Winter 2024

Arif Virani standing in front of Canadian flags

Canada’s justice minister and attorney general Arif Virani on tackling online hate, the importance of diversity in the judiciary, and how kicking around a soccer ball can break through partisan divisions even in a deeply polarized Parliament.

Christina Cattaneo in a scene from Pure Unknown

Society

Determined to give them back their names

Forensic scientist Cristina Cattaneo, BSc’87, heads up an effort in Italy to identify migrants who have perished in their attempts to reach Europe. “It’s important for the living, not just for the dignity of the dead.”

Illustration of a DNA string being manipulation by both human and robot hands

Health

New non-profit targets under-researched diseases

McGillians are playing key roles in Conscience, a new non-profit initiative that hopes to use artificial intelligence and a “team sport” approach to encourage research into the rare diseases and potential threats that Big Pharma tends to ignore.

From Exploring the roots of the war in Ukraine

“Segments of the Ukrainian electorate feared that [Zelenskyy] would sell out Ukraine to Russia. I don’t think anybody would have [foreseen] this Churchillian figure that emerged.”

Maria Popova

Maria Popova
Associate Professor of Political Science

Alain Fournier À la une

La longue marche vers l’architecture identitaire

L’architecte primé Alain Fournier a réalisé des dizaines de structures et de bâtiments distinctifs pour des communautés autochtones du Nord, dont ils sont le reflet fidèle.

Kai Thomas speaking from behind a podium Culture

An unconventional path to literary stardom

As an undergraduate, Kai Thomas, BA’16, examined old newspaper ads in the McGill Library about runaway slaves. That research helped inform In the Upper Country, his first novel, which won one of Canada’s top literary prizes last year.

Sarah Milroy walking with Prince Charles Culture

There’s a lot more to Canadian art than the Group of Seven

As the executive director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Sarah Milroy oversees an institution whose collection includes works by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson - some of the most famous art ever produced in Canada. But Milroy insists that is only one part of the McMichael story.

Darcy James Argue Culture

Updating big band jazz for the 21st century

Darcy James Argue and his big band the Secret Society make some of the most daringly ambitious music in contemporary jazz and they have the Grammy Award nominations and critical acclaim to prove it.

Illustration of people discussing canada Discovery

Taking stock of the state of English in Canada

Do English-speaking Canadians still say “chesterfield”? Are we more likely to opt for “Zee” or Zed”? These are some of the questions that McGill associate professor of linguistics Charles Boberg hopes to answer with a national survey that is looking at how English is being spoken in different parts of the country.

A galaxy full of stars Culture

An out-of-this-world composition

Composer Sophie Kastner, MMus’22, recently took part in a unique collaboration with NASA, creating a vivid piece of music about the Milky Way based on data about the galaxy that has been gleaned by the Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.

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