Fall 2021

Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM, online

Professor Kimiz Dalkir

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Fake News: Can we fight fire with fire?

While AI is being used to generate fake news and misinformation, which is often done with malicious intent, AI can also be used to detect and, ideally, prevent fake news. As with any technological innovation, it can be used for good or not so good objectives.
This talk will discuss some of the highly sophisticated ways in which AI can create fake news (such as literally putting words into the mouths of well-known people), as well as how we can fight fire with fire so people are less vulnerable to these malicious tricks.

PROFESSOR KIMIZ DALKIR is the Director of the School of Information Studies at McGill University. She is the author of Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice (MIT Press, 3rd Ed, 2017), which continues to have international impact on knowledge management, education and practice. More recently, she co-edited Navigating Fake News, Alternative Facts and Misinformation in a Post-Truth World. Prior to joining McGill University, Dr. Dalkir was a Research Scientist at the Government of Canada where she conducted research in intelligent systems that could model human expertise and reasoning.

Tuesday, October 12 at 5:15 PM, online

Jennifer Carruthers


Join our California-based sommelier Jennifer Carruthers as she speaks of wine in a language we can all understand. She’ll share answers to commonly asked questions, some tips to make purchasing wine less intimidating, perhaps provide some insight to your own palate and tastes and answer your questions along the way.
She’s selected a couple of moderately-priced gems from the SAQ that we can enjoy during the discussion.

If you decide to participate in this event, please make your intentions known ASAP by sending an email to Stjamesliterarysociety.com. About two weeks before the event, you will receive the appropriate SAQ numbers for the selected wines.

Once a civil engineer, JENNIFER CARRUTHERS stumbled into the wine industry during her move from Canada to California. She started out on the broker/ distributor side of the business over ten years ago, co-founded a brokerage… always passionate about the lesser-known, fantastic wineries and their stories. In 2019, she launched her passion project Great Pour Decisions®, a lifestyle and wine accessories brand, all the while working towards creating her ultimate dream business. Jennifer successfully launched her dream, her own business and founded JC Select Wines to bring her favourite wines directly into the hands of those in search of the unknown gems out there.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:30 PM

Information to be available at a later date

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 7:30 PM

Professor Graham Carr

Lessons learned from the pandemic and the future of higher education

Concordia President Graham Carr will share how this Montreal anchor institution navigated the pandemic, the lessons it and other large institutions learned from the experience and their implications for the future of higher education teaching, research and operations.

PROFESSOR GRAHAM CARR is President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University. Ranked as the country’s top university under 50 years old by QS and Times Higher Education, Concordia has two Montreal campuses that are home to more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 7,000 faculty and staff. His previous leadership positions at Concordia include Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs; Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies; and Dean of Graduate Studies.
Born in Quebec, Principal Carr earned his PhD from the University of Maine and is a Professor in the Department of History. His research focuses on North American cultural history, in particular cultural diplomacy and the Cold War. The Principal has served on the boards of numerous prestigious institutions such as Centraide, Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure
and the Canada-US Fulbright Selection committee.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

Stefano Algieri

The Art of Bel Canto:
A Dramatic Approach to the Lyrical Art of Singing

This meeting will encompass a brief history of the Art of Bel Canto (Beautiful Singing) and an in-depth revelation of vocal technique and its relation to the sung word. Professor Algieri will have one of his students present to illustrate some of the techniques he will be discussing.

Internationally recognized as one of the leading tenors of his generation, STEFANO ALGIERI has sung in many of the world’s major Opera houses and with symphonies in New York, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Amsterdam, Leipzig, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto and Montreal.
Born and raised in New Jersey,he graduated Manhattan School of Music (M.Mus., B.Mus.). His Carnegie Recital Hall debut took place in 1975, his Avery Fisher Hall debut at Lincoln Center in 1976 in Refice’s Cecilia with Renata Scotto. At the invitation of Maestro James Levine, Stefano Algieri joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1999. In 2003 Stefano Algieri was invited to join the Faculty of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where he is a Voice Professor teaching the Art of Bel Canto to talented young singers from around the world. In 2012 Dr. Marcel A. Desautels, in whose honor the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University is named, instituted The Mariana Paunova (the late wife of the Professor) and Stefano Algieri Scholarship in Voice at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music as a tribute to his respect and friendship to these distinguished artists.