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Paul the Intern’s Second Week at The Press Club

CHkYG1uWgAE61iJ (1)Second week in, and what a week it’s been!

As some of you may know, as summer intern at the MPC I’m also working in conjunction with the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), which means I help them out on their various projects.

Well, this week that help came in the form of an invite to assist them in putting on their third annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities.

Kyle Matthews, senior Deputy Director of MIGS, has been working tirelessly with his assistant and interns to put on this event, which turned out to be stellar.

Professors, benefactors, students, and those who were simply interested in the subject flocked from all over North America to take part in this three-day seminar at the University of Ottawa. Experts from academia, technology, politics, and peacekeeping arrived to make presentations, give interviews, and mount workshops on, or relating to, the efforts to prevent genocide from occurring (as is currently the case in Syria and Darfur).

Roméo Dallaire, Naomi Kikoler and Walter Dorn were just a few of the many invitees.

Personally, the highlight of the three-day event was attending a cocktail at the residence of Per Sjögren, Sweden’s ambassador to Canada, with program participants and MIGS staffers. We had the opportunity to hear the Honourable Irwin Cotler, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, talk about the critical need for Canada to get more involved in the fight against the carrying out of mass atrocities by dictators and state leaders.

After three gruelling, yet extremely enriching days in Ottawa, I’m finally back at my desk, ready to tackle a project of a very different nature here at the MPC: the Student Planning Committee.

The Montreal Press Club Student Planning Committee is something that has just been added to the club, but has been keeping all of us very busy.

In brief, it’s a committee formed to try and get more students involved with the Press Club. The team, comprised of myself, MPC secretary Ilia Blinderman, Montreal-based writer Katrya Bolger, and McGill student and McGill Tribune news editor Shrinkhala Dawadi, is hard at work finding guests and coming up with ideas for events for the Press Club to succeed in attracting that younger demographic.

We are looking for the most incisive journalists, writers, and media personalities among today’s youth to ensure our events in the fall are nothing short of home runs.

If you have any ideas for us, please let me know, we’d love to get your opinion!

You can reach me at paulmolpeceres@gmail.com

Also, look out for my article on the MIGS seminar in Concordia’s The Link online and follow me on Twitter @PaulMolpeceres

Until next time!

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Selfie time! Paul Dewar hosted the MIGS seminar group for lunch on Monday, interns and participants and all, in the beautiful Parliament Hill reading room. The room could be a museum in itself!