After the fourth season of the show Kim’s desk where Kim Thúy received personalities from different cultures and backgrounds, the author comes to the University of Montreal to revive conversations between professors from very distant disciplines. We travel to the limits of space with Julie Hlaváček-Larrondo, an astrophysicist specializing in black holes, who is accompanied by… Solange Lefebvre, professor at the Institute of Religious Studies. Together they discuss the origin of life. Yoshua Bengio, a world specialist in artificial intelligence, will talk to us about what makes us human, in the company of philosophy professor Natalie Fletcher.
The result is heard in Get to know, a 10-session podcast moderated by Kim Thúy, where 19 UdeM specialists meet. Everyone is passionate and exciting!
To support interdisciplinarity
By talking together, researchers from fields that one might think are contradictory find common ground in their research.
For example, Jean-François Lapierre, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, spoke with Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, a professor in the School of Social Work. The first is interested in limnology, that is, the study of lakes and continental fresh waters. The second reflects the reality experienced by trans children and young people.
“It was amazing to listen to their dialogue, to hear their change of perspective and to find out that their expertise can be useful for the other,” recalls Kim Thúy. So the biologist asked the social worker how to scientifically measure human well-being. They then continued their conversation in the hallway and said they should work together, inviting each other to their research chairs! We see all the advantages of interdisciplinarity, that dialogue between disciplines is possible.”
Shin Koseki, Professor in the Faculty of Planning and UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape, met with Antoine Boivin, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Partnership with Patients and the Public. They discussed the art of listening, which is essential for both. One takes the pulse of communities to know their needs and desires in terms of urban planning, the other sees the patient as a partner and takes into account all their experiences.
The meeting between Professor Benoît Melançon at the Department of French Language Literature of the Faculty of Arts of the UK and Prévost Jantchou, professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the Department of French, shows that medicine is not a closed field. Faculty of Medicine. Words and evil are very close! So the doctor published a book of poetry Take care of the words. Benoît Melançon discovered that words in literature can have a direct effect on the body and he cites pornographic literature as an extreme example!
The elder and the rector also have a dialogue with Kim Thúy
Last spring, the Université de Montréal created its first cohort of sages: inspiring women with exceptional backgrounds who put their intelligence and creativity at the service of the UdeM community for a year. Poet, lyricist and director Joséphine Bacon spoke about art and beauty with museum curator and curator Nathalie Bondil under the scrutiny of Kim Thúy.
At the end, we can listen to a more intimate conversation between the rector and Kim Thúy. “Université de Montréal has thousands of faces, each with its own uniqueness. The face of the rector could represent the face of the university,” he says.
“I hope that people who listen to the programs of this podcast will have little sparks and get carried away like I was by the knowledge of all these experts and experts,” concludes Kim Thúy.
The following topics are shared by 19 guests.
1. The art of listening
- Shin Koseki, professor at the Faculty of Planning
- Antoine Boivin, professor at the Clinic of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine
2. Come on on the
- Jean-François Rivest, professor at the Faculty of Music
- Pascale Dufour, professor at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
3. “Beauty will save the world”
- Nathalie Bondil, museologist and curator
- Joséphine Bacon, poet, lyricist and director
4. Take care of the words
- Benoît Melançon, professor at the Department of French Literature of the Faculty of Arts
- Prévost Jantchou, professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine
5. See the invisible
- Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, professor of the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Solange Lefebvre, professor at the Institute of Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
6. reading and childhood
- Isabelle Montésinos-Gelet, professor at the Department of Didactics of the Faculty of Education
- Johanne Clouet, professor at the Faculty of Law
7. to be of one’s time
- Julien Riel-Salvatore, professor at the Department of Anthropology of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Ana Sokolović, professor of the Faculty of Music
8. Unanswered questions
- Yoshua Bengio, professor at the Department of Computer Science and Operational Research of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Natalie Fletcher, professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
9. Mr. Rector
- Daniel Jutras, Chancellor of the University of Montreal
10. Echoes of ecosystems
- Jean-François Lapierre, professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, professor at the School of Social Work of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences