It's back to school season!

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  1. Photo Contest
  2. Elections
  3. McGill Sustainability Research Symposium!
  4. Mentorship Panel Party!
  5. Field Notes Wine and Cheese
  6. York University still accepting applications for Master’s in Environmental Studies!
  7. Freaky Friday Conference
  8. Free Documentaries at Redpath
  9. Lecture at Redpath Museum
  10. Call For Journal Submissions
  11. Put Your Politics Where Your Mouth Is : March 10-14
  12. McGill Net Positive Lecture Series
  13. Funded MA opportunity in consumption and development geographies at the University of Guelph 
  14. Advanced Learning Techniques
  15. Coffee and Conversation with Geography Researchers

Hey all! I hope your reading weeks were lots of fun. I love hearing about all the adventures my friends have gone on over the break! It seems like school has hit us in full force, with only about 5 weeks left of classes, everyone’s scrambling. But we sure have some fun events for you, so read on!

Photo Contest

The Geography Photo Contest is continuing until March 24th! Please submit your photos (with the theme of Wanderlust) to Voting will begin on March 25th and a winner will be announced on April 1st (but it will not be an April Fool’s joke).


Elections are coming up! If you are thinking about running for one of these fabulous, rewarding positions, then please download the attached nomination kit form*! The dates are as follows:

Nomination: Tuesday, March 11th at 9AM - Tuesday, March 18th at 5PM

Extended Nomination: Wednesday, March 19th at 9AM - Thursday, March 20th at 5PM

Campaigning: Monday, March 24th at 9AM - Thursday, March 20th at 5PM

Polling: Thursday, March 27th at 9Am - Tuesday, April 1st at 5PM

Results released on Tuesday, April 1st at 5PM.

*When you have completed your form, please submit it to the AUS office, which is in the basement of Leacock, sort of attached to the Arts lounge/BDA.

McGill Sustainability Research Symposium!

Come get free Indian food and learn what your fellow students are doing in terms of research and sustainability! March 13th, ALL DAY FROM 9-5

Mentorship Panel Party!

Join us on Wednesday, March 19th from 4-6pm in Burnside Hall come to room 426 for Finding your Coordinates, put on by the McGill Geography Mentorship Program. This is a casual panel event open to any geography students, where McGill geography alumni in both the workforce and in academia, in a variety of streams, are coming to talk to you about how they got to where they are why they are there, and what they do now. Keep an eye on the listserv for more information on our exciting panel members. Snacks and refreshments will also be served!!

The speakers will be:

Valerie Hongoh: PhD Candidate - Université de Montréal

Peter MacLean: Founder and President - ÉEM inc.

Graham McDowell: Owner-operator - McDowell Environmental LLC

Brendan Rahman: Data Curator - Community Data Program

Catherine Stace: Career Advisor - McGill University

Julie Talbot: Assistant Professor - Université de Montréal

Field Notes Wine and Cheese

The very next day after the fabulous Mentorship Panel Party, we are having another party in the same room! Wow, can you say “well-fed geography students”?? On Thursday, from 4-6pm in Burnside 426, come for our annual Field Notes wine and cheese, where we will view the new geography journal and mingle with professors while enjoying some delicious snacks. Invite your friends!

York University still accepting applications for Master’s in Environmental Studies!

Interested in graduate studies? Pursue your intellectual passions through our Master in Environmental Studies (MES) program at York University! We're still accepting domestic applications for this fall -- deadline March 14, 2014. 

Our program grants you unparalleled opportunities to combine your interests and create your own educational path. We encourage creativity and innovation by not requiring you to adhere to any set courses or field of study. Instead, we support you in taking ownership of your studies so you can get exactly what you want from your master's degree.

We welcome applications from students from disciplines connected to all kinds of environments, including social, built, political, cultural and natural environments and the multifaceted connections between these and other areas. Please see our website at  for details and examples of student research projects.  To learn more, send an email to

Freaky Friday Conference

On March 21, at 5pm, come to Redpath Hall to learn about The Night of the Comet: How Meteors can Kill You. The lecture will be followed by a FREE MOVIE called Deep Impact. Sounds scary!

Free Documentaries at Redpath

You know the drill. Come to Redpath Museum this Sunday at 3pm to view a free documentary. This one is called, The Act of Killing (2012). A documentary that challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to re-enact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. Not suitable for young children.

Lecture at Redpath Museum

On March 13th, at 6pm, come to Redpath to learn about Neuroplasticity in the Adult Human Brain! This lecture will be given by David Ostry, who is in the psychology department at McGill. If you think the brain is cool (so, like, every single human), then you should come!

Call For Journal Submissions

The Undercurrent, a Canadian Undergraduate Journal of International Development Studies, is The Undercurrent is currently accepting full manuscripts (2,500 to 5,000 words) and short essays, commentaries, and reflections (800 words). Topical papers are accepted from any academic discipline, and may include coursework past or present. Submission information can be found here.
Accepted papers are to be published in the May issue of the journal and in .pdf format on The Undercurrent’s website.
Accepted authors will be eligible for an honorarium towards travel costs to attend InSight, the national student development studies conference, occurring May 28-30, 2014, at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. Accepted authors of full manuscripts will also be eligible, if they so choose, to present their paper at the conference.
Please consult for further information. Any questions may be directed to

Put Your Politics Where Your Mouth Is : March 10-14

PYPWYMI is an annual week of talks, teach-ins, and skill sharing around food justice on campus and beyond. This series of events is coordinated by The Midnight Kitchen and The People’s Potato. Our goal is to provide spaces to skillshare, discuss and learn about the politics of food. 

For a list of workshops and events check out:

McGill Net Positive Lecture Series

As some of you are aware, the McGill Net Positive lecture series -- hosted by the MSE -- is bringing in four brilliant leaders throughout the semester to speak about sustainability in higher education. These are exciting opportunities for those of us at McGill to learn from peer institutions and refine our understandings of what sustainability will look like on our campuses. Slowly but surely, we are building strong momentum for a green building at McGill - and that is good news for the MSE's bid for a new, more appropriate home base. 
The next McGill Net Positive lecture, to be held Tuesday, March 18th at 10:30 in the Thomson House ballroom, features David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. He is a well known environmentalist and visionary.  In 1996, he organized the construction of one of the greenest buildings in North America, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. He is the founder and leader of the Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the city of Oberlin and Oberlin College to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of their community. The aim of this project is nothing less than to revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new, sustainable base for economic and community development. 

His lecture, followed by a discussion period, is sure to inform and inspire.

Funded MA opportunity in consumption and development geographies at the University of Guelph 

Applicants with an interest in: ethical consumption, feminist theory, critical development studies, and/or the politics of philanthropy are encouraged to apply. Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography.  Research expenses will also be covered.

Funded student research projects may include:

(i)             Investigating how ethical consumption campaigns (e.g. Product RED, Toms Shoes) play out on the ground through international development projects

(ii)            Analyzing the use of social media by corporations and NGOs to share stories of ‘development’ with North American audiences

(iii)           Researching the gendered dynamics of sustainable consumption decisions

For more information on the MA program at the University of Guelph (including application details) please see:

Please note that this MA degree in geography can also be combined with the collaborative MA in international development.  For more information see:

For more information about this MA opportunity please see:

Contact Dr. Roberta Hawkins at

Advanced Learning Techniques

Do you wish you knew how to use your study time more efficiently? 
Are you finding that the way you studied before isn’t enough now that you’re in university? 

Then have we got the workshop for you!

Come to T-PULSE’s “Advanced Learning Techniques” workshop.  At the workshop you’ll learn some cool facts about the science of how we learn.  You will learn how to combine these facts with some thinking about your own thinking in order to come up with concrete ways to study more effectively and learn for the long term.

Advanced Learning Techniques is a workshop dedicated to showing Science undergraduate students techniques and tips to make their studying more efficient and their learning happen at a deeper level. Studying longer is often good but studying smarter is better!
When:  Thursday March 20th, 5:00-7:00pm
Where: Redpath Museum , room 106B

If you plan on coming please send an email to with the subject line “Advanced Learning Techniques” to help us prepare for the right number of people.

Coffee and Conversation with Geography Researchers

Fieldwork in Photos resumes this week with a talk by Tim Holland looking at: 

"Coffee, conservation and (land) claims: Evolving frontiers in Peru's selva alto"

Friday march 14th at 12pm, BH 426

Don't forget to bring your lunch!!!

Until next time,
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Dept. of Geography
McGill University
Burnside Hall, Rm 305
805 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC
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