Calendar

Sep
22
Tue
Inside the Criminal Mind @ Online
Sep 22 @ 7:30 am

Are criminals bad people or people in need?

Research on the criminal mind can provide some answers to this important social issue. If the answer is the former, then a punishment (a retributive) approach may be acceptable. If the matter, then a (rehab) restorative approach is far more appropriate. Failure to choose the correct one can result in high levels of recidivism and a tremendous loss of human potential for  everyone.

This session will examine the common motives for criminal behaviour and the effectiveness of retributive versus restorative justice.

Dr. Jack Hirschberg, PhD McGill, 1989, is a forensic psychologist who has taught courses at Concordia University, McGill University and Vanier College over the years.

His numerous professional affiliations include the following: l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec, the American Psychological Association and the New York Academy of Sciences. His expertise has been sought by such important organizations as l’Ordre des Médicins du Québec, la Commission de la Santé et de la Sécurité du Travail as well as the Superior Court of Québec and Correctional Services Canada.

Oct
20
Tue
Memories of Mom and Mayhem @ Online
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm

Tommy tells the compelling story of how his Mom got two world-famous Nazis to save her life and the impact that had on their turbulent relationship. Sparkling with humor and chutzpah, it’s a story of cultural collision and delightful dysfunction with growing pains and the earthiness of The Simpsons and the family loyalty of the Sopranos.

Tommy Schnurmacher was the host of a highly rated daily three-hour radio talk show on CJAD in Montreal for more than twenty years. Winner of the Golden Ribbon Award presented by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, he is the author of The Golddiggers Guide: How to Marry Rich (1985), Canada is not a Real Country and Are We On Yet: Inside Secrets on How to be Interviewed (2012.)

His latest book is a memoir, Make-up Tips from Auschwitz. How Vanity Saved My Mother’s Life published in 2019.

Tommy was one of those people who spent a week with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Montreal Bed-In for Peace. He has covered the Academy Awards on thirteen different occasions and he is still proud that Meryl Streep once stepped on his foot in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Nov
10
Tue
Was This an Historic Election? @ Online
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

While all elections cause excitement, some are truly historic: US 1860 and 1932, UK 1945, Quebec 1960. The historical importance is not the same as the degree of controversy or the emergence of a new kind of leader; for instance, the election of a black President in 2008 was important, but did not change the course of history.

What can be said about the recent American election for President?

Julius Grey is one of Canada’s leading civil libertarians and human rights advocates. He has built an unrivalled record as a champion of the underprivileged and the disenfranchised. He is arguably Canada’s leading authority in constitutional matters.

He received a BCL from McGill University in 1971 and has been a member of the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association since 1974. He has been involved in numerous associations such as the Canadian Foundation for Individual Rights, serving as its president from 1985 to 1988. Me Grey was a professor of law at McGill University from 1979 until 1993.

He was awarded the highest distinction granted by the Barreau du Québec when he was named recipient of the “Médaille du Barreau du Québec” in 2004. The Médaille is accorded for career contributions to the pursuit of justice and the legal profession.

Nov
24
Tue
The Magical World of Family History Research @ Online
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

The Quebec Family History Society was founded in 1977. It is the largest English-language genealogical society in the province of Quebec. It is a federally registered charity, financed by memberships and donations.

This presentation will focus on why genealogy has become one of the fastest growing hobbies/obsessions in the Western world and the growing types of databases that are now available online.

Gary Schroder has been the President of the Quebec Family History Society since 1995. He was the Chair of the International Conferences on Family History held at McGill University in Montreal on many different occasions from 2007 to 2018.

He has taught family history courses at McGill University in Montreal on many different occasions from 2007 to 2018. He has taught family history courses at McGill University and Champlain College. During the past two decades he has given numerous lectures across North America to various genealogical and historical societies.

Mr. Schroder has been a frequent guest on Canadian Radio and Television answering a wide variety of genealogical questions and promoting the educational value of family history research. He was the Chair of Roots 2015 the International Conference on Family History which was held in Montreal at McGill University in June 2015 and he has been a research consultant on the American, British and Canadian versions of the “Who Do You Think You Are“ television series.

He was the Chair of Roots 2018 which was held at McGill University in June of 2018.

Mar
2
Tue
The Santo Daime and the Search for Consciousness, Meaning and Spirituality @ TBA
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Santo Daime is an amalgamation of different religions, cultures and schools of thought that became a spiritual practice founded in Brazil in the 1930s. It is a Christian religion, containing elements of South American shamanism, African animism, Kardec spiritism and Eastern transcendental wisdom. Central to the Santo Daime practice is the sacrament using an
hallucinogenic brew also known as ayahuasca. The psychedelic effects of ayahuasca include visual and auditory stimulation, the mixing of sensory sources and psychological introspection that may lead to great elation, fear or illumination. Its purgative properties are well-known. The Santo Daime became a worldwide movement in the 1990s, and currently has an international presence.

Rev. Dr. Jessica Rochester is the Madrinha and President of Céu do Montréal, a Santo Daime Church she founded in 1997 in Montréal. She is an ordained interfaith minister with a doctorate in divinity.

A transpersonal counselor, she trained in the work of Dr. Roberto Assagioli and trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof.
From 1986 to 2018 she has been a workshop leader, teacher and in private practice.

Mar
16
Tue
If Religion is Dead, How Come I’m So Busy? @ TBA
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm

In the wake of the Quiet Revolution, Quebec is the most secular part of North America. What is the role of religion in this society? Who are today’s spiritual seekers? In what ways can religion still be both timeless and timely?

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow received her B.A. from McGill University in 1996. She was then named a Rhodes Scholar and spent three years at Oxford University, where she earned a master’s degree in Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World and then a doctorate.

She was ordained a rabbi in 2003 at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Upon graduation, Rabbi Grushcow joined Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City, where she served as Associate Rabbi until July 1, 2012 when she assumed the role of Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal.

She edited The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality and contributed to The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She is widely published online and in print. In 2015, The Jewish Daily Forward nominated Rabbi Lisa Grushcow as one of the 33 America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis and in 2019, she was profiled in the New York Times.

Apr
9
Fri
Honouring the Memory of the Late Sharon Browman @ McGill Faculty Club
Apr 9 @ 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 ICI Radio 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.
Apr
27
Tue
Through the Looking-Glass: Obesity as a Disease of Ageing @ TBA
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

More Canadians are overweight and obese than not and worldwide 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are affected. Though most people view obesity as a condition that results from poor lifestyle choices, obesity should really be viewed as a disease. Moreover, a closer examination of the afflictions that accompany obesity show many are the same that can be seen with ageing.

This talk will provide an intimate look at how obesity should be viewed as a disease that parallels ageing and how we might use this view to find better approaches to treating obesity.

Dr. Santosa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology at Concordia University and a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Clinical Nutrition.

Prior to joining the department in 2011, she completed a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She earned her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from McGill University and completed her dietetic internship at the McGill University Health Centre.

Dr. Santosa is a registered dietitian through her membership in the College of Dietitians of Ontario. The goal of Dr. Santosa’s research program is to examine the heterogeneity of obesity, from the cell to the entire body.

Through her research Dr. Santosa investigates factors that affect regional fat tissue and how regional fat tissue, in turn, affects health. Her research applies techniques in biology, physiology and nutrition to study the effects of obesity that contribute to weight gain and disease.

Results from her studies will promote the development of better public health interventions from disease prevention to management.

May
25
Tue
Emergency Rooms: Chaotic or Heroic @ Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
May 25 @ 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.

 

Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.

Emergency Rooms: Chaotic or Heroic @ Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
May 25 @ 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.

 

Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.