Power of the Arts National Forum: Steering Committee
Jean-Daniel Lafond is a visiting Senior Scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University. As part of his role as Senior Scholar, he is overseeing the Power of the Arts National Forum. M. Lafond is also the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. As a prolific filmmaker and philosopher, his conviction that the arts and culture are “weapons of mass construction” drive the Foundation’s commitment to supporting youth initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underprivileged communities.
Between 1974 and 1979, he shared his time and work between France and Canada, where he became a visiting professor and researcher in education sciences at the University of Montreal. In the early 1980s, he left academia to dedicate himself entirely to filmmaking, radio and writing. At the National Film Board, he directed and produced several award winning documentary films. In addition to film, he has developed a body of original works for radio (for France-Culture and for Radio-Canada), has authored many books, and was a regular guest contributor on the radio program Indicatif Présent on Radio-Canada.
Upon the installation of Mme Michaëlle Jean as 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, he directed his passion and ideas towards the institution of the governor general and to the Canadian people. There, he established Art Matters, a series of forums, providing exciting opportunities to bring together laureates, artists, academics, administrators and members of the public to observe and discuss the challenges related to culture in our society. Fifty such forums were held across Canada, in Europe, Brazil and Africa. He also created Citizen Voices, an innovative website, where citizens of Canada and around the world participated in a broad, very constructive dialogue on the place and power of the arts in society and in democratic life.
Brian Foss is the Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University. Although he has taught a broad range of subjects, ranging from ancient Roman art and architecture to the decorative arts, the history of art institutions, modern and contemporary art theory, and nationhood and identity in visual culture, his deepest commitment is to Canadian art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Foss has organized, co-organized or contributed essays to exhibitions on the work of Robert Harris (1849-1919), Molly Lamb Bobak (b. 1922), Mary Hiester Reid (1854-1921), Miller Gore Brittain (1912-68) and Edwin Holgate (1892-1977), and has curated exhibitions on such subjects as the modern city, work by emerging artists, art collecting by the Université de Montréal, military views of Lower Canada, and the visual representation of rural Quebec. Freelance curating particularly attracts him because it requires him to deal hands-on with art objects as objects, and to produce work that addresses both specialists and interested members of the public.
Recent projects include the monograph War Paint: Art, War, State and Identity in Britain 1939-1945 (Yale University Press, 2007), the volume Visual Culture in Canada: The Twentieth Century (co-edited with Anne Whitelaw and Sandra Paikowsky; Oxford University Press, 2010), and – with Jacques Desrochers – a co–curated exhibition on the Beaver Hall Group and modernist art in Montreal during the 1920s (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2015). He recently retired as a longstanding co-editor of RACAR: Revue d’art canadien / Canadian Art Review, but continues to serve as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Canadian Art History.
Steering Committee Members
Anna Hoefnagels is Associate Professor of Music in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University. She is an ethnomusicologist specializing in First Nations music, the music of Canada, and music and gender. Her current research explores urban Aboriginal music-making in the context of cultural reclamation and recovery, primarily focusing on the intergenerational effects of colonialism on First Nations women in Canada and the use of music and music-making activities in women’s personal journeys of cultural recovery. Her research has also focused on powwow traditions in Southwestern Ontario First Nations communities, as well as the gender politics and restrictions for female musicians in powwow music-making practices. She has also undertaken research on the emergence of children’s music performers in Canada, their output, and the context in which they worked in the 1970s and 1980s, illustrating the importance of this time period to the children’s music market in Canada.
With Beverley Diamond, Dr. Hoefnagels co-edited Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges, and, with Gordon Smith, Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology: Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present. In addition to chapters in these anthologies, Dr. Hoefnagels has published articles in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, MUSICultures, Canadian Journal of Traditional Music, Ethnologies and World of Music. She currently teaches courses in ethnomusicology, Canadian music, the music of Canada’s First Peoples, music and gender, and research methods.
Catherine Khordoc is Associate Professor in the Department of French at Carleton University. She joined Carleton’s French Department in 2003 and holds two degrees from Carleton: a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master’s in French. Between the two degrees, she worked at CBC Radio in Québec City for a few years before coming back to Carleton for graduate studies. Her M.A. thesis examined how humour is created in the comic book series, Astérix le Gaulois. As a Ph.D. student in French at the University of Toronto, she wrote a dissertation on the tower of Babel myth in contemporary francophone literature.
Shortly after coming back to Carleton as a faculty member, Dr. Khordoc founded the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA) with two other colleagues, Sarah Casteel, in the English Department, and Ming Tiampo in Art History. Together, they seek to create a network of scholars who share common interests and to stimulate research and debate on transnational objects of study. Dr. Khordoc’s current research interests focus on transcultural and transnational writing in France and Québec as well as migrant writing in Québec and Canada. She is co-editor of a collection of essays, titled Comparing Migration: The Literatures of Canada and Québec / Migrance comparée: Les littératures du Canada et du Québec and is the author of Tours et détours: Le mythe de Babel dans la littérature contemporaine (University of Ottawa Press).
Carol Payne is Associate Professor of Art History in the School for Studies in Art and Culture and a Research Associate with the Carleton Centre for Public History at Carleton University. Before entering academia, she worked as a museum professional including as a curator at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
A specialist in the history of photography, Dr. Payne explores a range of photographic practices in her research and teaching. These include the role of photography in national building, indigenous representation in photography, photojournalism, and contemporary photo-based art. Her current research project, “Views from the North,” is a collaborative photo-based oral history initiative (http://viewsfromthenorth.ca/index.html). For this project, students from the Inuit training program Nunavut Sivuniksavut are employed to interview Inuit elders in their home communities in Nunavut about archival photographs depicting those same communities decades ago. Dr. Payne is Principal Investigator for “Views from the North,” which is partnered with Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Library and Archives Canada and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre of Carleton University. This research program has been funded by two successive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Among other publications, Dr. Payne is author of The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013), which has been nominated for the Melva Dwyer Award from the Art Libraries Society of North America. She is also co-editor (with Andrea Kunard) of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (also MQUP 2011).
Mary Giles is the Special Projects Administrator for the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. She facilitates special events, produces publications and advertising for the School’s programs and maintains the website. She was the event coordinator for the inaugural Power of the Arts National Forum in 2013, while working in the Dean’s Office for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Mary has also worked at the Carleton University Art Gallery, the University of Ottawa and York University. Mary has many years of experience planning large academic conferences including the International Research Society of Public Management (IRSPM) 2014, which was held for the first time in North America in April 2014 at Carleton University. She also has a background in editing, publishing and website maintenance, and is currently working towards an MA in English Literature at Carleton University.
Peter Flegel is the Director of Communications and Programs at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. A classically trained pianist, Gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and producer, Flegel has worked with such greats as Michael Bolton, Noah “40” Shebib, Chris De Burgh, and Paul Anka, while directing Gospel choirs and writing for artists like Quebec pop sensation Jacynthe and JRDN. Academically inclined, he has pursued a postsecondary diploma in Child Studies, a bachelor degree in Political Science and a Masters in Political Theory, at McGill University. The Haitian-born former orphan has also won numerous scholarships and academic awards, including the Governor General’s AcademicMedal for highest academic average. An ardent advocate for human emancipation and social justice, he has ten years-experience working through a variety of local, national and international NGOs to advance the rights of racialized and LGBTQ minorities and other oppressed peoples. Beginning in 2005, Flegel began working for Canada’s first Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of African descent, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean. There, he created and implemented her youth, arts and community engagement program for which he implemented youth-driven community empowerment initiatives across Canada, in Europe, Central America and Africa. He also acted as an official speechwriter for Madame Jean.