LOVE! : An exploration of love, lust & desire

Though many deride Valentine’s Day as a holiday invented by greeting card companies, what better way to break up the long winter months than with a celebration of love to warm the cockles of our cold, cold hearts?

This month’s book display covers all types of love – from best friends to one-night stands to your grandparents’ marriage and everything in between. Coming at love from all angles, there are poets and artists and philosophers and psychologists. We have Shakespeare’s sonnets and a Leonard Cohen/Henri Matisse art mash up. Love: All That Matters, is a fascinating introduction to both the psychology and philosophy of love – and what matters most about it. There is Love Analyzed; Love, a history; Love and love sickness: the science of sex, gender difference, and pair-bonding; and just plain old Love.

 

Tired of Tinder? So are we! Put your thumb-swiping skills to use turning the pages of Love Online, which explores the “hypermarket of desire” that is online dating, or Labor of Love, in which Moira Weigel dives into the secret history of dating while holding up a mirror to the contemporary dating landscape, revealing why we date the way we do and explaining why it feels so much like work. If online dating’s got you down, The Hypothetical Girl, stories by Elizabeth Cohen, will make you feel less alone.

Don’t worry, there is a fair dose of sincerity amid all this flippancy. In Love, Tony Milligan addresses this mood of pessimism about the nature of love and explores the value and significance of love in fostering an enjoyable and successful life.

Whether you crave sweeping epics à la Anna Karenina, or more contemporary sagas such as The Time-Traveler’s Wife, we’ve got you covered. Underneath this veneer of sarcasm there does, indeed, lie a hopeless romantic, and we want to share all of our favourite love stories with you!

LOVE! book display in Redpath

 

 

Québécois and Muslim…What Does the Future Hold? A New Exhibition at the Redpath Library Building

The exhibition, Québécois and Muslim…What Does the Future Hold? consists of 34 photographs of various sizes showcasing the diversity of Muslims in Quebec. The photographs draw attention to a more complex reality and move away from the common stereotypes surrounding Muslims.

This exhibition is part of a cross Quebec series of events and is supported by many departments at McGill including the Office of the Associate Provost, the Institute of Islamic Studies and the School of Religious Studies. It was coordinated by Audrey Lamothe of The Peace Network with the support of Élodie Ekobena from Centre justice et foi.

The exhibition will run from January 25th to February 7th, to coincide with Muslim Awareness Week, and is located in the Redpath Library Building, in the recently launched exhibition space.

For more information, consult the exhibition’s Information Booklet.

Virtual Reality and 3D Printing services in Full Swing at McLennan-Redpath

Access to some of the newest and most innovative technology is now within reach for all McGill students and faculty with the re-opening of the McGill Research Commons 3D printing lab and VR space. Equipped with 3D printers, an HTC vive, and an Oculus Rift development kit, McGillians will be able to explore and experiment with the digital world in not just two but three dimensions – all for free – with this cutting-edge service.

After undergoing a brief training session which can be booked here, students and faculty will be able to book time on the 3D printers to use for projects, course work, or simply to experiment. For those less experienced with such technology but who still want to dive in, student staff will be available for assistance weekdays from 12:30 – 5:00PM. Use of the virtual reality equipment does not require a training session, but note that it can be booked only during student hours. Equipment can be booked using the library’s booking system, found here.

Please send us an email with any inquiries you may have!