Join Peter Sabor, (Director, Burney Centre) and Stewart Cooke (Associate Director, Burney Centre) for a half century overview of the Burney Centre's achievements, and an exploration of new challenges including making the Burney writings available for the first time, in addition to a current editorial project: a complete edition of the letters of the musicologist and man of letters, Dr. Charles Burney, Frances Burney's father. The talk will draw on material acquired by Rare Books & Special Collections.
Evelina, the first novel of Frances Burney, has enjoyed a lasting popularity among reading public. It was published in more 180 editions/reprints in several European languages since its first appearance in the late 18th century. Publication of new editions of Evelina often involved a radical remodeling of the entire complex paratextual mechanism of the novel to redefine its type and genre, and to reposition it on the book market.
Fifty years after the Vietnam war, historians are able to reflect on its larger meaning for Vietnamese and global history. What motivated the Vietnamese communists to start the offensive? How did it affect the country? And how did the world react to it? Professor Lorenz Lüthi from the Department of History and Classical Studies explores this seminal event.
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Light reception to follow.
Please join us for the vernissage of the exhibition, Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998, which explores the tension between the promised public-health benefits of vaccination and the reasons why resistance checked its acceptance.
Curators Cynthia Tang and Rob Boddice will both be in attendance and will each give a short talk:
“Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy” by Cynthia Tang
Established in Anatolia in the 13th century, the Ottoman Empire progressively expanded its domination to the Balkans, parts of Southeast and Central Europe, Western Asia, the Caucasus, and North Africa. At the beginning of the 17th century, the empire ruled over 32 provinces, and a population of approximately thirty million. Encircling the Mediterranean, with Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) as its capital, this incredibly powerful state remained at the center of interactions between the East and the West until 1922.
Lecture given by Hélène Cazes, Professor at the University of Victoria (Department of French) and the Director of the Program of Medieval Studies
Since its earliest days, vaccination has been attended by hesitation, resistance and controversy. Why did an innovation that promised to rid the world of the terrible scourge of smallpox inspire such enduring fear? When Jenner spearheaded the promotion of vaccination at the turn of the nineteenth century, he predicted the end of a disease that had taken 60 million lives in the eighteenth century alone. He was right, but it took until 1980 before the World Health Organization could proclaim “smallpox zero”.
Trace, late 14th century, “to make a plan or diagram”, from Old French, 12th century, trasser “delineate, score, trace, follow, pursue”.
Please join us for a 45-minute tour of art on the McGill campus that is designed for members of the McGill community, the Montreal community, prospective students and their families, and general visitors.
Tours will be led by members of the Visual Arts Collection team and will take place every Wednesday at noon. They will leave from the McGill Welcome Centre. Reservations not required.
Year round. Rain or shine.