Lunchtime Series – September to December 2011

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Adventure traveller and photographer Victor Breedon gives an illustrated talk on “Istanbul to Samarkand by Bicycle”.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm
George Wall discusses various fascinating aspects of William Shakespeare’s work and life, and gives a preview of his upcoming lecture series.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm
WORDS AND MUSIC – In “RIVER CITY: The Reading”, Trevor Ferguson (a.k.a. John Farrow) collaborates with Dave Gossage on flutes, whistles and “gizmos” in a dynamic and dramatic presentation of the new John Farrow novel, River City.
With financial support from the Concordia University Part-Time Faculty Association.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Author Molly Peacock reads from and discusses her book The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. For more information, see
With financial support for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Journalist and radio host Anne Lagacé Dowson gives a talk on “The new librarian and the social media”, drawing from Marilyn Johnson’s book This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Cinémagique guru Peter Pearson talks about the movies’ golden age, making the argument that “if you’re over 50 and love going to movies, you’re living in the best of all possible times!”

Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Muriel Gold, C.M., PhD, theatre educator and director, discusses the fascinating development of theatre in Montreal, drawing from the books she’s written.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Philip E. Johnston gives a talk on “William Henry Drummond – One Hundred Years On” with recitations from some of his best-known poems, including “The Wreck of the ‘Julie Plante'”.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Valérie d. Walker gives an illustrated talk on Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the world’s first computer programmer. Valérie d. Walker is a transmedia artist who hosts radio CKUT’s XX Files and is a part-time faculty member of Concordia University’s Department of Design & Computation Arts.

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Marina Boulos, President & CEO of The Foundation of Greater Montreal, presents highlights of the fifth edition of their publication, Greater Montreal’s Vital Signs, a report identifying the city’s greatest needs and serving as a strategic tool in allocating grants.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Acclaimed writer Sheila Heti reads from and discusses her work, including her new book The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City.
With funding for the author from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate ST. ANDREW’S DAY, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Bruce D. Bolton gives a talk on the presence of Scottish regiments in Montreal for over 250 years. LCol Bolton is President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, a past Commanding Officer of the Black Watch Regiment, and Chief of Staff, of the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Tali Brady performs the solo show Afternoon Tea With Jane Austen, a funny, touching portrait of one of the most influential literary minds of the 19th century.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm
The FACE School Midi-Jazz Vocal Ensemble sings songs of the season, including favourite Christmas carols. Emmanuelle Racine directs the 50-voice choir from the Montreal public high school that distinguishes itself by excelling in arts education and music performance.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Acclaimed actor Michael Rudder does a dramatic reading of Frederick Forsyth’s The Shepherd, the Christmas ghost story famously read for CBC radio by Alan Maitland.

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