill’s 17th Principal, she isn’t the only campus leader beginning a new mandate this week. Elected in March, Katie Larson officially begins her tenure as Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) President at the same time.
Like so many families before them, Edward Durgan and his father Graham thought it would be nice if they drove to McGill together for Edward’s first semester in Political Science this August. The only difference is they decided to take the scenic route – a scenic route that, once completed, will have covered 18,000 kilometres, spanned the globe through 14 countries and led the intrepid pair through the Gobi Desert and across the Pacific Ocean aboard a cargo ship.
David Harpp officially began his tenure as Tomlinson Chair in University Science Teaching on February 1. But as anyone who knows the long-standing chemistry prof will tell you, he’s been preparing for this his whole professional life.
At 19 years old, U0 Science undergrad Miranda Wang already has a CV that would make most of us jealous.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. To commemorate the Day and the rich history of women at McGill, Ingrid Birker, Science Outreach Administrator of the Redpath Museum Public Education Program, has written the following profile of Alice Johannsen, pioneering educator and conservationist.
When asked to define the role of urban planners, Raphaël Fischler smiles softly. “It’s a complex métier,” he says. And why is that? “Because cities are themselves extremely complex places.” Fischler is the Director of McGill’s School of Urban Planning, which marked the 65th anniversary of the launch of the first-ever Urban Planning program both at McGill and in Canada with a day of events on Nov. 8.
McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies is celebrating its 6oth anniversary. Founded in 1952, the Institute has grown to become one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres devoted to the religion and civilization of Islam.
For Alex Duckworth, McGill student and member of the Canadian Halfpipe Snowboard Team, the dream is taking part in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014 – a big enough challenge in its own right. But following the snow, in other words, travelling to places she can train and compete for as many months of the year as possible, is no easy feat either.