Gracia Dyer Jalea has been a member of the Board since 2009. For the past 5 years, in addition to working as a Business Affairs and Digital Media Coordinator for Back Alley Films, she has continued to work as a project and dissemination coordinator for the Montreal Life Stories Project at Concordia University. During this time she has helped to develop curricula for the project, which focuses specifically on the refugee youth experience in Montréal, and which uses photography, video and online digital resources to collect the personal testimonies of youth who have been displaced due to war, genocide and other human rights violations. Her background in media has allowed her to produce compelling multimedia works, including a series of short films, photo exhibitions, a blog, an interactive multimedia bus tour and has recently written a chapter in a book and accompanying DVD entitled “Mapping Memories: Participatory Media, Place-Based Stories & Refugee Youth”. The youth at the Maison des jeunes are featured prominently in her work. In addition to her BA in Cultural Studies and World Religion from McGill University, Gracia also holds a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from Concordia University and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Bronwen Low is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. She has a PhD in Education from the Culture, Language, and Teaching program at York University. She researches the implications of popular culture for education, curriculum theory, and adolescent (multi)literacy practices. Areas of interest include hip-hop and spoken word culture; informal, arts-based and participatory education with youth; and community media and participatory video programs.She is currently on the board of the Maison des Jeunes in Côte des Neiges, and is developing SLAM MTL, a teen slam poetry network in the city. She also co-chairs the Education working group of a CURA-funded project, Life Stories of Montrealers who have Survived War, Genocide, and Other Human Rights Violation, working to develop curricula for schools and human rights education.
Shirley R. Steinberg is an Associate Professor and is the co-founder and director of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies.A regular contributor to CBC Radio One, CTV, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and Canadian Press, she is an internationally known speaker and teacher. She is also the founding editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, and the Managing Editor of The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. The organizer of The Baeza Congress, she is committed to a global community of transformative educators and community workers engaged in radical love, social justice, and the situating of power within social and cultural contexts.
Professeur titulaire, Département de pharmacologie. Faculté de médecine