Recent graduate wins Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education
Natasha Reid (PhD 12) has been selected to receive the prestigious Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education.
Reid will receive the award during the National Art Education Association (NAEA) national convention in March. She has been invited to present a lecture at the conference about her doctoral dissertation, which investigates the identities of art museum educators amidst the changing climate of museums, as they take steps to become more public-oriented, socially responsive centres.
In her letter to Reid announcing the award, Deborah B. Reeve, executive director of the NAEA wrote, "There is no greater testament of your scholarship and the many exemplary contributions you will make to the field of visual arts education than being chosen for this prestigious award. Your colleagues throughout the United States and abroad join the NAEA Board of Directors in applauding your leadership, commitment and service to the profession."
Reid gave the valedictory address at the Faculty of Fine Arts convocation ceremony in October 2012. The title of her doctoral dissertation is The Contemporary Identities of Art Museum Educators as Told Through Their Life Histories. It can be accessed via Spectrum.
Professor Juan Carlos Castro receives Manuel Barkan Award
Juan Carlos Castro, an assistant professor in the Department of Art Education, has been chosen by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to receive this year's Manuel Barkan Award.
The Manuel Barkan Award annually recognizes an individual whose published work in either Art Education or Studies in Art Education has contributed scholarly merit to the field.
As part of the award, Castro has been invited to deliver an address at the National Art Education conference in March, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Professor Clarence Bayne recieves Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Professor Clarence S. Bayne, from the John Molson School of Business’s department of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada.
The award was announced at the annual Black Theatre Workshop Vision Gala held in Montreal on January 26. It was presented as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Vision Gala of the Black Theatre Workshop, an organization he founded.
Bayne has engaged in community development and the promotion of the arts and culture and has served on many University committees and task forces dealing with social equity and diversity, since his arrival in Montreal in the early 1960s. He is the recipient of several other awards for his contributions to the cultural communities and Montreal: The Governor General Medal (1992) and The Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Award (2002-03).
Concordian heads Canadian embassy in Libya
Michael Grant (BAdmin 92) is now Canada’s ambassador to Libya, a promotion from his previous position as chargé d’affaires at the Canadian embassy there.
Grant’s posting continues his ascent through the Canadian public service ranks over the past 20 years. Since 1993, he has built an international career, living and working in Serbia, Turkey, Argentina and Mexico. In the past decade, Grant’s Canadian assignments have included stints with the West Bank and Gaza and United Nations Affairs Division, Privy Council Office and Middle East Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
He was director general for international security policy with the Department of National Defence before moving to Tripoli.
Grant has also been an active participant in Concordia’s Mentor Program, offering career advice to students through the online program.
Alumna at the helm
Alumna Myriam Montrat has been appointed Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She assumed her new position February 11.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates under the Canada Council for the Arts. It coordinates UNESCO program activities in Canada and mobilizes Canadian organizations and individuals in education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication, and information.
Formerly Director General, Discrimination Prevention Branch at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Montrat collaborated closely with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has represented the Canadian Human Rights Commission at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Montrat is a former director at Industry Canada and has also worked at the Privy Council Office and in the private sector as a consultant on international issues. She graduated from Concordia in 1998 with an MA in public policy and public administration and holds a BA in International Relations from Colby College, Maine.