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Come meetup to hear fascinating speakers on a wide range of subjects that concerns us all: Literature, art, economics, commerce, education, philosophy, sports, science, politics, religion, law, music, medicine, history and travel. The St-James Literary Society was founded in Montreal in 1898 and as such, is one of the oldest learned societies in North America. It is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, non-political organization that provides a forum for the free exchange of viewpoints amongst its members and the general public. Over the past century The Society has had the honour of being addressed by those who were pre-eminent leaders in their respective areas of expertise. Our motto, Permitte Lucem, i.e. spread the light, has always been understood to extend to those beyond its own membership. We look forward to you joining our mission to increase collective knowledge.

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Upcoming events (5)

Wine Tasting

St Jax Montréal (formerly Church of St. James the Apostle)

Conventional, organic and natural winemaking techniques will be discussed… outlining the benefits and perils for all 3 of them. The three wines that represent each of these winemaking processes will be utilized in an effort to highlight the differences between them. Hopefully, this will encourage people to be more aware of vineyard practices and their use of additives in winemaking. About the Speaker: Jonathan Cercone has been working in the restaurant business for the past 13 years, all of them at the recently renovated Taverne restaurant in Westmount Square, where two years ago he became a partner. That was the occupation that paid the bills through his political science degree and after a year and half of law school, he decided to make the restaurant business his career. He is a self-taught sommelier and has been in charge of the wine program at the restaurant for six years. Cost: Free for members of the SJLS, $20 for non-members. Reservations are essential. Contact: Sam Browman at[masked] or sbrow9 (at) sympatico.ca For more information: http://www.stjamesliterarysociety.com/event/wine-tasting-2/ Like us / invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/St.JamesLiterarySociety/

Cognition and Aging: the Ugly, the Bad and the Good

John Simms Community Centre

We are all aware of the cognitive and motor changes that are part of the normal aging process, but when should we worry that perceived changes are harbingers of a more serious and perhaps precipitous decline. This presentation will focus on the cognitive changes associated with normal and abnormal aging. About the Speaker: Dr. Gabriel Leonard is a clinical scientist who coordinates the Montreal Neurological Hospital neuropsychology outpatient service. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and a neuropsychologist at the Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute. His interest is in the cognitive effects of neurological illnesses including MS, Parkinson’s, head trauma, and vascular problems. Recently he has completed data collection on motor sequencing and coordination in a cohort of 2000 normal subjects ranging in age from 6 to 90. These latter data are relevant to normal aging, which is also an interest of Dr. Leonard. Cost: Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members For more information: http://www.stjamesliterarysociety.com/event/cognition-and-aging-the-ugly-the-bad-and-the-good/ Like us / invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/St.JamesLiterarySociety/

Understanding Extreme Violence: An Introduction to Murder

John Simms Community Centre

Professor Shtull will provide insight into the various forms of murder including mass shootings, intimate partner homicides and serial killings. The general characteristics, patterns and trends of these crimes will be discussed. About the Speaker: Penny R. Shtull, Ph.D. is a professor of Criminal Justice and the former Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in the School of Justice Studies at Norwich University in Vermont. In addition to publications in police, criminological and psychological journals and texts, Dr. Shtull has consulted for various organizations and state agencies including the New York City Police Department; the Criminal Justice Research Center; the Vermont Department of Corrections; the Vermont Children’s Alliance and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Professor Shtull is a Past President of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and was the recent recipient of their 2018 Fellow Award for “outstanding teaching and scholarship.” Dr. Shtull has taught a course on murder for the past 20 years and is a sought after expert on violent crime. She often appears in the news media and has been featured as the expert/ criminologist on the A&E true crime documentary The Killer Speaks. Her most current publications address violence and campus public safety and criminal behavioral profiling. Cost: Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members For more information: http://www.stjamesliterarysociety.com/event/understanding-extreme-violence-an-introduction-to-murder/ Like us / invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/St.JamesLiterarySociety/

You Be The Judge

McGill Faculty Club

Me Goodwin will present the details from one of her cases along with the pertinent jurisprudence. Then the audience will be divided into groups (jury) whose task it will be to determine whether or not the protagonist is guilty. Once deliberations are completed, the foremen of each group will deliver their verdicts along with the reasons underlying their decisions. Finally, Me Goodwin will announce the actual verdict in the case and explain the law as it applies to the matter at hand. About the Speaker: Elisabeth Goodwin obtained her licence in law (LL.L) in 1994 from the University of Ottawa and has belonged to the Quebec Bar since 1996. She is a member of Grey Casgrain, a boutique law firm in Montreal with a 5.0 Google Review rating. Me Goodwin has a diverse litigation practice and represents her clients at all levels of court as well as assisting them through alternative resolution processes. In addition, Me Goodwin sits as a member of the Disciplinary Council of the Quebec Bar and teaches civil procedure at the École du Barreau. She presides over the administrative, constitutional and human rights committee of the Canadian Bar, Québec division and coaches a team of students from McGill University in national pleading competitions. Me Goodwin is a Governor of the Fondation du Barreau and presides over the governing committee of the YMCA Board of Directors. Her hobbies include bicycling, snorkelling and skiing. Cost: Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members For more information: http://www.stjamesliterarysociety.com/event/you-be-the-judge-3/ Like us / invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/St.JamesLiterarySociety/

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