Marc-André Argentino is a PhD graduate in the Individualized Program at Concordia University, where he is being supervised by professors from Theological Studies (Dr. André Gagné), the Centre for Engineering in Society (Dr. Ketra Schmitt) and the Institute of Information System Engineering. His research examines how extremist groups leverage technology to create propaganda, recruit members to ideological causes, inspire acts of violence and impact democratic institutions. Marc-André is a Research Fellow at the Accelerationism Research Consortium. Marc-André is also a Senior Research Advisor at Public Safety Canada's, Canada Centre for Community Engagement and the Prevention of Violence. He is currently working on two books, the first is an edited volume on the Culture of the Far-Right and a second book on Dangerous Conspiracy Theories.
Adrian Gor graduated from the Interdisciplinary Doctorate program at Concordia University in 2015. His doctoral research was supervised by professors from Theological Studies (Dr. Lucian Turcescu), Art History (Dr. Loren Lerner), and Fine Arts (Prof. Tim Clark). His doctoral thesis explored the invisible reality within an interactive work of art, based on the technique, method, and Byzantine theology of the icon. This involved integrating various disciplines such as visual criticism, cultural theory, phenomenology, interactive art theory, performance theory, and Byzantine theology.
Adrian Gor is the Program Coordinator of the Fine Arts Diploma at the Ottawa School of Art, where he teaches courses in Art History Survey and Figure Drawing.
His current artworks, available at www.adriangor.com, delve more specifically into themes of masculinity and patriarchy. He draws from Western and Contemporary Art Historical narratives while incorporating elements from religious iconography and motifs from prehistoric and folk culture.
His work has been exhibited throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States.
Gabriel A. Desjardins is an M.A. graduate (supervisor: André Gagné) from the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University. His research explores the history and development of fundamentalism in evangelicalism, along with methods for reaching beyond extremist divides to promote dialogue and critical engagement. His master’s thesis was funded by a Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC), and he has published for the Journal of the School of Religious Studies McGill University, Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Theologia Reformata Transylvanica, and Word in the World, along with a forthcoming article on the history of the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University.
He currently works as Coordinator, Administration for the University Secretariat at Concordia University and is pursuing a career in academic administration.
Camillia Musano is a Master of Arts graduate from the Theological Studies program at Concordia University. Her master’s thesis was supervised by Dr. Christine Jamieson. Her thesis explores the ethical questions and theological reflection of genetic modifications and the gene-editing technology, CRISPR-Cas9. Having a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Camillia was interested in the profound questions and meaning behind genetic modifications. Therefore, she examined the ethical questions of consent, autonomy, moral agency, actions and society. In addition, she applied a theological perspective to reflect on how genetic modifications affected the foundations of Christianity in healthcare, playing God, our future society, and what it means to be human. This thesis explored the opposing sides of genetic modification to come to an understanding that this technology will have positive and negative aspects.
Camillia currently works as a Site Selection Specialist at Innovaderm Research Inc., a clinical research organization that specializes in dermatology clinical trials. In her role, she Identifies and recommends potential medical doctors that meet the necessary qualifications for clinical trials.
Miranda Lambruschini is an Master of Arts graduate from the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University. Her master's thesis was supervised by Dr. André Gagné and explored 'Markan Sandwiches' through the lens of Narrative Criticism. During her time at Concordia she was published in the Word in the World graduate journal and enjoyed dialogue surrounding the ties of Biblical Studies to modern events.
As an Ontario Certified Teacher Miranda has taught in elementary schools and high schools. She is now a Vice-Principal with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board where she supports critical thinking in students from a theological lens. She is also the recipient of the Michael Carty Award for her work in embedding theological content in a cross-curricular manner.
A passion for theology, interest in pedagogy and love for storytelling led Lynn Barwell to pursue a project-based M.A. in Theological Studies. Drawing from a narrative approach under the supervision of Marie-France Dion, Lynn created a children’s story adapted from the Book of Joshua with an accompanying pedagogical guide for adapting Bible stories.
Lynn’s appetite for spiritual development and growth continued as she became certified as a Life Coach and accredited as an Ignatian Spiritual Director while teaching the Ethics and Religious Culture program for high school students at École Villa Sainte-Marcelline.
She was also actively involved with Concordia’s Theological Studies Graduate Student Association and instrumental in producing and launching the 2014 Word in the World journal, New Beginnings.
Lynn is the Director of Formation Programming for the Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal (ISCM) where she is responsible for training Ignatian Spiritual Directors and for developing Ignatian-based spirituality workshops for those interested in exploring how Ignatian spirituality can be extremely rewarding for personal growth.
Lynn also accompanies others in their spiritual life journey through her ongoing practice at the ISCM.