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The (Ted) Little Prize for Community-Based Oral History Performance and Creation


Ted Little, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, who retired this summer after 19 years at Concordia, has made his mark on more than the university. Little was a core member of the Right to the City, a three-year pilot project that brought students from theatre, history, art history and communications into place-based learning environments in the nearby neighbourhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles.

As Little moves on — back to his native British Columbia where he will be designing and building a sustainable home on Vancouver Island — two very different awards will mark the culmination of his academic career.

“Ted is an extremely generous person who has given a lot to the university but also to Montreal as a whole,” says Steven High, professor in the Department of History.

High and Cynthia Hammond, associate professor in the Department of Art History, nominated Little for the Office of Community Engagement’s Engaged Scholar Award. Little won the prize, presented annually by Concordia’s Office of Community Engagement and the Office of the Provost to recognize a faculty member, student and community partner for their exemplary participation in community-engaged scholarship during the preceding year. 

To honour Littles’s lifetime commitment to community-engaged work, High teamed up with the Office of Community Engagement and Advancement and Alumni Relations to establish a prize in his name through Concordia’s annual Community Campaign. The (Ted) Little Prize for Community-Based Oral History Performance and Creation will be presented annually to a community-affiliated researcher or artist who is engaged with Concordia’s 11-year-old Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, where Little served on the board for years. It will be funded by contributions from Little’s colleagues, former students and friends. Click here to access the Donation Form.

Read the full article published by Concordia.


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