Past Events


February 12, 4-6 PM: “Why Study English?” : Following the success of last year’s event featuring Gerry Butts, this year’s roundtable turned towards current English students at McGill who discussed why they pursue the study of the literary arts. Moderated by Professor Maggie Kilgour, this panel featured undergraduate students Nichole ChrenekRonny Litvack-Katzman, and Haley O’Halloran, alongside graduate students Jana Perkins, Leehu Sigler, and Rachel Smith.


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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