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Merrily Weisbord is an author, journalist, filmmaker, and broadcaster. She has contributed articles and stories to newspapers and magazines such as Maclean’s, Weekend, and the Montreal Star. As a radio broadcaster, she produced many CBC documentaries. Her first book, The Strangest Dream: Canadian Communists, the Spy Trials, and the Cold War was first published in 1983 (Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys) and was republished in 1994 (Montreal: Véhicule Press). The Strangest Dream was also translated in French in 1988 (Montréal: VLB) under the title Le Rêve d’une génération: les communistes canadiens, les procès d’espionnage et la guerre froide. Merrily Weisbord’s books also include The Valour and the Horror, co-authored with Merilyn Simonds Mohr (Harper Collins 1991), Our Future Selves (North Atlantic Books 1991), Dogs with Jobs, co-authored with Kim Kachanoff (Pocket Books 2000) for which Weisbord also wrote and created a TV series that was aired on the Life Network, CBC, PBS, Oxygen, National Geographic US and National Geographic International. Her book The Love Queen of Malabar (McGill-Queen’s University 2010) was a Finalist for the 2010 Writers’ Trust Non Fiction Prize, and for the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize in Non-Fiction.
Thomas Waugh was born on April 24, 1948 in London, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA (Honours) in English Language and Literature in 1970. He then attended Columbia University School of the Arts where he subsequently completed a MFA in Film in 1974 , a M. Phil. in film in 1976 and a Ph. D in Film in 1981 (with Distinction). In 1976, he joined Concordia University as assistant professor in Film Studies. He became associate professor in 1981 and was promoted full professor in 1994. In 1989, Waugh co-taught Concordia’s first gay film and literature course with Robert K. Martin. In 1992, he was instrumental in organizing La Ville en Rose, the first Québec lesbian and gay studies conference which drew over 1,500 activists, academics and media to Montreal from around the world. Professor Waugh was also active in departmental, Faculty and University committees such as the Faculty of Fine Arts’ Permanent Review Committee on the Status of Women, and Concordia’s Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Life. In 1993, as head of the academic sub-committee of the Concordia HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, he founded the HIV/AIDS Project. The same year, the HIV/AIDS Lecture Series was launched with contributions from leading academic thinkers, scientific experts, artists, and community leaders who have been diversely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In the fall of 1994, the course HIV and AIDS: Cultural, Social and Scientific Aspects of the Pandemic was introduced.
In the fall of 1998, he became the Director of a newly launched minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality, which included courses on queer cinema, lesbian issues and realities, cultural, social and scientific aspects of AIDS/HIV. From 2000 to 2001, he was Chair of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Between 2008 and 2015, he was Concordia Research Chair in Documentary Film and Sexual Representation. In 2015, he established the Queer Media Database Canada-Quebec Project with filmmaker Kim Simard, an online catalogue of LGBTQ films made in Canada, and the makers involved in their creation. Thomas Waugh retired from Concordia in 2017.
Apart from his teaching activities, Thomas Waugh pursues his research interests in sexual representation, documentary film and video, Canadian cinema, queer cinema, and photography. He published several articles and books on these subjects (anthologies, collections, monographs).
Following elementary and secondary education under the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Montreal, Katherine Waters studied English at McGill University and then at Oxford University. In 1962 she became the first woman hired to teach at Loyola College. After its merger in 1974 with Sir George Williams University to form Concordia University, she continued teaching English at Concordia. She was active in university and feminist politics. She was one of the founders of Concordia University's Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She was intensely and continuously involved in university political and service work for many years. She retired in 1996.
Dr. Jean-Philippe Warren studied at Laval University, University of Montreal, and Concordia University. He is professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. He lives in Montreal.
Jean-Philippe Warren published over 200 papers, articles, and books on a wide variety of subjects related to Quebec society, it's social changes and political movements. For his book "Honoré Beaugrand : La plume et l’épée" (Montreal, Boréal, 2015), he won the Governor General’s Award for French-language non-fiction.