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McGill Reporter
April 24, 2008 - Volume 40 Number 16
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Life in the wolf pack



As part of its Sunday afternoon Super Science Documentary series, the Redpath Museum presents the National Geographic film A Man Among Wolves, the story of wolf expert Shaun Ellis, who conducts his research into wolf behaviour by living with wolves and becoming part of their world.

Ellis, the author of two books on wolf behaviour, is the founder and head of Wolf Pack Management, a self-funding organization located in the Combe Martin Wildlife Park in North Devon, England, home to a pack of 13 wolves. He recently spent 18 months living in the wild with three abandoned wolf cubs, and previously lived with a wolf pack on the Nez Perce reservation in Idaho, where he learned to howl, communicate through body language and even eat like a wolf.

Ellis, who is involved in a number of wolf research projects around the world, is devoted to furthering the welfare of wild and captive wolves promoting awareness of the plight of the wolf, and advancing the knowledge of wolf behaviour through research and education.

Super Science documentary film: Among the Wolves. Sun. April 27, 4 pm; Redpath Museum Auditorium; 859 Sherbrooke St. W. Free with a donation to the Museum.

For information contact Ingrid Birker: 514-398-4086 ext. 4094 or email.

Complementary and alternative medicine symposium


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and McGill's Centre for Research on Religion are the co-sponsors of a symposium called "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Medical, Legal, Religious, and Multicultural Implications." Keynote speakers David Colquhoun, Michael Cohen and Katherine Young and two panel discussions will explore legal issues, alternative medicine and spirituality, the ethics of alternative medicine and other related issues.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Medical, Legal, Religious, and Multicultural Implications; Fri. May 9, 9-3:30; McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St. Price $20, $10 for students includes lunch. To RSVP or for information, contact 514-398-56993 or email.

Solutions for the working poor



The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy is hosting a conference to discuss effective programs and policies for improving the working conditions of the world's poorest workers. Titled "Global Strategies: Improving Labour Conditions for the Working Poor," the two-day conference will focus on worldwide working conditions, how they affect broader public health, and what Canada and other governments can do to improve conditions for the world's most disadvantaged workers. The conference will gather leading academics and policy makers, including senior representatives of the government of Canada, labour and non-governmental organizations and international experts, to consider these issues and propose effective policy solutions.

Keynote speakers include Member of Parliament and past Minister of Social Development Ken Dryden; Canadian Senator and political commentator Hugh Segal; Kathy Newman, an award winning author and the Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; and Stephen Pursey, Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the International Labour Organization. To register for the conference, visit the IHSP website.

Global Strategies: Improving Labour Conditions for the Working Poor, May 1-2, McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St. For more information contact Martine Chaussard at 514-398-5631 or by email.

American Academy of Religion meets at McGill



McGill's Faculty of Religious Studies is set to host the Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the world's largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. The Eastern International Region of the AAR includes Quebec, Ontario and parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

In collaboration with the other three Montreal universities with religious faculties - Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université de Montréal - the Faculty of Religious Studies will host the two-day series of discussions and presentations, which will also touch on the academic study of religion, as well as the religious connections to food and revolution.

Topics include '"Immigrants and religious freedom: the Quebec Commission on Accomodements raisonnable," and "Problematic framing: othering and being othered in the context of Canadian immigration.'"

Members of the public can register for the conference in the Meetings section of the AAR website.

Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, May 2-3, For more information, contact Melissa Anne-Marie Curley.

Women and Radio



On May 5, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) will be hosting "Women and Radio in Canada," a bilingual public symposium that will bring together professionals and academics to explore the challenges for women in radio in the 21st century.

Radio personalities on hand will include Patti Schmidt of CBC Radio, Annie Lessard of RockDétente, Kristiana Clemens of CKUT, Lise Millette of 103.3 FM, Thomasina Phillips of K103.7 FM, and Kim Rossi of CHOM. They will be joined by Colette Brin, Laval University, Andra McCartney, Concordia University, as well as McGill's Will Straw, Gertrude Robinson, Geneviève A. Bonin, Christine Maki and Gregory Taylor.

Over the course of two panel sessions, they will tackle issues such as the role of women in the industry, the historical contributions of women and minorities, and the differences between working in French and in English in Montreal. Participants will also share some secrets of the trade and anecdotes about the wonderful world of radio broadcasting.

Women and Radio in Canada; Mon. May 5, at 1 pm; Thomson House Ballroom, 3950 McTavish St.; Presented in association with Media@McGill. Open to the public, but RSVP's are encouraged.

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