Listserv: Mar 28, 2015

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“If theory conflicts with the facts, so much the worse for the facts.”
German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte
(also attributed to every undergraduate student with a misguided belief in the supremacy of their thesis)

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#ReasonsWhyRelationshipsFail An inability to reconcile petty historical differences in the face of pan-Slavic nationalism #austriahungary

The Preamble

Good morning everyone,

Welcome to spring (I just looked out my window after writing this and it is snowing, but whatever)! I always look forward to watching Montreal’s true Urban Garden emerge from the McLennan-Redpath Terrace, as a lush foliage of cigarette butts emerges from the melting snow. If only essays could bloom from warmth and sunlight; sadly, they only thrive on extensions and caffeine. First off, I would like to congratulate the HSA’s 2015-16 exec team:
President – Josie Teed
VP Internal – Nobody
VP External – David Helps
VP Finance – Oliver Bjornsson
VP Communications – Nobody
I’m sure they will all do a great job next year: a big thanks to Nobody for taking on two positions. However, because Nobody is insufferable enough to actually enjoy Foucault, we’re desperately looking to replace her with two more well-adjusted individuals: the application process will be open next week. I hope to make applicants prepare a lip sync/interpretive dance to Hildegard von Bingen’s hit single 11,000 Virgins(essentially the Single Ladies of Medieval Gregorian chant), so keep an eye out on the listserv.

Second, I’d like to share a tip with you guys: to see what classes are being offered next year before they appear on Minerva, go to thedepartment course calendar and click on whichever class you’re interested in. If the blurb contains Terms: Fall 2015 or Winter 2016, it is happening. Here is the schedule for registration dates. Because Minerva is an antiquated relic/UNESCO Heritage Site originally used by fourteenth-century knights to sign up for the Crusades, I would suggest organizing your schedule in advance and waking up early the day of registration before the system inevitably crashes. Okay, sorry for being long-winded, here’s what’s happening this week:

Applications for Important Things
Museum of Jewish Montreal – Summer Research Fellowship (I Can’t Believe It’s a Paid Internship!)
Deadline: 15 April, 5pm

The Museum of Jewish Montreal—a not-for-profit organization that collects, maps, and shares the history of Canada’s oldest Jewish community—is seeking 4 qualified students to participate in our summer Research Fellowship program. Beginning May 11th and running through August 30th, the program is designed to help university students interested in pursuing museum careers acquire the skills they will need to work successfully in the cultural and heritage sectors. Participants will gain professional experience in curating exhibits, conducting research, and leading guided tours around the city in either English or French. Responsibilities will include: developing new content for the Museum’s website, collecting oral history testimonies, animating tours for diverse audiences, and engaging in weekly seminars designed to further participants’ knowledge of Canadian and Jewish history/cultural heritage and contemporary museum practices.

I’ve attached the PDF of the job posting to the e-mail.


Apply to be an AUS Essay Centre Coordinator!

Are you passionate about making sure your fellow students get help with their essays? We’re looking for two volunteers to run the AUS Essay Centre next year! Those interested must be at McGill for the entire 2015-2016 academic year and have at least a 3.3 GPA to apply. If interested, please fill out the survey here.

Other Events

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 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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