Moe Touizrar: Finding beauty in the midst of conflict

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On April 8, at the concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there will be lots of butterflies among the more than 100 musicians who will take part. Chances are no one will be more stoked than Moe Touizrar, the doctoral student in Music Composition who was commissioned by Alain Cazes, Director of the McGill Wind Symphony to write a special piece just for this event. “It is my first commissioned piece,” says Touizrar. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Providing a safe haven for scholars at risk

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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).

The kid is alright

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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.

Anne Leahy, career diplomat, to teach course on Catholic social thought

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There are plenty of critics who will tell you that the Catholic Church is outdated and is no longer relevant in modern society.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.

Faculty profile: Ronald Niezen, Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy

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Ronald Niezen, who takes on a new, interdisciplinary Chair, the Katherine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, located within both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts, is keen to start the winter semester. “The challenge of the Pearson chair is to bring some of the methodological tools of the social sciences, and of anthropology in particular, to law,” he says, “and that offers the possibility for doing something creative with legal research. In my view, the tools of social research are also a powerful way to apply the law. I would hope to offer something different, a particular understanding of the law which is less about making an impact through the law, and more about looking at what the impacts of the law are.”

Paul Desmarais and McGill

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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.

Beatty Memorial Lecture: Architecture and the Passage of History

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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.

SSMU’s Katie Larson looks for continuity

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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.

McGill or bust: Father-son team drive around the world to get to University

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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.

Harpp named Tomlinson Chair in University Science Teaching

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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.