Past Events


February 23, 4-6 PM: “From Joyce to Justin: What to do with a B.A. in English” : A follow-up to the 2015 “What can I do with a BA in English?” discussion, this event introduced Gerry Butts, long-time senior political advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former President and CEO of Canada’s World Wildlife Fund.  A McGill alumnus himself, Mr. Butts discussed the value of his humanities education and how his B.A. helped to shape his fascinatingly diverse career.


March 11, 4-7 PM:  “Life after English:  The return of last year’s popular roundtable discussion on the value of a Humanities degree, where five McGill graduates spoke about how their education in the humanities helped them in their careers. Speakers: Anna Asimakopulos, former longtime TV arts reporter and News Assignment Editor for CBC Montreal; Amahl Hazelton, 2005-2009 Lead Project Manager, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Urban Strategist for Moment Factory; Declan Rankin Jardin, co-founder and Chief Beekeeper, Aleveole Urban Bee-keeping and Honey Company; Emma McKay, founder and head MudScout Publishing company, editor-in-chief of AskMen, International men’s lifestyle website; Deena Yanofsky, Associate Librarian, McGill University.


18 March, 4-6PM: “What can I do with a BA in English?”  A follow-up to last winter’s discussions on the value of a Humanities degree, where five McGill graduates spoke about how their education in the humanities helped them in their careers.  Speakers: Meredith Dellandrea, CBC Montreal Content Manager, Arts and Digital; Cléa Desjardins, Senior Advisor, Media Relations, Concordia University; Ashley Duong, Documentary Filmmaker; Lisa Rubin, Artistic and Executive Director, Segal Centre;Kian Slobodin, former Team Coordinator at the African Development Center, Tel Aviv: Arts 160


Round Table Discussions on the Humanities:

23 January, 3:00 – 5:00: Nathalie Cooke (English), Suzanne Morton (History and Classical Studies); Lucy Ava Liu (Political Science); Vivian Feldblyum (Philosophy): Arts 160

4 February, 1:00-3:00: Hans Beck (History and Classical Studies); Marguerite Deslauriers (Philosophy);  Rafico Ruiz (Architecture/ Art History and Communication Studies); Kevin Droz (English): Arts 160

18 March, 1:00-3:00: Annmarie Adams (Architecture); Darin Barney (Art History and Communication Studies); Alexander McAuley (History and Classical Studies); Jennifer Yida Pan (English): Arts 160

1 April, 3:00-5:00: Eugenio Bolongaro (Dept of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Director of the Liberal Arts Program); Gwendolyn Owens, (Senior Adviser Visual Arts Collection, McGill University); Maggie Kilgour (English);Sarah Stroud, (Philosophy, Associate Vice-Principal of Research and International Relations); Stefan Sinclair, (Digital Humanities); Nathalie Cooke, (English); Hans Beck, (Ancient History); John MacNaughton (History,Classical Studies; Chair of Classics, and Director of Classical Studies); Darin Barney, (Art History and Communication studies; Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship); Jennifer Yida Pan (English, 2nd year MA student); Alex McCauley (History and Classical Studies, doctoral student); Eric Tweel  (Philosophy and Political Science, undergraduate student); Lucy Ava Liu (Honours Political Science, undergraduate student): Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall.

Essay Competition:

Spring 2014:

Winner: Eric Tweel, U1 Philosophy and Political Science, “The Invisible Mountain: Why the Humanities Matter”

An abridged version of the essay was published in The Gazette on July 29, 2014. You can download a copy of the article here [in PDF]


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