Spring Forward

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1.       Find Your Coordinates: Geography Alumni Panel

2.       MUGS Events

3.       Cover Image for Field Notes

4.       GeoSpectives: Climate Knowledge, Climate Politics

5.       5th Annual McGill Sustainability Research Symposium

6.       Information Sessions for McGill's 2016 Field Study in East Africa

7.       Internship/Job Opportunities

8.       Cool thing of the week


Spring forward

Welcome back from March Break Reading Week! Hopefully you went somewhere exotic like me who spent two days in the far away land of Toronto. The weather is quickly improving as I spotted very few people on campus wearing winter jackets so don't forget leg day as short season is coming.



Find Your Coordinates: Geography Alumni Panel

Join us this Thursday March 12th for Finding your Coordinates, presented by the Geography Mentorship Program from 5-7 pm in Burnside 426.
Finding your Coordinates is a panel event of McGill Geography Alumni from a diverse array of backgrounds and interests coming to talk to you about their career paths and choices along the way. It will be a casual event with lots of room for questions, and amazing food (Including the amazing chocolate fountain!).
Check back the FB event page for an updated list of panelists!.


MUGS Events

For those participating in the #mugsassassins2015, Stay classy and stay alive.
We are organizing a Sugar Shack outing on the weekend of March 21st so make sure to keep an eye out for the FB event and announcement in future listserv!
Lastly, clothing orders are coming soon so make sure to look for the MUGS office hours to get your MUGS apparel and show your geography pride.


Cover Image for Field Notes

Field notes is looking for cover images for this year's issue! If you have any original photography please submit your images to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com (in a reasonable size). Thanks!


GeoSpectives: Climate Knowledge, Climate Politics

The next GeoSpectives talk will be on March 18th, 2015, 4-5 pm in Burnside 426.
Climate Knowledge, Climate Politics: Translating Climate Change, Adaptation, and Resilience in the Contemporary Arctic
Prof. Emilie Cameron
This talk presents findings from a recent collaborative project examining the translation of key terms about climate change from English into Inuktitut. Our investigation considered not only the literal translation of various terms but also the broader epistemological, ontological, cultural, historical, and political context within which words make sense. We argue that notions of resilience, adaptation, and climate change itself mean something fundamentally different in Inuktitut than they do in English, and that this has implications for climate policy and politics in the contemporary Arctic. To the extent that climate change is translated into Inuktitut as a wholly environmental phenomenon over which humans have no control, both "adaptation" and "resilience" come to be seen as appropriate and distinctly Inuit modes of relating to shifting climatic conditions, calling upon practices of patience, observation, creativity, forbearance, and discretion. If translated as a matter of unethical harm of sila, however, Inuit frameworks of justice, relationality, and healing would be activated. In the context of a broader global shift away from mitigation and toward enhancing the adaptive capacities and resilience of particular populations, this mode of translating climate change, we argue, has profound political effects.


5th Annual McGill Sustainability Research Symposium

According to Ancient Greek culture, the circle is the perfect shape. No beginning. No end. What if we use this perfection to look at the systems that surround us? What if we try to close the loop?
Join us for the fifth edition of the Sustainability Research Symposium. Professor Katja Neves (Concordia) and Professor Paul Lanoie (HEC) will present their research on the economics of sustainability and the neoliberalization of nature. There will also be a panel discussion of local organizations working to close the loop, poster presentations, graduate student talks, discussion groups, and free lunch! The event will take place Friday, March 13th from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM in the Thomson House Ballroom.
Check out the SRS schedule and register for any of the day's events in their website here. Hope to see you all there!


Information Sessions for McGill's 2016 Field Study in East Africa

Gain a full semester's worth of credits while studying and researching in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda next winter. This program intends to introduce students to East Africa specifically by increasing their understanding of the goals, circumstances, challenges and opportunities of people living in the areas visited. Through an increased understanding of Canada's linkage with this area, graduates of the program should be better equipped to become active and effective contributors to sustainable development in Africa, whether by following academic or professional paths, or simply by being more informed citizens. This 15-credit program is open to students of all academic backgrounds, U1 and above. 
Upcoming information sessions will be held in Burnside RM 426 from March 18, March 24, April 9 and at Mac Campus (MS2-084) on February 23 at 14h30.
For more information visit http://www.mcgill.ca/africa/ website orhttps://www.facebook.com/cfsia.mcgill. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.


Internship/Job Opportunities

McGill Tutorial Services is in need of a tutor for GEOG 351. I have attached a tutor recruitment poster to this email. Like all tutor opportunities, it pays $15/hour with no experience required but preference will be given to those with an A or A- grade in the class.
There are two internship opportunities also attached to this email but in French; the positions are with the City of Montreal.
Finally there's another opportunity: Looking for some extra money? Montreal resident Christian Zabbal is looking for someone with the capabilities of getting a 3D printout of Mont Tremblant. He will take care of all the costs of getting this done. Salary is $15 per hour. If you would like more information or would like the job please email marhalt@gmail.com.


Cool Thing of the Week

GICrushes never rests! I know you missed them during the break but there are many more coming!

An axe attack in the 1990's almost destroyed GPS and you can read more about this particular story here as back then, it was a fairly obscure technology linking to military purposes.


Have an enlightening week! Stay in school kids!

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications

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