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Abley, Mark
MA2 · Person · May 13, 1955

Mark Abley is a non-fiction writer, journalist, travel writer, and poet. He was born in Leamington, England, on May 13, 1955, and grew up in Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. He now lives in Montreal.
Abley studied literature at the University of Saskatchewan, obtaining a BA in 1975. He continued his studies as Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he completed a second BA with first-class honours in 1978 and a Master’s degree in 1983, both in literature.
After his studies, Mark Abley and his wife Ann moved to Montreal, where he began to work as a freelance writer. His first book, Beyond Forget : Rediscovering the Prairies, was published in 1986.
With the birth of his first child in 1987, Abley joined the Montreal Gazette, where he worked as a feature writer, book-review editor and literary columnist for the following sixteen years.
During his career at the Montreal Gazette, Abley won the National Newspaper Award for critical writing (1996) and was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for international reporting. In 1995, he received a “Dateline Hong Kong” fellowship sponsored by the Canadian Association of Journalists. In 1997, he received a Maclean-Hunter Fellowship in arts journalism from the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Mark Abley left The Gazette and returned to freelance writing in 2003 with the publication of Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Language. In 2005, Abley was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which he used to write The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches From the Future of English, published in 2008, as the second of three books about language. Abley also wrote a memoir of his father, The Organist : Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind, and a book about Indigenous and colonial history, Conversations with a Dead Man : The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott. In his book Strange Bewildering Time: Istanbul to Kathmandu in the Last Year of the Hippie Trail, published in 2023, Abley is reflecting back on his travels through Asia as a young man, in spring 1978. Abley also wrote the text of a children’s picture book, Ghost Cat.
In 2022 Mark Abley received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan for his contributions to the literary community.

Abley was a participating member of poets’ workshops during his time in Oxford and later in Montreal. He has published three books of poetry, Blue Sand, Blue Moon (1988), Glasburyon (1994), and The Silver Palace Restaurant (2005), as well as the chapbook Dissolving Bedrock (2001). He received the QSPELL awards for poetry in 1989 and 1995.

Mark Abley has taught writing and literature at various writers’ workshops, at the Banff Centre for the Arts, at the English Department of Concordia University, and he has guest lectured in Concordia’s Journalism program. Abley has also served on juries for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, and the Quebec Writers Federation, of which he is a member. He is also a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars, and PEN Canada.

Adams, Desmond Rupert
DA1 · Person · November 14, 1922-November 25, 2007

Desmond Adams, photographer, was born on November 14, 1922. He died in Montreal on November 25, 2007. He was the fourth of six children, all born in Montreal, to Caribbean immigrants, Edith Nanton of Nevis and Herman Adams of St. Kitts. He attended Royal Arthur Elementary School where he discovered his musical ear and learnt to play the accordion. He joined the Canadian army in 1939 and served two years overseas in England and continental Europe during World War II. He was discharged on November 19, 1946. During the late 1940s and the 1950s he performed with his accordion in many cafes in Montreal, and found work as a railroad porter for the Canadian Pacific Railways. While performing with Olga Spencer's Rainbow Revue, he met Jean Peters Gordon, one of the Revue dancers. They married in 1949 and had two sons, David Desmond and Rodney Gordon, now renamed Sur Rodney (Sur).

After being given his first camera, Desmond Adams left his work with the railroad and no longer worked as a musician. Photography became his ambition and he was successful with it. During the 1960s he separated from his wife Jean and divorced her a decade later. During his separation he moved into a Linton Street apartment in the area of Côte-des-Neiges where he lived for many years, and where he built his first darkroom, before moving to LaSalle in the 1980s where he bought his house.

He worked professionally as a freelance photographer and portraitist, and was part of many communities. He began by photographing scenery and then portraits, and eventually established himself as a photographer of events and weddings, while at the same time experimenting with his own distinctive photography. For a short period he experimented with producing and editing short videos recorded with his video camera, and also produced small editions of his poetry illustrated with tipped in reproductions of his photographs. As early as 1972 he began presenting his photographs in solo and group exhibitions, several of them hosted in his home studio. During the 1980s he was employed with the School Board and started a photography club at École secondaire Saint-Laurent, in St. Laurent during the mid 1980s, where he assisted with the photography for the school's yearbook. He retired in 1990.

Adams, Kenneth D.
KDA1 · Person · 1923-2003

Kenneth D. Adams was born in Montreal on October 10, 1923 and died on July 30, 2003. He attended Sir George Williams College in the 1940s and obtained a bachelor of science degree in 1947. In 1944, with help of other students, he created the Music Society and was its first president. He was also elected chairman of the Student Undergraduate Society 1946-1947. This society organised social activities during the school year.

After obtaining a licence in music from McGill University, in 1950 Ken Adams joined Sir George Williams University as a music teacher. He also worked part-time in the bookstore, the accounts office, and the office of Convocation and Examinations.

In 1965 he was named assistant registrar, joining the University administrative staff full-time. In 1968 he was named associate registrar and the following year he was promoted to registrar. After the 1974 merger of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College to form Concordia University, he became registrar of Concordia University. He retired in 1988 after working for 19 years as registrar, the longest term in Quebec for that position.

Ken Adams continued to teach the music course Understanding Music as long as he worked as university administrator and after retiring.

Agg, H.
HA1 · Person · [19-]
Allan, Ted
TA1 · Person · 1916 - 1995
Allen, Prudence
PA1 · Person · 1940-

Christine Hope Allen, known as Sister Mary Prudence Allen, R.S.M., was born July 21, 1940 in Oneida, New York. Her father was Henry Grosvernor Allen (d. 1997) and her mother was Mildred Beatrice Gorman (d. 2007). Her family was descended from the Oneida Community, a utopian religious community of the nineteenth century. Married in 1965, she has two sons. In May 1972, her marriage was ended by physical separation, religious annulment and divorce subsequently followed. In 1983 she became a Roman Catholic nun with the Religious Sisters of Mercy. (Her sister, Elizabeth Bethany Allen joined the same community, and is called Sister Lydia Allen, R.S.M.) In 1967 Sister Prudence received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School in California. She began to teach philosophy at Sir George Williams University in 1969 and became full-time assistant professor in 1972. In 1974, Sir George Williams University merged with Loyola College to form Concordia University. Sister Prudence Allen was promoted to associate professor in 1977. She became full professor in 1993. She retired and was named professor emerita in 1996. She then moved to Denver, Colorado where she was full professor and held the Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM, cap Chair of Philosophy at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. She has been reassigned to Lancaster University Chaplaincy, Lancaster, UK, in November 2013. In 2014, she was appointed to the International Theological Commission by Pope Francis for five years (2014-2019).

At Concordia, Sister Prudence Allen helped develop the interdisciplinary pedagogical basis for women’s studies and helped found the Working Women’s Association for faculty and staff. She co-coordinated the committee that established a women’s college, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She was also involved with the interdisciplinary Lonergan University College, serving as its principal from 1992-1995.

Her book The Concept of Woman (Volume I): The Aristotelian Revolution (750 BC- 1250 AD) was published in 1985. A revised edition appeared in 1997. Volume II, The Concept of Woman: The Early Humanist Revolution (1250-1500) was published in 2002 and Volume III, The Concept of Women: The Search for the Communion of Persons (1500-2015) was published in 2016. She is also the author of numerous articles, and has lectured widely.

Armstrong, Muriel
MA1 · Person

Professor Muriel Armstrong, after pursuing undergraduate degrees in Arts (1943) and in Education (1947) from the University of Alberta, obtained an M. Sc. degree in Economics from McGill University in 1954. Professor Muriel Armstrong joined Sir George Williams University in 1957 as a part-time lecturer in Economics. She was then hired full-time as an Assistant Professor in 1961. She became Associate Professor and then Professor in 1965 and 1969 respectively. At the beginning of 1969, she was part of an ad hoc discussion group of students and faculty on the events that were happening at Sir George Williams University which led to the Computer Centre Incident. Along with their discussions, the group published five issues of a small newspaper called “Statement”. Apart from teaching, Professor Armstrong was also active in numerous administrative capacities, such as Chair of the Department of Economics several times and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts, from 1972 to 1976. Professor Armstrong’s academic research focus was the Canadian economy, she published a book in 1970 entitled “The Canadian Economy and its Problems” (Toronto: Prentice Hall) which was re-edited various times. Professor Armstrong retired from Concordia University in 1991.

Art, Jack
JA3 · Person · [19-?]
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker
AMK1 · Family

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker are writers, lecturers, and editors in the area of technology and contemporary culture. Arthur Kroker studied at McMaster University where he received a Ph.D. in political science in 1975. In 1975 he became an assistant professor, and in 1980, an associate professor at the University of Winnipeg. He joined Concordia University's Political Science Department in 1981 as associate professor. In 1988, he was appointed professor of political science.

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker were founders and editors of the Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory (CJPST), in 1976 at the University of Winnipeg. They and the CJPST moved to Concordia University in 1981. The aim of the CJPST is to provide a gathering-point for political, social and cultural theory, both in Canada and globally. It aims to synthesize theoretical reflection and analysis of the public situation, to mediate theory and contemporary history. In 1993 Arthur and Marilouise Kroker relaunched the journal in electronic format on the Internet under the name CTHEORY: Theory, Technology and Culture (http://ctheory.net/ctheory_wp/home/). Arthur and Marilouise Kroker were also publishers of the New Worlds Perspectives series of monographs in which they were editors of the CultureTexts Series.

Arthur, Kenneth John
KJA1 · Person · 1929-2022

Kenneth Arthur graduated from Sir George Williams College with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1956.

  • Arthur obtained the Charles E. Frosst Medal for 'Top commerce graduate' in 1956.
articule
A2 · Corporate body · 1979-

articule is an artist-run centre dedicated to social engagement, experimentation and interdisciplinarity.
articule was founded in 1979 by a group of artists to create a place for multidisciplinary artistic presentations focused on research and experimentation. The centre’s founding members shared common values such as bilingualism, collaboration, and management of the gallery through its members’ participation, which remain central to the centre’s operations to this day. The first exhibition “Pile ou Face, mur-mur”, took place in a rented space on de la Montagne Street. articule was incorporated as a non-profit organization the 14th of July 1980.
Since the gallery’s beginnings in 1979, articule’s programming considers equally the work of internationally praised artists as well as that of emerging artists, offering many a first opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional environment.
Following the desire to take art outside of the gallery space, several exhibitions and events take place in locations such as apartment buildings, hospitals, theatres, or parks.
Since its foundings, articule contributed significantly to the development of performance art in Montreal. With thematic conferences, publications such as the newsletter Discussion (1981 to 1989), and workshops, articule became a centre for dialogue and knowledge sharing.

In 2012 the gallery held for the first time the conference Montreal Monochrome?, addressing the mis- and under-representation and systemic oppression of marginalized groups in Montreal’s contemporary art milieu. The several days lasting annual event soon became the gallery’s programming centrepiece.

articule moved several times since its beginnings in de la Montagne Street.
From 1983 to 1991, the gallery shared a building with several other arts-related organizations and galleries at 4060 St-Laurent. In 1991, the centre moved to 15, Mont-Royal West. From 1996 to 2006, it was located at 4001, Berri Street. Thereafter, it relocated to Fairmont Street in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood in 2006.
articule is presently located at 6282, St-Hubert Street, Montreal.
articule was a member of the Société du 5 avril, and is currently a member of the RCAAQ [Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec].

Asche, Oscar
OA1 · Person · 1871 - 1936