New College’s Equity Studies program and the Writing Centre have new directors as of today, August 1, 2018. Shahrzad Mojab will be at the helm of Equity Studies for a five-year term, while Liz Newbery has received the appointment to lead the Writing Centre. Congratulations to them both on their new roles!
Dr. Shahrzad Mojab is scholar, teacher and activist internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education; gender, state, migration and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is a professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She formerly served as the director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute (2003-2008), and as the interim principal of New College (2009-2010). She also received the Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010.
Her books include Youth as/in Crisis: Young People, Public Policy and the Politics of Learning (co-edited with Sara Carpenter, 2017); Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge (co-authored with Sara Carpenter, 2017); Marxism and Feminism (editor, 2015); Educating from Marx: Race, Gender and Learning (co-edited with Sara Carpenter, 2012); Women, War, Violence, and Learning (editor, 2010); Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges (co-edited with Nahla Abdo, 2004); Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism (co-edited with Himani Bannerji and Judith Whitehead, 2001); and Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds (editor, 2001), the first anthology on Kurdish women.
A unique feature of Shahrzad’s work is making knowledge accessible to public through the use of storytelling, dance, drama, painting and film. Her most recent Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research projects are “Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and ‘Regenerative Possibilities’” and “The Pedagogy and Policy of Refugee Youth Resettlement.” The Ontario Arts Council has funded a collaborative project of Shahrzad’s with Roshanak Jaberi and Doris Rajan, “No Woman’s Land,” which seeks to capture refugee women’s experience of sexual violence through dance.
Liz Newbery is no new face at the Writing Centre: she served as its associate director under Deborah Knott from 2015 to 2017 and then as the acting director between July 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018. During her time at the college, she has played an essential role in developing a series of innovative writing programs, including an undergraduate writing-for-publication group, writing retreats and academic orientation sessions. She has also built strong relationships with key courses in the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the programs in Human Biology, Equity Studies and African Studies. In all her work, she has a reputation for collaborating closely with other New College staff and faculty.
She earned a master’s degree in Education from OISE and is currently ABD (all but dissertation) in a PhD program in Language, Culture and Teaching at York University. She has published seven journal articles and book chapters that variously explore the dynamics of gender, class, race, sexuality and colonialism in experiential education contexts.