Psychopathy is a mental condition wherein the capacity to experience emotions such as empathy, kindness or mercy (humanity) is compromised. However, people with significant levels of psychopathy are especially adept at learning to mimic emotions and at detecting vulnerabilities in others. This makes psychopaths a danger to social well-being or highly
successful social beings… it all depends on how one views success.
This talk will discuss the effects of psychopathy on the social, political and economic life in society.
Public opinion polling has evolved rapidly in light of changes in telecommunications. Not only have data collection modes changed, but so has voter behaviour. During this presentation, Sébastien Dallaire will outline key learnings from recent electoral cycles, focusing mainly on the latest polling and voting results from the 2019 federal election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.