Spring 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 PM, online

David Gutnick

Gangsters, Government and Goodness: How a Former Broadcaster Wants to Rebuild a Neighbourhood One Block at a Time

David Gutnick on his experiences in Haiti.
A little over two hundred years ago Haitians made history: they overthrew their French slave owners and became an independent country. So how come a revolution that promised so much in a country rich with sugar and coffee is now mired in dire poverty?
How was hope replaced by despair, how is it that gangsters run the economy and why would a Montreal radio journalist think that it is worth rebuilding broken Haiti one cement block at a time?

DAVID GUTNICK has made hundreds of radio documentaries for CBC/Radio-Canada over 35 years. He’s done stories on former child slaves in Togo, secret religious services in Beijing and ballet dancers in an American maximum security prison.
He has won a number of international awards and been honoured by the United Nations. Last
year, he helped found a small business in Haiti to make and sell solid concrete building blocks.
He sits on the Bord of Directors of Farm Radio International and L’Ensemble Scholastica.
David also writes about art and trains for triathlons. His most recent book is for children, Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me.

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 PM, online

Dr. R. Bruce Lennox

The New Vic Project: Fostering Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Tackle Sustainability Challenges

From the very beginning, a close bond united the Royal Vic and McGill. The hospital’s mission: to heal the person without discrimination based on creed or ethnicity. What followed was more than a century of collaboration in service to society.
Over 130 years later, the landscape has changed and the vast complex of the Royal Vic has been vacant since 2015. Today, an idea is being brought to life. Under the guidance of, and in collaboration with government, McGill University has developed a project that reimagines a portion of the former hospital site to become a state-of-the-art academic complex dedicated to research in sustainability systems, teaching and learning.

R. B. LENNOX started at McGill in 1987 after completing his BSc., MSc. and PhD (Chemistry) at the University of Toronto and an NSERC PDF at Imperial College, London.
Now in his eighth year as Dean of Science, Lennox previously served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry for 11 years. At the University level, he chaired the 2013 ASAP (Staff Development Task Force), served as President of the McGill Association of University Teachers (MAUT) and co-chaired the 2018
Principal’s Task Force on Respect and Inclusion in Campus Life. He currently serves as the Academic Lead of the $870M transformation of the former Royal Victoria Hospital into the New Vic.
He is an award-winning teacher and has had a career-long interest in teaching and learning innovations in Organic Chemistry, Advanced Materials and Nanoscience.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 PM, online

Me Michael Worsoff

The Law Is an Ass* – Part 2

Me Worsoff will discuss a number of cases that have been brought before the courts by outlining the facts briefly, presenting the arguments raised by the plaintiff and defendant respectively, and, following an interactive discussion, reveal the outcome.

*This expression is attributable to Charles Dickens

Me WORSOFF obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in 1964 (Scarlet Key), a Bachelor of Arts from Sir George Williams in 1966 and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill in 1967. He was called to the Bar in 1968 and has litigated civil and commercial cases before the courts and tribunals of Quebec for the past 53 years. As a volunteer he served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Red Cross Society in the 1980’s and was their national counsel from 1982 to 1986. Me Worsoff was President of the Montreal branch and Vice-President of the Quebec Division. He was awarded the Order of the Red Cross for his contribution. He has been practising law with the firm of Campbell Cohen for the past number of years.

The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present


Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 PM.
St. Mary’s Hospital Centre – Auditorium
3830 Lacombe Ave*

Dr. Justin Sanders

The Most Important Thing: Relationship in Serious Illness and How to Build Them

*Free admission
Open for the general public
Space is limited
Reservations are required

Palliative care pioneers built their field on the notion that healing is possible in the face of serious illness and even death. That healing is possible because of the relationships we have with ourselves and others and the meaning we derive from them; they are the most important things when facing a life-threatening illness.
Relationships are fundamental to the practice of family medicine yet remain
out of focus for much of medicine. We will explore the value of relationships in serious illness and the efforts to understand and promote them in healthcare.

Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.

DR. JUSTIN SANDERS has a BA in Art History from Haverford College, an MD from the University of Vermont and an MSc in Medical Anthropology, which he completed at the University College in London as a USUK Fulbright Post-graduate Scholar.
Dr. Sanders completed residency and chief residency in Family and Social Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He completed his fellowship in the Harvard Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
He was a research fellow in cancer communications outcomes research and then the Associate Director of Innovation in the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint health systems innovation center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Sanders is the K. and E. Flanders Chair of Palliative Care and Director of Palliative Care at McGill University. He joined the Department of Family Medicine as an Associate Professor of Medicine in 2021. His research and teaching focus on promoting equity in serious illness care through high quality communication and authentic healing relationships. Dr. Sanders speaks for access to that care for people from underserved and marginalized communities.

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 PM, online

Dr. Valérie Mongrain

The Rhythms of Sleep in the Brain

Sleep covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a
cloak. It is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat
for the cold and cold for the hot. It makes the shepherd
the equal to the monarch and the fool to the wise.

Sleep is a rhythm in itself, occurring on a daily basis.
During sleep, the brain expresses a diversity of rhythms.
The relevance of these sleep rhythms for brain function and health will be discussed.

PROFESSOR MONGRAIN is with the Department of Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal. Her research is conducted at the Centre de recherche of the CHUM. She is also affiliated with the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine.
Doctor Mongrain is a member of the Sleep Research Society, the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, the Canadian Sleep Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.