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Schedule 2016-17 | Montreal Dickens Fellowship

Montreal Dickens Fellowship
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2016-2017 Schedule

September 6, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Welcome back. Introduction to “Barnaby Rudge“.
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September 21, 2016 (Wednesday)
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Dr. Ellie Clavier Rothstein will commence a 10-week study group on “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”.
at M.C.L.L. #265

Call 514-342-1834 for information.

The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning is a community of dedicated moderators and learners from diverse backgrounds and life experience who are committed to personal growth through peer learning and active participation in small study groups. Members are encouraged to participate, and to research and use the McGill libraries. There are no educational prerequisites, no age limitations, no exams or grades -- and the cost is low.

Click on the following link to view a youtube video describing people's experiences at: McGill Community for Lifelong Learning
September 24, 2016 (Saturday)
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“Finnegan’s Market”, Hudson, Quebec. Dickens Treasure Hunt.

To read more about Finnegan’s Market, view their website:
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September 27, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“Barnaby Rudge”. Chapters 1-10

Questions on “Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 1-10
October 16, 2016 (Sunday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Redpath Museum
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Redpath Museum. “Sherlock Holmes” themed tour.
A Bimetallic Question Society and Dickens Fellowship joint event.
November 1, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 11-22
November 25, 2016 (Friday)
10:00 a.m.
Andrew Macdougall will be reading: “The Cricket and the Hearth”, a Dickens Christmas story.

The cost is $10. at the door, or $8. if you pre-register (MCLL office: 514-398-8234)

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Charles Dickens was as much a performer as a writer; in fact towards the end of his life he made much more money from his “readings” in England and the US than he did from his writing. For these readings he chose extracts from his books (or stories he had written) to which his audience would strongly react emotionally, and adapted them for performance. Dickens had a repertoire of twelve such readings.

Andrew Macdougall provides re-enactments of all these Dickensian performances with one exception: A Christmas Carol. Click here to find out more information.

Mr. Macdougall can be reached at 514-937-5527 or email:
December 6, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ellie’s residence
Pot Luck Christmas Luncheon. Viewing of “Barnaby Rudge”
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January 17, 2017 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library

“Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 23-35
February 4, 2017 (Saturday)
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Toronto Dickens Fellowship Birthday Luncheon. Royal York Hotel
February 7, 2017 (Tuesday)
* 12:00-3:00 p.m.
L'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant
We will celebrate the 205th anniversary of Dickens' birth (Feb.7th) at the l'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 Rue Saint Paul Est., in Old Montreal.

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March 7, 2017 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Prud'homme Room at Victoria Hall, immediately adjacent to the Westmount Public Library (west side).
“Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 36 - 48

Questions on “Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 36 - 48

“Science in the Victorian Era” Dr. Joe Schwarcz
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The Victorian era (1837-1901) was rich in scientific discoveries ranging from John Snow's linking cholera with contaminated water and Edison's invention of the phonograph to vulcanized rubber and Perkin's discovery of synthetic dyes.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University's "Office for Science and Society" which is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging.

Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society's prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry.

He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal radio, has appeared hundreds of times on television and is the author of 16 best sellers. Also an amateur conjurer, Dr. Joe often spices up his presentations with a little magic.

April 4, 2017 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Burgundy Lion Pub
2496 Notre Dame West
“Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 49 -60

Our tentative speaker, Dan Calinescu, has postponed his talk. In his place, inspired by our discussion of the Maypole Inn of "Barnaby Rudge", pubs and alcohol consumption in the Victorian era, I have organized a very fun meeting at the "Burgundy Lion", a traditional English Pub.

Judith Elson will be discussing the history of Gin!

Victorian cocktails will be available! Please join us!

The pub is on Notre Dame within walking distance of the Lionel Groulx Metro.
If you need a ride please let me know.

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Gin and tonic, a cool, refreshing summer drink, yet two hundred years ago gin was one of the worst enemies of the poor who drank it in vast quantities.

Judith Elson will be talking about how gin developed and how it became such a terrible scourge of the poor in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Parliament tried to control gin consumption but without much success. The history of gin is part of the history of England; it enriched a few and helped to impoverish many. You may be surprised by the twists and turns of this story.

It was only just becoming respectable and acceptable by Dickens' time. The talk will also reflect on Dickens' work as a reformer.

May 2, 2017 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 61 - 73

Questions on “Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 49 - 73

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Julius H. Grey Ad.E

(Dickens aficionado)

Julius Grey will be discussing the contrast between Dickens's personal optimism and political pessimism and the 3 novels which will be the basis of his theory that Dickens was relatively pessimistic about the world by the end of his life. The 3 novels are David Copperfield, Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. He will argue contrary to most critics that the second "good ending" of Great Expectations is in fact the appropriate one reflecting Dickens's outlook.

June 6, 2017 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 74 - 82

Questions on “Barnaby Rudge” Chapters 74 - 82

“The Women in Dickens’s Life”, Lise Dube (Postponed)
June 10, 2017 to
June 16, 2017
Festival Bloomsday Montreal
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June 27, 2017 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Story Telling Garden
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Victorian Tea