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McGill Reporter
November 8, 2007 - Volume 40 Number 06
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Lights, camera, learn!



The Redpath Museum's Super Science documentary film series takes a slight departure from the norm on Sunday, Nov. 11 with the presentation of Walt Disney's animated film The Wild. Not quite the denizens of the wild many of us remember from watching Marlin Perkins, this assortment of animals from the New York Zoo make a break for freedom to rescue one of their own who is mistakenly shipped to the wild. Guaranteed fun for the kids.

Sunday, Nov. 18 will be business as usual as the museum serves up Empty Oceans, Empty Nets, a PBS documentary that explores the world of marine fisheries and the growing threats to its sustainability. Yes, high-tech fishing yields over a hundred million metric tons of seafood a year, but how much longer can the oceans support that kind of massive hunt?

The Wild; Nov 11. Empty Oceans, Empty Nets, Nov. 18. All films start at 4:00 p.m. in the Redpath Museum Auditorium. Free with museum donation. For a complete documentaries schedule go to

Albright, in conversation


The business world has always been an easy target for the finger-pointers who bemoan the sad state of our planet. But there are those people, including some human rights heavyweights, who believe that businesses and their leaders are capable of—and morally responsible for—helping right many of the world's wrongs.

On Nov. 20, Madeleine Albright, former ambassador to the United Nations and the first woman Secretary of the State of the United States, will deliver the Desautels Faculty of Management's inaugural Peter Brojde Leadership Lecture, "Business and the Poor 2007."

Albright, long renowned as an advocate of democratic and human rights, will be interviewed by Canada's former Ambassador to the United Nations Yves Fortier.

Business and the Poor 2007; Nov. 20; 6:00 p.m.; Mount Royal Centre; 2200 Mansfield; free admission. To reserve tickets and for more information go to

What to do when fossil fuels go the way of the dinosaur?


As crude oil supplies diminish and climate change continues, the importance of finding renewable energy sources is becoming increasingly apparent. Biofuels are likely to be one such source, but many aspects of this new fuel are controversial or remain to be worked out. On Nov. 20, Don Smith, Chair of the Plant Science Department, will take on this challenging topic in "Sustainable Energy: Biofuels as the Oil Runs Out," the last of the Food for Thought public lectures at Mac Campus. Come for the horizon-broadening lecture, stay for the free coffee and cake.

Sustainable Energy: Biofuels as the Oil Runs Out, Nov. 20; 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Raymond Building R2-045 (Macdonald Campus). Admission free. Information: 514-398-7707.

Reasonable accommodation and the media

Woman with head scarf

On November 16, Media@McGill will host a day-long colloquium on the role of the media exploring the reasonable accommodation debate. "Mediated Cultures: Stereotypes, Perceptions and Representations," will bring together academics and representatives from journalism to foster exchange and to discuss the different aspects of the debate and how it is being reported in the media. The agenda includes a keynote lecture on new media and its impact on transnational communities in Europe by Visiting Beaverbrook Scholar Kevin Robins, as well as a round table discussion with Gazette diversity reporter Jeff Heinrich, Radio-Canada Ombudsman Julie Miville-Dechêne, Conseil de la presse director Raymond Corriveau, La Presse assistant editor Philippe Cantin, among others. Presentations will be in English and French and an audience Q & A will follow each session. All are welcome.

Media@McGill colloquium; Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 McTavish. Visiting Beaverbrook Scholar Kevin Robins will also be presenting a public lecture, "The 'Possibility Space' of Transnationalism," on the cultural impacts of media on transnational European migrants and their communities on Nov. 8 from 6-8 p.m. in Leacock 219. For more information on both events, please visit:

A shot in the arm

Child with cold

While getting immunized is no guarantee that you won't become one of the millions of Canadians who will get blindsided by the flu this year, it will increase your chances of enjoying a healthier, happier winter. On Nov. 14, the Post-Graduate Students' Society's (PGSS) Health and Wellness Committee, in association with McGill Health Services, will be running Influenza Immunization Day for all McGill graduate students and post-docs. Fees are covered for all graduate students and post-docs with the PGSS ASEQ health insurance plan. Those who are not covered under this plan will be required to pay a $15 fee. Services are provided on a drop-in basis and refreshments will be served. So come on down, roll up your sleeve and get ready to put those Kleenex boxes in storage.

Influenza Immunization Day; Nov. 14; 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thomson House Ballroom. More information:

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