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King Lear from Page to Stage: Shakespeare Lecture 2023

Paul Gross and Kimberley Rampersad leaning over a Rare Book.

A familial story of legacy, loyalty and loss, King Lear is perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, and one of the greatest challenges he presents. On January 18, 2023, director Kimberley Rampersad and actor Paul Gross discussed their vision for the 2023 Stratford Festival …

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A Cipher Wheel of your very own!

cipher wheel

We know, we know, just what you always wanted! We are happy to help. The exhibition News and Novel Sensations, now on view in the McLennan Library Building, explores the Victorian-era newspaper phenomenon called “The Agony Columns.” Characterized by anonymity, …

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Laying the groundwork: what really goes into the making of a library?

Mary Yearl, Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine lire la version française The library that Sir William Osler bequeathed to the Medical Faculty of McGill University was curated with intent. The original library did not consist simply …

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Colour and Cards – the Foundations of Tuck & Sons

pictures from paddyland

Jacquelyn Sundberg, Outreach Librarian lire la version française Colour. For graphic designers and publishers today, colour is a crucial choice for every project, laying the groundwork for the tone of a publication. In the early days of postcards and colour …

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“Groundwork” of a Different Kind

Alexis Janssen, McGill Visual Arts Collection Museum Database Assistant lire la version française This work, which is on view in the Visible Storage Gallery of the McLennan Library, is part of a series created by Montreal-based artist Sylvia Safdie that …

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Research awards at the Osler Library for the History of Medicine

Female figures as shown in three medieval and early modern textsvfrom different regions of the world: Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia

Each year the Osler Library offers a number of awards and travel grants to local and international historians, physicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and independent scholars whose research touches upon the history of medicine. From now through 6 January 2023, …

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What’s On the Map? Stories of Scientific Groundwork in Guyana

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by Hannah Deskin, Assistant Archivist, McGill ROAAr lire la version française As director of the Canadian Geological Survey between the years 1895-1901, George Mercer Dawson laid the groundwork for scientific exploration in some of the most biodiverse regions in the …

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When Music Meets Technology

manuscript chant notation

By Labiba Faiza, Outreach Assistant, ROAAr One rarely hears of a mix between medieval music and cutting-edge software development. Last Tuesday, however, ROAAr joined the worlds of music and technology to host “Search and ye shall find: Medieval music manuscripts …

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“Talk, Mr. Bond”

In the spirit of Spooky Season, ROAAr’s October “Caption This” featured a rather fascinating image of a blindfolded man sitting in front of what seems to be a sci-fi torture device. Once again, the captions submitted by participants did not …

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The William Feindel Fonds: An archival processing story

The finding aid for the William Feindel fonds is now available on McGill Library’s Archival Collections Catalogue. The McGill University Archives (MUA) acquired the Canadian neurosurgeon’s archival collection in 2005 and several archivists have worked on the collection since its …

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