Listserv: Sept 28, 2015

MP: Must you fall asleep while I’m speaking?

Winston Churchill: No, it’s purely voluntary. 

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The Preamble

Hey everyone! Sweater weather is finally here. If you’re like me, you’re probably a very happy person, now that we’re able to drink tea and go outside without sweating two gallons of water. The add/drop period being over, you can spend less time screaming while juggling with courses on Minerva and enjoy the many events and opportunities our department and the AUS has to offer! 
Have a wonderful week!

The Main Events

IOWC Fall 2015 Speaker Series
We are excited to invite you to attend the Indian Ocean World Center’s Fall 2015 Speaker Series Thursday, October 1 at 5:45pm in Peterson Hall 116. McGill Ph.D. Student  Zahra Sabri will present a talk entitled Arabs, Indians, South Asians: Muhajir identity in Pakistan between the discourse of ethnicity and Islamic cosmopolitanism. For more information

Exhibition : Sanitizing Style : Germ Theory and Fashion at the Turn of the Century at the Osler Library
We are pleased to announce the current exhibition at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Sanitizing Style: Germ Theory and Fashion at the Turn of the Century. The exhibit is on display now through November 2015. The Osler Library is located on the 3rd Floor of the McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler and is open Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM.
Stay tuned for a curator’s talk and walkthrough to be scheduled for October!

AUS Essay Centre’s opening

The AUS Essay Centre opens September 30! Bring your rough draft and have one of our qualified tutors help you proofread and check for clarity. Drop-in hours are MWF 2:30-3:30 and TTh 11:30-12:30 in the Jack Daniels Room (located in the back of the AUS Lounge). Email with questions or to schedule an appointment.
The Concordia History Department Speakers’ Series presents 
The Hidden HIstory of Abortion in 18th- and 19th-Century Mexico
On October 2, 2 pm
LB-1014, McConnell Library Building
1400 blvd de Maisonneuve w.
Dr. Jaffary’s talk will be drawn from her forthcoming book on the history of child birth and contraception in Mexico from 1750-1905, which examines such issues as the adaptation of European medicine to the Mexican context, the persistence of pre-Columbian midwifery techniques, monstrous births, infanticide, and abortion. For more information, contact<>

Community Engagement Day (CED) taking place on and around October 1, 2015!

Register for one of over 30 group volunteer projects and public conversations taking place on campus and at community organizations all over our city.  To sign up for Community Engagement Day, and to learn more about the issues and organizations we work with, visit You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Construction – Update on work along Peel Street between De Maisonneuve and Sherbrooke

Please be advised that the city will be conducting major construction work along Peel Street between De Maisonneuve and Sherbrooke. This construction work is the continuation of ongoing construction along Peel just south of De Maisonneuve. Work is expected to start on Monday September 21st, 2015, and should last until sometime later this Fall. The city is replacing major underground infrastructures in the area
There is no forecasted impacts to any of McGill’s buildings during this second phase. Vehicle circulation will be limited to only one lane in the north direction and pedestrian sidewalks should remain available.
AUS Laptop Lending Program

Need to borrow a laptop?

The AUS runs a laptop lending program for Arts and Arts&Sci students out of the 24 hour Ferrier lab in the Ferrier Building. The program was launched in Winter 2015 and is still transitioning out of the pilot stage. Read more.

Calls for Submissions
Summer 2016: Historical and Archaeological Field Trip to Sicily !
In May and June the we will be undertaking a historical and archaeological field trip to Sicily.  Starting in Palermo, we will tour much of the island: moving through Segesta, Marsala (Lilybaion), Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Siracusa, and Taormina.  The trip costs $3200.  As with previous years, this includes airfare, hotels, ground transport, and entrance to sites.  It does not include meals.  The trip will not serve as a credit course this year; this non-credit formula has been successful in other years, and many students say they actually prefer simply participating in the experience without the pressure of being graded.  The field trip represents a phenomenal learning opportunity as Sicily is one of the Mediterranean’s hidden gems, with a wealth of ancient ruins from very divergent periods.
Spaces are limited but we are not yet near our capacity.  If you would like to join us, we would require a $1000 deposit (refundable until 1 December), preferably in the next two weeks. For more information or to participate,  contact Prof John Serrati.
Call for Submissions: Book Montreal Cotton Co. 
The Musée de Société des Deux-Rives (MUSO) is looking for original texts or any information (iconography, testimonies, methodology, comparative studies, etc.) to include in the book. Texts can be long (feature article on a main theme) or short (capsules, sidebars, small items, timelines, technical sketches and images of objects, maps and charts, etc.). 4 large themes were selected: the transformation of the territory, the human experience, the economy and the tangible and intangible heritage. Text proposals (title, short abstract and short biography) must be sent no  later than October 30, 2015 at midnight to the following email address
For more information, please contact Lucie Bettez by email or by phone at 514-248-2343.
Thinking the Humanities: IPLAI Fall Reading Group
This reading group explores a selected list of readings and other materials that address the past, present and future of the humanities and social sciences. Employing a diverse range of perspectives, and encouraging dialogue and creative thinking, the aim is to better understand the actual state of humanistic fields of knowledge within modern-day university and beyond. How do we define the humanities and social sciences today? Do these discipline share a common heritage? Why is there a prevailing sense of ‘crisis’ in discourses and representations of the humanities and social sciences in higher education and research? What are their function and relevance in academia and the public sphere? What future directions might they take? Readings and discussions on these questions will complement concerns and initiatives that are already brewing at McGill, but will also bring into the conversation other students and scholars from varied backgrounds interested in learning about interdisciplinary and international debates, studies, and projects supporting the humanities and social sciences. Tuesdays, 15h00, IPLAI. and download the schedule here.
The John Carter Brown Library (JCB) is awarding Fellowships! 
JCB is an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The Library contains one of the world’s premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period.
The deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2015. 
For more information – including information about Thematic and Cluster Fellowships – and application instructions, visit or e-mail

The HSA and You

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

President – Josie Teed

VP Finance – Oliver Björnsson

VP Internal/Events – Ila Astren

VP Communications – Charlotte Mercille

VP Academic/External – David Helps

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