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Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State
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Good afternoon everyone,
I hope everyone is surviving essay-writing season. Nothing fun is happening this week, so for those of you looking for a somewhat historical distraction from work, now is the perfect time to start watching Reign; Mary Queen of Scots is currently cheating on the king with a Bourbon prince (good pick), one of her ladies in waiting has become a proto-feminist village brothel madam, Catherine de Medici has finally gotten over her syphilis story arc, and King Francis’ imaginary bastard brother Bash has been resurrected from the dead by a pagan nun (apparently a common occurrence in Northern France). Also, the secretary from 50 Shades of Grey has been cast as “the dour Protestant” Queen Elizabeth. Take that, history! Also, last week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the runway theme was “ShakesQueer Realness,” making it an approved procrastination show for early modern British historians as well. Ok, back to business, here’s what’s happening this week on campus:
The Main Event
HSA Departmental Elections
Because nobody has been enthusiastic enough to take the crown of the HSA by force, we are currently in election period for next year’s HSA exec board. I’ve listed the candidates below: for all positions with no candidates, a call for applicants will come out after the election.
Nobody (really guys…)
Homage to Radwa Ashour: Woman From Tantoura Book Discussion
Wednesday, 1 April, Tuesday Night Cafe Theater (5:30pm)
McGill Students for Feminisms is commemorating the life and work of the late Radwa Ashour, renowned Egyptian novelist and one of the greatestest women in Arab literature. In a friendly, open environment, you are invited to share your favourite passage from Woman from Tantoura and talk about what it means to you. This event will be held on April 1 at Tuesday Night Cafe Theatre. Professors joining the event will be:
* Professor Michelle Hartman – Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
* Professor Rula Abi Saab – Associate Professor of Islamic History at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
* Professor Samia Botmeh – Visiting Professor from Birzeit University
* Professor Noha Ahmed – from Cairo University and a relative of the late Radwa Ashour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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