Distinguished professor, Dr. John Durham Peters, was invited to McGill University this week as a Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar. As part of his visit, Dr. Peters delivered a provocative lecture on “Free speech in a global era”, on 12 March at the Redpath Museum. The lecture focused on the principles and origins of free speech, the philosophical underpinnings of liberalism, and the ways in which communication has been transformed under globalization and resurgent religion. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session.
In honour of March 8th, International Women's Day, l'Université de Montréal and McGill University are proud to host the Montreal launch of Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News. The exhibit will be open for public viewing at l'Université de Montréal from March 8th - March 20, 2007, it will then move to McGill University from March 21st - April 3rd, 2007.
Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, in 1994, academics in Canada and Mexico have sought to build solid structures for ongoing collaboration and exchange. The Associacion mexicana de estudios sobre Canada (AMEC) was born before NAFTA, in 1992, but AMEC's subsequent growth has been spurred by economic integration at the continental level. Conferences such as this one allow scholars to share their work in contexts wherein the relationship of Mexico and Canada is a central concern, not just a minor distraction from the larger question of both countries' positions vis-à-vis the United States.
On Monday, 19 February, United States satellite radio operators Sirius and XM announced a proposed merger of US $4.9 billion to create a joint entreprise valued at US$13 billion. Due to the enormous dependency of their Canadian subsidiaries, there are strong repercussions for Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) now finds itself in a regulatory bind largely of its own making.
From Global Media Ethics to Representation of the Other in Meiji Japan
The Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill is pleased to announce the award of 15 travel grants to students in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. The purpose of the grants is to enable students to present at conferences or pursue a part of their research requiring travel.
Ali Mohamed, a PhD candidate in Communication Studies, has been invited to participate in a high-level international roundtable: In Search of Global Media Ethics, that will take place in South Africa next month. The roundtable aims to bring together selected scholars who can contribute to a discussion on global media ethics. Ali's presentation will focus on Islamic perspectives on media ethics and is titled « Ethics and the Responsibility of Freedom of Expression From An Islamic Perspective : A Case Study of Danish Cartoons ». Ali questions the possibility of a transnational media ethics capable of addressing cases such as that of the Danish cartoon controversy. He will also be participating in a follow-up panel discussion on « Globalization and Journalism Ethics : Continuing the Conversation » two months later in San Francisco.