Listserv: Mar 7, 2015

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“What do you mean when you say this? Are you dreaming in the throes of a fever or are you laboring under a madness?”
Martin Luther, A Letter to the Blind Souls Seeing a Black and Blue Dress 

(just kidding, it’s from the Explanation of the Theses)

Tweet of the Week! (@HSA_McGill)

The French Revolutionary Calendar gave each individual day of the year a secular name in an effort to remove royalist and religious references. Today’s date: Large-flowered Leopard’s Bane #history #efficiency

The Preamble

Good evening everyone,

Greetings from the exotic land of the Greater Toronto Area! I hope you all had a great reading week: I’m currently still in the process of eating my body weight in Markham sashimi (the best), so this will be short. Our benevolent president Disha just finished finalizing details for an incredibly exciting round table in collaboration with Montreal Hip Hop Week! I am personally unqualified to moderate, as I originally thought that French Montana was a 17th Century Jesuit trading post, but Disha will be hosting four professors to discuss how musicians across the world have used hip hop, Kpop, etc. to shape and influence understandings of history, culture, and the nation. Plus, free lunch!

In other news, the nomination period for exec positions in the AUS and its vassal departmental organizations open on Monday! This includes the HSA. We have five positions: President, VP Internal/Events, Finance, External/Academic, and Communications. I highly encourage anyone interested to apply: not only will you get prime real estate in Leacock (6th floor janitors’ closet), but you will also be able to organize fun round tables, wine and cheeses and casual seances with departmental money! If you have any questions about any of the positions, feel free to e-mail the respective execs.

The Main Events

“Music and Movement: The Intersection of Song, Diaspora, and the Nation-State”
Tuesday, 17 March, 11:30am-1:30 pm (Arts 160)

The HSA and McGill Hip Hop Week will be hosting a panel on the way musicians and their craft have shaped our understanding of history, culture, and national spaces. Prof. Jeffrey Ogbar from the University of Connecticut will be joined by Prof. Michelle Cho from East Asian Studies, Prof. Shanon Fitzpatrick from History, and Prof. Bronwen Low from Education. Each speaker will be discussing an aspect of their work as it relates to music history and the complex relationships between different communities and aural identities. An informal discussion will follow the presentations. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome. The poster is attached to this e-mail.
Applications for Important Things

One Heart Source Volunteer Programs

Deadline: 20 March

Attention Students of the African Studies!

The final application deadline is approaching quickly for our 2015 Volunteer Programs. One Heart Source offers a variety of 2, 4, and 8-week programs in South Africa and Jamaica!

Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2015 Application
Final Application Deadline: March 20th

As an OHS Volunteer, you will:

* Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students
* Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports
* Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to create positive social uplift
* Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world
* Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students
* Develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills while pursuing social justice

We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.

We will be hosting live online information sessions on March 8, 11, 15, and 18!
Join us by Registering Here!

For more information visit:
Please contact with any questions!
Other Events

SNAX Sandwich Sit-in

Wednesday, March 11th, 11:00am

The university administration continues to restrict AUS SNAX from selling sandwiches to students. Come out to a sit-in event at SNAX to show your support for sandwiches and student-run food services at McGill! Bring a sandwich from home, enjoy coffee on us, and sit with your fellow SNAX-lovers. Check out the Facebook event for more info.

Memory and Commemoration: The Azrieli Holocaust Collection at Thirty

Tuesday, March 10, 11:00am (Concordia’s Hall Building)

The Concordia University Libraries invite you to attend “Memory and Commemoration: The Azrieli Holocaust Collection at Thirty,” a one day symposium in Montreal on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of what is now one of the largest collections in North America of research materials on the Holocaust. The Collection was established in 1984 by Montreal architect, businessman, and philanthropist David Azrieli, CM, CQ, M.Arch (1922-2014), whose parents, brother, and sister died in the Holocaust. More information on the Collection is available here:

The symposium begins at 11:00 a.m. in the D.B. Clarke Theatre (Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonnveuve Blvd W.) with a keynote by Christopher Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and a distinguished scholar of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. After a response and question and answer period, we will break for lunch (on our own) and return at 2:00 p.m. for a panel of emerging and established Holocaust scholars from Concordia, Texas A&M, Michigan, and Graz, followed by remarks describing the work of the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program and a second keynote at 4:40 p.m. by Debórah Dwork, the Rose Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University and an historian whose research embraces many key issues in Holocaust history, from the lives of Jewish children to the many functions of Auschwitz. We will end the day with a reception sponsored by the Azrieli Foundation and the Consulate General of the German Federal Republic, Montreal. The event is free and open to the public and the full program is available here: We ask attendees to register in advance (even if attending just part of the day) via the event web site.
The McGill Tribune presents: Journalism & Media Conference

March 23-26

The McGill Tribune is hosting a Journalism & Media conference, a 4-day long FREE conference that will feature speakers, panels, workshops, and two keynote speakers, all focusing on different aspects of journalism and media. There will be many notable speakers scheduled to speak, including former CBC director Mary-Jo Barr, The Walrus Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kay, and Montreal Gazette Editor-in-Chief Lucinda Chodan. Free snacks and chicken wings from Gerts, as well as coffee and water, will be provided. If you have any questions, email
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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