The Captive Viewer: Glamour and Desire in the Hollywood Musical @ Schulich School of Music
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm

Glamour is addictive. Hollywood stylists and music arrangers developed a fund of enhancement techniques so that visual, tactile and sonic surfaces could arouse inner desires. If we want to understand this experience better, how do we give in to its spell without letting our rational faculties drift off to sleep? Musical production numbers from the classical studio era will be used to illustrate how sound and image were shaped and styled to generate allure, encouraging particular frames of mind in the viewer. Three such frames of mind: captive attention, the transfiguration of the everyday, the preservation of distance between spectators and the object of fascination will be explored in this session.

LLOYD WHITESELL is Professor and Associate Dean in the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. His research explores the importance of gender, sexuality, style and emotion in modern music.
He published a book The Music of Joni Mitchell in 2008. Articles of his on film music have been published in American Music, Musical Quarterly and Music in the Horror Film.
His latest publication entitled Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical appeared in fall 2018.
Fact and Fiction: The Making of a Political Roman à Clef @ Westmount Park United Church
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm

Based on his transatlantic white collar crime thriller, Acqua Sacra, novelist Keith Henderson will discuss the relationship between news, political research and the making of fiction. Key examples will include SNC-Lavalin, Heenan-Blaikie and Montreal’s infamous “Sixth Family” Mafia bosses.

KEITH HENDERSON has published five novels, the latest Sasquatch and the Green Sash (2018), political essays from when he was Quebec correspondent for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian, 1997) as well as a prizewinning book of short stories (The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, 2006). He led a provincial political party in Quebec during the separatist referendum of 1995 and championed Anglo language rights and the “poison pill” strategy of partitioning Quebec if ever Quebec partitioned Canada. He taught Canadian Literature for many years at Vanier College in Montreal.
Wine, Women, And… @ The Royal Montreal Curling Club
Apr 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This year our wine event will be held in conjunction with the Royal Montreal Curling Club. They are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ladies Montreal Curling Club in 1894.

In this educational wine experience, he will share his understanding and evaluation of conventional, organic, natural and biodynamic winemaking techniques and highlight the unique barriers women face beyond the challenges that already exist in a generally male dominated industry. His exposé encourages us to be more aware of broader industry practices, additives in winemaking and the growing contribution of women in the wine industry.

JONATHAN CERCONE has 14 years experience in the restaurant and wine industries. Initially, this occupation paid the bills through his political science degree and a year and half of law school, when he decided to make the restaurant business his career. Today, he is a partner in Taverne sur le Square restaurant in Westmount Square, where he has been in charge of the wine program for the past seven years. Constantly curious about new ways in which to make and experience wine, Jon is a self-taught sommelier.

Honouring the Memory of the Late Sharon Browman @ McGill Faculty Club
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm

Sharon Browman was the program Director of the St. James Literary Society for the past 12 years. During that time, she was responsible for seeking and attracting guest speakers of the highest caliber… guaranteeing that those people in attendance were amply rewarded. She will be remembered for her welcoming smile and pleasant disposition always looking for ways to make visitors feel a part of the group.
Mrs. Browman obtained her M.Ed. degree from McGill University and went on to make a successful career of educating young people both in the classroom and at home, teaching piano, eventually becoming an Educational Consultant at the then PSBGM.

As a wife, Mrs. Browman was a devoted, loving and caring companion and an excellent homemaker. As a mother, she was the perfect role model for the children: hard working, independent and a serious proponent of higher education, which she taught by example: teaching all day and attending university at night. As a grandmother, Sharon did her utmost to befriend the two boys and introduce them to the arts.

She was a kind and compassionate lady, always finding the positive qualities in the people she dealt with.

Montreal-based author Monique Polak credits her grade five teacher, Sharon Browman, for helping her to become a writer. In her talk, Monique will share the lessons she learned from “My Mrs. Browman”. She will also speak about her 2019 novel for young adults, Room for One More, a work of historical fiction dedicated to Sharon Browman, which was inspired by a chance meeting at the St. James Literary Society.

MONIQUE POLAK is the award-winning author of 29 books for young adults. She has been teaching English Literature and Humanities at Marianopolis College for more than 30 years. She is also an active freelance journalist whose work often appears in the Montreal Gazette. Her novel What World is Left won the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adults Literature. Ms Polak is a columnist for ICIRadio Canada’s Plus on est fous, plus on lit ! Monique is held in high esteem by our members, this being her third appearance at the St. James Literary Society in the last five years.
The Neuro: Open to the Future @ De Grandpré Communications Center, the Neuro
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

The Montreal Neurological Institute (The Neuro) is a world-leading brain research institute and hospital and part of both McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. The Neuro is a place where clinicians and scientists from different disciplines work side-by-side, creating a seamless continuum from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside and back again.
The Neuro is now transforming itself into a unique “open science” institution in order to accelerate the pace of discovery of new cures and more effective treatments for patients affected by neurological diseases.

Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about how open science will help tackle the most urgent brain disease challenges and serve patient communities in dire need of therapeutic solutions like those living with ALS, Parkinson’s, brain tumours, autism and other rare neurological diseases.

DR. EDWARD FON is a clinician-scientist specializing in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. He is the Director of the McGill National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence and of the FRQS Quebec Parkinson Network. Dr. Fon is the Scientific Director of The Neuro and Director of the Drug Discovery Platform. The Platform works with human induced stem cells (iPSCs) to understand the molecular basis of disease and identify potential treatments.

DR. ALAN EVANS is the co-director of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health and researcher in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre – a one-of-a-kind research centre and multimodal platform entirely dedicated to neuroimaging. Dr. Evans is a world-renowned authority on brain mapping through the use of imaging technologies. His work focuses on both the developing brain and disorders like autism, and the aging brain and diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementias. He will also discuss the recent acquisition of a multi-million dollar 7 Tesla imaging machine.

DR. ANGELA GENGE is the Director of the Clinical Research Unit. The CRU conducts clinical trials in order to evaluate the efficacy of new drugs and treatment regimens. Dr. Genge, in addition to being an attending neurologist at The Neuro, is an active clinical investigator involved with numerous trials and work groups. Dr. Genge has worked tirelessly to expand both the number and scope of clinical trials in neurological disease including Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, epilepsy, migraines, pain, brain tumour, and stroke.

Emergency Room: Chaotic or Heroic! @ Auditorium at St. Mary's Hospital
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present the Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld Annual Distinguished Lecture in Family Medicine.

Dr. Peter Nugus will explore the inner workings of emergency rooms (ERs) from his own unique perspective. His insights are drawn from thousands of hours of observations as an ethnographer in ERs in five different countries. The ER is a snapshot of the wicked problems and tragic choices of contemporary health care.
The presentation highlights the competing priorities, tensions and politics that embroil those who serve in the ER. The ethical dilemmas and trade-offs we witness belong not only to the ER, but reflect choices that emergency care poses for our wider society. For those who are interested in our current health care system, particularly its future, this lecture on an insider’s perspective of the workings of emergency services, will be both thought provoking and illuminating.

Refreshments will be served.

DR. PETER NUGUS (MA Hons, MEd, PhD) is a sociologist and ethnographer, Acting Director of the McGill University Practice- Based Research Network and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Institute for Health Sciences Education at McGill University. Peter has held a Fulbright Fellowship at UCLA and an Australiangovernment Endeavour Fellowship at Columbia University, as well as undertaking post-doctoral studies at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research. His research and teaching have focused on workplace and organizational learning, care coordination and culture and identity at work.