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Audiovisual excerpts

The audiovisual excerpts available on this page are a fraction of the AV documents in RMA holdings. If you are looking for other materials or if you need more content from those listed below, please contact us.


  • Sir George Williams Speaks - 1894 
  • Sir George Williams founded the YMCA movement in England in 1844. In this excerpt, you can hear what he had to say about the youth of America in 1894.

  • The Honourable René Lévesque
  • René Lévesque, Prime Minister of Quebec from 1976 to 1985, is featured in this audio excerpt taken from a talk he made at Sir George Williams University in 1970.

  • Loyola College Campus Centre
  • This excerpt, from the sod-turning ceremony of the Loyola College Campus Centre in 1971, features a speech describing student involvement in the finalization of the project.

  • Anaïs Nin
  • The author, Anaïs Nin, was born in France, but spent most of her life in the United States. She came to Sir George Williams University in 1973 and spoke to students about women and writing.

  • Margaret Atwood

    The canadian author came to Sir George Williams campus in 1974 for a poetry reading and lecture. In this excerpt, she talks about screenplays.

  • Northrop Frye

    Norhtrop Frye, canadian literary critic and theorist, came to Loyola College in 1974 for a Lahey Lecture. He talked about the concepts of identity and alienation.

  • Irving Layton
  • Canadian poet and professor at Sir George Williams University, Irving Layton was a guest of the SGW Poetry Reading Series in 1967. In this excerpt, he talks about his poem The Swimmer and reads the beginning.

  • Laying of Cornerstone at H.F. Hall Building
  • Paul Gérin-Lajoie, Minister of Education at the time, was present for the laying of the cornerstone on May 8, 1965.

  • Irving Layton Reads His Poem The Swimmer
  • Irving Layton was named Poet in Residence in 1967. During that year, he was a guest of the SGW Poetry Reading Series.

  • Charter Day at SGW
  • In 1948, Sir George Williams College officially obtained its university charter although it had been granting degrees since 1936/37. Of course, a celebration took place. In the excerpt presented here, you can hear J.W. Beaton, who was, at the time, the General Secretary of the YMCA of Montreal, tell the story of how the evening course program came into existence.

  • Michel Chartrand Speaks to Loyola Students
  • Michel Chartrand was a Quebec union leader and a social activist. In 1973, he was invited by the Loyola Students' Association (LSA) to address students for the project Operations Initiative's Labour Speakers. He spoke mostly about his views on labour and capitalism. In the excerpt featured here, he speaks about capitalism and technocracy.

  • SGW Poetry Reading Series: Allen Ginsberg
  • American poet Allen Ginsberg is considered one of the leaders of the 1950s Beat Generation. On November 7, 1969, he was a guest of the SGW Poetry Reding Series. As an excerpt from this event, here is the introduction by Allen Ginsberg himself and the beginning of the poem Angkor Wat.

  • Dr. Rita Shane interview

    Dr. Rita Shane was interviewed during the 40th anniversary of the first graduating class of Sir George Williams College in 1977. Dr. Shane was the first woman to graduate from SGW College. The interview was originally recorded by CBC Radio for the program, Sounds Unlikely.


  • The Honourable Lucienne Robillard
  • The excerpt is from a speech by The Honourable Lucienne Robillard, who was then Minister of Education, on the occasion of the opening of the J.W. McConnell Building in 1992.

  • Dr. Krishna Sivaraman
  • The excerpt was taken from a lecture by Dr. Krishna Sivaraman on the occasion of the inauguration of the Chair in Hindu Studies in 1989. Dr. Sivaraman was the first Chair of Hindu Studies.

  • Ronald Corey
  • Ronald Corey, President of the Montreal Canadiens from 1982 to 1999, shares his thoughts on Concordia as the Campaign for a New Millennium, which he chaired, closes on October 1, 1999.

  • Richard Renaud

    Speech by Richard J. Renaud on the occasion of the inauguration of the Richard J. Renaud Science Pavilion. Mr. Renaud, a business leader and great friend of Concordia University, shares his thoughts on philanthropy.

  • Prof. Christopher Jackson

    Then Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Prof. Jackson talks about Quartier Concordia at the press conference held by Concordia University and the Grey Nuns on June 1, 2004, announcing the aquisition of the Grey Nuns' property by Concordia.

  • Gerald LeDain

    Gerald LeDain was a Canadian lawyer and judge who went on to sit on the Supreme Court. In this short excerpt, Judge LeDain talks about the newly established University and what it means to hold a university degree.

  • Dr. Henry Hall

    Aside from being a long time teacher, Dr. Henry F. Hall held several positions at Sir George Williams: Student Counsellor (1926-35), Dean (1935-57), and Principal (1957-62). In this excerpt, Dr. Hall talks about his philosophy of education and academic freedom.

  • Basketball Game between Loyola and Sir George Williams

    Before the merger, Loyola and Sir George Williams had thriving Athletics Department and were involved in Varsity Sports. This excerpt is from a basketball game between the two institutions on February 16, 1972. The original movie is an 8 mm film and is silent.

  • Course by Jack Lightstone

    Dr. Jack Lightstone was a professor in the Department of Religion and Vice-Rector, Academic at Concordia. In the fall of 2005, he was teaching the course Topics in the Study of Mysticism. In this excerpt, he talks about the definition of counter-culture.

  • David Suzuki Speaks to Concordia Students PT 1
  • PT 2

    David Suzuki is a Canadian scientist, broadcaster and environmentalist. In this excerpt from a talk in 1976, Mr. Suzuki talks about how delighted he is to see that Concordia is keeping arts and science together and about the importance of science.

  • Concordia University Audio-Visual Department

    In collaboration with the academic sector and other service units, the AV Department identified and promoted appropriate technologies to facilitate the University audio-visual needs. In this 1976 excerpt, Bernard Queenan, Director, and Mark Schofield, who was at the time Coordinator, Technical Operations Division, talk about the services they offer to the University Community.

  • Computer Centre Incident

    In the Spring of 1968, six black West Indian students at Sir George Williams University accused a biology lecturer of racism. The university agreed to establish a Hearing Committee, but problems arose with the nominations to the committee. This excerpt, from the movie Prelude to the Sir George Williams University Computer Centre Riot, features the complainants and 200 other students disrupting the hearing set up by the administration to investigate the charges on January 29, 1969.

  • Donald Boisvert as Loyola Students' Association President

    On February 27, 1973, the new President of the Loyola Students' Association, Donald Boisvert gave an interview and spoke about his projects for the Association. In the excerpt we present here, he is talking about communications within the Association and with student bodies from other institutions, including Sir George Williams University, as the merger was coming.

  • Ten Years in Ten Minutes

    The video Ten Years in Ten Minutes was produced in 1992 by Concordia University MITE (Multimedia Interactive Technology Environment). It commemorates the opening of Concordia's J. W. McConnell Building. It is mainly composed of a timelapse which represents five years of construction. The excerpt featured here is about one minute of the timelapse culminating in the finished building.


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