World Voice Day returns to McGill

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For the second year in a row, McGill will be organizing activities around World Voice Day. On Friday, April 8, free voice screenings will be offered to the public. On Saturday, April 16, there will be a World Voice Day seminar that will include presentations related to voice and aging research from a variety of perspectives.

Let your voice be heard – and keep being heard

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A professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nicole Li has dedicated her research to help protect people’s voices and better heal them when problems arise. “Most people use their voice as their primary method of communication – and many people need it to earn their living,” she says. “But, surprisingly, we hear very little about good vocal hygiene and how to keep your voice healthy.”

Cat got your tongue? Free voice screenings on April 1-2

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Few communication tools are as versatile as our voice. With it we convey facts and feelings; we create art and build bridges between people. Voices can soothe us or warn us, inspire us or teach us. Just listening to a person’s intonations will tell us whether they are happy, sad or completely indifferent. Accents give us clues as to a person’s cultural background and exact part of the world from which they hail. The foundation of civilization is cooperation and one of the cornerstones of that foundation is communication. Without voice where would we be as people and as a society?