Public talks


Past PROMIS guest speakers:


Stéphane Paquin, Professor, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP). “Social democracy 2.0 – How Québec compares with Scandanavian countries” (November 25)

Rivka Augenfeld, Consultant and Instructor on Policies, Programs and Procedures. “Protecting refugees – an issue for Canada: recent changes to immigration law and their consequences” (November 4)

Louise Dionne, cCoordinator, Comité d’action contre la traite humaine interne et internationale. “The trafficking of women: modern slavery” (May 8)

Yolande Geadah, Independent Researcher and Author. “Crimes of honour” (March 6)

Jean Dorion, Sociologist and Politician. “On being inclusive: what form of secularism for Québec?” (February 20)

Djemila Benhabib, Journalist and Essayist. “How to live together in a pluralistic and multiethnic society?” (February 5)


Pierre Beaucage, Anthropologist and Professor, Université de Montréal. “Relations with First Nations in contemporary Québec” (June 6)

Robert Vézina, President, Conseil supérieur de la langue française. “The French language in Québec, 35 years after the adoption of Bill 101” (May 22)

Roger Côté, Community Organizer and Director, MultiCaf Community Cafeteria and Food Bank. “Historical development of CDN community organizations” (May 16)

Jean-Louis Coté, Director, Writer and Producer, “Phénomène Tanguy”, a social phenomenon affecting every community in Québec. Third episode of a documentary series (April 24)

Marc Lamarche, Geomorphologist and Archeologist. “A brief geological and glacial history of Québec” (April 16)

Roland Tremblay, Archaeologist and Prehistorian. “The Aboriginal cultural landscape in the American North-East at the time of first contact with Europeans (April 4)

Gérard Bouchard, Historian, Sociologist, Author and Professor, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. “After the Bouchard-Taylor Commission: Where is interculturalism in Québec heading?” (March 20)


Mathieu Bock-Côté, Sociologist and Columnist. “The end of a cycle and the origins of Québec’s malaise” (Nov. 22)

Mario Polèse, Professor and Researcher, Urbanisation Culture Société (Institut national de la recherche scientifique-INRS). “Important regional development trends in Québec” (April 15)

Pierre Dubuc, Foundig director and editor in chief, L’aut’journal. “Alternative media in Québec” (April 4)

Martin Petitclerc, History Professor, UQAM, and Researcher, Centre d’histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS) and Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES). “Social movements and grass root struggles confronting the Québec government in the 20th century” (March 27)

Daniel Salée, Political Science Professor, Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs. “Politics, culture and identity: understanding the Québec government’s logic behind its ethnocultural diversity management” (March 7)

Jean-Louis Coté, Director, Writer and Producer, “Phénomène Tanguy”, a social phenomenon affecting every community in Québec. First episode of a documentary series (January 31)


Ignace Olazabal, Anthropologist and Gerontologist, Forum des citoyens aînés de Montréal (FCAM) and Associate Professor, UQAM. “Immigrant seniors: issues and challenges” (December 13)

Jean-Louis Coté, Director, Writer and Producer, “Phénomène Tanguy”, a social phenomenon affecting every community in Québec. Second episode of a documentary series (October 6)

Mamoudou Gazibo, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal political science department. “Crisis and political change in Africa: from the Ivory Coast to the Sudan” (May 3)

Benoît Dubreuil, Philosopher and Guillaume Marois, Demographer. “The imaginary cure: why immigration will not save Québec” (April 5)

Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professor, Université de Montréal political science department and Director, Réseau francophone de recherche sur les opérations de paix (ROP). “The Arab spring: new political issues in Arab-speaking countries (North Africa and the Middle East)” (March 24)

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