Lunchtime Series – January to June 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Peter Trepanier, Reader Services Librarian at the National Gallery Library and Archives, gives an illustrated talk on the Library’s collection of Canadian and international artists’ books and multiples.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC – To celebrate the birthday of the immortal bard ROBERT BURNS, Ray Baillie gives a presentation with slides on his new book, Scottish Imprints in Quebec. With Robert Blaise on violin performing Scottish tunes.

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Art historian Cecily J. Hilsdale, McGill University Assistant Professor, gives an illustrated talk on “The Gift in Later Byzantium: Art and Diplomacy in an Age of Decline”.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Montreal volunteer and community leader Alex K. Paterson gives a talk about the joys and benefits of volunteering.

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH, the Imani Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC Wendy Wray, Nurse Director of the MUHC Womens Healthy Heart Initiative, gives a talk on “The Heart of a Woman”. With live heart-warming music by jazz vocalist Sara Latendresse accompanied by guitarist Jeffrey May!

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Following an introduction by Senator W. David Angus, Dr. Frank Myron Guttman gives an illustrated talk about the progressive Quebec politician, Senator T.D. Bouchard, the subject of his biography The Devil from Saint-Hyacinthe.

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, Elizabeth Kirkland of the Dawson College History Department gives a talk on the contributions to the advancement of women by elite women in Montreal in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Joan Kahn, PhD (Communications) gives a presentation on the curious nature of information, drawn from her book The Paper Chaser: Pursuing and Capturing Information.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
For ST. PATRICK’S DAY, Concordia University historian Ronald Rudin shows and discusses his 2010 documentary film Remembering a Memory that deals with the Celtic Cross on Grosse-Ile, an island just east of Quebec City which is the site of the largest cemetery outside Ireland connected with the Potato Famine of the 1840s. The film explores how memories of the past have shifted over the past century.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSICK. David Brody, author of Mourning and Celebration, gives a talk on “Growing Up Jewish, Orthodox and Gay” and violinist Jonathan Moorman plays music to accompany his presentation.

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm
For APRIL FOOLS‘ DAY, the Misterioso Bassoon Quartet perform a program of musical delights and … surprises! The musicians are Michel Bettez, Christian Navratil, Melissa Pipe and Alec Richardson.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Master chef and baker James MacGuire gives a talk on the fascinating history of the baguette…with samples!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Persephone Productions artistic director Gabrielle Soskin and her young cast of actors give a preview presentation of their production of the award-winning Canadian play Mary’s Wedding, a story of love in the midst of war.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm
HATO Piano Duo plays a concert entitled “Festival Borealis” featuring music from northern countries – 10 Canadian Folk Songs (Violet Archer) and Japanese Festa in the North (Sadao Bekku). Duo HATO was founded in 2008 by two Japanese pianists, Tomoko Inui and Haruyo Yoshino-Platt. For more information, see

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Gregory McCormick, Director of English and Allophone Programming, gives a preview of the 2011 Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, taking place from April 27 to May 1. For more information, see

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Louise Abbott, a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, gives a presentation about Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree, the book that she and co-photographer Niels Jensen recently published about the history and cultural traditions of the Cree of eastern James Bay.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Larry Ostola, Director General, National Historic Sites with Parks Canada, gives an illustrated presentation on Canada’s national parks, drawing on the 125th anniversary book Canada’s National Parks: A Celebration.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Johanne Sloan gives an illustrated presentation on the book she co-edited with n>Rhona Richman Kenneally, Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Anne Renaud gives an illustrated presentation based on her book Into the Mist: The Story of the Empress of Ireland, to mark the 97th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the ocean liner off Rimouski with the loss of more than 1,000 lives.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Pianist Margaret de Castro and flautist Caroline Derome perform music that’s sure to delight! Their program features Irish folk music and works of Boismortier, Handel and Mozart.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Urban gardening teacher Marci Babineau gives an illustrated presentation on “Edible Landscape — Eating Local”.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Jean Pothier and Jean Marier give an illustrated presentation on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, touching on the religious, spiritual, historical, and physical aspects of the pilgrimage route in northern Spain. For an overview of the Camino and the presenters, see their YouTube video:

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