About the Instructors
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Current Spring 2013 Instructors
Robert was an associate professor and chairman of the philosophy department during his 20 years at Laurier. He has extensive experience teaching adults and has oﬀered LALL courses on aging, medicine and science, criminal justice and philosophy. He currently works part-time for Home Instead Senior Care.
Blaine began his studies in Russian history and language. Gradually his interests moved to the Russian far east and then to political/cultural and social interactions between China and Russia. His ﬁrst work in this area was on the establishment of the frontier between the two empires and the creation of a Russian mission in Manchu Beijing. He learned Chinese and wrote his dissertation on the Russian railway concession city of Harbin. He teaches in Laurier’s history department.
Gordon is a cultural historian. He is former dean of music at Wilfrid Laurier University and has taught music history and directed various choral groups for many years. Since retiring, he has been offering a variety of courses for lifelong learning groups in Ontario and for Florida Gulf Coast University in the winter months.
David was a high school chemistry teacher for 35 years prior to his retirement. Beginning in 1978, David began a banding study of tree swallows. His interest in birds expanded to include all species found in southern Ontario. By 1986, he was a master bander – one of only 100 in Canada. His major studies have now expanded to include bobolinks, snow buntings, ducks as well as his favourite bird – the tree swallow. Since 1978, he has banded 175,000 birds of 185 species.
Douglas completed his undergraduate degrees in economics and political science and then enrolled in the London School of Economics and Political Science (England). After ﬁnishing his MSc, he married and returned to Canada where he obtained his PhD and began teaching. Douglas taught for Laurier from 1969 to 2009 and he is now professor emeritus. Although retired, his current research involves the use of a trace minerals to help AIDS patients in Africa.
Ted is a professor emeritus of the English department at St. Jerome’s University and an adjunct professor of the University of Waterloo. His major area of teaching and research is Shakespeare (on page and stage); as a result of this work, he has a quasi-legitimate claim to his place on the Education and Archives Committee of the Board of the Stratford Festival. His ongoing research includes early records of theatre at court, an edition of Othello and a study of the controversies surrounding The Merchant of Venice at the Stratford Festival.
Bob is an associate professor of geography and environmental studies at Laurier where he has taught cartography, geographic information systems and urban geography for over 25 years. Most recently he has been leading geographically inspired walking tours throughout Waterloo region that are designed for students at all levels. He holds a PhD from York University.
Warren has been retired since June 1999 after 30 years of teaching high school geography in Waterloo. As part of his teaching, he organized and led many ﬁeld trips of the local area and has developed a series of slide presentations related to the geography and history of the region. For over 30 years, Stauch has acted as a step-on guide for the local tourism department, taking visitors on tours during the summer and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. As a result of this, he formed Warren Stauch & Associates Inc., a travel-education company providing information to visitors and residents of the Waterloo region.
Carolyn teaches music therapy in the Faculty of Music at Laurier. She has degrees in piano performance, social work and music therapy. She teaches and performs improvisation and is the co-ordinator of Laurier’s Master of Music Therapy program. Carolyn and her husband, Boyd McDonald, have performed numerous duet programs over the years. The chamber aspect of duet repertoire lends itself to the intimacy of Boyd and Carolyn’s house recitals, which have proven to be very popular.
Katherine, known as “Canada's Word Lady,” supervised the publication of two editions of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and many other smaller dictionaries. She is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Canadian English and is known to fans for her knack for making word histories lively and entertaining. Her other lifelong passion is ballet. She has taken classes for almost 40 years and has seen thousands of ballet performances worldwide. A popular “Ballet Talk” presenter for The National Ballet of Canada, she vivaciously communicates her love and knowledge of the art form while demystifying some intimidating aspects. She is sole proprietor of Tours en l'air, which takes ballet lovers on ballet-themed holidays around the world.
Loren was born in Trail, BC in 1929. He received his high school education in Trail and enrolled at the University of British Columbia in 1948 as the Cold War was beginning. Already interested in foreign affairs and consumed by the growing conflict with the Soviet Union, he took a BA and an MA in Russian/Soviet studies. He continued his education at the University of London in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies where he took a master of philosophy degree in 19th-century Russian social history. He began to teach the history of Russian/Soviet politics and foreign policy at Laurier in 1960 and retired in 1994 as a professor emeritus.
Oscar (Oz) Cole-Arnal
Oz taught the History of Christianity at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/Wilfrid Laurier University for 31 years until his recent retirement. He holds two masters degrees (New Testament and European History) and a PhD in Modern European History. In his time period on the Laurier campus, he taught courses for both the Departments Religion and Culture and History. His publications include five books, eight chapters in books, over 20 academic articles, numerous pieces in popular progressive magazines and amateur astronomical journals and over fifty journal book reviews.
Kenneth is an associate professor of criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University at Brantford. He has published several works on the influence of the media on public attitudes towards crime, which have appeared in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Policing & Society, and the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. His work has also appeared in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly and the Journal of Crime and Justice. Currently, he is completing a book on miscarriages of justice, titled Mean Justice: Lessons in Wrongful Convictions. He is also an expert on organized crime, as he teaches courses on both North American and international organized crime groups.
Gary has been a librarian, book-reviewer and book collector. He currently teaches English at St. Jerome's University (Waterloo). He believes that reading and talking about books is a scandalously pleasurable way to earn a living.
Roman retired in 1996 after 32 years of teaching in the English department at the University of Waterloo. He has presented a various LALL courses including one Austen’s Pride and Prejudice andEmma and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
Karljürgen is an assistant professor in Biblical Hebrew and archaeology, with particular specialization in Akkadian (specifically early Old Babylonian) and the literature and culture of second millennium Mesopotamia. He holds a PhD in Akkadian language and literature (Toronto, 2004; minors, Semitic Linguistics and Sumerian), an MDiv. (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, 1994) and a BMath/Computer Science (Waterloo, 1984). His dissertation topic was "Abum-waqar and His Circle: A Prosopographical Study," a study of economic and related documents from the city of Larsa under Rim-Sîn.
Ilse has been offering courses on European and Canadian art, religious art and women in art at Laurier for many years. She has served as the co-ordinator of the fine arts program at Laurier and has been widely published.
Susan has taught economics at Laurier, Guelph, Carleton and Harvard. Her research interests focus on how changes in legislation affect the formation of unions. Professor Johnson is recovering from several strokes that occurred in early 2011. She is using this course as an opportunity to prepare for full-time teaching. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, playing the piano and volunteering at her church.
Deena has been a full-time faculty member at Laurier since 1998, teaching in the Faculty of Social Work and in previous LALL offerings. She has been twice nominated by students and colleagues for university teaching awards. Much of Dr. Mandell’s teaching and research have been in the field of families. Prior to earning her PhD from University of Toronto in 1998, she worked for many years as a professional social worker and family counselor in Peel region and Toronto. She has done guest teaching in Malta, Israel and Ireland, presented at international conferences, and has published two books and numerous articles on various subjects related to families and other areas of research.
Boyd, a native of Saskatoon, studied piano with Lyell Gustin and composition with Murray Adaskin. His graduate years were spent in Paris studying with Nadia Boulanger. After his New York debut as winner of the Leschetizky Debut Prize, he toured extensively in Europe and North America. His recordings include works with Paul Pulford, Willem Moolenbeek, Guy Few, Joseph Petric, Alain Trudel as well as his own compositions. He continues to perform, record and compose as a professor emeritus at Laurier.
Jan is a music lover and not a musician; the course is entirely non-technical, and historical/analytical commentary will be easy for any listener to follow. He will also (probably) bring along his excellent audio equipment, enabling those present to get a good "view" of the music.
Wilhelm was born in Austria and has degrees in fine art, photography and electronic engineering. He has worked as a freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker in Europe. In 1959, he was invited by the CBC to come to Canada where he worked on various projects. In 1969, while working for ABC in the US, he was invited to come to Laurier to open a film program and to found the audio-visual department. While at Laurier, he obtained a masters degree in archaeology. He is also the recipient of an Honourary Doctoral degree from Laurier.
Leslie is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, film and dramatic literature. Her professional theatre and film career includes acting, directing and writing projects. She was the Shakespearean Textual Consultant at the Stratford Festival for 15 seasons; currently she offers specialized classes to the acting company and assists occasionally on individual productions.
Jack is a geneticist/molecular biologist who received his masters degree from the University of Toronto in 1961 and doctoral degree from Indiana University in 1965. He taught genetics and related subjects to both undergraduate and graduate students throughout his teaching career in the Department of Biology at Waterloo, where he is now a Professor Emeritus. His publications include over 100 research articles and three books.
Jerry was a high school geography teacher in North York for 32 years. He is also a retired Anglican minister. Jerry completed studies in anthropology, education and theology at the University of Toronto and then earned a graduate degree in physical geography at Laurier. He has been a part–time faculty member at Laurier since 1988. The focus of Jerry’s graduate work was the Canadian Arctic. His research examined the behaviour of Baffin Bay icebergs. Presently, his major interest is the Arctic’s sea ice regime and the manner in which atmosphere, ice and ocean, are responding to the influences of climate change.
Elmer moved to Waterloo in 2007 after having taught philosophy and religious studies at Medicine Hat College in Alberta for 36 years. He continues to teach in Canada and overseas. Elmer received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1980. He has published numerous articles and book reviews, both in professional journals and religious magazines. He is now a member of the Waterloo Public Library board.
Gary has an honours BA in anthropology (McMaster), an MA in archaeology (Simon Fraser) and a PhD in anthropology (McGill). He worked for 10 years as regional archaeologist with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and accepted a teaching position at Laurier’s Brantford campus when it opened in 1999.
Jim has been a full-time member of the Department of English and Film Studies at Laurier since 1986. He is also the co-ordinator of Laurier’s Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies programs and the president of the Canadian Society of Medievalists.
Don was born in Co. Fermanagh, in northern Ireland and studied modern languages (French and German) at Trinity College (Dublin), where he obtained his BA and PhD. He has taught in the West Indies and the UK before coming to the University of Waterloo in 1970. He chaired UW’s Department of French Studies for nine years. After taking early retirement in 1996, he was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. Since then has been pursuing a part-time career-cum-hobby as a literary translator and has translated books by authors from around the globe.