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Red Carpet Interview

GUESTS

MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

OUR GUESTS

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Amir Kalan

Assistant Prof. of Education

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill University. My work aims to create a sociology of literacy that provides insights into cultural, political, and power-relational dimensions of linguistic and textual practices. I mobilize discourse analysis, ethnography, practitioner research, narrative inquiry, and arts-based inquiry to study the sociological dimensions of reading, writing, and language education. I am particularly interested in learning about the experiences of minoritized and racialized students in multicultural and multilingual contexts. I study organic writing practices that occur beyond the current narrow institutional categorizations of writing styles, genres, and rhetorical norms. I seek to learn from literacy practices that are unofficial, underground, community-based, plurilingual, and multi-semiotic. I also welcome opportunities to study non-Western forms of language and literacy education. My research is often interdisciplinary. In my scholarship, I draw on philosophy, sociology, history, and literary theory. Where applicable, I make use of creative academic genres such as poetic scholarship.

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Carlos R. Ruano

Dr. Carlos R. Ruano

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Douglas Bryce Farrow

Professor of Theology & Christian Thought

Douglas Farrow is Professor of Theology and Christian Thought at McGill University in Montreal. He taught formerly at King’s College London alongside his Doktorvader, the late Colin Gunton.

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Francis Xavier Nssi Essono

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Isaac Goodine

Isaac Goodine is a Retiree of the World Bank, and is active as a short term-consultant on-call as well a Member of the Speakers Bureau of the World Bank Group. He is a member of the World Bank Institute Alumni and remains engaged through the e-Learning program.

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Joachim Ostermann

PhD, OFM

Joachim Ostermann, OFM, earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and then beame a postdoctoral fellow at the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City.

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Joshua Schachterle

Dr.

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Ken Fraser

Writer, Analyst, and Lecturer

Dr. Fraser teaches international relations for many years at the Australian National University and the University of Sidney (among others), he is an analyst, writer, and prolific lecturer.

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Md Moazzem Hossain

Brigadier General, PhD

Brigadier General Md Moazzem Hossain, BGBM (Bar), Ph.D. is an ardent student of studies related to military, security, and political affairs together with history, culture, philosophy, and archaeology. His passion for archaeology and associated research is clearly evident in his literary works that make artful convergence of multidisciplinary approaches of scholarship.

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Noomane Raboudi

Associate Professor

Dr. Noomane Raboudi is an islamologue-politologue. His PhD is in modern and contemporary Arabic and Islamic studies. He is a professor in the school of political science at the University of Ottawa.

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Reuben Joshua Poupko

Rabbi

Rabbi Reuben Joshua Poupko is the Rabbi of Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation, an Orthodox synagogue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Sisir Dutta

Executive Director

Founder & Executive Director of the Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA).

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Susan Korah

Journalist

Susan Korah is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, public speaker, master wordsmith, world traveler, focus on human rights, freedom of religion and expression.

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Andrea Bartoli

President of the Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue

An international conflict resolution expert who has served in key positions for more than three decades.

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Constant Leke

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Ellen J. Langer

Professor of Psychology

For over 40 years, Prof. Dr. Langer has studied Mindlessness/ Mindfulness in everyday situations where mindlessness is pervasive and very costly. Mindfulness (without meditation), on the other hand, has been shown to be literally and figuratively enlivening, and results in health, well-being, improved relationships, and Dr. Ellen Langer has been studying the mindlessness of ostensibly thoughtful action for over forty years, from everyday situations, to nursing homes, schools, and business, and has found that mindlessness is both pervasive and unnoticed. She has also proposed and tested an alternative cognitive process that she has shown to be relevant across multiple domains. She has termed this process “mindfulness,” but it should not be confused with meditation.

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Georg Molzer

Founder CEO

Founder CEO of Shadowmap

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Jahirul Haque

Vice Chancellor

Professor H M Jahirul Haque is presently serving at the Canadian University of Bangladesh as Vice Chancellor.

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John Okoro Egbulefu

Emeritus Prof.

Prof. Dr. Egbulefu John Okoro (African Dogmatic Theologian from Nigeria for 31 years at the Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana, Vatican City and Founder of the Congregation - Christ the Emmanuel and Ex Student of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Ökumenisches Institut, Münster,1982) with Nchumbonga George Lekelefac (Doctorate Candidate in Catholic Theology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Ökumenisches Institut, Münster,
Deutschland, Europe).

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Justin (Hüstin) Laku, Sr.

Development & Conflict Analyst

A conflict & development analyst, Justin was a member staff of the United Nations mission in Iraq and Sudan and a former advisor to the Canadian Secretary of State.

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Liz Jackson

Professor of Education

Liz Jackson is Professor of International Education at the Education University of Hong Kong. She is also the former Director of the Comparative Education Research Centre.

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Monjur Chowdhury

Teacher & social entrepreneur

Dr. Monjur Chowdhury is a math and science teacher and social entrepreneur.

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Quentin "Q" Heggs

Standup Comedian

A master of dialects and facial expressions, comedian Quentin Heggs has left folks rolling in the aisles for over 3 decades. "Q" has traveled around the world , opening up for such acts as Regin Philbin, Boyz II Men, Rosie O'Donnel, and Tommy Davidson. He has also warmed up studio audiences for shows featured on Comedy Central, ABC, ESPN, HBO, and the Game Show Network. This talented funny man should NOT be missed!

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Richard Koestner

Professor of Psychology

World reknown, Dr. Koestner conducts research on goal-setting, self-regulation and internalization processes. Broad questions of interest include: How do individuals motivate themselves to pursue valued goals? and How do they determine which goals and guidelines to internalize from their social-cultural surroundings?

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Sol Goldberg

Prof. of the Study of Religion

Professor, Department for the Study of Religion

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Vern Neufeld Redekop

Professor Emeritus

Prof. Dr. Neufeld Redekop is a world-renown scholar in Peace and Conflict Studies, he is Emeritus Professor at St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, where he worked since 2001.

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Arvind Sharma

Birks Professor of Comparative Religion

Worldreknown in the fields of comparative religion, Hinduism, Indian philosophy and ethics, and the role of women in religion.

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Deborah Dash Moore

Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies

Deborah Dash Moore is the former director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and a Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies.

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Francis X. Clooney, S.J

Parkman Professor of Divinity

A fellow of the British Academy, Francis X. Clooney, S.J. is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard University.

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George Nchumbonga Lekelefac

Founder/ CEO of the “Nchumbonga Lekelefac Institute of Research, Documentation, Language and Culture

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Jamal Alsharif

MD & Development Worker

Dr. Jamal Alsharif holds a PhD in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a global citizen & inspirational speaker and the founder and president of Humans for Peace Institution.

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Joseph Levitan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Levitan is an assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. His research interests include leadership, teaching, and policy for social justice in education.

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Karen Gazith

Lecturer and Dean of Academics

Dr. Karen Gazith received her Ph.D. from McGill University in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and is currently a faculty lecturer in the Department.

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Matthew Lee

Architect and Artist

As a grandson of a tailor and a son of a watchmaker, Matthew Lee was brought up with the sensitivity of an artist and the skillfulness of a craftsman.

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Neil D. Theise

Physician-scientist, anatomist, and philosopher

Neil Theise is a physician-scientist, anatomist, and philosopher. He is Professor of Pathology at New York University School of Medicine and attending physician at NYU Langone Health. Theise is considered a global thought leader, and has extended his work to areas of theoretical biology, defining a “post-modern biology.”

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Ratna Ghosh

Professor of Education

Dr. Ratna Ghosh is Distinguished James McGill Professor and Sir W.C. Macdonald Professor of Education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has been leading a research team at the Faculty of Education in McGill University named Preventing Extremism through Educational research (PEER).

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Robert Louis

Researcher

Beside attending Harvard Medical School, Postgraduate Medical Education in Clinical research, Dr. Robert Louis (Also known as Edmond Robert Louis) is a Canadian, Resilience scholar and professor.

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Stanley Uche Anozie

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Stanley Uche Anozie is a prolific writer and teaches philosophy in addressing contemporary philosophical/ethical/religious studies’ issues from a cosmopolitan and multicultural perspective.

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Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Professor

Dr. Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.

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