Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing, most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books, in new media and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and The South China Morning Post. He will be in conversation with former CBC journalist Louise Penny at the 16th Annual Sandra Goldberg Lecture on The Council on Palliative Care, a free public lecture in a its series “Lessons in Living from the Dying” on May 7, at 5:30pm at the Leacock Building, room 132.
On Thursday May 1, Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, will be a participant at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) public event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. In an exclusive interview, Fraser talks about the state of bilingualism in Canada.
Dean Spade is a lawyer, civil rights activist, and Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. Spade will be one of three panelists at the event Radical Formations: Sex, Race, Trans on Friday, April 12.
Blackface and ethnic jokes have and do offend, but where do we draw the line between free expression and racism? The Minor Program in Canadian Ethnic and Racial Studies in conjunction with the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination presents a panel discussion on March 28 that will debate the issues that arise when walking that fine line between funny and racist. Franco Taddeo, a professional Montreal-based comedian, will showcase some of his ethnic comedy and then join an esteemed panel of experts to discuss issues of racism and freedom of expression.
Professor Matthew Grenby is a professor of 18th-Century Studies at Newcastle University. His research interests include children’s literature and culture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in particular the overlap of children’s books and political fiction. He is currently moving towards a large study of just how ‘Children’s Literature’ came to establish itself as a separate and successful sector of print culture in the eighteenth century. Grenby is one of eight speakers presenting at the Interacting with Print research group’s two-day conference, “Interpersonal Print”, 21-22 March, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Arts Building, room 160.
Four Burning Questions with Kathryn Church, Director of the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson UniversityFour Burning Questions
Dr. Kathryn Church is Associate Professor and Director of the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. For the past decade, she has been part of key initiatives that have brought the School’s “vision, passion, action” message to life across the university and in the public eye. As part of McGill’s second annual Disability Week, Church will be giving the annual endowed Rathlyn lecture on Disability Studies entitled Accessible and Mad Positive in the Academy on Wednesday, March 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Bronfman Building, Room 423.
Dr. James Basham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education. His research is focused on student learning in modern learning environments chiefly related to the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). On Monday, March 18, Basham will open McGill’s second Disabilities Awareness Week when he delivers the keynote address, Packing the Digital Backpack: Creating Sustainable Classrooms in which he discusses the role of modern technology in teaching the “digital-age student.”
Irwin Cotler, Law Professor, Member of Parliament, and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada will be conference co-chair of the Echenberg Family Conference, “Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom from March 21-23.
In this year’s Darwin Day lecture, freelance science journalist Jenny Carpenter, will talk about the perils of pithiness in science writing, and discuss a handful of cases where science was misrepresented in the media because of pressure to make the information snappier. She will also examine why journalists and their audiences are often seduced by scientism – the belief that science, and the scientific method, alone can explain everything about the world, and review the consequences of this seduction.
Sahar Khamis, a leading expert on Arab and Muslim media, will be one of the participants in the Media@McGill panel “The Role of Media in the Arab Spring and its Aftermath: The Special Case of Egypt” on Feb. 6.