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COHDS is seeking an interim associate director for a one-year replacement, starting January 1st, 2017 (maternity leave). We invite all candidates to submit their CV and a statement of interest by email to the attention of Ronald Rudin, Co-Director, before November 15.

In collaboration with the Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS, COHDS presents a lecture and a workshop on AIDS activism next week with Gary Kinsman and Alexis Shotwell.

Lecture: "Forgotten Stories:
 Early AIDS activism in Montreal

October 27 at 7pm

Location: Room J.A. de Sève

Workshop: "Oral history, memory, and the social organization of forgetting​ - The AIDS Activist History Project"

October 28 from 3-5pm

Location: Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

October 22-23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Listening with Heart:
Tools for self-awareness and skillful communication from the Compassionate Listening Project

After the first “Decolonizing Research”, which took place in October 2015, we are happy to present a new extended workshop, offered by our core member Sharon Gubbay Helfer. This two-day skill-building workshop will introduce the five core practices developed by the Compassionate Listening Project: listening with the heart, speaking from the heart, developing the "fair witness", respecting self and others and cultivating compassion. In addition, it will present techniques for skillful questioning, and stimulate awareness of the judgments and triggers that get in the way of hearing clearly. All material will be presented and practiced, using demonstrations and role-plays in large and small groups. Group size will be 10-15 participants.

Wednesday, October 12, from 4:00 to 6:00PM

Since 2016 marks the centenary of Irish Independence and the 20th anniversary of the closing of the last Magdalene Laundry in Ireland, a series of events are organized all over the world by artists and academics under the 1916: Home: 2016 Memory Event, October 7-31.

As part of this series, Audrey Rousseau and Isobel Plowright will present their research-creation work on the Magdalene Laundries at COHDS. Following the screening of Audrey’s documentary film and exploring Isobel’s installation, both presenters will briefly reflect on their work, before engaging in a discussion with the public.

Click here to register to this workshop.

Join us on Thursday, October 6, for a “5 à 7” celebrating five books published by our affiliates in the last year! There will be wine, cheese and a draw for books. Copies will also be available for purchase (cash only). With Gavin Foster, Patrick Leroux, Stéphane Martelly, Doug Miller and Ronald Rudin. Welcome to all!

Next week's workshop, "Urban Enchantments: The City as Collaborator", will take place on Wednesday from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Dr. Cynthia Hammond will discuss her combined practice as an artist, historian of the built environment, and community-engaged curator, through which she creates public events and art projects that directly connect residents with urban history and debates surrounding current development.

Click here to register.

COHDS has recently learned that it will be hosting the annual conference of the Oral History Association in 2018. From October 10-14, the OHA will be bringing its hundreds of delegates outside the United States for the second time in its history. With support from Concordia University, this will be an opportunity to welcome the global oral history community to Montreal and to showcase research based at COHDS through a variety of oral history infused art installations, displays, performances, excursions, and walks during the conference.

Our first workshop of the fall semester, "Introduction to Oral History and Interviewing", will take place next week on Wednesday, September 14. The same workshop will be given in French on Friday, September 16.

Click here to register to the English workshop (September 14).

Click here to register to the French workshop (September 16).

After a much deserved break, COHDS will reopen this Tuesday, September 6.

Our fall programme of events starts mid-September, with two workshops on Oral History and Interviewing (English and French) and our Annual General Assembly, preceded by a conference by Leila Qashu, a new postdoctoral researcher at COHDS. A few new events have been added to the programme. View the full programme of events on the calendar!

COHDS is pleased to announce the release of its fall 2016 programme of events. Click here to download the full programme of events.



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