Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest post: Honouring F. R. Scott in Montreal

My mum kindly reported back from the Evensong held last week in the Writers' Chapel at the Church of St. James the Apostle, Montreal, to honour Montreal's own F. R. Scott:

"Truly wonderful, inspirational service last night: beautiful music, beautiful setting (the church was gleaming), most interesting talks by Desmond Morton and Roderick Macdonald, current F. R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law. Macdonald read some of F. R. Scott’s poems and talked about Scott’s legal decisions, his work in the NDP party (a membership he had to give up in order to become Dean of Law at McGill), and Scott's views on the War Measures Act.

The speakers were introduced by Mark Abley, part-time editor at McGill-Queen's University Press, who told a great story about a colleague at McGill-Queens, who undertook a PhD. in History because, at age 11, she was so inspired by a public lecture that Desmond Morton gave at Missisauga Public Library, to which her mother took her."

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