Libraries & Museums

Aaron Lansky Culture

An accomplishment worth kvelling about 

While working on a master’s degree at McGill, Aaron Lansky, MA’80, launched a rescue mission, one that would play a significant role in the preservation of a culture facing serious peril. As the driving force behind the Yiddish Book Center, Lansky has helped save 1.5 million books and built a one-of-a-kind collection.

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.

Frederick Bertley jumping with vaporous Erlenmeyer flask People

Science with ‘a funky, cool vibe’

As an immunologist, Frederic Bertley, BSc’94, PhD’00, once worked on vaccines for HIV/AIDS at Harvard. Now, he shares his passion for discovery as the head of an award-winning science museum in the U.S.


In charge of the world’s third largest national library

Lesley Weir, MLS’79, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, talks about what it's like to head up the world's third largest national library, how she (grudgingly) followed in her mother's footsteps, whether millennials use libraries, and... Wolverine?


A glimpse into medicine’s past

For pathology professor Rick Fraser, BSc’69, MDCM’76, who spends many of his days surrounded by skulls, preserved organs, and anatomical models, death is one of the most interesting parts of life.


Helping to run the world’s biggest library

As the principal deputy librarian for the Library of Congress, Mark Sweeney, BA’84, plays a senior role in overseeing an institution with one-of-a-kind treasures used by everyone from Members of Congress to high school students to Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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