Lunchtime Series – January to June 2009

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Thursday, January 8 at 12:30 pm
Presentation by Peter Brown and Geoffrey Garver on their new book on the environment, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy

Friday, January 16 at 12:30 pm
A talk by Dr. Howard Chertkow, Director of the Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging at the Lady Davis Institute (JGH) and Co-Director of the JGH-McGill Memory Clinic, on “When forgetting becomes a problem”

Thursday, January 22 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Ralph Watson speaks on Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. As well, an address to the haggis by George Barclay, Scottish music and a display of books from the Library’s Scottish collection.

Wednesday, January 28 at 12:30 pm
Sheila Goldbloom gives a presentation on the 2007-08 Quebec Public Consultation on Living Conditions of Québec Seniors that she chaired.

Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 pm
To mark the CHINESE NEW YEAR, a talk on China by Johanna Ransmeier, historian of modern China, Assistant Professor of History, McGill University

Friday, February 13 at 12:30 pm
The Orpheus Singers, directed by Peter Schubert, perform songs to celebrate VALENTINE’S DAY.

Wednesday, February 18 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Mai-Anh Le Van gives a presentation on her work with Médecins sans frontières in Congo.

Friday, February 27 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Dorothy Williams reads from and discusses her book BLACKS IN MONTREAL 1628-1986: An Urban Demography.

Thursday, March 5 at 12:30 pm
For INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, a talk on the charitable foundation 60 million girls/ 60 millions de filles by founder and president, Wanda Bedard

Thursday, March 12 at 12:30 pm
A talk by Henry Mietkiewicz on “Superman’s Canadian Co-creator: The Triumph and Tragedy of Joe Shuster”

Tuesday, March 17 at 12:30 pm
A ST. PATRICK’S DAY celebration featuring Irish music and a talk by Lorrie Blair of Concordia University’s Centre for Canadian Irish Studies on the history of Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

Thursday, March 26 at 12:30 pm
Edie Austin, The Gazette Books Editor, gives a talk about the newspaper’s books coverage.

Thursday, April 2 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC: Award-winning Newfoundland writer Kathleen Winter performs and reads from her poetry and fiction and also discusses the writing process. As well, pianist Jeff Johnston plays jazz.

Tuesday, April 14 at 12:30 pm
Bernard Gotlieb, director of the Montreal Scrabble Club, gives a presentation on Scrabble and its resurgence in popularity.

Monday, April 20 at 12:30 pm
A preview presentation on the 2009 Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival by Founder and Artistic Director Linda Leith. The Festival, with the theme “Words that Matter”, takes place from Wednesday, April 22 through Sunday, April 26.

Thursday, April 30 at 12:30 pm
A talk by Clarence Lochhead, Executive Director of The Vanier Institute of the Family, a national, charitable organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of Canadian families, about important trends affecting families

Thursday, May 7 at 12:30 pm
The program previously advertised with gardening guru Stuart Robertson has been cancelled.

Thursday, May 14 at 12:30 pm
Professor Graeme Morton, Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph, gives a talk on a new book about Scottish diaspora groups, including the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal.

Thursday, May 21 at 12:30 pm
Richard Pound gives a talk about the tragic life of Canadian murder convict Janise Marie Gamble, based on his book Unlucky to the End.

Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30 pm
Dr. Athanasios Katsarkas, Director of the Dizziness Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, gives a talk entitled “Doctor, I feel dizzy!”.

Thursday, June 4 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC: Newfoundland actor and writer Paul Rowe reads from and discusses his novel The Silent Time. Plus live music. Funding for Paul Rowe’s visit from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thursday, June 11 at 12:30 pm
Claire Holden Rothman reads from and discusses her new novel The Heart Specialist.

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