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As Acting Director of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph, Elizabeth provides leadership and strategic direction for all staff and program areas. She builds on her research and teaching expertise in critical community engaged scholarship, arts-based research, and interdisciplinary scholarship to facilitate mutually beneficial community-university partnerships and foster meaningful engagement between faculty, students and community. A lover of song and story, Liz firmly believes in the potential of art-based community making to increase well-being and contribute to struggles for social justice.
Paul Lisson holds degrees from McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He edits Hamilton Arts & Letters (HAL) magazine, (HALmagazine.com). The Ontario Arts Council says that HAL has the distinction of being the first online magazine they have funded. Paul was awarded McMaster’s Rand Memorial Prize for accomplishment in print, the City of Hamilton Art Award for Visual Art and Literature, and an International Merit Award for poetry from the Atlanta Review. Paul is a member of the City of Hamilton Cultural Plan Implementation Team and acts as Curator for Gallery 4 at the Central Library where he also presents free weekly concerts. Paul’s debut book, The Perfect Archive, (“Bloody amazing stuff” declared The Globe and Mail’s Judith Fitzgerald), will be published by Guernica Editions in 2019.
Grace Pollock has a PhD in English and Cultural Studies and a Master of Social Work degree in community planning, organizations, and policy development. Currently serving as the Research Support Facilitator in Humanities at McMaster, she makes connections between people in and beyond the university, and helps identify research, resource, and communication opportunities. Grace worked previously as a researcher-writer, project manager, and professional consultant focused principally on community development and knowledge exchange initiatives. As an advocate for engaged and inclusive communities, Grace’s current interests extend from new models of interdisciplinary research and university-community collaboration to building individual and institutional capacity for broad participation in public life.
Simon Orpana, PhD, is an artist and scholar whose work explores the politics of culture as related to transitions from Fordism to neoliberalism, and beyond. He is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Alberta, where his project on “The Zombie Imaginary” probes the links between the corporeal turn in popular culture and theory, and the intensification of global finance capitalism. He is co-author of Showdown!: Making Modern Unions (with Robert Kristofferson, 2016), a graphic history of the 1946 Stelco strike in Hamilton, Ontario. His writing on subculture, popular culture, and film has appeared in a number of journals and book collections.