Monia MazighMonia Mazigh is an academic, author and human rights advocate. She was the former National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned tirelessly for his release. Mazigh holds a PhD in finance from McGill University. In 2008, she published a memoir about her pursuit of justice, Hope and Despair, shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award. In 2014, she published her first novel, Mirrors and Mirages. It was short listed for the Book Trillium Award and for the Ottawa Book Award. Her second novel, Hope Has Two Daughters, was published in January 2017 by Anansi House. She writes in her blog at

Dr. Mazigh has taught six series for Learning in Retirement since 2014. Read what participants have said about “The History of Financial Crisis”:

• Dr. Mazigh provided excellent notes and presented content in a well-structured easily comprehended manner. Dr. Mazigh also answered all questions in detail with strong commitment to ensure understanding. The lecture series provided an excellent overview of economic history that helped me to focus independent research into specific questions of personal interest. I therefore found the lecture series good value.

• The lecturer was very knowledgeable and her presentation was very clear.

• The material was well-organized and well-presented — amazing content for a mere 12 hours of delivery.

• I was most satisfied with Dr. Mazigh’s excellent knowledge of the material. The historical background and major crises were covered in the right amount of detail.