Wendy Allen has always loved hearing people’s stories about their lives. As an affiliate of Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling she has made short videos based on oral history interviews with international students and volunteers working in international development. Now working with the talented Eric Craven, the Director of Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy project, she has developed a sound and video piece, titled “Whose Square?”, about the Cabot Square Project based on an interview with Nakuset, the Executive Director of the Native Women’s Centre of Montreal. You can view this and other projects by Wendy here.
Ramsay Blair has participated in digital literacy project programs of all kinds (video, audio, animation – you name it!) for the past 8 years. Ramsay also continues to work on reading and writing at RECLAIM Literacy Council where he also mentors new learners. You can view some of his work here.
Lilian Harper is publicity-shy but admits to enjoying the digital literacy programs for seniors at Atwater Library and Computer Centre. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and worked for many years in the aerospace industry. Lillian has contributed to the Living History project in many ways and continues to help everyone move their ideas forward. You can see some of her contributions here.
Wanda Potrykus is a writer, editor, translator, poet and amateur oral historian. A graduate of McGill, she has spent most of her career in the marketing communications industry. In her spare time she writes feature articles and poetry and tries hard to improve her digital literacy skills at the Atwater Library. Some samples of her writing can be found here.
Eric Craven is the Community Development Librarian at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre in Montreal, where he also did his graduate studies in Information Science at McGill University. Eric’s work focuses specifically on using digital media to disrupt normative expectations and perceptions in the community. Eric has spent the past 7 years as coordinator of the Digital Literacy Project, creating programming that directly responds to the community’s needs, helping participants learn to express themselves and finding new ways to talk about things important to them. The program helps participants build their own communities and work towards their own goals through creative digital media projects. Eric has worked with a wide range of academic and community stakeholders, bringing different groups of people together, ages 6 through 96, to express themselves through digital art and media. In addition to his work with communities and digital culture, Eric is also a musician and composer who has been working in the Montreal music scene for the over two decades.
Isha Levy is an undergraduate student at Concordia University majoring in Communication and Cultural Studies. She spent the summer of 2018 working with Eric Craven and the seniors at the Atwater Library, and collaborated on the development of this Living History website.
Doug Dumais is a Master’s student at Concordia University focusing on contemporary photography. He is the Assistant Media Facilitator at the Atwater Library.
Dr. Cynthia Hammond is a professor of Art History at Concordia University, and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS). Dr Hammond is passionate in her teaching, research, and art. Feminism is central to her interdisciplinary practice and method, and to the way she researches and teaches histories of the city. Her research and creation address the roles of women, animals, and biological life in shaping designed landscapes and the built environment, focusing on exclusion, access, and agency. She has been an active supporter and collaborator in various projects with the Atwater Library digital literacy program including Promenades Parlantes, two performative, episodic art-walks that focused on sharing the urban knowledge of older Montrealers.
Shauna Janssen is an associate professor in Theatre at Concordia University, director of the Institute for Urban Futures, and core member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Her research focuses on performative urbanism as a critical spatial practice that rethinks urban sites, discourses, and themes such as spacial agency in the public sphere, gender, class, race, migration, gentrification, and the right to the city. She was a core researcher in the Promenades Parlantes project in collaboration with Cynthia Hammond, Eric Craven, and the digital literacy program participants.
Samantha Leger is an undergraduate student at Concordia University studying Studio Arts and Psychology. She spent the summer of 2019 working as a research assistant for Dr. Cynthia Hammond and supporting Eric Craven with various projects at the Atwater Library including the updating of this website and helping the seniors in the Digital Literacy program.