Listserv: Feb 8, 2015

​Pericles: “When I was your age, Alcibiades, I talked just the way you were talking.”
“If only I had known you, Pericles, when you were at your best.”
Alcibiades, Classical Athenian statesman/shade-dispenser

Tweet of the Week! (@HSA_McGill)

The most prestigious ladies at the court of Catherine the Great had the honour of testing the sexual prowess of her potential lovers on a numeric scale #earlymoderninternships

The Preamble

Good afternoon everyone,

What a week. I’d like to thank everyone that attended the two amazing round tables this week; watching our highly esteemed professors read out sexually explicit Ancient Greek and Chinese erotica really has become the new highlight of my life. Honourable mentions go to Professor Fronda’s use of the word “boobs” in his presentation, and the elderly man who randomly hollered “KEYNES” during the Greek Election round table (as if he were a second year Desautels student screaming for Steve Aoki at New City Gas). Next time, I’ll be sure to make time for us to all cheer for our favourite economists and law-givers. Our next round table will be some time in March, with the theme of Carnival, so keep an eye out for that. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, the HSA still has some great events happening in February!
The Main Events
The Last Dance in the Garden of Eden
Thursday, February 19 (8pm-12am)
The night before Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise forever, they decided to get all the party animals in the Garden of Eden together one last time to throw it down…The ASA, CSA, HSA, and SSA proudly present our Valentine’s Day extravaganza: Last Dance in the Garden of Eden!!!!
To all the Debbie Downers questioning the factual authenticity of the theme, I can assure you that it is firmly grounded in historical fact. Let me elaborate. After the whole awkward apple incident, God needed to give 30 days notice to evict Adam and Eve, in accordance to the regulations of the Eden Régie de Logement. Therefore, on the day before their eviction, the now modestly dressed (but still fun) couple had a wild farewell party with all of the [party] animals in Paradise before being expelled to a world crawling with sin and midterms. Look it up.
Refreshments (drink tickets) and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be provided!
Entry: Free!

Wear your chillest Garden of Eden Garb and a prize will be awarded for best costume! (No nudity please, earthy and demure is best!) If you enjoyed Menage a Toga, prepare to relive that classy and fabulous event, but this time with a sinful twist.

Applications for Important Things

AUS Teaching Awards: Callout for Nominations!
Deadline: 26 February

Do you know an outstanding Professor, Advisor or Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Arts? Nominate them for an AUS Teaching Excellence Award! Please fill out the nomination form here ( and submit it to the AUS VP Academic at by Thursday, February 26th 2015 at 5:00pm. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception in early April.

Other Events

The Arts Peer-to-Peer Research Symposium (APPRS)
9 February, Arts 160 (6PM)

Tomorrow is the last day of the Research Symposium, and a fellow history major, Patrick, will be presenting on propaganda and masculinity during the World Wars. Go support him!

Come out on Feb. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th to see research presented by your fellow Arts undergraduates! The APPRS is a new initiative, transforming the former Social Science Research Symposium (SSRS) and opening it up to the entire Arts Faculty. The event will include 12 undergraduate students presenting over 4 nights. Each night has its own theme with three students presenting their completed or ongoing research projects, followed by a question period.

This is an amazing opportunity for presenters and audience members alike to engage in academic conversation with other students throughout the Faculty. Come out and join in the scholastic discourse! Please visit our Facebook event ( for more details.

9-12 February, La Sala Rosa (8PM)
The McGill Classics Play is very pleased to announce the shows for its 2015 production of Seneca’s Thyestes, translated and directed by Duncan McDonald, and generously supported by the Dean of Arts Development Fund and the John MacNoughton Chair in Classics. Come and check out this gory Roman tragedy, where revenge is a dish best served hot (heads and hands on the side!).

Shows: 9,10,11,12 February @ 8PM (doors open at 7:30PM
Tickets: $12/$8 Students/SRs/QDF
Where: La Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent Boulevard (please accept our apologies- this is not an accessible venue, as it has many stairs)
Reservations can be made here:
Facebook event page:
For more info, click here:

The AUS Film Series is pleased to present the first film from our upcoming Shakespeare Film Series: Shakespeare in Love!

A young Shakespeare struggles to pen his next play, finding inspiration from a betrothed noblewoman who enters his life unexpectedly. This film is delightful, with incredible scenery and costume design.

Professor Wes Folkerth will be joining us to discuss the historical context of Shakespeare in relation to the Oscar winning film, exploring historical accuracy and attempting to understand Shakespeare’s true nature and personal history. You definitely won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn a little bit more about Elizabethan England & theatre!

The screening will be at 6pm with a discussion to follow

We will be providing free snacks as usual!

The AUS Essay Centre is now open!

Need FREE essay help? Bring a draft to the AUS Essay Centre! Our tutors will help proofread and edit your essay.

Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Conference Room (located at the back of the Arts Lounge) during our drop-in hours (12:30-1:30, Monday through Friday). French essay help is also available. If you would like to meet with one of our tutors but cannot make the drop-in hours, to set up an appointment!

Calls for Submissions

Society of China Studies Journal
Deadline: 15 February

The McGill Society of China Studies will publish its first ever literary-academic journal with the theme of “Narrating China” in Winter 2015 semester. We seek for literary work or academic papers that either reflect a profound understanding of China’s politics/history/culture or an unique experience related to China. Works in ALL modes of writing are welcome, including artwork and photography.

Please be advised that all academic submissions must be under 6000 words and literary submissions must be under 3000 words. Please email all submissions to: before February. 15th.

Society of China Studies is the first student society at McGill that is dedicated to developing China Studies as an academic discipline through promoting China-related academic research & discussion for young scholars. To know more about us, please move to our Facebook page ( or join our discussion group (

The HSA and You

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact your benevolent leaders!

President – Disha Jani

VP Finance – Emma Meldrum

VP Internal/Events – Josie Teed

VP Communications – Ben Wong

VP Academic/External – Eden Rusnell

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